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Trade and Environment Briefings: Sustainable Fisheries - Policy Brief 4
United Nations Environment Programme, International Trade Center (ITC), International Center for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD)

Fish and fishery products represent one of the most extensively traded commodities in the world. Trade is especially strong among developing countries, which produce nearly three times as much fish as developed countries. However, their future trade and development possibilities in this sector have been jeopardised by over-exploitation and the effects of climate change, which have severely stressed global fish stocks. The adoption of green fishing practices, reforming distorting subsidies and eliminating trade barriers, are needed to ensure the long-term viability of the fisheries trade. This would allow developing countries to exploit the full potential of the sector to spur domestic social development while transitioning to a green economy.


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Sustainable Food Systems and Food Security: Enhancing Food Security Through Sustainable Food Systems - SDG Policy Brief No. 006 April 2019
United Nations Environment Programme

Food loss and waste occurs along the entire food chain. Food loss is the decrease in quantity or quality of food, while food waste refers to discarding or non-food use of food set for human consumption. Unsustainable farming, storage and distribution processes, lack of consumer awareness coupled with environmental factors such as climate change and natural disasters continue to escalate the challenges on food security. Food loss and waste represents a significant inefficiency in the world’s current food system and taking action to reduce it can conserve the environment, decrease greenhouse gas emissions and promote efficient land and water use.


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Clean Energy in China - Clean Air Policy Brief 2019
United Nations Environment Programme

The objective of this policy brief is to give an overview of the energy transition of China to attain a cleaner energy future. In general, the brief includes a discussion on the successes in this effort along with the related challenges.


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