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Sustainable, Resource
Efficient Cities   
Making it Happen!Sustainable, Resource Efficient Cities Making it Happen!

This publication aims to formulate a broader framework of integration which is required for cities to transition to sustainable, resource efficient development and to realise green urban economic growth trajectories that are equitable and sustainable. It frames the question of urban sustainability in a conceptual foundation and language that places human development objectives at the heart of urban sustainability transitions. It presents a set of policy positions and recommendations within a st ...

Green Economy in a Blue WorldGreen Economy in a Blue World

The world’s oceans and coasts - the Blue World - are the cornucopia for humanity. They provide us with food, oxygen and livelihoods.

Measuring Water use
in a Green EconomyMeasuring Water use in a Green Economy

Water is an essential resource for virtually all aspects of human enterprise, from agriculture via urbanization to energy and industrial production. Equally, the many uses for water create pressures on the natural systems. In this context, enhanced water productivity and management is a major challenge not only for direct water users, water managers and policy makers but also for businesses and final consumers. In most parts of the world, however, the development of consistent water accounting ...

Tunza Vol. 09.4: The Green EconomyTunza Vol. 09.4: The Green Economy

UNEP's magazine for youth.

UNEP 2011 Annual ReportUNEP 2011 Annual Report

2011 proved a landmark year in which many of the transformational reforms, launched in 2008, really began to bear fruit in terms of a transition to a results-based, more effective and more responsive UNEP.

Green Economy in a Blue World Synthesis ReportGreen Economy in a Blue World Synthesis Report

This report highlights ways to reduce the environmental impact and improve the environmental, economic and social sustainability of traditional and emerging ocean-oriented economies. The chapters that follow show where fisheries, tourism and maritime transportation can take steps to reduce their impact on the marine environment.

Tunza Vol. 9.3: The road to Rio+20Tunza Vol. 9.3: The road to Rio+20

UNEP's magazine for youth.

Women at the frontline of climate change - Gender risks and hopesWomen at the frontline of climate change - Gender risks and hopes

Women are often in the frontline in respect to the impacts of a changing climate. Globally the world is seeing increasingly frequent droughts and floods which are having economic but also profound social consequences. The women and people of Asia are currently at greatest risk with over 100 million people affected in this region annually.

Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment 2011Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment 2011

Global investment in renewable energy jumped 32% in 2010, to a record $211 billion. n addition to this eye-catching record, the investment activity in developing countries increased strongly. It is the first time the developing world has overtaken the richer countries in terms of financial new investment. The Global Trends Report 2011 offers an elaborate analysis of Trends and Issues in the financing of renewable energy.

GREEN economy:Cities Investing in energy and resource efficiencyGREEN economy:Cities Investing in energy and resource efficiency

The Green Economy Report is compiled by UNEP's Green Economy Initiative in collaboration with economists and experts worldwide. It demonstrates that the greening of economies is not generally a drag on growth but rather a new engine of growth; that it is a net generator of decent jobs, and that it is also a vital strategy for the elimination of persistent poverty. The report also seeks to motivate policy makers to create the enabling conditions for increased investments in a transition to a gre ...

Taking Steps toward Marine and Coastal Ecosystem-Based Management - An Introductory GuideTaking Steps toward Marine and Coastal Ecosystem-Based Management - An Introductory Guide

Healthy marine and coastal ecosystems provide valuable services - from food security, resources for economic growth and recreation alongside tourism and coastline protection. Among the most productive ecosystems on the planet, oceans and coasts ensure the well-being for a growing global population, which is likely to rise to over nine billion by 2050. They regulate global climate and offer essential adaptation capacity. The future role of ecosystems for human well-being depends increasingly o ...

Green Economy Report: A PreviewGreen Economy Report: A Preview

The Green Economy Report, to be published in late 2010, uses economic analysis and modelling approaches to demonstrate that greening the economy across a range of sectors can drive economic recovery and growth and lead to future prosperity and job creation, while at the same time addressing social inequalities and environmental challenges.

Our Planet: FORESTs
Nature at your serviceOur Planet: FORESTs Nature at your service

The United Nations Environment Programme's flagship magazine for environmentally sustainable development.

Towards a Green Economy. Pathways to sustainable and poverty eradication (a synthesis for policy makers)Towards a Green Economy. Pathways to sustainable and poverty eradication (a synthesis for policy makers)

UNEP's Green Economy Report, entitled Towards a Green Economy, aims to debunk several myths and misconceptions about the economics of "greening" the global economy, and provides timely and practical guidance to policy makers on what reforms they need to unlock the productive and employment potential of a green economy.

Towards a Green Economy. Pathways to sustainable and poverty eradicationTowards a Green Economy. Pathways to sustainable and poverty eradication

UNEP's Green Economy Report, entitled Towards a Green Economy, aims to debunk several myths and misconceptions about the economics of "greening" the global economy, and provides timely and practical guidance to policy makers on what reforms they need to unlock the productive and employment potential of a green economy.