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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
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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...
GLOBAL MERCURY ASSESSMENT 2013

Global Mercury Assessment 2013

Sources, Emissions, Releases and Environmental Transport

2 Jan 2015
The report provides the most recent information available on worldwide atmospheric mercury emissions, releases to the aquatic environment, and the transport and fate of mercury in the global environment. The report emphasizes emissions to air from human (anthropogenic) activities, but includes re...
ADAPTATION TO CLIMATE CHANGE

Adaptation to Climate-change Induced Water Stress in the Nile Basin

A Vulnerability Assessment Report

2 Dec 2014
This publication uses satellite data (past and present), maps, photographs and other illustrations to highlight areas of environmental change in the Nile basin. Visual elements are accompanied by a narrative that describes, analyses, and demonstrates how climate change is affecting the water reso...
METAL RECYCLING OPPORTUN LIMITS

Metal Recycling

Opportunities, Limits, Infrastructure

2 Jan 2015
Metal recycling is a complex business that is becoming increasingly difficult! Recycling started long ago, when people realized that it was more resource- and cost-efficient than just throwing away the resources and starting all over again. In this report, we discuss how to increase metal-recycli...
ENVIRO RISKS & CHALLENGES

Environmental Risks and Challenges of Anthropogenic Metals Flows and Cycles

18 Dec 2014
Metals and their compounds are part of the fabric of modern society due to their unique properties, such as their conductivity, mal¬leability, hardness, lustre, or recyclability. These properties impart a variety of func¬tionality in various present products as well as future “sustainability” ena...
ELEPHANTS IN THE DUST AFRICAN

Elephants in the Dust

The African Elephant Crisis - A Rapid Response Assessment

10 Nov 2014
The African elephant, the largest remaining land mammal on the planet, is facing the greatest crisis in decades. Reports of mass elephant killings in the media vividly illustrate the situation across many African elephant range States. This Rapid Response Assessment provides an overview of the cu...
AFRICA ENVIRO OUTLOOK 3

Africa Environment Outlook 3

Our Environment, Our Health (AEO-3)

5 Dec 2014
Environment risks are blamed for about 28 per cent of Africa’s disease burden, and this includes diarrhoea, respiratory infections and malaria, which collectively account for 60 per cent of known environmental health impacts in the region (WHO and UNEP 2010). The Third Africa Environment Outlook ...
CITY LEVEL DECOUPLING URBAN

City-Level Decoupling

Urban Resource Flows and the Governance of Infrastructure Transitions

10 Nov 2014
The core argument of the Decoupling Report is that a transition to a green economy depends on finding ways to sustain economic growth rates without escalating rates of resource use. To achieve this decoupling, appropriate sustainability-oriented innovation will need to be initiated, promoted and ...
TECHN BACK RPT FOR GLOB MERCUR

Technical Background Report for the Global Mercury Assessment 2013

10 Nov 2014
This new report provides best available data on mercury atmospheric emissions and trends including where possible an analysis by country, region and sector, including a consideration of factors driving such trends and applicable regulatory mechanisms. Included are current results from modelling o...
GREEN ECON & TRADE TRENDS

Green Economy and Trade

Trends, Challenges and Opportunities

27 Oct 2014
By addressing the critical nexus between a green economy and international trade, this report responds to the calls made by world leaders at Rio+20 for supporting the transition to a green economy that contributes to poverty eradication and sustainable development. Acknowledging international tra...
COMMUNITY PROTOCOL ENVIRO SUSTA

Community Protocols for Environmental Sustainability

A Guide for Policymakers

3 Nov 2014
This guide has been written to help policymakers and other stakeholders understand what community protocols are, why they are important, and how they can support their development and recognition within formal environmental legal and policy frameworks. It is also written for all interested in lea...
UNEP YRBK 2013

UNEP Year Book 2013

Emerging Issues in Our Global Environment

29 Apr 2013
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 2013 edition shows that changes in the Arctic will have consequences far beyond this fragile region and that th...
FINAL ENVIRO REVIEW 2010 WORLD

Final Environmental Review of the 2010 World Exposition

Shanghai, China

6 Dec 2012
The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released its appraisal of the environmental and social impacts of the 2010 World Exposition, in a paper titled “Final Environmental Review of the 2010 World Exposition.” Expo 2010 took place in Shanghai, China, from May-October 2010, under the theme, Better...
SOUTH AFRICA 2010 FIFA WORLD

South Africa 2010 Report

FIFA World Cup

6 Dec 2012
Despite some difficulties in compiling enough data to fully evaluate the green performance of the FIFA World Cup, this report highlights many specific examples of success, energy-efficient intelligent lighting in Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban, streetlights with low-energy bulbs and traffic ligh...
GLOBAL ENVIRO OUTLOOK GEO 5

Global Environment Outlook 5 (GEO-5)

Environment for the Future We Want

Series:
Early Warning and Assessment Technical Report
5 Oct 2012
The Global Environment Outlook is a major publication for all those who are interested in environmental issues. It has brought together thousands of scientists and hundreds of collaborating centres. This GEO report builds on the assessment findings of its predecessor and draws from lessons learnt...
UNEP YRBK 2012

