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Reports and Books
Sustainability Reporting in the Financial Sector: A Governmental Approach
United Nations Environment Programme, Group of Friends of Paragraph 47

This report takes a detailed look at reporting by the financial sector. It explores the variety of laws, regulations, codes and voluntary initiatives that have driven reporting, illustrated through case studies.


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Chapters and Articles, Manuals and Guides
Guidelines for Customization of the Integrated Environmental Assessment and Reporting Training Manual
United Nations Environment Programme

The Customization Guidelines are intended to assist users with adapting the Training Manual for applications that accept the overall IEA approach, but need to follow some alternative methodologies.


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Summaries
From conflicto a la consolidación de la paz: La función de los recursos naturales y el medio ambiente
United Nations Environment Programme

This report, which inaugurates a new policy series by UNEP on the environmental dimensions of disasters and conflicts, aims to summarize  the current academic knowledge and field experience on the linkages between environment, conflict and peacebuilding, and to demonstrate the need for those linkages to be addressed in a more coherent and systematic way by the UN, Member States and other stakeholders. Written to inform UN entities, Member States and other peacebuilding actors, it presents fourteen case studies and provides key recommendations for addressing natural resources and the environment in conflict management.


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Global Report on the Status of Legal Limits on Lead in Paint
United Nations Environment Programme

This report provides a global overview on the progress of countries in passing laws and regulations that limit the manufacture, import, export, sale and use of lead paints. It also illustrates a range of legal approaches that attempt to limit the use of lead-containing paint. In so doing, it becomes a valuable reference for countries seeking to establish their own laws and regulations on lead in paint.


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Reports and Books, Manuals and Guides
A Framework for Freshwater Ecosystem Management Volume 1: Overview and Guide for Country Implementation
United Nations Environment Programme

The main aim of the Framework for Freshwater Ecosystem Management series is to support countries to sustainably manage freshwater ecosystems. In doing so, it supports national and international goals related to freshwater ecosystems, such as certain Aichi Biodiversity Targets and Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) targets. This volume provides an overview of the Framework, and places it in the context of supporting Agenda 2030. It is intended for a wide audience, including decision makers, practitioners, scientists, non-governmental organizations and the general public.


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Financing the Transition: How Climate Change Could Impact the Financial System - Thought Piece for the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA)
United Nations Environment Programme

This paper presents a fictional Fast Track scenario, suggesting the key features of how a rapid transition to a low-carbon, resilient economy could play out in the financial system in terms of impacts on assets as well as on financial policy. This scenario helps to challenge some of today’s assumptions, notably that climate disruption is distant in time, largely driven by developed countries, has limited implications for financial authorities and is set apart from questions of financial culture and conduct.


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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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Roadmap for a Sustainable Financial System
United Nations Environment Programme

The objective of this Roadmap is to propose an integrated approach that can be used by all financial sector stakeholders—both public and private—to accelerate the transformation toward a sustainable financial system. This approach can bring policy cohesiveness across ministries, central banks, financial regulators, and private financial sector participants to focus efforts. The ultimate vision that the Roadmap seeks to reach is one of a financial system that integrates sustainability considerations into its operations, including the full costing of positive and negative externalities that sustainability implies, leading to a reorientation of the flow of resources toward more inclusive and sustainable activities.


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Our Planet
Towards a Pollution-free Planet - Our Planet December 2017
United Nations Environment Programme

In this issue of Our Planet, policymakers, experts and business leaders examine the growing threat of pollution, its enormous impacts on people and the environment, and the innovative solutions that can help us move towards a pollution-free planet.


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Reports and Books
Frontiers 2017: Emerging Issues of Environmental Concern
United Nations Environment Programme

This planet and its people face a growing number of challenges. They are as diverse as our cultures and environments, but they can all be tackled through a combination of science, policy and action. The Frontiers 2017 report presents six emerging issues of environmental concern with global implications: Antimicrobial resistance, nanomaterials, marine protected areas, sand and dust storms, solar energy, and environmental displacement.


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