Investing in People and Learning to Foster a Climate Resilient and Green Transition

Library of Documents

  • NAMA Study for a Sustainable Charcoal Value Chain in Côte d'Ivoire

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    Organization(s): UNDP

    Type of material:Activity Report

    Publication date:2014

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Policy Instruments, Forestry, Energy

  • NAMA Study for a Sustainable Charcoal Value Chain in Ghana

    This analytical report provides Ghana with an important opportunity to help shape its future low carbon development. The implementation of a sustainable value chain Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Action (NAMA) will help Ghana to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the current value chain.

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    Organization(s): UNDP

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2014

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Policy Instruments, Mitigation, Forestry, Energy

  • National Drought Management Policy Guidelines

    This policy document is part of the ‘Integrated Drought Management Tools and Guidelines Series’, being compiled by the Integrated Drought Management Programme (IDMP). These National Drought Management Policy Guidelines are based on available literature, and draw findings from relevant works wherever possible. These guidelines address the needs of practitioners and policy makers.

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    Organization(s): WMO

    Partner(s): Global Water Partnership

    Type of material:Policy Document

    Publication date:2014

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): COP22 List of UN Publications, Adaptation, Water

  • National drought Management Policy Guidelines: A Template for Action

    This guidance document provides a template for action that countries can use in the development of a national drought management policy and drought preparedness/mitigation plans. The process is structured in 10 steps that can be adapted by countries to reflect their institutional, infrastructure, legal, socio-economic and environmental context. It includes case studies from Brazil, Mexico, Morocco and the USA.

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    Organization(s): WMO

    Partner(s): Global Water Partnership

    Type of material:Guidance Document

    Publication date:2014

    Language(s): English, French, Spanish, Chinese, Russian, Arabic

    Topic(s): COP22 List of UN Publications, Adaptation, Mitigation, Agriculture and Food, Land Use Management, Water

  • Natural Disasters in the Middle East and North Africa: A Regional Overview

    This analytical report highlights disaster risk management (DRM) in the region Middle East and North Africa (MENA). The report identifies urbanization and associated increased flood risk, water scarcity and impacts of climate change as the main challenges facing the region. The report includes sections on: natural disasters in the MENA region; regional progress; World Bank DRM programming in the MENA Region; and proposed way forward. The report includes examples from a range of countries, including: Algeria, Djibouti, Lebanon, Morocco, and Yemen.

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    Organization(s): WB

    Partner(s): UNDP, UNISDR

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2014

    Topic(s): Policy Instruments, Risk Reduction/Management

  • Ocean Fertilization. A Scientific Summary for Policy Makers

    This paper considers the practicalities, opportunities and threats associated with one of the earliest proposed carbon-removal techniques: large-scale ocean fertilization, achieved by adding iron or other nutrients to surface waters. The intention is to enhance microscopic marine plant growth, on a scale large enough not only to significantly increase the uptake of atmospheric carbon by the ocean, but also to remove it from the atmosphere for long enough to provide global climatic benefit. 

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    Organization(s): UNESCO

    Partner(s): Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2014

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): COP22 List of UN Publications, Mitigation

  • On the Road to REDD+ : The UN-REDD Programme's support to REDD+ Readiness

    This analytical report summarises some of the key highlights and achievements of the UN-REDD Programme over its first five years, building on its efforts from supporting nine initial countries to 51 partner countries.  The UN-REDD Programme support has ranged from capacity building, to designing national strategies to developing financing approaches and institutional arrangements needed to monitor and verify reductions in deforestation and degradation more effectively.

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    Organization(s): FAO, UNDP, UNEP

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2014

    Language(s): English, French, Spanish

    Topic(s): Capacity Development, COP22 List of UN Publications, Mitigation, Finance, Forestry

  • Open Data for Resilience Initiative Field Guide

    This manual sets basic standards for open source creation and communication of disaster and climate change information. It builds on the World Bank's Open Data initiative and seeks to: improve disaster and climate change resilience; ensure streamlined data sharing and collaboration among government agencies, the private sector, academia and civil society; and encourage data collaboration with humanitarian efforts. The Guide draws on a number of projects which provide tools to empower both governments and communities to develop mitigation strategies for storms, flooding, droughts and other natural hazards.

