Policy and Strategy Documents
Sustainable Food Systems and Food Security: Enhancing Food Security Through Sustainable Food Systems - SDG Policy Brief No. 006 April 2019
United Nations Environment Programme

Food loss and waste occurs along the entire food chain. Food loss is the decrease in quantity or quality of food, while food waste refers to discarding or non-food use of food set for human consumption. Unsustainable farming, storage and distribution processes, lack of consumer awareness coupled with environmental factors such as climate change and natural disasters continue to escalate the challenges on food security. Food loss and waste represents a significant inefficiency in the world’s current food system and taking action to reduce it can conserve the environment, decrease greenhouse gas emissions and promote efficient land and water use.


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Clean Energy in China - Clean Air Policy Brief 2019
United Nations Environment Programme

The objective of this policy brief is to give an overview of the energy transition of China to attain a cleaner energy future. In general, the brief includes a discussion on the successes in this effort along with the related challenges.


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Trade and Environment Briefings: Environmental Services - Policy Brief 7
United Nations Environment Programme, International Trade Center (ITC), International Center for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD)

The market for environmental services is substantial and growing, driven in part by increasing environmental regulation and changing consumer preferences. If well managed, liberalisation of trade in environmental services can provide substantial benefits to the private sector as well as the general public through enhanced market opportunities, improved health and environmental sustainability, particularly in developing countries.


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Innovative Solutions for the Environmental Dimension of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development - SDG Policy Brief No. 007 May 2019
United Nations Environment Programme

The global environmental governance framework is not keeping pace with the rate of change that is driving environmental degradation and climate change. Innovative solutions are required to accelerate the transition towards sustainable societies and achieve the development pathway set out in Agenda 2030. Innovation is required to better monitor the state of the environment and understand the drivers, for improved data collection, sharing, and analysis to assess progress towards the SDGs.


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Trade in Environmentally Sound Technologies: Implications for Developing Countries - Policy Brief
United Nations Environment Programme

Environmentally sound technologies (ESTs) are technologies that have the potential to significantly improve environmental performance relative to other technologies. They are not just individual technologies but can also refer to total systems that include know-how, procedures, goods and services, equipment, as well as organizational and managerial procedures for promoting environmental sustainability. Examples include technologies related to renewable energy, waste management and pollution management.


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