Reports
Green Finance for Developing Countries: Needs, Concerns and Innovations
United Nations Environment Programme

This briefing outlines key concerns and needs of developing countries in relation to green finance, particularly focusing on developing countries that are not members of the G20. It also highlights emerging innovations, drawing in particular from engagement with practitioners and regulators from Bangladesh, ColombiaEgypt, Honduras, Jordan, Kenya, Mauritius, Mongolia, Morocco, Nigeria, the Philippines, Thailand and Viet Nam, and the findings from the UNEP Inquiry’s country studies.


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Working Document
Aligning the Financial System with Sustainable Development in the United States of America . Inquiry Working Paper 16/100
United Nations Environment Programme

This working paper identifies the implications of time for investment in sustainability for both the public and the private sectors. It also explores the issue of the interplay between public benefits and investment decisions in terms of forms of governmental incentives favoured in the United States.


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Book
Narrowing the Emissions Gap: Contributions from Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Activities
The 1 Gigaton Coalition

While this report clearly demonstrates significant benefits of renewable energy and energy efficiency in developing countries, it also highlights untapped potential gains, which the Coalition aims to describe more fully in future reports. For example, REN21’s Global Status Report 2015 states that 164 countries have defined renewable energy targets in 2015, including 131 developing and emerging economies, meaning developing countries have a great capacity to contribute to emissions reductions. The extent to which this is being realized is of more than academic interest. Good examples and positive stories about renewable energy and energy efficiency are motivating more and more countries to take action.


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Factsheet
The Emissions Gap Report 2016: Annex A.1
United Nations Environment Programme

This Technical Annex to Chapter 3 of the 2016 UNEP Emissions Gap Report provides technical background to the computations supporting the discussion in the chapter. It reproduces parts of the Annex to Chapter 2a of the 2015 UNEP Emissions Gap Report.


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Perspectives Publications
The Faith We Share and The World We Want - UNEP Perspectives No. 21
United Nations Environment Programme

Successful implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development will require healthy, resilient and sustainable local communities everywhere.

Focusing on the health, resilience and sustainability of local communities enables us to address the problem of disparities between rich and poor in every part of the world, along with the negative ecological effects of human activities close to home.

While the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development requires significant improvements in the standard of living of many people, shared values beyond material ones will be at the core of such communities. The health of a community involves more than physical needs, embracing all of the psychological and spiritual dimensions of people living together and with -- not against -- the Earth.


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Perspectives Publications
UNEP and Civil Society: An Exchange: A New Landscape For Stakeholder Engagement In UNEP? - UNEP Perspectives Issue No. 20
United Nations Environment Programme

This issue of “Perspectives” presents a discourse between Mark Halle and Felix Dodds on the past and future role of civil society organisations and Major Groups and Stakeholders in the context of the United Nations Environment Programme. It is not meant to give the ultimate answer to how UNEP can best engage with non-state actors but is rather a primer to initiate and enrich a discussion on this topic among interested stakeholders, including in the context of the newly established United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA).


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Perspectives Publications
Universal Sustainable Development Goals: A Challenge For The Rich Countries As Well As The Poor - UNEP Perspectives No. 19
United Nations Environment Programme

This edition focuses on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); explaining them as global goals that challenge both, developed and developing countries to find new pathways to a more sustainable future. The authors present a particular focus on what the SDGs mean for developed countries. Here, the goals and targets are broadly split into three categories: domestic sustainability targets, do-no-harm targets, and international responsibility targets, and the UK is given as a case study. Proposals for what is required for the successful implementation of the SDGs are also given.


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Guidelines
Environmental Courts & Tribunals: A Guide for Policy Makers
United Nations Environment Programme

With over 1,200 environmental courts and tribunals now operating worldwide at the national and state/provincial level, this guide shares concise, practical advice and best practices to make them more effective, updating the 2009 “Greening Justice” report by the University of Denver Environmental Courts and Tribunals Study and published by World Resources Institute.


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Brochure
UNEP/GEF Capacity Building for the Implementation of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety
United Nations Environment Programme, United Nations Environment Programme

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) have a proven track record in responding to international requests for assistance in the field of biosafety. The CBD has designated the GEF as its overall financial mechanism, as well as the financial mechanism of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety. Meanwhile, UNEP, as one of the Implementing Agencies of the GEF, has taken an active role in Biosafety capacity-building since the beginning of the 1990s. This includes its participation in the conception of the UNIDO/UNEP/WHO/FAO ad hoc Working Group on Biosafety in 1990 and aseries of consultative processes culminating in the finalisation of the UNEP International Technical Guidelines for Safety in Biotechnology in 1995. The document highlights the different project interventions designed and implemented by UNEP/GEF in partnership with Parties to support the implementation of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety


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Information Documents
Biosafety and the Environment: An introduction to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety
United Nations Environment Programme, Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity

The introduction to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety was published by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity and the United NationsEnvironment Programme to assist public understanding of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety. It is not intended to provide legal interpretation of the Protocol.


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