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Reports and Books
Financial Centres for Sustainability: Reviewing G7 Financial Centres in Mobilizing Green and Sustainable Finance
United Nations Environment Programme

This report takes stock of the sustainability agenda that is emerging for financial centres, reviews current practice across leading centres in G7 countries and suggests priorities for further action. It focuses on green and sustainable finance – in other words finance that delivers environmental benefits within the context of the wider transition to sustainable development.


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Reports and Books
Resource Efficiency: Potential and Economic Implications - International Resource Panel Report
United Nations Environment Programme

The findings of the report point out the importance of joining forces for acting now as well as the huge potential that resource efficiency can have, if it is implemented carefully and supported across different sectors and at multiple levels. The pressing need to invest in resource efficiency could actually lead to a positive economic outcome. The report shows how resource efficiency can lead to higher economic growth and employment, if supported by well-designed policies.


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Wild for Life: Join Us and Go Wild for Life
United Nations Environment Programme, Comics Uniting Nations, United Nations Children's Fund
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Reports and Books
The Sound Management of Chemicals and Wastes in the Context of the Sustainable Development Goals: Links between the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
United Nations Environment Programme

This publication outlines the links between existing and proposed goals, targets and indicators of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions and the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development, focusing on the key issues and opportunities to link the discussions and actions concerning the targets and indicators in an attempt to inform the deliberations in the Inter-Agency and Expert Group on Sustainable Development Goal Indicators of the United Nations Statistical Commission and at the multilateral environmental agreement level.


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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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Reports and Books, Manuals and Guides
Green Industrial Policy and Trade: A Tool-Box
United Nations Environment Programme, Partnership for Action on Green Economy

The Environment and Trade Hub of UN Environment and UNIDO, under the Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE), cooperate to undertake Green Economy Industry and Trade Assessments (GITA) in various PAGE partner countries, in collaboration with respective national partner institutes. To inform and guide the work of national partners, UN Environment and UNIDO have developed a tool-box discussing trade-related green industrial policies. The Green Industrial Policy and Trade Tool-box serves as a ‘how to’ guide for national partners in considering different trade-related policy options to promote green industrial development. The tool-box provides a concise but encompassing overview of trade-related green industry policy tools and presents a methodology to assess the application of these tools. It is targeted primarily at national policy makers and green economy professionals that want to support green industrial development to transition to an inclusive green economy.


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Reports and Books
Green Industrial Policy: Concept, Policies, Country Experiences
United Nations Environment Programme

“Green industrial policy: Concept, policies, country Experiences” is a joint publication by UN Environment and the German Development Institute/ Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE). It illustrates how green industrial policy can be a driver for a green economy transformation and highlights the social, environmental and economic co-benefits of green industrial policy. Economic development in the age of industrialization has been achieved at the cost of severe overexploitation of natural resources. Humanity is approaching various ecological tipping points beyond which abrupt and irreversible environmental change at large geographical scale is likely to happen. reen industrial policy instruments can support the transition to economic structures that balance environmental sustainability and wealth creation and help catalyse the needed change towards a sustainable future. The report provides valuable insights and background knowledge for policy-makers and academia and paints a detailed picture of the state of research into green industrial policy. With case studies from China, Morocco, Brazil and Germany, the report illustrates efforts for structural change around the world. A special focus is given to developing countries, because of their need for growth and their high potential for transformation, as they are not yet locked into unsustainable pathways.


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Reports and Books
Pensamento do Ciclo de Vida: Negócios conscientes à caminho da sustentabilidade
Sebrae, United Nations Environment Programme

Nesta cartilha, o empresário encontrará uma introdução prática sobre o pensamento de ciclo de vida e outras ferramentas, que podem ser aplicadas a empresas de qualquer porte. Para os pequenos negócios que buscam incorporar a sustentabilidade em seus modelos de negócios e, assim, tornarem-se fornecedoras de bens e serviços sustentáveis para grandes empresas e para o público em geral, a análise do pensamento de ciclo de vida é essencial.


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Serials, Policy and Strategy Documents
Gender and Environment: Empowering Rural Women: Access to Land and Natural Resources - SDG Policy Brief No. 002
United Nations Environment Programme

Women constitute approximately half of the rural labour force and are economically active in each subsector of the rural economy. Their livelihoods are often based on access to and control over natural resources. The potential economic gains from reducing the gender gap translate into significant poverty reduction and improved nutritional outcomes.


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Reports and Books
Eco-efficient Cements: Potential Economically Viable Solutions for a Low-CO2 Cement-based Materials Industry
United Nations Environment Programme

This report summarises the main conclusions of an inventory and analysis on low-CO2, eco-efficient cement-based materials, carried out by a multi-stakeholder working group initiated by the United Nations Environment Program Sustainable Building and Climate Initiative (UNEP-SBCI). The cement industry has already achieved significant reductions in the CO2 emissions associated with cement production, mainly through increased energy efficiency, use of alternative fuels including a wide range of wastes, as well as through clinker substitution. In addition to these traditional solutions, carbon capture and storage (CCS) has been identified as necessary to achieve the remaining reductions needed to keep global warming to below 2°C vs. pre-industrial levels.


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