Reports and Books
Faith for Earth Dialogue: United Nations Environment Assembly 4 - Synthesis Paper
United Nations Environment Programme

One of the main objectives of the Faith for Earth Initiative is to strategically engage with faith-based organisations (FBOs) and mobilise faith leaders and the faith community in an effective partnership to collectively achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and fulfil the objectives of the 2030 Agenda.
This paper thematically synthetises the presentations and dialogue that were held during UNEA-4, highlighting examples of best practices in terms of innovation from FBOs for sustainable consumption and production, priorities that have come through from discussions and potential areas for collaboration and cooperation.


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2019
Reports and Books
Mapping Current and Future Priorities for Coral Restoration and Adaptation Programs: International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI) Ad Hoc Committee on Reef Restoration 2019 Interim Report
International Coral Reef Initiative, United Nations Environment Programme

This report summarises the findings of an initial scoping study which aimed to identify common interests, facilitate global and regional collaborations, and help identify opportunities for co-investment in research and development. This study is a starting point for a wider global review and conversation into how active interventions should fit within coral reef management in a changing world. This interim report recommends: • Strong action on climate change and other stressors: Coral restoration should not be viewed as a replacement for reducing local, regional and global stressors acting on reefs.
• Invest in research and development: Substantial research and development is required to scale up and improve all facets of restoration and adaptation.
• Promote knowledge-sharing and collaboration: There would be great benefit in global cooperation, collaboration and knowledge-sharing to ensure efficient use of resources. • Develop best practice guidelines: Science-based guidance for restoration practitioners is critically needed, and the UNEP and collaborating organisations have committed to facilitating the production of guidelines in the near future. • Develop policy and plans: New or refined policy and plans relevant to restoration and adaptation are needed. • Promote ‘blue restoration’: the UN Decade of Ecosystem Restoration represents an opportunity to promote ‘blue restoration’ including restoring coral reefs. Further, the goal of large-scale restoration, to sequester carbon and reduce anthropogenic climate change, could help mitigate the main threat to coral reefs.


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2019
Chapters and Articles, Reports and Books
The Evolving Chemicals Economy: Status and Trends Relevant for Sustainability - Global Chemicals Outlook II Part I
United Nations Environment Programme

Part I provides information on progress made towards the implementation of the 2020 goal, focusing on impact indicators. Findings indicate that the international community is not on track to minimize the adverse impacts of chemicals and waste on human health and the environment. It includes the following chapters: 1/ The chemical industry; 2/ Trends in production and sales of speci c chemicals; 3/ Megatrends and chemical-intensive industry sectors: risks and opportunities; 4/ Global supply chains, chemicals in products, and circularity; 5/ Chemical pollution: emissions, releases and wastes; 6/ Concentrations of chemicals in the environment and humans; 7/ Environmental, health and social e ects of chemicals; and 8/ The economic bene ts of action and the costs of inaction.


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2019
Reports and Books
Synthesis Report: Carbon Pricing Approaches in Eastern and Southern Africa - A Report Submitted under the Collaborative Instruments for Ambitious Climate Action (CI-ACA)
United Nations Environment Programme

This report shows commitment of countries participating in climate change initiatives and how they have positioned their contributions towards the goals set out in the Paris Agreement.


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2019
Reports and Books, Serials
Regional Seas Application of Area-based Management Tools, including Marine Protected Areas: Case Studies. UN Environment Regional Seas Reports and Studies No. 214
United Nations Environment Programme, Mediterranean Action Plan

The present document aims at providing, for the benefits of the negotiation during the intergovernmental conference, practical information on how the selected regional seas conventions that cover areas beyond national jurisdiction identify, assess, designate and develop management programmes for, areas for applying their area-based management tools, including marine protected areas.


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2019
Manuals, Guides and Toolkits, Reports and Books
UNEP Guidance - Enforcement of Chemicals Control Legislation
United Nations Environment Programme

This guidance document builds upon an earlier United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) publication, Guidance on the Development of Legal and Institutional Infrastructures and Measures for Recovering Costs of National Administration for Sound Management of Chemicals (LIRA Guidance). It provides guidance on how to ensure effective compliance with rules and regulations.


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2019
Reports and Books
Environmental Rule of Law: First Global Report
United Nations Environment Programme

As the first assessment of the global environmental rule of law, this Report draws on experiences, challenges, viewpoints, and successes of diverse countries around the world, highlighting global trends as well as opportunities for countries and partners to strengthen the environmental rule of law. The Report highlights the need to undertake a regular global assessment of the state of environmental rule of law. To track progress nationally and globally, it is necessary to utilize a set of consistent indicators. The Report proposes an indicator framework for environmental rule of law and highlights existing datasets that may be utilized in support of the global assessment.
The Report also calls for a concerted effort to support countries in pilot testing approaches to strengthen environmental rule of law. Such an initiative could support testing of approaches in diverse contexts, and then adapting them before scaling them up. It should also foster exchange of experiences between jurisdictions to foster learning.


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2019
Reports and Books
Ecosystem-based Adaptation: Selected Case Studies from Africa
United Nations Environment Programme

Efforts to protect the environment can have a negative impact on people’s livelihoods if it does not increase livelihood options from the ecosystem. So how do we maintain a healthy environment as
climate changes and at the same time meet people’s needs? Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) may be an answer. This report discusses five case studies related to vulnerable ecosystems and livelihood of people, in the application of EbA in Africa.


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2019
Reports and Books
Invest in a Healthy Planet - Invest in UN Environment
United Nations Environment Programme

Since 1972, the UN Environment Programme has served as a powerful advocate for the environment. This publication further illustrates who we are and what we do. It also makes the case for the importance of flexible core financial resources; how they are the bedrock of our work and enable us to invest in essential capacity and expertise to deliver the work that our 193 Member States mandate us to do.


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2019
Reports and Books
Safe Climate: A Report of the Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and the Environment - A/74/161
United Nations Environment Programme
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2019