Book/Report, Case Study
Enhancing Synergies across Global Biodiversity Conventions: Experiences from the Global South: Workshop Proceedings and Country Reports
United Nations Environment Programme

Over the past few years, UN Environment has led a multi-stakeholder process to identify options for enhancing synergies and cooperation among the global biodiversity conventions. To that effect, UN Environment organized a workshop on NBSAPs and synergies among Biodiversity Conventions held in Nairobi, Kenya from March 15-17, 2016. The workshop brought together national focal points, government representatives and biodiversity experts from countries the African, Caribbean, Latin America, Pacific regions as well as MEA Secretariats in an important, first-of-its-kind knowledge and experience sharing exercise. The select countries who participated in the workshop are all at various stages of the revision of their National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs) – a key instrument for implementing the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) at the national level.


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Book/Report
Waste Management Outlook for Mountain Regions: Sources and Solutions
United Nations Environment Programme, International Environment Technology Centre, GRID-Arendal, International Solid Waste Association

Mountains play an essential role in supplying water, energy, food and other services to millions of people living in the mountains and downstream. Ensuring the continued supply of these services has never been more important. However, many mountain regions are experiencing a growing solid waste problem, from ever-expanding urban sprawls and cities, increasing consumption patterns, existing and past mining operations, tourism activities and practises of illegal dumping. The good news is that there are many options available to prevent and manage waste in mountain environments, in ways that protect mountain ecosystems and people, and prevent problems from migrating downstream. This report highlights both the challenges and the solutions for sound waste management in mountain regions.


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Book/Report
Financing the Future: Report of the Italian National Dialogue on Sustainable Finance
United Nations Environment Programme, Italy, Ministry of Environment, Land and Sea

This report a) sets out the global and national landscape in terms of the challenge of financing sustainable development, with a focus on the environmental dimension; b) explores two of the key priorities that cut across the different parts of the financial system: risk analysis and reporting; c) looks at the experience of and potential for sustainable finance in banking, capital markets, insurance, institutional investment and public finance; and d) examines how progress toward sustainable finance can best be measured and concludes with the set of recommendations for further action.


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Book/Report
A Review of International Financial Standards as They Relate to Sustainable Development
United Nations Environment Programme

This report seeks to investigate the financial standards and further to consider to what extent they currently relate to sustainable development, how they can support and solidify the various G20 policy commitments and the evolving country-level regulations and industry activities in a way that builds on the synergies that already exist.


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Book/Report
Understanding Synergies and Mainstreaming among the Biodiversity Related Conventions : A Special Contributory Volume by Key Biodiversity Convention Secretariats and Scientific Bodies
United Nations Environment Programme

This multi-author volume is an attempt by the United Nations Environment to engage with the Heads of various biodiversity related conventions and Chairs of Scienti c Bodies of the conventions to understand the opportunities and challenges related to promoting synergies and mainstreaming issues.
It is envisaged that this publication will provide further guidance to promoting issues of synergies and mainstreaming from the perspective of individual conventions that have contributed to this volume at various levels and guide our actions into the future.


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Book/Report
On the Role of Central Banks in Enhancing Green Finance - Inquiry Working Paper 17/01
United Nations Environment Programme

This paper examines the role of central banks in ‘greening’ financial systems. Given the enormous investments needed to bring about a green transformation, the financial sector will have to play a central role in allocating resources towards a sustainable and green economy – and stop financing activities that harm the environment. Against this backdrop, the paper examines the extent to which environmental factors impinge on central banks’ conventional goals and provides a theoretical analysis of the cases for and against central banks to respond to environmental and sustainability challenges.


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Summary
Financing the Future: Report of the Italian National Dialogue on Sustainable Finance - Executive Summary
United Nations Environment Programme, Italy, Ministry of Environment, Land and Sea

This report a) sets out the global and national landscape in terms of the challenge of financing sustainable development, with a focus on the environmental dimension; b) explores two of the key priorities that cut across the different parts of the financial system: risk analysis and reporting; c) looks at the experience of and potential for sustainable finance in banking, capital markets, insurance, institutional investment and public finance; and d) examines how progress toward sustainable finance can best be measured and concludes with the set of recommendations for further action.


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Book/Report
Fostering and Communicating Sustainable Lifestyles: Principles and Emerging Practices - Full Report
United Nations Environment Programme

This UN Environment report sets out a four-step strategy roadmap for fostering and communicating sustainable lifestyles, illustrated by 16 initiatives and campaigns from around the world. The report details eight operating principles and tips on how to apply them. The ultimate goal is to create tangible changes in the way people live their daily lives. This is the full report which includes concluding reflections; details on the principles; a workshop summary; and suggested additional resources. Cases explore how sustainable lifestyle campaigns intersect with key aspects of meeting core domain needs around food, shelter, mobility, leisure time, and human connections.


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Booklet/Brochure
Combating Wildlife and Forest Crime in the Danube-Carpathian Region
United Nations Environment Programme, World Wildlife Fund, Eurac Research

This booklet supports and includes recommendations for a full and comprehensive programme to address and maximize the effectiveness and impact of the legal, institutional and technical framework, tools and collaboration in place to combat illegal logging and wildlife crime in the Danube-Carpathian region. The analysis highlights the findings of a 2016 legal analysis, and pays special attention to illegal logging, illegal fishing of sturgeon and the caviar trade, the illegal killing of birds and the poaching of large carnivores.


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Book/Report, Guideline
Accelerating the Global Adoption of Energy-efficient Lighting - U4E Policy Guide Series
United Nations Environment Programme, Global Environment Facility, United for Efficiency

This guide offers an overview of the key elements required to transform a national appliance market towards more energy-efficient products through the application of the U4E Integrated Policy Approach. It is cross-cutting for all United for Efficiency priority products including lighting, residential
refrigerators, air conditioners, distribution transformers and electric motors.


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