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    Organization(s): WB

    Partner(s): OCHA, UNISDR, The Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery, American Red Cross, USAID

    Type of material:Guidance Document

    Publication date:2014

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Policy Instruments, Science, Adaptation, Technology

  • Opportunities for using climate change mitigation and adaptation measures to make progress towards the CBD Aichi Biodiversity Targets: Guangxi Province, China

    This technical document aims to provide decision makers and technical advisers with insights into a broad range of spatial analyses. This analysis can contribute to identifying areas where synergies can be achieved for climate change mitigation, adaptation and biodiversity conservation.

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    Organization(s): UNEP

    Partner(s): REDD-PAC, Chinese Research Academy of Environmental Sciences

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2014

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Adaptation, Mitigation, REDD, Biodiversity, Forestry

  • Our Global Water Towers: Ensuring Ecosystem Services from Mountains under Climate Change

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    Organization(s): UNESCO

    Partner(s): IUCN, CEM

    Type of material:Policy Document

    Publication date:2014

    Language(s): English, Spanish

    Topic(s): COP22 List of UN Publications, Governance – Territorial and Local, Adaptation, Water

  • Our Planet: Climate for Life

    This publication focuses on interactions between biodiversity, climate change and protected areas. It contains 11 feature articles and provides highlights of UNEP's work as well as country-level action on climate change mitigation and environmental conservation.

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    Organization(s): UNEP

    Type of material:Other

    Publication date:2014

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Mitigation, Biodiversity, Ecosystems, Water, Environment

  • Pacific Gender and Climate Change Toolkit

    This manual is designed to support climate change practitioners in the Pacific islands region to integrate gender into their programmes and projects. It is aimed at climate change professionals working in national governments, non-governmental organisations, regional and international organisations who are involved in managing and implementing climate change programmes.

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    Organization(s): UNDP, UNWOMEN

    Partner(s): Secretariat of the Pacific Community, Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit, AustalianAid

    Type of material:Guidance Document

    Publication date:2014

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): COP22 List of UN Publications, Adaptation, Mitigation, Risk Reduction/Management, Gender, Agriculture and Food, Energy, Water

  • Paper City - An Urban Story

    This video portrays today’s urban challenges using a paper and cardboard mock city, as part of its Urban October celebrations. As cities generate over 75% of the world wealth, attracting more people and conducing to urban sprawl, infrastructure and planning are key to reaching greener cities in order to alleviate the effects of climate change and provide a clean environment to their citizens. 

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    Organization(s): UNHABITAT

    Type of material:Audio/Visual Resource

    Publication date:2014

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): COP22 List of UN Publications, Urban

  • Partnering for Solutions: ICTs in Smart Water Management

    This analytical report highlights how ICTs can help address some issues related to the current global water crisis such as water security, water accessibility, climate change, aging infrastructure and management.

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    Organization(s): ITU, UNESCO

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2014

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): COP22 List of UN Publications, Technology, Water

  • PEARL: Preparing for Extreme and Rare Events in Coastal Regions

    This flyer provides an overview of the PEARL project, which aims to develop adaptive risk management strategies for coastal communities against extreme hydro-meteorological events, minimising social, economic and environmental impacts and increasing the resilience of coastal regions in Europe.

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    Organization(s): UNESCO, WMO

    Partner(s): UNU

    Type of material:Audio/Visual Resource

    Publication date:2014

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): COP22 List of UN Publications, Capacity Development, Adaptation, Risk Reduction/Management

  • Planificación Nacional para la Mitigación de GEI en la Agricultura: Documento de Orientación

    This technical document provides the key elements (teechnical, political and institutional) which must be taken into account in the planning for climate change mitigation. It showcases examples of mitigation planning processes in developping countries to illustrate the various options. The document also provides special considerations to include smallholder farmers in the planning process.

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    Organization(s): FAO

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2014

    Language(s): Spanish

  • Planned Relocation, Disasters and Climate Change: Consolidating Good Practices and Preparing for the Future

    This paper discusses planned relocation, disasters and climate change, and how to consolidate good practices and prepare for the future.

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    Organization(s): UNHCR

    Partner(s): The Nansen Initiative, NRC, IDMC

    Type of material:Other

    Publication date:2014

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): COP22 List of UN Publications, Risk Reduction/Management, Migration and Refugees

  • Planning for Climate Change – Toolkit

    This technical document complements the Planning for Climate Change: A strategic values-based approach for urban planners, a resource and planning guide developed for city planners and other professionals to better understand, assess and take action on climate change at the local level.

