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New finance models
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Blending Climate Finance through National Climate Funds

This guidebook is part of a series of manuals, guidebooks and toolkits that draws upon the experience and information generated by the United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) support for climate change adaptation and mitigation projects in some 140 countries over the past decade. These resources are intended to enable project managers, UNDP Country O!ces and developing country government decision-makers to acquaint themselves with a variety of methodologies most appropriate to their development contexts in support of their transition to green, low-emission and climateresilient development.


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The UNEP-SEFI Public Finance AllianceThe UNEP-SEFI Public Finance Alliance

Prepared in conjunction with the 2008 launch of the SEFI Public Finance Alliance (or “SEF Alliance”), this document supports the establishment of an international platform for managers of public and publicly backed funds dedicated to building sustainable energy markets.

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/UNESCO youthXchange Training Kit on Sustainable Consumption: Towards Sustainable LifestylesUNEP/UNESCO youthXchange Training Kit on Sustainable Consumption: Towards Sustainable Lifestyles

What is UNEP UNESCO youthXchange? YouthXchange is a train the trainer tool that aims to promote sustainable consumption patterns among young consumers worldwide. The kit provides statistics, case studies, games, examples of real companies going more sustainable, and direction on how explain sustainable lifestyles to a young audience. The topics are tackled under youth-oriented headings: clothing, leisure, travels, underground culture, experiences of other young people etc. The message: The ...

Carbon and biodiversity: A demonstration atlasCarbon and biodiversity: A demonstration atlas

The demonstration atlas, launched at the 14th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, shows that areas high in both carbon and biodiversity do exist and can be identified by relatively simple mapping tools. Prioritising such areas could give the 'double benefit' of reducing emissions from land use change whilst conserving biodiversity. Three regional maps along with six national maps are shown for the tropics, derived from global-scale data. Achi ...

The Kyoto protocol, the clean development mechanism and the building and construction sectorThe Kyoto protocol, the clean development mechanism and the building and construction sector

This submission functions as a place holder for texts to be developed under the Copenhagen Agreement in relation to the building sector. It is directly aligned with the draft Call for Action and essentially builds on the work of SBCI over the past three years. UNEP-SBCI proposes that emission reduction in buildings is recognized as an appropriate area for NAMA (Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Action) and that the development of frameworks required to monitor, report and verify such actions a ...

Environment in print 2008Environment in print 2008

The UNEP 2009 catalogue lists some recent tittles. Many are available online on the website and hard copies can be ordered through UNEP's on-line bookstore:

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.

UNEP Climate Change StrategyUNEP Climate Change Strategy

UNEP’s Climate Change Strategy is the result of a comprehensive process involving external experts and UNEP staff from across the organization. The strategy is built on the analysis of UNEP’s political mandate, the existing portfolio of climate change activities and the areas of distinctiveness. The Climate Change Strategy provides the foundation for transforming the organization’s engagement on climate change and for developing a results-oriented programme of work. UNEP will complement other p ...

Green Jobs: Towards Sustainable Work in a Low-Carbon WorldGreen Jobs: Towards Sustainable Work in a Low-Carbon World

The following report, produced by Worldwatch Institute (September 2008), has compiled evidence of green jobs available currently and how a ‘green’ economy could create and transform jobs in the future. Split into three broad sections, the report covers a wide scope of issue such as what is counted as a ‘green’ job, the availability of green jobs now, concerns over quantity and quality, policies that should be established to regulate green jobs, economic stimulus through green jobs and measures ...

Global Glacier Changes: facts and figuresGlobal Glacier Changes: facts and figures

Glaciers are a critical component of the earth’ system and the current accelerated melting and retreat of glaciers have severe impacts on the environment. ‘’Global Glacier Changes: facts and figures" presents the latest fluctuations of glaciers and ice caps and underlines the overall trend of glaciers’ retreat.

Our Planet:Living Legacy - The future of forestsOur Planet:Living Legacy - The future of forests

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