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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.

UNEP 2010 Annual ReportUNEP 2010 Annual Report

The 2010 Annual Report catalogues the beginning of a new, strategic and transformational direction for UNEP as it began implementing its Medium Term Strategy (MTS) for 2010-2013 across six areas: Climate change; Disasters and conflicts; Ecosystem management; Environmental governance; Harmful substances and hazardous waste; Resource efficiency, Sustainable consumption and production. 2010 was important for many reasons, a year of on-going financial instability set against an increase in the fr ...

Our Planet: NATURAL CAPITAL: The Economics of Ecosystems and BiodiversityOur Planet: NATURAL CAPITAL: The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity

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

Green Economy - Developing Countries Success StoriesGreen Economy - Developing Countries Success Stories

The economic analysis in the Green Economy Report builds in part on the encouraging signs and results of many initiatives around the world. A number of these come from developing countries, including emerging economies, and illustrate a positive benefit stream from specific green investments and policies, that if scaled up and integrated into a comprehensive strategy, could offer an alternative development pathway, one that is pro-growth, projobs and pro-poor.

Trade and Climate ChangeTrade and Climate Change

The Report aims to improve understanding about the linkages between trade and climate change. It shows that trade intersects with climate change in a multitude of ways. For example,governments may introduce a variety of policies, such as regulatory measures and economic incentives, to address climate change. This complex web of measures may have an impact on international trade and the multilateral trading system. The Report begins with a summary of the current state of scientifi c knowledge o ...

Global Green New Deal: An Update for the G20 Pittsburgh SummitGlobal Green New Deal: An Update for the G20 Pittsburgh Summit

The following report (September 2009) summarizes in the introduction the key points of the March 2009 UNEP GGND policy brief and encourages participating governments to renew their pledge to a Global Green New Deal. The remaining part of the report highlights the progress in both green elements of fiscal stimulus packages, including the pace of disbursement, and domestic policy reforms in seven G20 countries: China, France, Germany, United States, Mexico, Republic of Korea, and South Africa. Th ...

Life Cycle Management - How business uses it to decrease footprint, create opportunities and make value chains more sustainableLife Cycle Management - How business uses it to decrease footprint, create opportunities and make value chains more sustainable

This publication can be used by company in house experts and non-specialist managers as well as company suppliers in order to learn how to apply life cycle management practices throughout the value chain. This is a very practical guide that incorporates 8 business case studies that can be read by all managers and employees - from those at the 'front line' working directly with suppliers, to people on the production line or in the warehouse, or staff dealing with marketing, design and developme ...

The Environmental Food CrisisThe Environmental Food Crisis

The surge in food prices in the last years, following a century of decline, has been the most marked of the past century in its magnitude, duration and the number of commodity groups whose prices have increased. The ensuing crisis has resulted in a 50-200% increase in selected commodity prices, driven 110 million people into poverty and added 44 million more to the undernourished. Elevated food prices have had dramatic impacts on the lives and livelihoods, including increased infant and child m ...

A Global Green New DealA Global Green New Deal

Report prepared for the Economics and Trade Branch, Division of Technology, Industry and Economics, United Nations Environment Programme

UNEP Year Book 2009UNEP Year Book 2009

The UNEP Year Book 2009 presents work in progress on scientific understanding of global environmental change, as well as foresight about possible issues on the horizon. The aim is to raise awareness of the interlinkages among environmental issues that can accelerate the rates of change and threaten human wellbeing.

Our Planet:Renewable Energy - Generating power, jobs and developmentOur Planet:Renewable Energy - Generating power, jobs and development

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

Catalysing Low-Carbon Growth in Developing EconomiesCatalysing Low-Carbon Growth in Developing Economies

The successful mobilization of private investment for greenhouse gas abatement and adaptation to climate change especially in developing countries will be one of the critical conditions for the success of any global climate change strategy. In the recent past carbon markets have already played an important role in doing so, but, given their limited breadth and depth, they are unlikely to channel private finance at the scale needed in the coming years. Public Finance Mechanisms (PFMs) have the p ...

Our Planet:Green Economy-The New Big DealOur Planet:Green Economy-The New Big Deal

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

Public Finance Mechanisms to Mobilise Investment in Climate Change MitigationPublic Finance Mechanisms to Mobilise Investment in Climate Change Mitigation

With an ambition of helping scale up climate mitigation markets, this report provides an overview of the mechanisms being used today by the public sector, with a particular focus on the clean energy sector.

UNEP and Partners:United to Combat Climate ChangeUNEP and Partners:United to Combat Climate Change

The campaign theme for the run-up to the crucial negotiations in Copenhagen in December 2009, ‘Unite to combat climate change’, says that we are all part of the solution. The goal: an inclusive, comprehensive and ratifiable deal that will address the challenges and harness the opportunities that climate change presents.