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    Organization(s): UNHABITAT

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2014

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): COP22 List of UN Publications, Adaptation, Mitigation

  • Planning for Climate Change: A Strategic Values-Based Approach in Sihanoukville

    This video intends to expalin how Cambodia's coastal city of Preah Sihanouk is making positive strides to address the threats of climate change, with the help of UN-Habitat. "Planning for Climate Change: A Strategic Values-Based Approach in Sihanoukville" showcases how UN-Habitat's climate change planning approach can effectively help cities to build their resilience.

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    Organization(s): UNHABITAT

    Type of material:Audio/Visual Resource

    Publication date:2014

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): COP22 List of UN Publications, Governance – General, Adaptation, Urban

  • Planning for Climate Change: Guide – A Strategic, Values-Based Approach for Urban Planners

    This analytical document was developed for city planners to better understand, assess and take action on climate change at the local level. Specifically targeted to the needs of planners and allied professionals in low and middle-income countries where the challenges of planning for climate change are particularly high.

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    Organization(s): UNHABITAT

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2014

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): COP22 List of UN Publications, Adaptation, Mitigation

  • Population, Poverty, and Climate Change

    This analytical document focuses on the relationships between population, poverty, and climate change. It explains that family-planning programs offer the poorest countries a simple and effective means to reduce poverty and mitigate the impact of climate change.

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    Organization(s): WB

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2014

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Governance – General, Adaptation, Human Rights and Justice, Mitigation, Population Dynamics, Agriculture and Food, Economic and Development Planning, Environment, Labour, Water

  • Practical Guide to Participatory Governance Assessments for REDD+ (PGAs)

    This technical document is a response to the UN-REDD Programme partner-country demand for practical guidance on Participatory Governance Assessments (PGAs), and its purpose is to outline the main steps of a PGA process, while allowing flexibility for variances across regions, countries, peoples, communities and circumstances. The guide draws on lessons, challenges and practical solutions taken from the experience of the four PGA pilots within the UN-REDD Programme to date: Ecuador, Indonesia, Nigeria and Viet Nam.

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    Organization(s): FAO, UNDP, UNEP

    Partner(s): UNREDD

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2014

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Governance – General, Governance – Territorial and Local, COP22 List of UN Publications, Mitigation, REDD, Land Use Management, Forestry

  • Promoting Environmental and Social Benefits of REDD+ in Peru Through Spatial Analysis: How Maps Can Support the Achievement of Multiple Policy Goals

    This technical document aims to promote the preparations for REDD+ in Peru, by highlighting some of the potential benefits that can be achieved through REDD+ actions, in addition to the primary aim of climate change mitigation. It presents the results of spatial analyses that can assist decision-makers in planning for REDD+ in a way that generates multiple benefits, and explores the possible contributions that REDD+ can make to the achievement of other policy goals such as the Aichi Biodiversity Targets of the Convention on Biological Diversity and the objectives of Peru’s National Climate Change Strategy.

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    Organization(s): UNEP

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2014

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Governance – General, Adaptation, REDD, Forestry

  • Protecting Your Environment: The Power is in Your Hands - Quick Guide to the Aarhus Convention

    This guidance document presents the Aarhus Convention, which is a unique environmental treaty linking environmental rights with human rights.

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    Organization(s): UNECE

    Type of material:Guidance Document

    Publication date:2014

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): COP22 List of UN Publications, Human Rights and Justice, Environment

  • Quantitative Risk Assessment of the Effects of Climate Change on Selected Causes of Death, 2030s and 2050s

    This analytical document conducts a quantitative assessment of the health impacts of climate change. This constitutes an update and a further development of the assessment that was first published by WHO for the year 2000, now with a wider range of health impacts, and projections for future years.

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    Organization(s): WHO

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2014

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): COP22 List of UN Publications, Governance – General, Risk Reduction/Management, Health

  • Question 24/2: ICT and Climate Change - Final Report of the ITU-D Study Group

    In support of the knowledge sharing and capacity building agenda of the Telecommunication Development Bureau, ITU-D Study Groups support countries in achieving their development goals. Study Group 2 was entrusted by WTDC-10 with the study of nine Questions in the areas of information and communication infrastructure and technology development, emergency telecommunications and climate-change adaptation.

