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
Manuals, Guides and Toolkits, Reports and Books
UNEP Guidance - Enforcement of Chemicals Control Legislation
United Nations Environment Programme

This guidance document builds upon an earlier United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) publication, Guidance on the Development of Legal and Institutional Infrastructures and Measures for Recovering Costs of National Administration for Sound Management of Chemicals (LIRA Guidance). It provides guidance on how to ensure effective compliance with rules and regulations.


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2019
Reports and Books, Serials
Regional Seas Application of Area-based Management Tools, including Marine Protected Areas: Case Studies. UN Environment Regional Seas Reports and Studies No. 214
United Nations Environment Programme, Mediterranean Action Plan

The present document aims at providing, for the benefits of the negotiation during the intergovernmental conference, practical information on how the selected regional seas conventions that cover areas beyond national jurisdiction identify, assess, designate and develop management programmes for, areas for applying their area-based management tools, including marine protected areas.


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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
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
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
Reports and Books
Synthesis Report: Carbon Pricing Approaches in Eastern and Southern Africa - A Report Submitted under the Collaborative Instruments for Ambitious Climate Action (CI-ACA)
United Nations Environment Programme

This report shows commitment of countries participating in climate change initiatives and how they have positioned their contributions towards the goals set out in the Paris Agreement.


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2019
Chapters and Articles, Reports and Books
The Evolving Chemicals Economy: Status and Trends Relevant for Sustainability - Global Chemicals Outlook II Part I
United Nations Environment Programme

Part I provides information on progress made towards the implementation of the 2020 goal, focusing on impact indicators. Findings indicate that the international community is not on track to minimize the adverse impacts of chemicals and waste on human health and the environment. It includes the following chapters: 1/ The chemical industry; 2/ Trends in production and sales of speci c chemicals; 3/ Megatrends and chemical-intensive industry sectors: risks and opportunities; 4/ Global supply chains, chemicals in products, and circularity; 5/ Chemical pollution: emissions, releases and wastes; 6/ Concentrations of chemicals in the environment and humans; 7/ Environmental, health and social e ects of chemicals; and 8/ The economic bene ts of action and the costs of inaction.


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2019
Manuals, Guides and Toolkits
Guidelines for conducting Integrated environmental assessments
United Nations Environment Programme

Integrated Environmental Assessments have been part of the environmental management
landscape following up on the Resolution 2997 of the 1972 United Nations (UN) Conference on
The Human Environment, Stockholm, that stated, in part, that UNEP “should keep the global
environment under review”. These assessments have grown to become a major and common
feature of environmental management conducted by various stakeholders. For these
assessments to be most useful, they must be performed in a consistent manner. For this reason,
Member States of the United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) requested
that guidelines be developed for conducting Integrated Environmental Assessments.
These guidelines are advisory and provide approaches for conducting a large gamut of
integrated environmental assessments for different objectives. They are intended to be practical
in application and sensitive to different levels of available resources and objectives and further
complement environmental management monitoring and evaluation programmes.


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2019
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