Policy and Strategy Documents
A New Deal for Nature – Restore the Degraded Planet
United Nations Environment Programme

Unsustainable human activities, from farming and mining to industry and infrastructure, are undermining the productivity of vast areas of farmland, forests and other ecosystems across all continents. This degradation threatens food security, water supplies and the biodiversity upon which human development depends. It drives and is exacerbated by climate change. And it will put the Sustainable Development Goals out of reach unless it is urgently addressed.


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UNEP Strategy for Environmental Education and Training: A Strategy and Action Planning for the Decade 2005 - 2014
United Nations Environment Programme

This Strategy presents the required strategic elements and the associated actions necessary for UNEP to play its role in meeting the goals of the Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (DESD). It further paves the way for UNEP's active engagement in the International Implementation Scheme of the DESD; particularly on the environment component of Education for Sustainable Development.


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Policy and Strategy Documents
Engaging with Faith-Based Organization : UN Environment Strategy
United Nations Environment Programme

UN Environment is taking the lead in establishing an innovative strategy to engage and partner with faith-based organizations to deliver on Agenda 2030.


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Policy and Strategy Documents, Summaries
Gender and Waste Nexus: Experiences from Bhutan, Mongolia and Nepal - Policy Brief
United Nations Environment Programme, GRID-Arendal
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Voluntary National Reviews: The Environmental Dimension - Policy Brief
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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A New Deal for Nature – Account for the True Value of Nature
United Nations Environment Programme

Decisions that affect biodiversity have a key economic dimension. Global capital markets – responding to consumers – will determine in large part whether the Sustainable Development Goals will be achieved by 2030. However, global markets fail when it comes to valuing biodiversity, and natural ecosystems are systematically under-valued and over-exploited. This is primarily because biodiversity is taken for granted, with individuals and firms using it without accounting for the cost of losing it. A new deal for Nature demands that this major market failure is corrected through economic tools reflecting the true value of nature.


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Fresh Water Under Threat: Protecting and Restoring Freshwater Ecosystems - SDG Policy Brief No. 004
United Nations Environment Programme

Freshwater ecosystems such as lakes and rivers are primarily affected by over-extraction, dumping of waste, discharge of wastewater and climate change. These ecosystems are essential for human health, biodiversity, and the functioning of other ecosystems on land and at sea. They provide important goods and services and are necessary for the replenishment and purification of water resources. By covering the entire water cycle and addressing the sustainability of water and sanitation access by focusing on the quality, availability and management of freshwater resources, SDG 6 acknowledges these links.


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