Discussion paper
Bringing the 2015 Summits Home : An Action Agenda for Legislators
United Nations Environment Programme, Global Legislators Organization for a Balanced Environment (GLOBE) International

This discussion paper is the result of a year-long collaboration between UNEP and GLOBE International to foster more integrated policymaking and legislative action on key sustainability challenges facing the global community. It focuses on the historic opportunity provided for this in 2015 through the convergence of four major multilateral processes on disaster risk management (Sendai), finance for development (Addis Ababa), sustainable development goals (New York) and climate change (Paris). The paper concludes that the active and informed engagement of legislators will be a crucial factor in the success of the 2015 agreements, and parliaments everywhere must rise to this historic challenge and ‘Bring the 2015 Summits Home’.


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Booklet/Brochure
Humanitarian Action and the Environment
United Nations Environment Programme, Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

Disasters and conflicts, as well as relief and recovery operations, impact the environment in ways that threaten human life, health, livelihoods and security. Failure to address these risks can undermine the relief process, causing additional loss of life, displacement, aid dependency and increased vulnerability. Disaster managers and humanitarian workers can take action to avoid this. This document helps to explain how.


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Guideline
Environmental Needs Assessment in Post-disaster Situations: A Practical Guide for Implementation
United Nations Environment Programme

This guide is intended for use by anyone concerned with environmental, and related, impacts occurring in a post-disaster situation. It should be of particular relevance to those interested in ensuring that environmental issues are taken into account from the earliest possible moment of planning for early recovery.


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Summary
Rwanda: From Post-conflict to Environmentally Sustainable Development - Summary Report
United Nations Environment Programme

This report is a summary of the full assessment study, Rwanda: From Post-conflict to Environmentally Sustainable Development, to which readers should refer for more detailed analysis as well as statistical data and illustrations. Addressed primarily to national decision makers and international
development partners, this summary begins byhighlighting the priority areas for intervention together with an implementation strategy. It then
outlines the assessment’s overall messages and elaborates on theme and sector-specific findings, which constitute the basis for the report’s technical
recommendations.


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Assessment report
Rwanda : From Post-conflict to Environmentally Sustainable Development
United Nations Environment Programme

This report presents a package of practical interventions to assist the ongoing metamorphosis of Rwanda’s economy. It calls for mobilizing and focusing investments in key areas, including ecosystem rehabilitation, renewable energy, conservation agriculture and innovative water and sanitation technologies, holds the best promise for economic growth, job creation and adaptation to climate change.


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Assessment report
Iraq institutional Capacity Assessment Report
United Nations Environment Programme

UNEP initiated this institutional assessment of the Ministry of Environment as part of its project for Strengthening Environmental Governance in Iraq. The assessment found the Iraqi Ministry of Environment to be fully operational, with competent staff and functioning legislation. While its work covers all areas of environmental management, including lawmaking and law enforcement, the Ministry’s core strength is in environmental monitoring, due to its historical background as the monitoring arm of the Ministry of Health. These three roles should in future be segregated, and the law-making and inspection capabilities reinforced. The Ministry is currently working on both these issues. In addition, a new framework law on the environment is being developed, which should be followed by a new set of standards and regulations. The Ministry is also being reorganized to better carry out its current mandate. Once these activities are completed, the lawmaking and enforcement components can be strengthened.


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Assessment report
UNEP in Iraq: Post-conflict Assessment, Clean-up and Reconstruction
United Nations Environment Programme

This report is a compilation of the various activities undertaken by UNEP in Iraq between 2003 and 2006. Its objectives are i) to provide a complete description of the various activities undertaken by UNEP in Iraq between 2003 and 2006; ii) To make an objective assessment of the impacts of UNEP’s intervention; and iii) To document the lessons learned by UNEP in implementing activities in a complex situation such as Iraq.


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Infographic/Flyer
UNEP Depleted Uranium Awareness
United Nations Environment Programme

Depleted uranium (DU) is a dense metal used in munitions for its penetrating ability and as a protective material in armoured vehicles. It is a toxic and radioactive heavy metal. This flyer on Depleted Uranium Awareness explains what depleted uranium (DU) is, the risks associated with DU exposure, and the precautionary steps to take. Resources for additional information are also listed.


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Assessment report
Depleted uranium in Bosnia and Herzegovina: Post-conflict Environmental Assessment
United Nations Environment Programme

The main objective was to examine the possible risks from any remaining depleted uranium (DU) contamination of ground, water, air and biota, as well as from solid pieces of DU still in the environment, and on that basis recommend any justified countermeasures. The assessment also aims to gain an overview on the storage of radioactive waste and sources, as well as radioactive waste management within Bosnia and Herzegovina.


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Assessment report
Transboundary Aquifers and Groundwater Systems of Small Island Developing States: Status and trends - Transboundary Waters Assessment Programme Volume 1
United Nations Environment Programme, UNESCO-IHP

This document presents the first comprehensive indicator-based global assessment of status and trends in 199 transboundary aquifers and 42 groundwater systems of Small Island Developing States.


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