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UNEP, established in 1972, is the voice for the environment within the United Nations system. UNEP acts as a catalyst, advocate, educator and facilitator to promote the wise use and sustainable development of the global environment. To accomplish this, UNEP works with a wide range of partners, including United Nations entities, international organizations, national governments, non-governmental organizations, the private sector and civil society.

United Nations Environment Programme
United Nations Environment Programme
GLOBAL ENVIRO OUTLK GEO 6 WEST ASI

Global Environment Outlook 6 (GEO-6)

Regional Assessment for West Asia

17 Feb 2017
In this assessment, the UNEP Secretariat and the authors provide an objective evaluation and analysis designed to support environmental decision making. Expert judgments applied to existing knowledge to provide scientifically credible answers to policy-relevant questions.
GLOBAL ENVIRO OUTLK GEO 6 NORTH AM

Global Environment Outlook 6 (GEO-6)

Regional Assessment for North America

17 Feb 2017
The sixth Global Environment Outlook (GEO-6) Regional Assessment for North America paints a comprehensive picture of the environmental factors contributing to human health and well-being at the regional level.
GLOBAL ENVIRO OUTLK GEO 6 AFRICA

Global Environment Outlook 6 (GEO-6)

Regional Assessment for Africa

17 Feb 2017
The GEO 6 regional assessment recognizes Africa’s rich natural capital - the diversity of soil, geology, biodiversity, water,landscapes and habitats- which if wisely managed, hold the promise to lead the region to a future where ecosystem integrity,as well as human health and well-being are conti...
GLOBAL ENVIRO OUTLK GEO 6 LAT AMER

Global Environment Outlook 6 (GEO-6)

Regional Assessment for Latin America and the Caribbean

17 Feb 2017
This regional Global Environment Outlook (GEO) report,the fourth for Latin America and the Caribbean (with the previous GEO regional assessment for LAC published in 2010), places emphasis on identifying some of the most worrying and persistent threats to the region through an environmental lens, ...
GLOBAL ENVIRO OUTLK GEO 6 ASIA PAC

Global Environment Outlook 6 (GEO-6)

Regional Assessment for Asia and the Pacific

17 Feb 2017
The sixth Global Environment Outlook (GEO-6) Regional Assessment for Asia and the Pacific paints a comprehensive picture of the environmental factors contributing to human health and well-being at the regional level. Backed by a large body of recent, credible scientific evidence, regional-wide co...
GLOBAL ENVIRO OUTLK GEO 6 PAN EURO

Global Environment Outlook 6 (GEO-6)

Assessment for the Pan-European Region

17 Feb 2017
The sixth Global Environment Outlook (GEO-6) Assessment for the pan-European region paints a comprehensive picture of the environmental factors contributing to human health and well-being at the regional level.
SIDS-FOCUSED GREEN ECONOMY: AN ANA

SIDS-focused Green Economy: An Analysis of Challenges and Opportunities

21 Apr 2016
In this Synthesis Report, five development sectors for Small Island Developing States (SIDS) - small-scale fisheries and aquaculture, water, tourism, energy and solid waste - are analysed in an attempt to show how a transition to a green economy can assist in addressing some of the most critical ...
VALUING PLASTIC THE BUSINESS

Valuing Plastic

The Business Case for Measuring, Managing and Disclosing Plastic Use in the Consumer Goods Industry

9 Sep 2015
The objective of this report is to help companies manage the opportunities and risks associated with plastic use. It articulates the business case for companies to improve their measurement, disclosure and management of plastic use in their designs, operations and supply chains. In order to provi...
EMERG ISSUES SMALL ISLAN DEV STATE

Emerging Issues for Small Island Developing States

Results of the UNEP/UN DESA Foresight Process

Series:
Small Island Developing States Series
4 Nov 2015
The 2012 UNEP Foresight Process on Emerging Global Environmental Issues primarily identified emerging environmental issues and possible solutions on a global scale and perspective. In 2013, UNEP carried out a similar exercise to identify priority emerging environmental issues that are of concern ...
DECOUPLING 2 TECHNO OPPORT POLICY

