Infographic/Flyer
GEMS/Water Capacity Development Centre Poster - Africa (UNEA2)
United Nations Environment Programme, United Nations Environment Programme
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Infographic/Flyer
GEMS/Water Capacity Development Centre Poster (UNEA 2)
United Nations Environment Programme, United Nations Environment Programme
Download: 2016-05-16 UNEAPoster1(FIN).pdf
Infographic/Flyer
GEMS/Water Poster General (UNEA 2)
United Nations Environment Programme, United Nations Environment Programme
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Infographic/Flyer
Poster: GEMS/Water Programme General
United Nations Environment Programme, United Nations Environment Programme
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Other
Survey on the involvement of Major Groups and Stakeholders in the generation, utilization and dissemination of environmental information developed by UNEP (UNEP - Major Groups Survey Analysis)
United Nations Environment Programme
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Guideline
UNEP guidance: On the development of legal and institutional infrastructures and measures for recovering costs of national administration for sound management of chemicals
United Nations Environment Programme

The design and implementation of comprehensive and coherent legal frameworks and related institutional arrangements for management of chemicals, including sustainable financing options is a cornerstone in achieving the goals from the World Summit on Sustainable Development in 2002 and reaffirmed at the Rio+20 Summit in Brazil in 2012, that by 2020 the use and production of chemicals should be done in ways that do not lead to significant adverse effects on human health and the environment. One of the cornerstones for achieving the above 2020 goal will be the establishment of comprehensive and coherent legal frameworks and related institutional infrastructure including sustainable financing options.

To assist countries in his process, UNEP, with financial support from the Swedish government, has developed a Guidance document for the development of Legal and Institutional Infrastructures for the Sound Management of Chemicals and Measures for Cost Recovery of National Administrations
(LIRA-Guidance). The Guidance aims at providing practical, step-by-step support to policy makers for strengthening national legislation and institutional set-ups for achieving sound management of chemicals, including proposals for measures for financing necessary related administration activities.


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Assessment report, Summary
State of the Science of Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals 2012 Summary for Decision-Makers
Åke Bergman, Jerrold J. Heindel, Susan Jobling, Karen A. Kidd, R. Thomas Zoeller
Download: State of the Science of EDCs Summary Report 2012.pdf
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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