UNEP's participation at EU Green Week 2013

Tackling the Post-2015 development agenda and the sustainable development goals (SDGs) is a massive global challenge. This EU Green Week, UNEP co-organised a session to help kick-start the debate following the report of the UN Secretary-General's High Level Panel (HLP) released on May 30th. Plenty of questions are left in the SDG and Post-2015 discussions. The panel also covered lessons from the MDGs, the structural issues in developing global goals, the universality of SDGs, how to construct the subsequent targets and indicators. > Read more & watch panelist interviews 

UNEP presented the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) at Green Week and its work to catalyse fast action to reduce short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs), such as black carbon and methane. Such reductions have the potential to prevent a significant proportion of the estimated 6 million deaths annually from air-pollution related disease, avoid annual crop losses of over 30 million tons annually, and slow near-term global warming by up to 0.5⁰ C (2010-2050).  > Read more

Achieving resource efficiency and decoupling in pursuit of climate mitigation and alleviation of air pollution was the focus of the International Resource Panel’s (IRP) session. The Panel presented findings from two IRP studies: “low carbon technologies for electricity production, environmental benefits, risks and trade-offs,” and “environmental risks and challenges of anthropogenic metals flows and cycles.” > Read more

UNEP on food security: an ecosystems approach

"The future of food security on the current trajectory is a road to nowhere"

UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner explains the importance of an ecosystems approach to make agriculture more efficient, more sustainable, and to create more intelligent markets. “The future of food security on the current trajectory is a road to nowhere, and to repeat the statistics that we need to grow 50-70% more food without answering the questions, on what land, with which water and with what kind of seed diversity, is a discussion that merits much greater attention.” > Read the full article and watch an extract of the interview 

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193 countries in new 'United Nations Environment Assembly'

The UNEP Governing Council - home to the world's largest annual gathering of environment ministers - will in future be known as the United Nations Environment Assembly of UNEP, following a new resolution by the UN General Assembly. The re-designation endorses a decision by governments at the 1st Universal Session of the UNEP Governing Council, held in February  under the theme 'Rio+20: From Outcome to Implementation,' to rename UNEP's governance following the recent strengthening and upgrading of the organization to universal membership. 

The newly-named United Nations Environment Assembly of UNEP reflects the full and future participation of all 193 UN member states in UNEP's governing body. Prior to 2012, membership had been limited to 58 countries only. > Read more
This report that shows that the private sector will ineed adapt to the world's rapidly changing environment and develop goods and services that reduce the impacts of climate change, water scarcity and other environmental concerns.
Brochure introducing PAGE, which will support 30 countries over the next seven years in building national green economy strategies that will generate new jobs and skills.
The Renewables Global Futures Report 2013 shows the range of credible possibilities for the future of renewable energy, combining an array of interviews with 170 experts from around the world, along with over 50 recently published scenarios. Learn more.
Brouchure explaining the work of the en.lighten iniative which aims to iniative the rapid transition to energy efficient lighting through a public private partnership.
This report by the International Resource Panel, looking at new opportunities for recycling metals.
This policy paper examines the role of soil organic matter in crop production and global food security. Read more.
This report shows than 1% of all patent applications relating to Clean Energy Technology (CET) have been filed in Africa, highlighting an opportunity for the continent to leapfrog existing fossil-fuel energy sources. Read more.
This report shows that the illegal trade of apes claims 3,000 apes a year, and highlights the growing links to sophisticated trans-boundary crime networks, which law enforcement networks are struggling to contain. Read more.
This briefing calls the problems relating to Omo-Turkana transboundary water issues and calls for cooperation on the matter.
This third Africa Environment Outlook addresses key environmental risks for human health. It shows that there are often good policies for addressing environmental challenges affecting human health, but weak implementation. Learn more, see the summary for policy makers or get full report.
This report presents an environmental accounting framework based on a biophysical approach to quantifying values of ecosystem services. Read more.
Annex to the report to the right, that gives examples of successful city decoupling projects.
This report shows how supporting smallholder farmers to play a greater role in food production and natural resource stewardship is the quickest ways to lift over one billion people out of poverty.
Joint paper between UNEP and the World Resources Institute on food waste and how to reduce it. Read more.
This report shows that Asia Pacific has surpassed the rest of the world in its consumption of materials and will continue to dominate world material flows. Read more.
This report shows that increasing poaching levels, as well as loss of habitat are threatening the survival of African elephant populations in Central Africa as well as previously secure populations in West, Southern and Eastern Africa. Read more.
This bulletin provides an overview of recent discussions about the impact of corruption on environmental governance, with a focus on emissions trading. 
This report shows that greening global trade is a vital step to achieving sustainable development, and developing countries are well positioned to help catalyze this transition. Read more.
The UNEP Year Book 2013 is the 10th edition of the Year Book series. This series presents annual reviews of emerging environmental issues and policy-relevant developments.
This report by the International Resource Panel, focuses on the impact of metals on the environment as well as on their life cycle energy use.
Report on City-Level Decoupling that concludes that achieving inclusive sustainable development for all requires 'decoupling' city-based economic growth rates from the unsustainable consumption of finite natural resources.
A booklet that gives case studies of successful stories of change brought about by the joint UNDP-UNEP program, The Poverty Environment Iniative (PEI).
Annual report produced jointly by UNEP and Bloomberg's New Energy Renewable Energy that reviews the previous year's trends in renewable energy investment.
The report looks at the importance of equitable and participatory environmental governance in Sudan, and how other countries across Africa, have tried to reduce tension over the environment and improve the management of land, water, forests and other resources. Learn more.
This report shows that Peru’s BioTrade sector offers tremendous potential, with its vast biodiversity, to develop new production lines that will help consolidate its current range of goods and services. Read more.

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