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    Organization(s): ITU

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2014

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): COP22 List of UN Publications, Adaptation, Technology

  • Quick Guide for Policy Makers on Pro-poor Urban Climate Resilience in Asia and the Pacific

    This guidance document focuses on the need to enhance understanding of the region’s key urban stakeholders on climate change, discusses how it affects efforts to realize sustainable urban development, and explores what actions can be taken to synergize continued commitments to poverty reduction alongside urban climate resilience.

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    Organization(s): UNHABITAT, UNESCAP

    Partner(s): Rockefeller Foundation

    Type of material:Guidance Document

    Publication date:2014

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Governance – Territorial and Local, Adaptation, Environment, Urban

  • Recommendations to the UNFCCC on how carbon capture and storage in cleaner electricity production and through enhanced oil recovery could be used in reducing GHG emissions

    This policy document offers recommendations to the UNFCCC on how Carbon Capture Use and Storage, including carbon capture and storage for enhanced recovery of hydrocarbons, can positively contribute to net climate change mitigation outcomes as part of the policy portfolio established to support the post-2015 instrument.

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    Organization(s): UNECE

    Type of material:Policy Document

    Publication date:2014

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): COP22 List of UN Publications, Mitigation, Energy

  • REDD+ and Adaptation: Identifying Complementary Responses to Climate Change

    This manual highlights the complementarities and potential trade-offs between REDD+ and adaptation actions. The manual suggests that ecosystem-based adaptation to climate change (EBA) may help to achieve REDD+ objectives. Furthermore, the implementation of REDD+ activities can maintain and enhance ecosystem services that can support societal adaptation, and REDD+ actions may also influence aspects of adaptive capacity. 

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    Organization(s): FAO, UNDP, UNEP

    Type of material:Guidance Document

    Publication date:2014

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Adaptation, REDD, Ecosystems, Forestry

  • REDD+ and the Green Economy

    This slide presentation provides an overview of the work carried out by REDD+ to contribute to green economy in the agriculture, forestry and land use sectors.  It presents a data collection and key results of REDD-supported activities in the world, with a case-study on Indonesia. 

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    Organization(s): UNREDD

    Type of material:Slide Presentation

    Publication date:2014

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Governance – General, Training, Adaptation, REDD, Green Jobs/Economy, Agriculture and Food, Environment, Forestry, Land Use Management

  • Remarks by Volker Türk at the Discussion Forum on Climate Change

    This paper summarizes the remarks of Volker Türk at the Discussion Forum on Climate Change (Bonn 2014).

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    Organization(s): UNHCR

    Type of material:Other

    Publication date:2014

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): COP22 List of UN Publications, Migration and Refugees

  • Report of the Multi-Year Expert Meeting – Small Island Developing States: Challenges in Transport and Trade Logistics

    This activity report presents the third session of the multi-year expert meeting, which focused on some of the particular transport and trade logistics challenges that the Small Island Developing States (SIDS) face in connection with their remoteness and geographical location. The report states that with SIDS being completely dependent on ports and airports, climate change risks such as rising sea levels, increasing temperatures and more frequent and/or intense storms pose serious threats to vital transport infrastructure, services and operations. 

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    Organization(s): UNCTAD

    Publication date:2014

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): COP22 List of UN Publications, COP23 List of UN Publications, Adaptation, Mitigation, Risk Reduction/Management, Economic and Development Planning, Energy, Transport

  • Report of the Third FAO Regional Workshop on Statistics for Greenhouse Gas Emissions

    This activity report presents the conclusion of the Third FAO Regional Workshop on Statistics for Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions. The FAO workshop brought together high-level staff of Ministries of Agriculture or National Statistical Agencies, and Bureaus responsible for national GHG reporting under international climate policy processes, to help further the conversation on how to improve agricultural/forestry statistics to prepare and submit the Biennial Update Reports (BUR) and Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Action (NAMA).

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    Organization(s): FAO

    Type of material:Activity Report

    Publication date:2014

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Science, Mitigation, Agriculture and Food, Forestry

  • Report on the Climate Summit Forests Plenary

    This activity report presents the results of the Climate Summit Forests Pavilion, a symposium of over 400 key actors in the forests space, held in conjunction with the UN Climate Summit, 23 September 2014.

