Briefing paper
Technical Advisory Paper No. 3 Future Needs in Water Quality Monitoring and Assessment
United Nations Environment Programme

The present paper represents the “corporate view” of the Technical Advisory Group (TAG) on global water quality monitoring, and the most salient issues facing GEMS/Water. It forms the basis for determining partnership activities: on one hand, the most constructive ways in which partner organizations can contribute to the successful implementation of core activities; and, on the other hand, the best ways for meeting partners’ data and service needs.
This section also focuses on key projects in which GEMS/Water is, or should be, actively engaged.


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Book/Report, Case Study
Global Drinking Water Quality Index Development and Sensitivity Analysis Report
United Nations Environment Programme

As the principal United Nations body on environment, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) had been tasked by UN-Water to lead on freshwater quality and aquatic ecosystem data and information inputs to the World Water Assessment Programme, and the main WWAP output, the World Water Development Report series. Part of this task involves developing global water quality indicators and ultimately, a global water quality index.

UNEP delegated this responsibility to its GEMS/Water Programme, with direction to convene an international experts’ workshop designed to implement the indicators and index requirements.

The workshop, attended by a group of selected indicator specialists, was convened at IAEA headquarters in Vienna, Austria (May 4th – 6th 2005) with the objective of reviewing the topic of water quality indicators/indices and making recommendations and suggestions on approaches and actions that GEMS/Water might consider in its future operations. The experts’ first recommendation was that GEMS/Water should develop a pilot study to develop an index to assess the global status of drinking water in source water supplies (UNEP GEMS/Water, 2005). The experts’ recommendation report is available on the GEMS/Water website.

This report presents the results of implementing the experts’ first recommendation. It outlines an approach taken to develop a global water quality index, as well as preliminary sensitivity analysis and validation of the index against real water quality data. Limitations to the index are discussed, as well as next steps.


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Book/Report
Water Quality For Ecosystem and Human Health
United Nations Environment Programme

The data and analyses presented in Water Quality for Ecosystem and Human Health are from GEMStat, the global water quality database created by UNEP’s GEMS/Water Programme, the only programme in the UN system exclusively dedicated to monitoring and assessing environmental water quality. Drawing on examples from around the world, Water Quality for Ecosystem and Human Health presents assessments of current water quality status and trends. It also provides an introduction to a diverse range of global water quality issues, including approaches to their identification, analysis and resolution.


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Assessment report
Regional State of the coast Report Western Indian Ocean: Split
United Nations Environment Programme, Jared Bosire, Louis Celliers, Johan Groeneveld, José Paula, Michael H. Schleyer
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Our Planet
Our Planet: RIO+20: from outcome to implementation
United Nations Environment Programme

The United Nations Environment Programme's flagship magazine for environmentally sustainable development. This issue details the Rio+20 outcome to Implementation


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Monograph
如何实施性别平等与环境: 联合国环境规划署 = Gender equality and the environment: A guide to UNEP\'s work
这份文件概述了性别平等和环境之间的关系;性别不平等的不利影响;男女不平等的参政和决策权如何阻碍应对环境挑战;以及如何释放男性和女性应对相关挑战的潜力。报告还谈及联合国环境署如何依照相关政策和战略,尽力纠正性别失衡现象,具体包括环境署变革内部组织文化以及与合作伙 伴和利益攸关方的合作方式,推动自身在环境和可持续发展领域实现真正的男女平等。
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Infographics
Lead: What are the sources of lead in the environment? [Infographic]
United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

Lead is a widely used metal that is harmful to human health and the environment


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Monograph
UNEP global environmental alert service: April 2013
United Nations Environment Programme

Invasive alien species are a major global challenge requiring urgent action. They are considered one of the key pressures on world’s biodiversity: altering ecosystem services and processes, reducing native species abundance and richness, and decreasing genetic diversity of ecosystems.


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Monograph
GLOBAL CORAL REEF PARTNERSHIP OF UNEP AND THE REGIONAL SEAS CONVENTIONS AND ACTION PLANS
UNEP

Global change as well as local pressures are driving declining coral reef health around the world, and accelerated loss of ecosystem services will increasingly affect people dependent on coral reefs in over 100 countries. In 2014 UNEP and Regional Seas Conventions and Action Plans (‘Regional Seas’) initiated a Global Coral Reef Partnership to support countries deliver internationally agreed coral reef commitments through ecosystem-based management of coral reefs, as called for in the Global Strategic Directions for the Regional Seas 2013-2016.


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Book/Report
El Desarrollo Sostenible En El Sistema Bancario de Chile
United Nations Environment Programme, Banco de Desarrollo de América Latina

El presente estudio realizado por la Iniciativa Financiera de ONU Ambiente (UNEP FI) y CAF – Banco de Desarrollo de América Latina, muestra el esfuerzo realizado por las instituciones de la banca nacional y de bancos internacionales que operan en Chile, en su camino hacia el desarrollo sostenible. La muestra de estudio representa aproximadamente el 70% de los activos totales del mercado chileno.


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