Decoupling 2 Technologies, Opportunities and Policy Options

Technologies, Opportunities and Policy Options

10 Sep 2015
This report explores technological possibilities and opportunities for developing and developed countries to accelerate decoupling and reap environmental and economic benefits of increased resource productivity. It examines policy options successful in helping different countries improve resource...
EMERGING ENVIRO ISSUES 2013

Emerging Environmental Issues 2013

A Compilation of Global Environmental Alert Service Bulletins

10 Sep 2015
This 2013 Emerging Environmental Issues publication presents 12 monthly bulletins in a single document, allowing readers to note and assess significant environmental events that took place that year. UNEP’s GEAS team carefully identified and selected these monthly issues by continuously scanning ...
KEEP TRACK CHANG ENVIRO IN ASIA

Keeping Track of Our Changing Environment in Asia and the Pacific

31 Mar 2015
Over the last quarter of a century, Asia Pacific as a region has enjoyed rapid economic growth, which has dramatically reduced the number of poor people and improved human development. While the region is less poor, there is social and economic inequality between subregions, between countries and...
BUILDING NATURAL CAPITAL

Building Natural Capital

How REDD+ Can Support a Green Economy

31 Mar 2015
This report provides a concise summary of the elements necessary for integrating REDD+ into a Green Economy. It provides policymakers with innovative ideas for supporting economic development while maintaining or increasing forest cover. Those promoting a Green Economy can see how REDD+ can add i...
ASSESS GLOBAL LAND USE BALANC

Assessing Global Land use

Balancing Consumption with Sustainable Supply

29 Jul 2015
Global cropland is expanding with changing trends in both the production and consumption of land-based products increasing pressure on land resources across the globe. This report discusses the need and options to balance consumption with sustainable production. It focuses on land-based products ...
ENVIRO CRIME CRISIS THREATS SUST

Environmental Crime Crisis

Threats to Sustainable Development from Illegal Exploitation and Trade in Wildlife and Forest Resources - A Rapid Response Assessment

29 May 2015
This report focuses on the far-reaching consequences of the environmental crime phenomenon we face today. The situation has worsened to the extent that illegal trade in wildlife’s impacts are now acknowledged to go well beyond strictly environmental impacts – by seriously undermining economies an...
WOMEN & NATURAL RESOURCES

Women and Natural Resources

Unlocking the Peace Building Potential

Series:
UNEP Policy Series
31 May 2015
Thirteen years after the adoption of UN Security Council Resolution 1325, investment in women as agents of change in peacebuilding remains inadequate. One of the unexplored entry points for strengthening women’s contributions to peacebuilding relates to the way in which they use, manage, make dec...
DRAWING DOWN N2O PROTECT CLIM

Drawing Down N2O to Protect Climate and the Ozone Layer

A UNEP Synthesis Report

31 Mar 2015
This report addresses the benefits of drawing down nitrous oxide (N2O) emissions. N2O is now the most significant ozone-depleting substance emission and the third most important greenhouse gas released into the atmosphere. Global anthropogenic N2O emissions are rapidly increasing and are expected...
GUIDANCE MANUAL VALUE TRANSFER

Guidance Manual on Value Transfer Methods for Ecosystem Services

31 Mar 2015
The purpose of this guidance manual is to show how the value of ecosystem services can be estimated and incorporated into decision making. Specifically, it is designed to help a broad audience of conservation managers, government officials, private sector managers, NGOs, and statisticians to unde...
SUSTAINAB PUBLIC PROCUREMENT

Sustainable Public Procurement

A Global Review

31 Mar 2015
With governments responsible for significant portions of national spending, the promise of including sustainability considerations into that spending can enable policy makers to lead by example with sustainable public procurement (SPP). The report examines the state of sustainable public procurem...
PROVIA GUIDANCE ASSESSING VULN