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    Organization(s): FAO, UNDP, UNEP

    Partner(s): UNREDD

    Type of material:Activity Report

    Publication date:2014

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): COP22 List of UN Publications, REDD, Forestry

  • Report on the In-forum Workshop on Area (b) of the Work Programme on the Impact of the Implementation of Response Measures

    This activity report presents the results of the in-forum workshop on 'cooperation on response strategies' under the work programme on the impact of the implementation of response measures. During the workshop, an expert provided participants with an overview of the work of the forum, highlighting that the objective of the work programme is to improve the understanding of the impact of the implementation of response measures. The workshop also included sessions during which both parties and organizations presented information, experiences, best practices and views relating to the impact of implementation of response measures.

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    Organization(s): UNFCCC

    Type of material:Activity Report

    Publication date:2014

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Governance – General, Adaptation, Risk Reduction/Management

  • Report on the Regional Hands-on Training Workshops on the Use of the non-Annex I Greenhouse Gas Inventory Software

    This activity report describes the proceedings of, and presentations and discussions held during, three workshops aimed at training national focal points and other key experts from non-Annex I parties. All three workshops included sessions on, inter alia: general themes relating to the development of national GHG inventory management systems; the five sectors of the national GHG inventory; and implementation of cross-cutting issues.

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    Organization(s): UNFCCC

    Type of material:Activity Report

    Publication date:2014

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Science, Technology

  • Report on the Second Energy Forum for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency and the Role of Small and Medium Sized Enterprises, Hurghada, Egypt, 18-19 June 2014

    This activity report presents the discussions during the Second Energy Forum for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency and the role of Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs), which was held in Hurghada, Egypt, 18-19 June 2014. The report explores the role that SMEs can play in sustainable energy development in the Arab region as well as the technical, institutional, financial and legislative instruments that can encourage the engagement of SMEs in these fields.

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    Organization(s): UNESCWA

    Partner(s): League of Arab States, Regional Center for Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency, Egyptian Ministry of Electricity and Renewable Energy, European Union

    Type of material:Activity Report

    Publication date:2014

    Language(s): Arabic

    Topic(s): COP22 List of UN Publications, Policy Instruments, Technology, Economic and Development Planning, Energy

  • Report on the UN Climate Summit Forests Pavilion

    This report presents the results of the formal Forests action area plenary at the Secretary-General’s Climate Summit, 23 September 2014.

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    Organization(s): UNDP

    Partner(s): UNREDD

    Type of material:Activity Report

    Publication date:2014

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): COP22 List of UN Publications, REDD, Forestry

  • Report on the Workshop on the Current State of Scientific Knowledge on How to Enhance the Adaptation of Agriculture to Climate Change Impacts While Promoting Rural Development, Sustainable Development and Productivity of Agricultural Systems and Food...

    This activity report presents the results of the a workshop which took place in Warsaw, Poland, on 12 November 2013, during the 39th session of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA 39). Presentations from representatives of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) set the scene for the discussions by highlighting the scientific aspects of adaptation and adaptation co-benefits from a global perspective. They also outlined the challenges, opportunities and success stories regarding the practical implementation of adaptation and identification of co-benefits.

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    Organization(s): UNFCCC

    Type of material:Activity Report

    Publication date:2014

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Science, Adaptation, Technology, Agriculture and Food

  • Resilient Pathways: the Adaptation of the ICT Sector to Climate Change

    This analytical report explores the impacts of climate change on the ICT sector and proposes pathways to strengthen the sector's approach to adaptation, including the development of new standards. The report aims to raise awareness on the need to design and implement information and communication technologies (ICT) strategies to prepare for, respond and adjust to short and long-term climate impacts.

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    Organization(s): ITU, UNESCO, UNFCCC

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2014

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Adaptation, Technology, Risk Reduction/Management

  • Resolution 26/27 - Human Rights and Climate Change

    This resolution shows that the Council emphasized the need for all States to enhance international dialogue and cooperation to address the adverse impacts of climate change on the enjoyment of human rights including the right to development. The council called for dialogue, capacity-building, mobilization of financial resources, technology transfer, and other forms of cooperation to facilitate climate change adaptation and mitigation, in order to meet the special needs and circumstances of developing countries. 

