Reports and Books
Reforming Energy Subsidies: An Explanatory Summary of the Issues and Challenges in Removing or Modifying Subsidies on Energy that Undermine the Pursuit of Sustainable Development
United Nations Environment Programme, International Energy Agency (lEA)

This booklet draws on recent work on energy-subsidy reform carried out by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the International Energy Agency (lEA). It summarizes in non-technical language the central issues related to energy subsidies and key messages for policy makers looking to reform subsidy programmes. By raising awareness of these issues among a wider audience, we hope to contribute to a better understanding of the public policy challenges that lie ahead.


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Perspectiva Regional sobre las Fuentes de Contaminación de Origen Terrestre en la Region del Gran Caribe: Informe Técnico del PAC No. 33
United Nations Environment Programme

Durante los ultimos veinte años se ha hecho más patente la toma de conciencia publica frente al aumento constante en los niveles de contaminación de las areas marinas y costeras de la Region del Gran Caribe


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Rolling Back the Desert: Ten Years after UNCOD
United Nations Environment Programme

This booklet commemorates the 10th anniversary of the UN Conference on Desertification and its Action Plan to Combat Desertification. That UNCOD set in motion a ripple effect of far-reaching activities is beyond question.


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Evaluation of UNEP Riso Centre on Energy, Climate and Sustainable Development (URC) - Evaluation Report
United Nations Environment Programme

This is the third evaluation of the UNEP Riso Centre on Energy, Climate and Sustainable Development (URC) since the Centre's inception in 1990. It covers URC's work programme and institutional arrangements for Phases V (2000-200 1) and VI (2002-2005), the latter up till October 2004. The purpose of the evaluation is to determine the relevance, efficiency, effectiveness and impact of the Centre. The evaluation was carried out from 21 October to 15 December 2004. The report follows the structure given in the Terms of Reference (ToR)'. Background information on the Centre (Section 1.2) is based on the ToR and documents/descriptions provided by the Centre. The scope, objective and methodology of the evaluation exercise (Section II) are derived from the ToR. The findings and conclusions of the evaluation are contained in Section III, followed by problems/difficulties identified, recommendations and lessons learned in Section IV.


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Trade and Sustainable Development - Environment and Trade 1
United Nations Environment Programme

Trade liberalization has been only a part of China's economic reforms, but liberalization, in addition to its direct benefits, has provided essential support for price rationalization, private sector development, openness to foreign capital and technology, and other policy reforms. The question is whether trade liberalization also supports the goal of environmentally sound and sustainable economic development.


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