Our Planet
Sustainable Development: Time for global action - Our Planet March 2015
United Nations Environment Programme

As we move towards the historic post-2015 summit at the 70th UN General Assembly next September, governments will be expected to adopt a transformational sustainable development agenda, including the finalization of the Sustainable Development Goals. This issue of Our Planet emphasizes the importance of an integrated and universal approach to the Sustainable Development Goals and the post-2015 agenda. The SDGs are based on three principles: 1) leaving no-one behind (in terms of poverty alleviation and development)||2) ensuring equity and dignity for all||3) achieving prosperity within the Earth's safe and restored operating space. Our Planet also carries articles from leading authors on the post-2015 sustainable development agenda, as well as highlighting relevant work that UNEP has been carrying out in relation to the SDGs.


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Healthy Planet, Healthy People - Our Planet May 2015
United Nations Environment Programme

Perhaps nowhere is the importance of a well-managed environment as clear as in human health”, write Achim Steiner, Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and Margaret Chan, Director-General of the World Health Organisation (WHO) in a joint editorial of the latest issue of Our Planet. This issue demonstrates, through contributions from leading authors, how environmental risk factors such as pollution, chemical contamination and climate change bring diseases and death. It further emphasizes the importance of reducing environmental threats in order to improve human health. Relevant work carried out by UNEP and its partners in this area is also highlighted


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Global Climate Action: Innovations and Best Practices - Our Planet December 2015
United Nations Environment Programme

The momentum towards a low-carbon economy is unstoppable. This is the year in which the world not only decided that growth must be sustainable, equitable and low carbon, but also took crucial strides towards the inclusive, green economy. This issue of Our Planet highlights the measures various governments and other stakeholders have taken towards a low-carbon economy. Emphasis is given on the need for accelerated progress towards this change. Most encouraging is that the push for low carbon, sustainable growth is gathering momentum in the financial sector. Governments as well as the private sector now have a better understanding of the links between environmental, social and financial performance. It is now up to the governments to deliver the deal that ensures that the change towards a low-carbon economy occurs in time.


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Our Planet
Our Planet: Making Our Future Chemical-Safe
United Nations Environment Programme

Chemicals are used in almost every area of the world economy. The future of sustainable development is therefore inseparable from the way chemicals are managed from their design to production, use and disposal. In this issue of Our Planet, distinguished policy makers and experts highlight how addressing sound management of chemicals and waste is at the core of addressing the sustainable development issues of today. They urge all stakeholders to commit to a chemical-safe future for health, environment and economic growth.


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2015