Policy and Strategy Documents
UN Environment and EbA - Briefing Note 7
United Nations Environment Programme, United Nations Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre

UN Environment has a strong history of supporting the development and implementation of ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA). Since the term EbA was adopted by the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in 2010, UN Environment has worked with decision-makers and practitioners from around the world to understand how EbA can best contribute to national adaptation efforts and to support best-practice implementation of EbA measures on the ground.
This briefing note highlights UN Environment’s key strengths in relation to EbA and outlines some of UN Environment’s priorities for EbA work going forward while drawing on its extensive network and resources.


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2019
Factsheets, Policy and Strategy Documents
Taking Urgent Action to Combat Climate Change and its Impact - SDG13 Issue Brief
United Nations Environment Programme

Sustainable Development Goal 13 (SDG 13) – to take urgent action to combat climate change and its impact is one of gravest existential threats facing our collective, sustainable future survival on this planet.


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2019
Policy and Strategy Documents
HS Codes for HFCs: Advice for countries in Advance of the 2022 HS Code Update - OzonAction Policy Brief
United Nations Environment Programme

Until the World Customs Organization’s Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System, or Harmonized System (HS) is revised in 2022, all HS codes for hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) are contained in a single HS code which does not allow differentiation of the individual chemicals or of mixtures/blends. This document outlines a proactive interim approach, recommended by the World Customs Organization (WCO), to establish additional digits in the existing national HS codes to identify specific HFCs to facilitate monitoring of trade and enable a licencing system to function effectively.


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2019
Policy and Strategy Documents
Trade in Environmentally Sound Technologies Opportunities and Challenges in the ASEAN Region - Policy Brief
United Nations Environment Programme, University of Malaya, Technical University of Denmark

Trade in environmentally sound technologies offers triple win opportunities for the environment, economy and people in developing countries. This project aims to support and enable developing countries in the ASEAN region to objectively assess and understand the opportunities, benefits and challenges of liberalized trade in environmentally sound technologies and thus contribute to the implementation of climate goals and the Sustainable Development Goals related to trade, energy, technology and climate change.


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2019
Policy and Strategy Documents
Shades of Green: An Introduction to the Green Economy for Parliamentarians - Issues Brief February 2019
United Nations Environment Programme

In line with the partnership between UN Environment and the IPU, this issue brief aims to provide parliamentarians with a basic understanding of the green economy and of the policies required to transition toward it.


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2019
Policy and Strategy Documents
Unlocking Trade in Environmentally Sound Technologies to Tackle Air Pollution
United Nations Environment Programme, African Center for Technology Studies, Technical University of Denmark

Environmentally Sound Technologies are defined as technologies that protect the environment, are less polluting, use all resources in a
more sustainable manner, recycle more of their wastes and products and handle residual wastes in a more acceptable way than the
technologies for which they are substitutes. They can also be referred to as “clean” technologies.
Increasing the uptake of environmentally sound technologies can result in several benefits for the environment, including reduced air
pollution. Access to cost-effective technologies through trade can help to both stimulate the green economy and to achieve global sustainable development objectives.


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2019
Policy and Strategy Documents
SDG 16 Issue Brief: Sustainable Development Goal 16 (SDG 16) - Promote Peaceful and Inclusive Societies for Sustainable Development, Provide Access to Justice for All and Build Effective, Accountable and Inclusive Institutions at All Levels
United Nations Environment Programme

SDG 16, with its emphasis on realizing peaceful, inclusive and just societies, provides the foundations for achieving all other SDGs. No resource or tool is more powerful in making progress, economically, environmentally and socially, than a sum of persons empowered to fulfill their potentials in a safe and secure environment, where rule of law prevails.


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2019
Policy and Strategy Documents
Navigating the Adaptation Challenge - Briefing Note 2
United Nations Environment Programme, United Nations Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre

This Briefing Note introduces how resilience thinking, which considers interactions within a coupled socialecological system, can help to navigate the adaptation challenge and explores the use of ecosystems as part of the solution to the overall challenge. It also discusses a number of challenges inherent to EbA itself and how to move forward in addressing them.


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2019
Policy and Strategy Documents
Voluntary National Reviews: The Environmental Dimension - Policy Brief [including Tables Annex]
United Nations Environment Programme, Forum for Law, Environment, Development and Governance (FLEDGE)

By focusing on the extent to which the environmental dimension of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) has been addressed in the voluntary national reviews (VNRs) submitted by countries to the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) in 2016 and 2017, the policy brief uses a set methodology to review all the voluntary national reviews submitted by 64 countries in 2016 and 2017. Though early in the timeline, the two cycles of reviews indicate the growing interest of member states to focus on actions related to environmental dimension of achieving the SDGs. The brief also provides an overall assessment of the VNRs as a review mechanism and suggests recommendations to strengthen the reporting of the environmental dimension moving forward.


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2018
Reports and Books, Policy and Strategy Documents
Law and National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans
United Nations Environment Programme

This paper provides an overview of current thinking and the experience of countries in using legal frameworks to implement the Convention on Biological Diversity at the national level through National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans and provides options for enhancing legal preparedness in revising and implementing the National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans and the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011–2020 and achieving the Aichi Biodiversity Targets.


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2018