Factsheets
Empowering governments and other stakeholders in evidence-based decision-making
United Nations Environment Programme

With the advent of Big Data, Earth observation technologies and citizen science, it is now possible to access contextualized, near real-time information on the state of the environment. Policymakers need access to such information and assessments to develop policies that are environmentally sound and that contribute to implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.


Download: English
2016
Monograph
Sustainable infrastructure and finance - How to contribute to a sustainable future
United Nations Environment Programme

The Inquiry into the Design of a Sustainable Financial System has been initiated by the United Nations Environment Programme to advance policy options to improve the financial system’s effectiveness in mobilizing capital towards a green and inclusive economy – in other words, sustainable development. Established in January 2014, it published its final report, The Financial System We Need, in October 2015 and is currently focused on actions to take forward its findings.


Download: English
2016
GEO
ГЭП-6, Доклад об оценке по панъевропейскому региону
ЮНЕП, ЕЭК ООН

Данный шестой Доклад об оценке «Глобальная экологическая перспектива» (ГЭП-6) по панъевропейскому региону рисует полную картину экологических факторов, влияющих на здоровье и благополучие человека на уровне рассматриваемого региона. Опираясь на большой объем новых достоверных научных доказательств, региональные консультации и надежный межправительственный процесс, настоящий доклад показывает, что реализация региональных и глобальных многосторонних природоохранных соглашений позволила улучшить экологическую обстановку в панъевропейском регионе. В документе также подчеркивается сложность взаимосвязанных экологических, социальных и экономических задач, стоящих перед лицами, принимающими решения.


Download: Russian
2016
Factsheets
Supporting human well-being through healthy and productivee ecosystems
United Nations Environment Programme

Humans depend on healthy and productive ecosystems to meet their basic needs, but many people’s needs are not being met sustainability – If at all. An estimated 795 million people suffer from hunger and 1.2 billion live in water-stressed areas. At the same time, biodiversity loss and ecosystem degradation are expected to continue, or even accelerate. The demand for ecosystem goods and services is predicted to further increase: By 2030, the world will require 40% more timber and fibre.


Download: English
2016
GEO
GEO-6: Global Environment Outlook: Regional assessment for the Pan-European Region
United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)

The sixth Global Environment Outlook (GEO-6) Assessment for the pan-European region paints a comprehensive picture of the environmental factors contributing to human health and well-being at the regional level. Backed by a large body of recent, credible scientific evidence, regional-wide consultations and a robust intergovernmental process, the assessment demonstrates that regional and global multilateral environmental agreements have improved environmental conditions in the pan-European region. It also highlights the complexity of the interlinked environmental, social and economic challenges now confronting decision makers.


Download: English
2016
Factsheets
Reducing the scale and impact of climate change
United Nations Environment Programme

UNEP’s Climate Change subprogramme helps countries to pursue low-emission development pathways and boost their adaptation and resilience capacities. We provide this support by addressing the different elements of the climate continuum – science policy, technology and finance. UNEP’s work supports the achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, particularly Goal 7 (Affordable and Clean Energy) and Goal 13 (Climate Action).


Download: English
2016
Factsheets
Accelerating the transition to inclusive green economies and sustainable consumption and production patterns
United Nations Environment Programme

Unsustainable and inefficient resource use has led to widespread environmental degradation, climate change, pollution, waste generation and resource scarcities – all of which have negative impacts on the health and well-being of people and planet.


Download: English
2016
Technical Report
Marine plasctic debris and microplastics:Global lessons and research to inspire action and guide policy change
United Nations Environment Programme

Plastic litter in the ocean can be considered a ‘common concern of humankind’. This study summarizes the state of our knowledge on sources, fate and effect of marine plastics debris and microplastics, and describes approaches and potential solutions to address this multifaceted issue. The study is divided into four main sections: Background, Evidence Base, Taking Action, and Conclusions and Key Research Needs.


Download: English
2016
Factsheets
Strengthening global environmental governance in an interconnected world
United Nations Environment Programme

In our globalized world, environmental threats – particularly those that cross political borders – will require effective responses that are also inclusive and sustainable and go hand in hand with peace, justice and development.


Download: English
2016
Factsheets
Ensuring the sound management of chemicals and wastes
United Nations Environment Programme

Chemicals and waste are integral to our everyday life, but they also have major impacts on the environment and human health. As the world’s population approaches 8 billion, the sound management of chemicals and waste is becoming ever more important.


Download: English
2016