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Human Rights and the Environment Rio+20: Joint Report OHCHR and UNEP
United Nations Environment Programme, United Nations Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner

This report seeks to make a substantive contribution to Rio+20 through an analysis of the interrelationship between human rights and the environment, both integral and indivisible elements of sustainable development. This linkage is central to efforts to move towards a green economy and to sustainable approaches to food, energy and water security.


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Sahel atlas of changing landscapes: tracing trends and variations in vegetation cover and soil condition
Vgen, Tor-Gunnar, Gumbricht, Thomas

This atlas aims to illustrate a rigorous scientific basis for understanding processes of landscape change in the Sahel and describes landscapes climate vegetation and trends in vegetation and soil health. The atlas provides a pictorial overview of the application of land degradation surveillance science based approach to land health monitoring and assessment Systematic sampling and observation of ground conditions are combined with new technology for rapid soil characterization and with fine to moderate resolution satellite imagery to provide powerful inference about soil vegetation and socioeconomic conditions at local to regional scales.


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2012
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Environment and Climate Change Outlook
Ministry of Land and Environment Protection, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea

The Democratic People’s Republic (DPR) of Korea Environment and Climate Change Outlook Report (ECCO) is an important product of this process, which UNEP has supported through technical assistance. This report includes a synthesis of national studies and monitoring programmes that have taken place since the first State of Environment Report was released in 2003. It analyses key environmental issues in the country and is expected to guide environmental policy, strategy development and planning in coming decades.


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2012
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Sustainable Consumption and Production in Africa 2002-2012
United Nations Environment Programme

Africa has been the region in the lead for implementing SCP and the launch of the African 10-Year FrameworkProgramme (10-YFP) on Sustainable Consumption andProduction (SCP) demonstrated the commitment toimplement SCP activities in Africa. The development of national and local SCP programmes in several Africancountries has laid the ground for emphasising the importance of SCP in achieving sustainable development in Africa. The support provided by the Marrakech TaskForce on Cooperation with Africa in promoting SCP inthe region shows that partnership is very important in achieving sustainable development and alleviation of poverty in Africa. This publication provides a timely overview of activities on sustainable consumption and production in Africathat have been on-going during the past ten years. Themajority of these activities were implemented under the African 10-YFP on SCP. With the adoption of the global 10-YFP on SCP at Rio+20 there will be a platform to enhance cooperation and scale up support for the implementation of SCP patterns through existing regional initiatives including the African framework programme.


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2012
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Green growth, resources and resilience: environmental sustainability in Asia and the Pacific
United Nations Environment Programme, Asian Development Bank, UNESCAP

This report describes an evolving policy landscape characterized by a changing economic reality, rising demand for resources, increasingly apparent impacts of environmental and climate change, and increased risk and uncertainty. The report provides new insights into Asian and Pacific resource use trends and outlines key actions, including reforming economic incentives and promoting more inclusive and adaptive governance approaches, that governments can pursue to help bring economic growth strategies in closer alignment with the objective of sustainable development. It also provides examples of strategies for improving resilience to help deal with the increasing levels of risk faced by societies and economies. The report is the product of a combined effort by three institutions: the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). It is the sixth in a series of reports prepared by ESCAP for successive Ministerial Conferences on Environment and Development in Asia and the Pacific, and is the third in ADBs Asian Environment Outlook series. It is also in line with the mandate of UNEP to keep the state of the environment under review. The report provides timely support to policymakers and other stakeholders as they prepare for the 2012 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio +20) and as they continue work to address persistent and emerging challenges on their way to more sustainable development.


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2012