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Guide to the Ratification and Accession to the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization
United Nations Environment Programme

The Guidebook is a “how to” guide on the steps towards ratification of, acceptance of, approval of or accession to, the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization. It provides references and describes strategies and techniques for good practice on ratification of the Protocol.


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2018
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2018 Global Status Report: Towards a Zero-emission, Efficient and Resilient Buildings and Construction Sector
International Energy Agency, United Nations Environment Programme

This Global Status Report documents the status and trends of key indicators for energy use, emissions, technologies, policies, and investments to track the buildings and construction sector, globally and in key regions. Central findings of this report include:

- Buildings play a dominant role in the clean energy transition. Buildings construction and operations accounted for 36% of global final energy use and nearly 40% of energy‐related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in 2017.
- Global buildings sector energy use continues to grow, but not as quickly as population or floor area. Heating, lighting and household cooking are the most improved building end uses. Continued increases in population and floor area are and will be the principal factors of rising energy demand in buildings.
- Buildings and construction sector emissions appear to have levelled off since 2015, although they still represent the largest share of total global energy‐related CO2 emissions. A clean energy transition will enable a steady decrease in future emissions.
- Global dialogue is supporting progress in developing policies for sustainable buildings. Most countries have submitted nationally determined contributions (NDCs) that relate to buildings and some have improved them; however, many NDCs still lack specific actions.
- Countries are continuing to implement and update building energy codes and certification policies. However, most expected future buildings growth is in countries that do not have mandatory energy codes and policies in place today.
- Investment in energy efficiency in buildings has slowed. Incremental energy efficiency investment increased by 4.7% in 2017 (3% adjusted for inflation), which is the lowest rate of increase in recent years.


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2018
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Strengthening Legal Frameworks for Licit and Illicit Trade in Wildlife and Forest Products: Lessons from the Natural Resource Management, Trade Regulation and Criminal Justice Sectors
United Nations Environment Programme

This analysis provides a working understanding of illicit
trade in wildlife and forest products. In parallel to the
conduct of this analysis, UN Environment has been
facilitating an experts’ process on crimes that have serious impacts on the environment. This process has resulted, among others, in a publication by UN Environment entitled "The State of Knowledge of Crimes that have Serious Impacts on the Environment".


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2018
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The Environmentally Sound Management of Used Lead Acid Batteries and the Use and Application of the Benchmarking Assessment Tool Workshop
United Nations Environment Programme
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2018
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From NIPs to Implementation: Lessons Learned Report
United Nations Environment Programme

The UN Environment, Chemicals and Health Branch implemented the full size Global Environmental Facility (GEF) project „Global project on the updating of National Implementation Plans for POPs“and the medium size GEF project „Global project on the updating of National Implementation Plans for POPs – add on to umbrella FSP project“. The objective of the two projects is to assist countries to review and update the National Implementation Plan (NIP) in order to comply with reporting obligations (Article 15) and updating of National Implementation Plans (Article 7) under the Stockholm Convention. The current report has been compiled considering the valuable information provided by a large majority of the projects countries, as well as by other invited countries with relevant experience on the developing, updating or revising of the national implementation plans. Moreover, information provided by other GEF implementing agencies, as well as by the non-governmental organizations was also considered.


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2018
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Global Judicial Handbook on Environmental Constitutionalism - 2nd Edition
United Nations Environment Programme

This Handbook is designed to provide jurists with an overview of environmental constitutionalism: we address what it is, the peculiar practical and procedural issues it presents, and how courts from around the globe have engaged it.


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2018
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Trade in Environmentally Sound Technologies: Implications for Developing Countries
United Nations Environment Programme

This report aims to enhance understanding of the implications, capacity needs and enabling conditions for trade liberalization of environmentally sound technologies (ESTs), with focus on developing countries. It focuses its analysis on five ESTs, namely solar photovoltaic cells (PVs), water filters, waste incinerators, gas filtering machinery, hemp and flax fibers.
To do that, the study takes a holistic approach and combines trade flow analysis with policy research. It draws upon findings from two regional assessments on EST trade in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the East African Community (EAC), including country case studies in Malaysia and Kenya. Data was collected from multiple sources, including the United Nations Comtrade database, the World Trade Organization (WTO) database on trade in services, country- and company-level data, as well as scientific publications.


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2018
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Procedure for Air Monitoring using Active Air Samplers (HVS)
United Nations Environment Programme

“Sampling methods for air and QA/QC procedures should, as far as possible, be adopted from existing air monitoring programmes1 for POPs, but they will need to be adapted to and validated for the specific conditions, concentration levels and temperature at the sampling sites.” This document therefore comprises, as a contribution to the capacity building efforts under the Global Monitoring Plan under the Stockholm Convention by the Stockholm Convention Regional Centre in the Czech Republic, a description of the operation procedure and methodology for sampling of ambient air by active sampler as a first attempt to bring key steps into one document. As there are several monitoring programmes, each of them using different type of active sampler, we are hereby describing a case study example of the device Leckel MVS-6 (middle volume sampler) used in the sampling sites in Africa.


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2018
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Factors Driving the Gender Gap in Agricultural Activity: Malawi
United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, United Nations Development Programme, Poverty-Environment Initiative, United Nations Environment Programme

This study confirms the presence of a gender gap in agricultural productivity in rural Malawi. Agriculture comprises 30% of Malawi's gross domestic product. Closing the gender gap in Malawi could result in an increase of USD 100 million in gross domestic product and lift 238,000 Malawians out of poverty each year over a 10-year period.


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2018
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Building Circularity into Our Economies through Sustainable Procurement
United Nations Environment Programme

This document aims to introduce the role that sustainable procurement can play to accelerate the transition to a circular economy and the shift towards more sustainable patterns of consumption and production, based on the work conducted by the United Nations Environment Programme in this eld and on the experience documented by partners and governments. The document intends to inform dialogues on how best to bring more circularity in our economies at global level; it is addressed to both public procurers and policy makers, as well as corporate buyers and business leaders. The main subjects treated in this report are circular procurement, sustainable procurement, institutional purchasing, and circularity in procurement.


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2018