Global environment outlook (GEO), Summaries
Global Environment Outlook: GEO-6 - Summary for Policymakers
United Nations Environment Programme

This Summary for Policymakers highlights the findings of the sixth Global Environment Outlook (GEO-6) report.


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2019
Factsheets
Children's Rights and the Environment: Report of the United Nations Special Rapporteur
United Nations Environment Programme, United Nations Human Rights Special Procedures, Knox, John, Queen's University Belfast, Terre des Hommes International Federation
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2018
Reports and Books
Radiation: Effects and sources
United Nations Environment Programme

This publication is based on the major scientific reports of the United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR) published in the last 25 years and aims to expand public knowledge on levels of exposure to ionizing radiation and possible associated effects. This publication does not set, or even recommend, radiation safety standards, rather, it provides information on basic science related to radiation (origin, quantities and units), on radiation effects (on humans and the environment) and on radiation sources (natural and artificial). Helping the public understand what radiation is and how it affects life on this planet lies within the core mandate of UNEP.


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2016
Summaries
The Emissions Gap Report 2016: A UNEP Synthesis – Executive Summary
United Nations Environment Programme

Executive summary


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2016

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Summaries
Economic Valuation of Wastewater - Executive Summary
United Nations Environment Programme

This is executive summary of a book that presents the results of an analytical study of the economic assessment of wastewater, comparing economic losses from inaction to the cost of effective wastewater management.


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2015
Reports and Books
The Financial System We Need: Aligning the Financial System with Sustainable Development
United Nations Environment Programme

The global report of the UNEP Inquiry argues that there is now a historic opportunity to shape a financial system that can more effectively finance the development of an inclusive, green economy. This opportunity is based on a growing trend in policy innovation from central banks, financial regulators and standard setters, who are incorporating sustainability factors into the rules that govern the financial system. The report draws together practical examples of policy changes in banking, capital markets, insurance and institutional investment, drawing on detailed work in countries such as Bangladesh, Brazil, China, Colombia, France, India, Indonesia, Kenya, South Africa, the UK and the USA. It offers a Framework for Action that shows how a systematic approach can now be taken at both the national and international levels.


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2015
Reports and Books
The Business Case for Eco-innovation
United Nations Environment Programme

This publication sets out to demonstrate the compelling business case for eco-innovation and how it can enable your company to carve out commercially interesting opportunities.


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2014
Yearbooks and Frontiers
UNEP Year Book 2010
United Nations Environment Programme

The UNEP Yearbook 2010 is essential, informative and authoritative reading and within six chapters the Year Book addresses the following: In 2009, efforts to advance international environmental governance focused on defining key objectives and functions for an improved UN architecture to address global environmental change. Ecosystems are being pushed beyond thresholds. Drivers of change that lead to biodiversity loss and changes in ecosystem services are growing in intensity. Dead zones in coastal areas have doubled in extent every decade since the 1960s. Much work remains to be done to reduce and mitigate the effects of harmful substances and hazardous waste on human health and the environment. Many unanswered questions remain about nanomaterials. The effects of increasing atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations are better understood, as more indicators of climate change are being assessed. Direct observations and modelling indicate that the planets tropical belt is expanding. Sustainable natural resource management can reduce vulnerability to disasters and conflicts and support peacebuilding. Promising tools to reduce disaster conflict risks are being integrated into policy and institutional structures. Better managing material and energy flows will help meet challenges associated with environmental impacts and advance decoupling of economic growth and resource use.


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2010