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    Organization(s): OHCHR

    Type of material:Other

    Publication date:2014

    Language(s): English, Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish

    Topic(s): COP22 List of UN Publications, Policy Instruments, Human Rights and Justice

  • Rovaniemi Action Plan for the Forest Sector in a Green Economy

    This guidance document describes how the forest sector in the UNECE region could lead the way towards the emerging green economy at the global level. It provides an overall vision, objectives and specific activities, and identifies potential actors, who might contribute to achieving the stated objectives.

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    Organization(s): UNECE

    Type of material:Guidance Document

    Publication date:2014

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): COP22 List of UN Publications, Biodiversity, Ecosystems, Green Jobs/Economy, Forestry

  • Saving Lives Today and Tomorrow: Managing the Risks of Humanitarian Crises

    Humanitarian needs are rising as the rising world population faces increased risks from climate change, environmental degradation and the consequences of conflict; and much more needs to be done to reduce the impact of disasters before they happen, and to build local capacity. This analytical report provides timely recommendations as the world looks towards the post-2015 framework for development and disaster risk reduction, alongside the 2016 World Humanitarian Summit.

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    Organization(s): OCHA

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2014

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): COP22 List of UN Publications, Risk Reduction/Management, Environment

  • Science to Support Climate-Smart Agricultural Development - Concepts and Results from the MICCA Pilot Projects in East Africa

    This activity report presents the results of the Mitigation of Climate Change in Agriculture (MICCA) Pilot Projects in Kenya and Tanzania. It is directed at local and national decision-makers, researchers and practitioners. It looks at the concepts behind the MICCA’s research activities in East Africa and describes the analytical approaches used, in order to reveals key messages relevant to discussions on climate-smart agriculture.

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    Organization(s): FAO

    Partner(s): World Agroforestry Centre, East Africa Dairy Development Project, CARE International

    Type of material:Activity Report

    Publication date:2014

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Science, Mitigation, Agriculture and Food

  • Scientific Assessment of Ozone Depletion: 2014

    This technical report has concluded that ozone layer recovery will occur more rapidly if eliminating the production of the ozone-depleting substance (ODS) hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs), and managing other remaining ODSs, are fast-tracked. This report found that phasing out the small remaining uses of ODSs, which are currently exempted from phase-outs, would hasten ozone recovery by about 11 years. 

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    Organization(s): WMO

    Partner(s): UNEP, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, European Commission, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2014

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Science, Risk Reduction/Management, Chemicals and Waste, Environment

  • Seguridad Alimentaria, Desastres y Cambio Climático en la Región Andina

    This visual aid maps climate, food security and disaster threats that will impede the sustainable development of communities in Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru.

    The Atlas is one outcome of the World Food Programme's Vulnerability Assessment and Mapping (VAM) work, which focuses on food security. The Atlas can help policymakers identify areas most in need of disaster risk reduction (DRR) and prepare to mitigate the consequences of cimate-related disasters, according to WFP Regional Director Miguel Barreto.

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    Organization(s): WFP

    Type of material:Audio/Visual Resource

    Publication date:2014

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Risk Reduction/Management, Agriculture and Food

  • Societal Benefits from Renewable Energy in Latin America and the Caribbean

    This analytical report intends to contribute to a broader knowledge of the benefits associated with the use of non-traditional renewable energy technologies (NRETs) in the power matrix of Latin America and the Caribbean. To this end, it examines to what extent societal benefits − defined as those that accrue to the national economies when shifting away from fossil fuels − are large enough to justify the eventual wholesale entry of NRETs including solar, geothermal and wind. For this purpose, the analysis first makes a comparison of fossil fuel and NRETs on the basis of the levelized costs of electricity (LCOEs), and then proceeds to identify and quantify potential societal benefits of NRET deployment in LAC.

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    Organization(s): IDB

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2014

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Mitigation, Economic Analysis, Economic and Development Planning, Industry, Energy

  • Sri Lanka: Consolidated Livelihood Exercise for Analysing Resilience (CLEAR)

    This analytical report was prepared by WFP and the Ministry of Economic Development under C-ADAPT, a strategic global initiative that aims to strengthen the capacity of WFP and partners to deliver climate services to the most vulnerable and food insecure communities and build resilience to climate-related risks through effective climate risk analysis, adaptation planning, and risk management.

