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The State of Plastics: World Environment Day Outlook 2018
United Nations Environment Programme

The benefits of plastic are undeniable. The material is cheap, lightweight and easy to make. These qualities have led to a boom in the production of plastic over the past century. This trend will continue as global plastic production skyrockets over the next 10 to 15 years. We are already unable to cope with the amount of plastic waste we generate. Only a tiny fraction is recycled. About 13 million tonnes of plastic leak into our oceans every year, harming biodiversity, economies and, potentially, our own health.

The world urgently needs to rethink the way we manufacture, use and manage plastic. This paper sets out the latest thinking on how we can achieve this. It looks at what governments, businesses and individuals can do to check the runaway production and consumption of plastic.


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Africa Waste Management Outlook
United Nations Environment Programme

Following the success of the Global Waste Management Outlook, IETC has been leading the development of a series of regional and thematic WM outlook. The Africa WM Outlook is part of this series and looks at the continent's trends in waste management and calls for action for improvements in the sector


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Greening the Rules of the Game: How Sustainability Factors Are Being Incorporated into Financial Policy and Regulation - Inquiry Working Paper 18/01 May 2018
United Nations Environment Programme

Over the past four years, the number of measures taken by financial policymakers and regulators to promote green and sustainable finance has significantly increased. This report is the first to chart this ‘quiet revolution’ and analyse this important new trend in terms of the geographical, sectoral and thematic spread of measures. Key findings include:

Globally, the number of sustainable finance measures has doubled between 2013 and 2017; International measures to promote sustainable finance have quadrupled between 2013 and 2017; Developed and developing countries have different priorities; Europe and Asia account for nearly two thirds of the measures.
The sectoral pattern has changed significantly; Slightly less than half of measures (44%) are mandatory in nature.

Many gaps in understanding and practice remain. We identify five key priorities for future work in this area: Classifying interventions, Evaluating impact,Policy and market linkages, Cross-country comparisons,International norms.


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Making Waves: Aligning the Financial System with Sustainable Development
United Nations Environment Programme

This report reviews the Inquiry’s core analysis, summarizes progress made in aligning the financial system with sustainable development between 2014 and 2017, reflects on the lessons that can be learned from the Inquiry’s approach, and highlights what still needs to be done and what success could look like. It finds real signs that a shift to a sustainable financial system is well under way.


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South Sudan: First State of Environment and Outlook Report 2018
United Nations Environment Programme, South Sudan, Ministry of Environment

One of the top priorities of the Government of South Sudan is to develop and implement sustainable management plans in the sub-sectors of the environment sector, so that the exploitation of natural resources does not adversely impact the environment. Until that is achieved, there is enormous pressure on natural resources, especially on the forests, as over 99 percent of the population of South Sudan depends on forests as their source of energy – fuel wood and charcoal, and timber for construction and furniture.
The lack of environmental standards and guidelines to safeguard the exploration and exploitation in the extractive industry has led to pollution in the oil elds and in the surrounding areas. This trend needs to be checked through the formulation of environmental policies, standards and guidelines, and enforcement of these instruments. This rst ever State of the Environment and Outlook report for South Sudan will form the basis and the benchmark for assessments, inventories, mapping and valuation of our vast natural resources. The information thus generated will be used for future planning and management of natural resources and environmental protection.


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