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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
DECOUPLING NATURAL RESOURCE USE

Decoupling Natural Resource Use and Environmental Impacts from Economic Growth

20 Jul 2011
With the growth of both population and prosperity, especially in developing countries, the prospect of much higher resource consumption levels is far beyond what is likely sustainable — if realized at all — given finite world resources. Already the world is running out of cheap and high quality s...
AMERICA LAT CARIBE ATLAS AMBIEN

América Latina y el Caribe

Atlas de un Ambiente en Transformación

16 Jun 2011
Mucho más que un libro de mapas, América Latina y el Caribe - Atlas de un ambiente en transformación supone el primer esfuerzo regional de análisis de los cambios que está experimentando el medio ambiente de la región, combinando precisas y espectaculares imágenes satelitales con el análisis a pa...
GREEN HILLS BLUE CITIES APPROACH

Green Hills, Blue Cities

An Approach to Water Resources Management for African Cities

19 May 2011
Africa is currently the least urbanized region in the world, but this is changing fast. The urban population in Africa doubled from 205 million in 1990 to 400 million in 2010, and by 2050, it is expected to reach 1.23 billion. In a time of such urban growth, Africa is likely to experience some of...
LAT AMER & CARIB ATLAS OUR CHAN

Latin America and the Caribbean

Atlas of our Changing Environment

13 May 2011
Latin America and the Caribbean is the richest region of the planet in terms of its biological diversity. Within the dazzling array of the region’s ecosystems lie roughly a third of the world’s mammals and reptiles, two-fifths of the world’s birds, and almost half of the world’s amphibians. This ...
SUSTAINAB COASTAL TOURISM

Sustainable Coastal Tourism

An Integrated Planning and Management Approach

17 Feb 2011
This handbook was conceived as a practical tool to be used by decision-makers and practitioners in both the tourism sector and Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM). It provides a kind of two-way scheme allowing for the integration of tourism strategic planning into the wider process of ICZM ...
UNEP YRBK 2011

UNEP Year Book 2011

Emerging Issues in our Global Environment

7 Apr 2011
The United Nations Environment Programme Year Book 2011 examines global emerging issues and highlights major environmental events and developments over the past year. It also presents the most recent data and indicator trends, providing the latest environmental science. The Year Book demonstrates...
CLIMATE ACTION #3 2010/11

Climate Action 2010-2011

Assisting Business Towards Carbon Neutrality

2 Feb 2011
Produced to coincide with the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP), Climate Action provides an essential platform for governments, international opinion leaders, industry experts, distinguished academics and environmentalists to debate the business case for sustainable development and c...
GLOBAL BIODIVERSITY OUTLOOK 3

Global Biodiversity Outlook 3

10 Feb 2011
This third edition of Global Biodiversity Outlook, produced by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity, presents some stark choices for human societies. On one hand it warns that the diversity of living things on the planet continues to be eroded as a result of human activities....
PROTECTING ARTIC BIODIVERSITY

Protecting Artic Biodiversity

Limitations and Strengths of Environmental Agreements

16 Jan 2011
The Arctic region is characterized by some of the largest continuous intact ecosystems on the planet, but is facing increasingly larger threats, which include habitat loss and fragmentation from infrastructure and industrial development, chemical pollution, overharvesting, climate change and inva...
BIODIVERSITY INDICATORS & 2010

Biodiversity Indicators and the 2010 Biodiversity Target

Outputs, Experiences and Lessons Learnt from the 2010 Biodiversity Indicators Partnership

14 Jan 2011
The 2010 Biodiversity Indicators Partnership is a global initiative to track progress towards achieving the 2010 biodiversity target to significantly reduce the rate of biodiversity loss by 2010. The Partnership is a collaboration between the many organizations and agencies developing global bio...
ECOSYSTEMS & HUMAN WELL BEING

Ecosystems and Human Well-being

El Maghara, Northern Sinai, Egypt

16 Jan 2011
The Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (MA) is an international initiative carried out to assess the consequences of ecosystem change for human well-being and to establish the scientific basis for actions to enhance the conservation and sustainable use of ecosystems and their contributions to human ...
AFRICA WATER ATLAS

Africa Water Atlas

16 Jan 2011
This Africa Water Atlas is a visual account of Africa's endowment and use of water resources, revealed through 224 maps and 104 satellite images, as well as some 500 graphics, hundreds of compelling photos plus a brief profile of the water situation in every country. These vividly illustrate a su...
REFORMING ENERGY SUBSIDIES OPPORT

Reforming Energy Subsidies

Opportunities to Contribute to the Climate Change Agenda

2 Nov 2010
With this booklet, The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) aims to raise awareness about the various types of energy subsidies, their size and impact, and the direct relationship with climate change and sustainable development.
GLOBAL TRENDS SUSTAINAB ENRGY 2010

