Reports and Books
Solomon Islands - National Report for Third International Conference
Melchior Mataki

This is a preparatory report for the Solomon Islands towards the Small Islands Developing States (SIDs) Sustainable Development (SD) Conference in Samoa next year. The report assessed substantive issues pertinent to the 4 conference objectives (assess progress & gaps, seek political commitment, identify new and emerging challenges and opportunities, and priorities for the conference), identified key issues and barriers to the implementation of the conference objectives, and practical and pragmatic actions at the country level, and identified opportunities for cooperative partnerships. The priorities of the Solomon Islands for the 2014 Conference centres on the economic pillar of SD with a clear intention to provide the necessary resources to address the environmental and social protection pillars. Listed below is a synthesis of priorities derived from relevant national policy documents: ? Equitable and Sustainable Rural and General Economic Development ? Good Governance and Leadership at all levels ? Invest in Human Resources, Education Infrastructure and Institutional Development ? Improve Health and Medical Services ? Improve Water Supply and Sanitation ? Law and Order and Peaceful Country ? Improve Social and Cultural Services ? Promote Green Growth ? Improve the Integrity of Marine and Oceans Environment and Resources? Increase Education and Employment Opportunities ? Sustainability of Livelihood and Access to Basic Infrastructure and Service ? Environment Protection and Resource Management ? Invest in Renewable Energy Resources to progressively replace fossil fuel use for electricity generation ? Enhance ICT Connectivity ? Promote Private Sector Development ? Promote and Develop the Tourism Sector ? Promote and Invest in Sustainable Agriculture for National Food and Water Security ? Promote and Invest in Sustainable Oceanic Fisheries through measures such as expanding pole and line, onshore landing and processing of catch, investment in the local fishing industry and ensuring appropriate infrastructure to support fisheries development. ? Build on the Gains from MDGs, MSI and Rio+20 outcomes ? Merge the Inter-Governmental Processes of MDGs and SD goals ? Cost Effective and Sustainable Service Delivery Modality for SD goals


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2013
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Green Economy and Trade: Trends, Challenges and Opportunities
United Nations Environment Programme

This report has been prepared by the Trade, Policy and Planning Unit of the United Nations Environment Programme. It is a key component of the Green Economy and Trade Opportunities Project. It aims to identify a range of international trade opportunities in various key economic sectors associated with the transition to a green economy, identify policies and measures that may act as facilitators and overcome hindrances to seizing trade opportunities arising from the transition to a green economy, and assist governments, the private sector and other stakeholders to build capacity to take advantage of sustainable trade opportunities at the national, regional or international level.


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2013

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Reports and Books
City level decoupling: urban resource flows and the governance of infrastructure transitions
United Nations Environment Programme

This report examines the potential for decoupling at the city level. While the majority of the worlds population now live in cities and cities are where most resource consumption takes place, both the pressures and potentials to find ways to reconcile economic growth, wellbeing and the sustainable use of natural resources will therefore be greatest in cities.


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2013
Reports and Books
Minamata convention on mercury: text and annexes
United Nations Environment Programme

The Minamata Convention on Mercury is an important advance in global environmental stewardship. This multilateral agreement addresses the devastating effects of mercury through practical actions that will reduce global levels while promoting sustainable development. This booklet is published for information only. It does not substitute the original authentic texts of the Minamata Convention on Mercury as deposited with the Secretary-General of the United Nations acting as the Depositary of the Convention.


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2013
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AMAP Assessment 2013: Arctic Ocean Acidification
Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP)

This assessment report presents the results of the 2013 AMAP Assessment of Arctic Ocean Acidification (AOA). This is the first such assessment dealing with AOA from an Arctic-wide perspective, and complements several assessments that AMAP has delivered over the past ten years concerning the effects of climate change on Arctic ecosystems and people. This report provides the accessible scientific basis and validation for the statements and recommendations made in the Arctic Ocean Acidification Assessment Summary for Policy-makers1 that was delivered to Arctic Council Ministers at their meeting in Kiruna, Sweden in May 2011 and the related AMAP State of the Arctic Environment report Arctic Ocean Acidification 2013: An Overview2. It includes extensive background data and references to the scientific literature, and details the sources for figures reproduced in the overview report.


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2013

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