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Emissions Gap Reports, Reports and Books
The Emissions Gap Report 2016: A UNEP Synthesis Report
United Nations Environment Programme

In line with previous reports, the objective of the 2016 Emissions Gap Report is to provide an up-to-date scientific assessment of the global progress towards the emissions reductions required to be on track to meet the long-term goal of the UNFCCC. In particular, this year the report emphasizes the implications of the Paris Agreement’s strengthened goal of holding the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2°C, and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels for immediate and longer-term mitigation action.


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2016
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The global innovative index 2016: Winning with global innovation
Johnson Cornell University

Innovation is now widely recognized as a central driver of economic growth and development. The Global Innovation Index (GII) aims to capture the multi-dimensional facets of innovation by providing a rich database of detailed metrics for 128 economies, which represent 92.8% of the world’s population and 97.9% of global GDP. As UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon noted at the UN Economic and Social Council in 2013, the GII is a ‘unique tool for refining innovation policies… for providing an accurate picture on the role of science, technology and innovation in sustainable development’. Since the first edition of the GII, science and innovation have become more open, collaborative, and geographically dispersed. As the quest for innovative solutions expands, the likelihood of technological breakthroughs or affordable innovations—in areas as varied as health and the environment—increases. Yet innovation has sometimes not been portrayed as a global win-win proposition. On the contrary, most metrics and policies are designed at and for the national level. The analysis in this year’s edition, The Global Innovation Index 2016: Winning with Global Innovation, is dedicated to this theme, paving the way for improved policy making that takes into account today’s potential for collaborative global innovation.


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2016
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Imagining a sustainable financial system
United Nations Environment Programme

This paper has been developed as the framing paper for the Research Convening on Design Options for a Sustainable Financial System, which the UNEP Inquiry and CIGI held on 2-3 December 2014 in Waterloo, Canada. The workshop included participants from a range of academic and research institutions from the Waterloo region and abroad, including the University of Waterloo, the University of London, Harvard University, and the University of Gothenburg.


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2016
Reports and Books
UN Environment COP22 Events
United Nations Environment Programme

This brochure highlights key UN Environment events during COP22.


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2016
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Mountain partners: Applying ecosystem-based disaster risk reduction (Eco-DRR) for sustainable and resilient development planning in the Koh-E Baba mountains, Afghanistan
United Nations Environment Programme

This case study documents the experience, results and lessons of the Eco-DRR demonstration project in Afghanistan, which was implemented in three valleys of the Koh-e Baba Mountain area. The Eco-DRR project aimed to reduce harsh winter, flood and avalanche risks by promoting improved ecosystem management through a landscape approach. This approach entails bottom-up development planning, which takes into account environmental sustainability and disaster risk reduction, starting from villages and moving up to the entire landscape of the Koh-e Baba Mountains.


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2016
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Marine litter: Vital graphics
United Nations Environment Programme, Grid-Arendal

Every year, the sum of humanity’s knowledge increases exponentially. And as we learn more, we also learn there is much we still don’t know. Plastic litter in our oceans is one area where we need to learn more, and we need to learn it quickly. That’s one of the main messages in Marine Litter Vital Graphics. Another important message is that we already know enough to take action.


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2016
GEO, Reports and Books
GEO-6: Global Environment Outlook: Regional assessment for North America
United Nations Environment Programme

The sixth Global Environment Outlook (GEO-6) Regional Assessment for North America paints a comprehensive picture of the environmental factors contributing to human health and well-being at the regional level. Backed by a largebodyofrecent,crediblescientificevidence,regional-wide consultations and a robust intergovernmental process, the assessment demonstrates that regional and global multilateral environmental agreements have improved environmental conditions in North America.


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2016
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A framework for shaping sustainable lifestyles: determinants and strategies
United Nations Environment Programme

People make hundreds of thousands of decisions during the course of their lives. For the lucky among us, those decisions will vary widely. No matter how we choose, the lifestyles we end up living – or, in some cases, are forced to live – have a profound impact on our planet, affecting everything from how our economies run to the health of our environment. How we choose to live as a society and as individuals – what houses we choose and build, what food we eat and grow, how we spend our spare time, and what type of transport we use – will have an enormous impact on the trajectory of human history. This publication will help policymakers, individuals and other stakeholders understand what a holistic approach to lifestyle means and how different contexts require different lifestyle solutions. This publication does not set out to define what "the" sustainable lifestyle looks like. Instead, it can help guide a range of initiatives that enable lifestyle choices that contribute to sustainability


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2016
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The state of sustainable finance in the United States
United Nations Environment Programme

While US financial institutions have at times enjoyed a reputation of being something of a laggard on sustainability issues versus their European counterparts, significant changes and innovations are under way which are beginning to drive meaningful change. Record levels of awareness on sustainability issues in the US, including from millennials, are accelerating activities such as: - Increased levels of sustainable and responsible investing. - An increased focus from the largest US banks and other financial institutions on sustainability risks, lending practices and related opportunities. - US insurance companies and related regulators are also developing and evolving sustainability risk frameworks. - Federal and State policies are accelerating the ongoing US low carbon energy transition. - Financial innovation is driving meaningful change in many investment sectors while social innovation and culture development also continue to evolve. With energy costs curves seen as changing for the long term, levelling the playing field for lower carbon energy production, and interest in having a positive impact with investment dollars from millennials on the rise, a top-down, bottom-up race is under way which has created an important new dynamic leading to these actions. Accelerating these trends further can help make the US a leader on both designing and enabling sustainable financial systems.


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2016
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Human rights and sustainable finance: exploring the relationship
United Nations Environment Programme

In November 2014, the UNEP Inquiry on the Design of a Sustainable Financial System asked the Institute for Human Rights and Business (IHRB) to co-produce a paper on the relationship between a sustainable financial system and human rights (the Paper). This Paper is intended to inform the work of the Inquiry generally by: (i) observing the state of play with respect to consideration of human rights by key actors in the global financial system||(ii) exploring the deeper linkages between finance and human rights in some areas of the financial system that have not been explored||(iii) making policy recommendations where possible||and (iv) pointing to areas for future research. The Paper aims to inform the “inclusive” side of the “green and inclusive” discourse, and contribute toward the policy and regulatory recommendations made by the Inquiry in its October 2015 Global Report.


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2016