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    Organization(s): WFP

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2014

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): COP22 List of UN Publications, Adaptation, Agriculture and Food

  • State and Trends of Carbon Pricing 2014

    This analytical report shows that a total of eight new carbon markets opened in 2013, and another launched in early 2014. With these additions, the world’s emissions trading schemes are valued at about US$30 billion. China now houses the second largest carbon market in the world, covering the equivalent of 1,115 million tons of carbon dioxide, after the EU ETS, with its 2,039 MtCO2e cap in 2013.

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    Organization(s): WB

    Partner(s): Ecofys

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2014

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): International Law and Policy, Financial Mechanisms, Carbon Financing and CDM, COP22 List of UN Publications, Mitigation

  • State of African Cities 2014, Re-imagining Sustainable Urban Transitions

    This analytical report argues for a bold re-imagining of prevailing models in order to steer the ongoing city transitions towards greater sustainability based on a thorough review of all available options, including a close look on climate change challenges and opportunities. That is especially the case since the already daunting urban challenges in Africa are now being exacerbated by the new vulnerabilities and threats associated with climate and environmental change.

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    Organization(s): UNHABITAT

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2014

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Urban

  • State of Play of Sustainable Building in Latin America 2014

    This manual identifies the current state of sustainable building initiatives in the nine selected countries and the progress of each one in two main technical areas: (1) energy efficiency initiatives for buildings and (2) sustainable building practices. The main public policies, standards, practices and initiatives related to these two topics are gathered and presented in a comparison table that portrays each country´s progress in both subjects.

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    Organization(s): UNEP

    Partner(s): World Green Building Council, Latin American Green Building Councils, Tecnológico de Monterrey, Mexico Green Building Council, Colombia Green Building Council, Brasil Green Building Council, Chile Green Building Council, Argentina Green Building Council, Peru Green Building Council, Guatemala Green Building Council, Panamá Green Building Council, Costa Rica Green Building Council

    Type of material:Guidance Document

    Publication date:2014

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Governance – General, Adaptation, Green Jobs/Economy, Mitigation, Urban

  • Stay Safe and Be Prepared – A Parent's Guide to Disaster Risk Reduction

    This manual aims at introducing concepts, exercises and good practices on disaster preparedness and response, particularly for parents. This student’s guide is part of a three-book compendium that also includes a teacher's guide and a student's guide

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    Organization(s): UNESCO

    Partner(s): BASF Stiftung

    Type of material:Guidance Document

    Publication date:2014

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Capacity Development, Risk Reduction/Management, Children, Education

  • Stay Safe and Be Prepared – A Student’s Guide to Disaster Risk Reduction

    This manual aims at introducing concepts, exercises and good practices on disaster preparedness and response, particularly for students at age 11-18.  The document uses visuals and cartoons and made it easy for students to understand the topic. This student’s guide is part of a three-book compendium that also includes a teacher's guide and a parents’ guide

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    Organization(s): UNESCO

    Partner(s): BASF Stiftung

    Type of material:Guidance Document

    Publication date:2014

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Capacity Development, Risk Reduction/Management, Children, Education

  • Stay Safe and Be Prepared – A Teacher’s Guide to Disaster Risk Reduction

    This manual aims at introducing concepts, exercises and good practices on disaster preparedness and response to teachers. It is organized around four steps to becoming a disaster risk reduction educator. This teachers’ guide is part of a three-book compendium that also includes a students’ guide, for students aged 11–18, and a parents’ guide

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    Organization(s): UNESCO

    Partner(s): BASF Stiftung

    Type of material:Guidance Document

    Publication date:2014

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Capacity Development, Risk Reduction/Management, Children, Education

  • Stimulating Interim Demand for REDD+ Emission Reductions: The Need for a Strategic Intervention from 2015 to 2020

    This analytical report proposes strategic actions to scale-up public and private sector demand for REDD+ investments over a five-year period. The report seeks to address the current gap between supply and demand, which is resulting in early movers providing significantly less financing than current project proposals could consume. The report notes that the fast start finance (FSF) period (2010-2012), agreed by parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in 2009, resulted in pledges of US$4.5 billion. However, it stresses that these pledges need to be scaled-up to meet the expected costs of between US$4 and 48 billion in the interim period (the period between FSF and long-term finance, which will start in 2020). In order to achieve such financing, the report calls for the establishment of a performance-based financial incentive with clear price signals must in order to reduce REDD+ financing risks. Furthermore, it stresses that a strategic intervention to stimulate demand is necessary and should build on existing institutions, mechanisms and funds.