UNEP Year Book 2012

Emerging Issues in Our Global Environment

7 Mar 2012
The UNEP Year Book is an annual publication that highlights emerging issues and environmental trends. Every year it provides an update on new science and developments that are relevant for policy makers. Since 2003, the UNEP Year Book series has contributed to strengthening the science-policy int...
DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO

The Democratic Republic of the Congo

Post-conflict Environmental Assessment Synthesis for Policy Makers

7 Mar 2012
This report presents the findings of the Post-conflict Environmental Assessment of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and provides detailed recommendations for follow-up action. The sectors investigated include natural disasters and desertification, linkages between conflict and environment, th...
WOMEN AT THE FRONTLINE OF CLIMATE

Women at the Frontline of Climate Change

Gender Risks and Hopes (A Rapid Response Assessment)

24 Jan 2012
Adaptation, vulnerability and resilience of people to climate change depend upon a range of conditions. These vary from their degree of exposure and dependency upon weather patterns for livelihoods and food security, to varying capacities in adaptation, which are influenced by gender, social stat...
TOWARDS A GREEN ECON PATHWAYS

Towards a Green Economy

Pathways to Sustainable Development and Poverty Eradication

24 Jan 2012
This publication demonstrates that the greening of economies is not generally a drag on growth but rather a new engine of growth; a net generator of decent jobs, and a vital strategy for the elimination of persistent poverty. It seeks to motivate policymakers to create conditions for increased in...
GLOBAL GUID PRINCIP LIFE CYCLE

Global Guidance Principles for Life Cycle Assessment Databases

A Basis for Greener Processes and Products

16 Dec 2011
Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) databases provide fundamental energy, materials, land, water consumption data and emissions data into water, air and soil for a wide range of processes, products and materials. In this way the publication provides the bridge between the data users and the data provider...
YOUTH XCHANGE CLIMATE CHANGE

Youth Xchange

Climate Change and Lifestyles Guidebook

12 Dec 2011
This publication explores the interrelationship between climate change and lifestyles through a scientific, political, economic, social, ethical and cultural angle and identifies actions young people might take towards more sustainable lifestyles. It channels the relevant information related to c...
KEEP TRACK CHANG ENVIRO RIO

Keeping Track of our Changing Environment from Rio to Rio+20 (1992-2012)

14 Nov 2011
This publication is produced by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), as part of “Global Environmental Outlook-5” (GEO -5) Series that is the United Nations’ most authoritative assessment of the state, trends and outlook of the global environment. Through data, graphics and satellite i...
RESOURCE EFFIC ECON OUTLOOK ASIA

Resource Efficiency

Economics and Outlook for Asia and the Pacific

21 Nov 2011
This first report focuses on the demand for and use of natural resources, as drivers and as consequences of economic activity and social development. It provides an overview of resource use patterns in Asia and the Pacific, explains why sustainable resource use and resource efficiency will become...
ORANGUTANS & ECON SUSTAINAB FOREST

Orangutans and the Economics of Sustainable Forest Management in Sumatra

26 Oct 2011
Deforestation is responsible for approximately 17% of global greenhouse gas emissions, and is therefore a major contributor to climate change, but also to the loss of biodiversity and ecosystem services and a direct threat to Asia’s great ape, the orangutan. This book offers an overview of the ma...
ENVIRO ASSESSMENT OGONILAND

Environmental Assessment of Ogoniland

23 Sep 2011
This report sets out the background and context to the present-day conditions in Ogoniland, and provides a synthesis of UNEP's findings and gives a set of overarching recommendations to deal with thte multifaceted environmental challenges currently facing the Ogoni people. The assessment covers t...
ODONTOCETUS THE TOOTHED WHALES

Odontocetes

The Toothed Whales, CMS Technical Series No. 24

28 Oct 2011
This large and comprehensive encyclopaedia, which covers all 72 species of toothed whales, includes the most recent scientific findings on the distribution, migration, behaviour and threats to toothed whales. Toothed whales can be found in a wide range of marine and freshwater habitats, and from ...
BIOENERGY & WATER NEXUS

The Bioenergy and Water Nexus

22 Sep 2011
Energy and water are crucial to development. Bioenergy's water demands are in large part linked with feed stocks such as crops, which in turn has important implications for sustainable agriculture, land use and food production. Land use affects bioenergy with implications for not only food securi...
WATER FOOTPRINT & CORPORATE WATE

Water Footprint and Corporate Water Accounting for Resource Efficiency

24 Aug 2011
As water resources are unevenly distributed and, in some regions, scarcity and droughts are increasing both in frequency and intensity due to climate change, concerns about them are also becoming more and more important. This report provides an overview of the public and private initiatives on wa...
PAVING WAY FOR SUST CONSUMPTIO

Paving the Way for Sustainable Consumption and Production

The Marrakech Process Progress Report

21 Jul 2011
This report provides an insight into the diverse activities that have been undertaken by the Marrakech Process during the last eight years, providing highlights and lessons learned from the work of its thematic task forces, and progress at the regional and national levels. It includes over 30 exa...