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Yearbooks and Frontiers
UNEP Year Book 2012: emerging issues in our global environment
United Nations Environment Programme

The UNEP Year Book 2012 shows that we have been experiencing an exceptional level of ecological extremes. However, scientists and policy makers have been making headway on addressing some of the most pressing environmental issues. The 2012 Year Book presents the most important events and developments from the year, gives a picture of the status of key environmental indicators, and also highlights two emerging issues in detail: the benefits of soil carbon and the decommissioning of nuclear power plants. The Year Book is intended to strengthen the science-policy interface by informing interested parties about the most relevant environmental issues.


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2012
Annual Reports
UNEP 2011 annual report
United Nations Environment Programme

2011 proved a landmark year in which many of the transformational reforms, launched in 2008, really began to bear fruit in terms of a transition to a results-based, more effective and more responsive UNEP. This is a summary of UNEP's work in 2011.


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2012
Reports and Books
Achieving the global transition to energy efficient lighting toolkit
United Nations Environment Programme

This publication was developed to present a concise set of options and policy suggestions to countries and interested stakeholders. It provides efficient lighting best practices and case studies from programmes throughout the world. It addresses technology, policy, consumer and environmental protection issues. It enables a country to select relevant information and guidance and apply these to suit local or regional conditions.


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2012
Reports and Books
Our Planet 40 years of WED
United Nations Environment Programme

The United Nations Environment Programme's flagship magazine.


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2012
GEO
Global Environment Outlook 5: Environment for the future we want
United Nations Environment Programme

In 1995, in support of UNEPs unique mandate within the UN system to keep under review the world environmental situation, (GA resolution 2997 of December 1972), the UNEP Governing Council requested a new, comprehensive report on the state of the world environment (Decision 18/27 C). The tool that UNEP employs to do this is the Global Environment Outlook or GEO. GEO is a process of conducting a global integrated environmental assessment that delivers the best available scientific findings to policy makers so that they can make informed decisions. In this way, the assessment bridges the science and policy realms. GEO is also a product. Using integrated environmental assessment (IEA) methodology, UNEP has produced a series of GEO reports which have analyzed environmental state and trends at the global and regional scales, described plausible outlooks for various time frames and formulated policy options. Each GEO report builds on the assessment findings of its predecessor and also draws from lessons learned on process. The 25th session of the UNEP Governing Council, through Decision 25/2: III, requested the Executive Director to undertake a comprehensive integrated global assessment, the fifth report in the Global Environment Outlook series, GEO-5.


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2012
Reports and Books
Global outlook on sustainable consumption and production policies: taking action together
United Nations Environment Programme

The Global Outlook on Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) Policies, developed by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) with the financial support of the European Commission, provides a non-exhaustive review of policies and initiatives that are promoting the shift towards SCP patterns. This report identifies examples of effective policies and initiatives being implemented worldwide. It reviews 56 case studies ranging from global multilateral agreements and regional strategies to specific policies and initiatives and shows progress achieved in promoting SCP, highlighting best practices and offering recommendations to scale up and replicate these important efforts worldwide.


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2012
Serials
Tunza vol. 9.3: the road to Rio+20
United Nations Environment Programme

UNEP magazine for youth.


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2011
Reports and Books
Environmental assessment of Ogoniland
United Nations Environment Programme

A major new independent scientific assessment, carried out by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), shows that pollution from over 50 years of oil operations in the region has penetrated further and deeper than many may have supposed. The assessment has been unprecedented. Over a 14-month period, the UNEP team examined more than 200 locations, surveyed 122 kilometers of pipeline rights of way, reviewed more than 5,000 medical records and engaged over 23,000 people at local community meetings. The environmental restoration of Ogoniland could prove to be the world's most wide-ranging and long term oil clean-up exercise ever undertaken if contaminated drinking water, land, creeks and important ecosystems such as mangroves are to be brought back to full, productive health. The report key findings are alarming both in terms of human health protection and environmental protection.


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2011
Yearbooks and Frontiers
UNEP Year Book 2011: emerging issues in our global environment
United Nations Environment Programme

The UNEP Year Book 2011 shows that we have been experiencing an exceptional level of ecological extremes. However, scientists and policy makers have been making headway on addressing some of the most pressing environmental issues.The 2012 Year Book presents the most important events and developments from the year, gives a picture of the status of key environmental indicators, and also highlights two emerging issues in detail: the benefits of soil carbon and the decommissioning of nuclear power plants. The Year Book is intended to strengthen the science-policy interface by informing interested parties about the most relevant environmental issues.


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2011
Reports and Books
UNEP science strategy 2011-2013
United Nations Environment Programme

The science strategy addresses the need to strengthen the scientific base of UNEP and to reinforce its work on the science-policy interface. The Strategy has four overarching goals covering the areas of emerging issues, sustainability scenarios, sustainability science, and scientific competence.


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2011