Technical Report
Review of Existing Water Quality Guidelines for Freshwater Ecosystems and Application of Water Quality Guidelines on Basin Level to Protect Ecosystems: Technical background document for theme 1: “Water Quality and Ecosystem Health”
United Nations Environment Programme

The purpose of this study is to identify and review existing Water Quality Guidelines (WQGs) that protect the health of (water) ecosystems and their respective mechanisms like institutional arrangements, processes, methodological approaches and reporting mechanisms.


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Guidelines
Strengthening Environmental Impact assessment: Guidelines for Pacific Island countries and territories.
Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP)

Environmental impact assessment (EIA) is the primary instrument for planning, assessing and managing
development projects, to support sustainable and resilient development goals and green growth outcomes


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Book
Compliance-Related Texts and Decisions of Selected Multilateral Environmental Agreements
United Nations Environment Programme

The publication intends to ensure that existing compliance and non-compliance regimes are documented in one source to assist and support any future negotiations on the revision of existing regimes or the creation of new ones.


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Book
Enhancing cooperation among the seven biodiversity related agreements and conventions at national level using the National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans
United Nations Environment Programme

This paper builds on UNEP actions promoting synergies and cooperation among the biodiversity Conventions, including the ‘Options Paper’ that has been published in 2016 and various Decisions of governing bodies of the conventions calling for synergies.


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Book
Role of the multilateral environmental agreements in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals: With a special focus on biodiversity-related multilateral environmental agreements
United Nations Environment Programme

The present paper outlines the links between the Sustainable Development Goals and multilateral environmental agreements in general and biodiversity-related multilateral environmental agreements in particular, with a special focus on Sustainable Development Goal targets and indicators in an attempt to inform discussions within the Inter-Agency and Expert Group on Sustainable Development Goal Indicators of the United Nations Statistical Commission and at the multilateral environmental agreement level.


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Book
Elaboration of Options for Enhancing Synergies among Biodiversity related Conventions
United Nations Environment Programme

The options for enhancing synergies between the biodiversity-related conventions (focusing on the global level) set forth in the present paper respond to calls by the governing bodies of conventions, theUnited Nations and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), to explore opportunities for synergies, in order to achieve more coherent and effective implementation of the biodiversity-related conventions.


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Event Document, Handbook, Summary
Advancing Justice, Governance and Law for Environmental Sustainability: Rio+20 and the World Congress of Chief Justices,Attorneys General and Auditors General
United Nations Environment Programme

Key contributions to the Congress. Speeches, articles, the Rio+20 Declaration on Justice, Governance and Law for Environmental Sustainability and other documents that encase the critical importance behind the World Congress’ themes and paint a vivid picture of the future we need to attain sustainable development.


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Reports
Human Rights and the Environment Rio+20: Joint Report OHCHR and UNEP
United Nations Environment Programme, United Nations Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner

This report seeks to make a substantive contribution to Rio+20 through an analysis of the interrelationship
between human rights and the environment, both integral and indivisible elements of sustainable development.
This linkage is central to efforts to move towards a green economy and to sustainable approaches to food, energy
and water security.


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Guidelines
The Role of Legal Instruments to Support Green Low-Emission and Climate-Resilient Development : A Guidebook on Assessing, Selecting and Implementing Legal Instruments
United Nations Environment Programme, United Nations Development Programme

The purpose of this Guidebook is to provide guidance to government decision makers and their advisers on best practices in designing or modifying legal frameworks and specific legal instruments aimed at effectively supporting green, low-emission and climate-resilient development. In doing so, it provides guidance on how to: assess the legal frameworks and instruments required for successful implementation of Green LECRDS; select appropriate legal instruments for implementing Green LECRDS; and implement the legal instruments that have been selected.


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Factsheet
Environmental Governance
United Nations Environment Programme

UNEP’s Environmental Governance sub-programme promotes informed environmental decision-making to enhance global and regional environmental cooperation and governance.


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