PROVIA Guidance on Assessing Vulnerability, Impacts and Adaptation to Climate Change

Consultation Document

31 May 2015
The Global Programme of Research on Climate Change Vulnerability, Impacts and Adaptation (PROVIA) aims to meet a growing demand for knowledge on climate change vulnerability, impacts and adaptation by providing clear technical guidance that combines robust science with explicit consideration of u...
EMISSIONS GAP RPT 2013

The Emissions Gap Report 2013

A UNEP Synthesis Report

Series:
The Emissions Gap Report
4 Feb 2015
This report confirms and strengthens the conclusions of previous analyses that current pledges and commitments fall short of set goals. It further says that, as emissions of greenhouse gases continue to rise rather than decline, it becomes less likely that emissions will be low enough by 2020 to ...
INTEGR ENVIRO URBAN PLANN & MNGMT

Integrating the Environment in Urban Planning and Management

Key Principles and Approaches for Cities in the 21st Century

25 Feb 2015
This report is intended to encourage and support urban decision-makers as it recognizes that action taken in towns and cities is essential for addressing global environmental problems, and with an increasing proportion of the world’s population living in urban areas in low- and middle-income coun...
GEO-5 FOR BUSINESS IMPACTS ENVIRO

GEO-5 for Business

Impacts of a Changing Environment on the Corporate Sector

25 Feb 2015
GEO-5 for Business builds on the findings of UNEP’s fifth Global Environment Outlook (GEO-5) report, released in June 2012. GEO-5 assessed the current state and trends of the global environment, in which population growth, economic development, urbanization, and globalization are driving degradat...
GDLNS FOR NATL WASTE MNGMT

Guidelines for National Waste Management Strategies

Moving from Challenges to Opportunities

4 Feb 2015
In June 2012 the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development adopted, as part of the main outcome document, “The Future we Want”, a call for countries to develop and enforce comprehensive national and local waste management policies, strategies, laws, and regulations. This call was a res...
GLOBAL CHEMICAL OUTLOOK TOWARDS

Global Chemicals Outlook

Towards Sound Management of Chemicals

25 Feb 2015
The Global Chemicals Outlook is a comprehensive and practical publication that assembles scientific, technical and socio-economic information on the sound management of chemicals. It is targeted to decision makers in order to build capacity and to implement policy change to protect the environmen...
ARAB REGION ATLAS CHANG ENVIRO

Arab Region

Atlas of our Changing Environment

20 Feb 2015
The Arab Region Atlas of Our Changing Environment documents environmental change in the Arab region over the past several decades. It uses state-of-the-art space borne and aerial images, maps, graphics, and photographs along with informative narratives to highlight natural and human-caused landsc...
UNEP YRBK 2014

UNEP Year Book 2014

Emerging Issues in Our Global Environment

20 Jan 2015
The UNEP Year Book series examines emerging environmental issues and policy-relevant events and developments. It also presents the latest trends using key environmental indicators. This 2014 edition shows that changes in the Arctic will have consequences far beyond this fragile region and that th...
TUNZA ACTING BETTER WORLD GEO-5

TUNZA Acting for a Better World

GEO 5 for Youth

2 Jan 2015
Written by youth for youth, TUNZA: Acting for a Better World is based on the United Nations Environment Programme’s flagship environmental assessment, Global Environment Outlook: Environment for the Future We Want (GEO 5). It examines a variety of trends related to the Earth’s system, and explore...
RESOURCE EFFIC ECON OUTLOOK CHINA

Resource Efficiency: Economics and Outlook for China

Economics and Outlook for China

2 Jan 2015
This report provides more detailed data and analysis, specific to China, over the report provided in 2011 on Asia and the Pacific (UNEP 2011). It can be thought of as a single country focus version of that report, and so the structure is broadly similar. For most sections the base data used is si...