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Global Outlook on Sustainable Consumption and Production Policies: Taking Action Together

The Global Outlook on Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) Policies, developed by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) with the financial support of the European Commission, provides a non-exhaustive review of policies and initiatives that are promoting the shift towards SCP patterns. This report identifies examples of effective policies and initiatives being implemented worldwide. It reviews 56 case studies ranging from global multilateral agreements and regional strategies to specific policies and initiatives and shows progress achieved in promoting SCP, highlighting best practices and offering recommendations to scale up and replicate these important efforts.

Moving Towards a Climate Neutral UN: The UN Systemís Footprint and Efforts to Reduce It (2011 edition)

The most recent analysis of the UNís performance in implementing the UNís Climate Neutral Strategy. The report includes the details of the greenhouse gas emissions for 54 entities in 2010, as well as a breakdown of emissions by activity. It also details progress in reducing emissions and plans for the future. With a Foreword by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, and a Preface by the UNEP Executive Director, Achim Steiner, this report is the first and last word in the UNís sustainability performance to date.

21 Issues for the 21st Century: Results of the UNEP Foresight Process on Emerging Environmental Issues

The UNEP Foresight Report contains a description of the 21 emerging environmental issues identified through the UNEP Foresight Process.

The process, which was led by the UNEP Chief Scientist with support from UNEP Division of Early Warning and Assessment, involved the identification of emerging issues by UNEP colleagues and a Foresight Panel comprising of 22 distinguished members of the scientific community cutting across a wide spectrum of environmental related disciplines and world regions; the debating and prioritisation of the identified issues by the Foresight Panel; the scoring of prioritised issues via an electronic consultation involving more than 400 scientists worldwide; and a further debating and ranking of the final list of issues by the Foresight Panel, putting into consideration the outcome of the electronic consultation.

Towards a Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment: Making informed choices on products

Every day, unsustainable patterns of consumption, unsustainable production methods and population growth challenge the resilience of the planet to support human activities. At the same time, inequalities between and within societies remain high, leaving billions with unmet basic human needs and a disproportionate vulnerability to global environmental change. To counteract this trend, UNEP and SETAC have worked together to develop Towards a Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment. This has been achieved through the UNEP/SETAC Life Cycle Initiative.

Green Growth, Resources and Resilience: Environmental Sustainability in Asia and the Pacific

This UNEP report describes an evolving policy landscape characterised by a changing economic reality, rising demand for resources, increasingly apparent impacts of environmental and climate change, and increased risk and uncertainty.

The report provides new insights into Asian and Pacific resource use trends and outlines key actions, including reforming economic incentives and promoting more inclusive and adaptive governance approaches, that governments can pursue to help bring economic growth strategies in closer alignment with the objective of sustainable development. It also provides examples of strategies for improving resilience to help deal with the increasing levels of risk faced by societies and economies.

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