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Chapters and Articles
Solar Solutions: Bridging the Energy Gap for Off-Grid Settlements - Frontiers 2017: Emerging Issues of Environmental Concern
Lemaire, Xavier, Kerr, Daniel

Recent years have seen an increased popularity of small distributed solar energy systems in low-income communities in Africa and Asia, where at least 95 per cent of the off-grid population reside. Advances in LED technology resulted in improved efficiency—more light emitted per electrical input. Highly polluting lead acid batteries are becoming obsolete, replaced by higher performance lithium ion batteries that provide higher energy storage capacity, longer service life, and faster and more efficient recharging.


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Manuals and Guides
Estimating Mercury Use and Documenting Practices in Artisanal and Small-scale Gold Mining (ASGM) - Methods and Tools Version 1.0
United Nations Environment Programme

The ASGM baseline guidebook and toolkit enable the reader to: 1. Create a comprehensive national overview of ASGM practices; 2. Design a baseline research plan that aligns with allotted resources; 3.,Collect relevant data from a variety of sources; and 4. Develop robust baseline estimates of annual ASGM mercury use, gold production, and workforce within the country.


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Other
World Refrigeration Day - 26 June 2019: #Refrigerants4Life
United Nations Environment Programme, American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers

World Refrigeration Day poster


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2019
Other
Red Intergubernamental de Químicos y Desechos para América Latina y el Caribe: Puntos Focales Nacionales / Intergovernmental Network on Chemicals and Waste for Latin America and the Caribbean: National Focal Points
United Nations Environment Programme

Lista nacional de puntos focales de la Red Intergubernamental de Químicos y Desechos para América Latina y el Caribe


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2019
Global environment outlook (GEO), Summaries
Global Environment Outlook: GEO-6 - Summary for Policymakers
United Nations Environment Programme

This Summary for Policymakers highlights the findings of the sixth Global Environment Outlook (GEO-6) report.


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2019
Manuals, Guides and Toolkits
Become a #SolveDifferent Champion: A Guide for Member States
United Nations Environment Programme

This toolkit for Member States contains practical guidance and information for use in the lead-up to and during the Assembly.


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2019
Other
We Are Past Pledging and Politicking: The Way forward in 2019 - A letter from Joyce Msuya, Acting Executive Director of UN Environment
Msuya, Joyce

This letter from the Acting Executive Director of UN Environment is structured around four main points: i) Where we Stand; ii) Opportunities; iii) Pathways; and iv) A Call to Action. The letter concludes with a challenge: "In Nairobi next month, and in New York in September, let us all prove that we are ready to hold ourselves to account. Our scientists have calculated that we need to increase five-fold, our ambition on climate change.
So, I challenge you, as our window of opportunity gets smaller by the hour:
What does ambitious climate action look like for you?
For climate, for nature, for consumers? For people, for planet, for posterity? What are you ready to bring to the table?"


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2019
Reports and Books
Gobernanza Ambiental y la Agenda 2030 - Avances y buenas prácticas en América Latina y el Caribe
United Nations Environment Programme, Centro de Pensamiento Estratégico Internacional

Este documento presenta un análisis de las principales tendencias en materia de arreglos institucionales e instrumentos legales que avanzan en la integración de la dimensión ambiental del desarrollo sostenible.


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2018
Summaries
Perspectiva de la Gestión de Residuos en América Latina y el Caribe – Resumen para tomadores de decisiones
United Nations Environment Programme

El informe responde a la solicitud del Foro de Ministros de Medio Ambiente de América Latina y el Caribe, así como de la Asamblea de las Naciones Unidas para el Medio Ambiente, de disponer de una guía para el diseño de posibles políticas y programas en el área de la gestión de residuos. El documento, que ha contado con el aporte de numerosos gobiernos y expertos de la región, analiza las tendencias actuales y propone un conjunto de acciones en torno a una eficiente gestión de residuos, que permita la transición hacia un modelo de economía circular.


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2018