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Global Risk And Vulnerability Index Trends per Year (GRAVITY) Phase II: Development, analysis and results
United Nations Environment Programme

This study presents the results from the second phase of the project Global Risk and Vulnerability Index Trend per Year (GRAVITY) developed by UNEP/GRID-Geneva for the UNDP/BPRD. At the end of the first phase - the feasibility study - which consisted on the identification of global data sets and indicators for explaining casualties from natural hazards, twelve recommendations were made. They mostly consisted on the creation of geographical links (georeferencing) of the impacts from past events as recorded in the database from the Centre for Research on Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED). By deriving the extent, magnitude of the event, the exposed population could be extracted and a percentage of victims computed.


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2002
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Reforming energy subsidies
United Nations Environment Programme

This report summarises, in non-technical language, the issues and challenges in removing or modifying subsidies on energy that undermine the pursuit of sustainable development. It updates the first edition, published jointly by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the International Energy Agency (IEA) in 2002, drawing on the findings of recent work related to energy subsidies by various organisations.


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2002

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Youthxchange: training kit on responsible consumption - the guide
United Nations Environment Programme, United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization

This publication was designed to assist teachers, public authorities, youth groups, and NGOs in delivering information on sustainable consumption.


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2002
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Climate change and sustainable development beyond Kyoto
United Nations Environment Programme

The World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) is likely to see the Kyoto Protocol finally coming into force. While this will be a moment to celebrate, there is no cause to be complacent. Although a step in the right direction, the Kyoto Protocol was always an imperfect agreement and has been made all the more imperfect by the fact that the world's largest polluter has decided to stay out of the consensus and those who have agreed to join have demanded and received changes that have weakened the Protocol considerably. It is time, therefore, to begin thinking about the shape of the global climate regime in its post-Kyoto phase.


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2002
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Product-service systems and sustainability: opportunities for sustainable solutions
United Nations Environment Programme

This publication examines the potential of sustainability in product-service systems, particularly in term of life-cycle approaches. It includes case studies of companies offering product-service systems, such as Auto Share of Toronto which, rather than selling or renting cars, sells memberships in a car-usage system and charges members for the time they use a car.


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2002