Global Trends in Sustainable Energy Investment 2010

Analysis of Trends and Issues in the Financing of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency

20 Jan 2011
This new Report focuses on the global trends in sustainable energy development, covering both the renewable energy and energy efficiency sectors. It shows that in spite of the global economic downturn, investment in sustainable energy is still strong.
BUILDING & CLIMATE CHANGE

Buildings and Climate Change

Summary for Decision-Makers

20 Jan 2011
The report, produced by UNEP's Sustainable Buildings and Climate Initiative (SBCI), a think tank and partnership between the United Nations and leading companies and organizations in the building sector, presents results from almost three years of research and collaboration with leading experts a...
BIODIVERSITY SCENARIONS

Biodiversity Scenarios

Projections of 21st Century Change in Biodiversity and Associated Ecosystem Services

10 Nov 2010
This synthesis focuses on estimates of biodiversity change as projected for the 21st century by models or extrapolations based on experiments and observed trends. The publication also pays particular attention to the interactions between biodiversity and ecosystem services and to critical “tippin...
PROTECTING THE ENVIRO DURING ARMED

Protecting the Environment during Armed Conflict

An Inventory and Analysis of International Law

16 Jun 2010
Despite the protection afforded by several important instruments of international law, the environment continues to be the silent victim of armed conflicts worldwide. With a view to identifying the gaps and weaknesses in the existing system, this report provides a comprehensive inventory and anal...
PNUMA ANUARIO 2010 AVANCES Y PROG

PNUMA Anuario 2010

Avances y Progresos Científicos en Nuestro Cambiante Medio Ambiente

16 Jun 2010
El Anuario 2010 del PNUMA es un informe sobre nuevos avances y progresos científicos recientes en relación con nuestro cambiante medio ambiente. Examina los progresos en la gobernanza ambiental, los efectos de la continua degradación y pérdida de los ecosistemas mundiales, los impactos del cambio...
UNEP YRBK 2010 (R)

UNEP Year Book 2010

New Science and Developments in our Changing Environment (Russian language)

16 Jun 2010
The UNEP Year Book 2010 reports on new environmental science and recent developments in our changing environment. It looks at progress in environmental governance; the effects of continuing degradation and loss of the world’s ecosystems; impacts of climate change; how harmful substances and hazar...
PNUE ANNUAIRE 2010 AVANCEES SCIEN

PNUE Annuaire

Avancees scientifiques et developpements dans notre environnement en mutation 2010

20 Sep 2010
Le PNUE annuaire 2010 fait état de nouvelles sciences de l'environnement et des récents développements de notre environnement en mutation. Il met en évidence les progrès réalises en maitre de gouvernance environnementale, les effets de la constante dégradation et de la destruction de nos écosyst...
UNEP YRBK 2010 (A)

UNEP Year Book 2010

New Science and Developments in our Changing Environment (Arabic language)

16 Jun 2010
The UNEP Year Book 2010 reports on new environmental science and recent developments in our changing environment. It looks at progress in environmental governance; the effects of continuing degradation and loss of the world’s ecosystems; impacts of climate change; how harmful substances and hazar...
GDLNS FOR SOCIAL LIFE CYCLE

Guidelines for Social Life Cycle Assessment of Products

20 Sep 2010
The Guidelines for Social Life Cycle Assessment of Products provides a map, a skeleton and a flash light for stakeholders engaging in the assessment of social and socio-economic impacts of products life cycle. The map describes the context, the key concepts, the broader field in which tools and t...
SUPPORT ENVIRO MNGMT IRAQI 2004/09

Support for Environmental Management of the Iraqi Marshlands 2004-2009

22 Apr 2010
The Iraqi Marshlands constitute the largest wetland ecosystem in the Middle East, with environmental and socio-cultural significance. This publication is a completion report for the UNEP Support for Environmental Management of the Iraqi Marshlands project, which was one of the largest environment...
UNEP YRBK 2010

UNEP Year Book 2010

New Science and Developments in our Changing Environment

22 Apr 2010
The UNEP Year Book 2010 reports on new environmental science and recent developments in our changing environment. It looks at progress in environmental governance; the effects of continuing degradation and loss of the world’s ecosystems; impacts of climate change; how harmful substances and hazar...
CLIMATE ACTION #2 2009

Climate Action

18 Jan 2009
Climate Action is produced by Sustainable Development International in partnership with the United Nations Environment Programme to encourage and assist governments and business to lower greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The book features a range of articles that encourage the sharing of best pract...
CASE FOR CLIMATE NEUTRALITY CASE

A Case for Climate Neutrality

Case Studies on Moving Towards a Low Carbon Economy

6 Jan 2010
The publication presents concrete case studies from within the UNEP-led Climate Neutral Network (CN Net) that showcase concrete initiatives undertaken by diverse actors in a variety of sectors on moving towards climate neutrality. The publication targets at the general public, presents the wealth...