Tagged on: Climate change

Reports and Books
Global Assessment of Sand and Dust Storms
United Nations Environment Programme

The specific objectives of the assessment are to: 1) Synthesise and highlight the environmental and socio-economic causes and impacts of SDS, as well as available technical measures for their mitigation, at the local, regional and global levels||2) Show how the mitigation of SDS can yield multiple sustainable development benefits||3) Synthesize information on current policy responses for mitigating SDS and 4) Present options for an improved strategy for mitigating SDS at the local, regional and global levels, building on existing institutions and agreements.


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2016
Reports and Books
Environment, religion and culture in the context of the 2030 agenda for sustainable development
United Nations Environment Programme

Critical action is needed by the international community to address urgent and increasing environmental degradation, and related challenges of social and economic unsustainability. Religion and culture can significantly address climate change, biodiversity and ecosystem loss, pollution, deforestation, desertification and unsustainable land and water use, and other urgent issues identified in a shared vision by all nations in line with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Through integrating environmental dimension of the 2030 Agenda, religious and cultural communities can also promote strong, inclusive, green, sustainable and transformative economies, based on circularity, sharing and collaboration, and alternative measures of growth and wellbeing. They can be instrumental in educating for more sustainable lifestyles and behaviours to achieve sustainable consumption and production, and in considering the impact of their actions on others. They can significantly contribute to ending extreme poverty, leaving no one behind when addressing multi-dimensional poverty and related challenges such as the rights of women, youth and minorities, and access for all to basic services. They can promote innovative nature-based solutions, respect for traditional knowledge and cultural diversity, exercise environmental stewardship and duty of care, build an ethic of global and local citizenship, promote good governance, tolerance, and reconciliation, and build safe, inclusive and peaceful societies. It has become more urgent than ever to promote and disseminate morals, values, behaviours and creative solutions conducive to attaining the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. This universal agenda, and the emerging understanding of the points of religious agreement in environmental ethics, can be the corner stones for a common vision that enhances the role of religion and culture in achieving sustainability. Inter-faith and inter-cultural dialogue can converge on a few insights, among them that of nature as sacred, and the rights of nature, both of which are shared by most organized religions and indigenous peoples, and many natural scientists. Among the many positive actions – large and small – are the 2030 Agenda and SDGs, and the Paris Climate Change. Agreement||the actions of faith based declarations and statements, especially in relation to climate change||the actions of indigenous cultural leaders in support of greater rights and respect of cultural diversity||and the 7 million voices that engaged in vision setting in the run up to the 2030 Agenda and SDGs. These have all come together in a historic year of 2015, and provide tremendous opportunities for building a global partnership for shifting the paradigm and addressing the crucial challenges of our era, both for humanity today as well as for future generations.


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2016
Reports and Books
Stratégie méditerranéenne pour le développement pour le développement durable 2016-2025: Investir dans la durabilité environnementale pour atteindre le développement économique et social
United Nations Environment Programme. Mediterranean Action Plan

Les objectifs généraux de la Stratégie sont les suivants : Fournir un cadre politique stratégique pour assurer un futur durable à la Région Méditerranée||Adapter les engagements internationaux aux conditions régionales, guider les stratégies nationales et stimuler la coopération régionale pour la réalisation des objectifs de développement durable||Lier la nécessité de protéger l’environnement avec le développement socio-économique.


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2016
Serials
UNEP in Africa newsletter: March - April 2016
United Nations Environment Programme

The Newsletter of UNEP's Regional Office for Africa


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2016
Reports and Books
Integrated assessment of short-lived climate pollutants in Latin America and the Caribbean: Summary for decision makers
United Nations Environment Programme

In 2011, two scientific global assessments coordinated by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) identified a number of win-win measures for near-term climate change and clean air benefits. Implementation of these cost-effective and readily available measures, which target reducing emissions of short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs) in key sectors, can bring rapid and multiple benefits for human well-being and support countries achieve their development objectives, while simultaneously increasing their ambition for climate mitigation in the near term. The reduction in SLCP emissions should, however, be done in parallel with the reduction in carbon dioxide (CO2 ) emissions.


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2016
Reports and Books
WMO statement on the status of the global climate in 2015
World Meteorological Organization

As part of its mandate to provide authoritative information about weather, climate and water, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) conducts annual assessments of the state of the global climate. For over two decades, those assessments have been published in the six official languages of the United Nations in order to inform governments, international agencies and other WMO partners about global climate trends, and extreme and notable weather and climate events at the national and regional levels.


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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.


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2016
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).


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2016
Policy and Strategy Documents
Programme of work and budget for the biennium 2018‒2019 Report of the Executive Director [Approved]
United Nations Environment Assembly of the United Nations Environment Programme

The present report sets out the proposed programme of work and budget for the biennium 2018–2019, reflecting the outcome of consultations with the Committee of Permanent Representatives to the United Nations Environment Programme. Without prejudice to further work that might be undertaken by the Committee of Permanent Representatives on this matter, the proposed programme of work and budget are being submitted to the United Nations Environment Assembly for its consideration.


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2016
Reports and Books
Regional oceans governance: Making regional seas programmes, regional fishery bodies and large marine ecosystem mechanisms work better together
United Nations Environment Programme

This review is intended to assist states that participate in existing regional oceans governance mechanisms, as well as those that are considering participating, by clarifying the key distinctions between their mandates, highlighting the successes and challenges of existing mechanisms, and outlining cooperation and coordination efforts. Options are identified for strengthening existing mechanisms and cooperation and coordination between them, as well as for the creation of new regional oceans governance mechanisms, with particular reference to EBM.


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2016