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    Organization(s): UNEP

    Partner(s): Global Canopy Programme, Amazon Environmental Research Institute, Fauna & Flora International, Norwegian Agency for Development Corporation

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2014

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Financial Mechanisms, Mitigation, REDD, Agriculture and Food, Land Use Management, Forestry

  • Summary of the ADP Co-Chairs’ Special Event

    This activity report presents the results of the ADP Co-Chairs' s special event with observers aimed to highlight the growing interest in the role of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and other non-State actors in climate action and the positive impact they are having. In addition, the event provided an opportunity for sharing ideas regarding how such observers could catalyze action to enhance pre-2020 ambition and shape the 2015 agreement.

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    Organization(s): UNFCCC

    Type of material:Activity Report

    Publication date:2014

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Governance – General, Public Participation, Gender

  • Summary Report on the Workshop on Lessons Learned from Relevant Experience of other Multilateral Environmental Agreements

    This activity report presentsthe results of a workshop on lessons learned from Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs) explored approaches, ways and arrangements under MEAs of relevance for the UNFCCC's work in facilitating results on pre-2020 ambition. Part I of the workshop included three “scene-setting” interventions on relevant MEA experiences regarding: the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES); the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs); and the Montreal Protocol. Part II included a general discussion on: the approaches to and arrangements for increasing ambition that other MEAs have employed; and the extent to which these could be replicated in the UNFCCC framework.

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    Organization(s): UNFCCC

    Type of material:Activity Report

    Publication date:2014

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): International Law and Policy, Environment

  • Summary Report on the Workshop on Pre-2020 Ambition: Urbanization and the Role of Governments in Facilitating Climate Action in Cities

    This activity report presents the results of a workshop on urbanization addressed practical, results-oriented approaches to increasing pre-2020 ambition through addressing sectors with high mitigation potential, including sustainable transport and building sector policies. More specifically, the workshop focused on the government's role in incentivizing action in cities, including by highlighting the leadership role taken by cities in both developed and developing countries, and private sector and civil society efforts to support local governments and cities.

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    Organization(s): UNFCCC

    Type of material:Activity Report

    Publication date:2014

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): International Law and Policy, Mitigation, Transport, Urban

  • Supporting Durable Solutions to Urban, Post-disaster Displacement: Challenges and Opportunities in Haiti

    This study examines the question of durable solutions to displacement in Port-au- Prince, recognizing that the challenges faced in Haiti may be a source of insight for responses to other urban, post-disaster displacement crises. The study draws on the results of focus groups in camps and communities, site visits, and in-depth interviews with government officials, donors, local and international NGO representatives, and the staff of international organizations in Port-au-Prince.

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    Organization(s): IOM

    Type of material:Other

    Publication date:2014

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): COP22 List of UN Publications, Risk Reduction/Management, Emergency Preparedness and Response, Human Security

  • Supporting Planning for Multiple Benefits from REDD+ in Uganda Exploring Synergies with the Aichi Biodiversity Targets

    This technical document examines steps in the REDD+ planning process that can support the delivery of multiple benefits in Uganda. The document also discusses the importance of identifying potential benefits and risks in designing REDD+ interventions and country approaches to safeguards. It also highlights the potential for synergies between REDD+, the Aichi Biodiversity Targets and the National Biodiversity Action Plan. Using example maps for Uganda, the report illustrates how spatial analysis can support REDD+ planning.

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    Organization(s): UNEP

    Partner(s): REDD-PAC, Ministry of Water and Environment, Republic of Uganda, National Forestry Authority

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2014

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Adaptation, Mitigation, Biodiversity, Forestry

  • Sustainable Development Financing: Perspectives from Asia and the Pacific

    This activity report provides key considerations of financing sustainable development, outlines the financing requirements, discusses resource mobilization issues,  presents ways in which capital markets can be broadened and deepened in the region, deals with financial inclusion and section, describes how to leverage public-private partnerships, illustrates innovations in climate finance, provides ways to mobilize external resources, highlights the importance of trade finance, and emphasizes the importance of SouthSouth and triangular development cooperation.

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    Organization(s): UNESCAP

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2014

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): COP22 List of UN Publications, Economic and Development Planning, Environment, Finance

  • Sustainable Forest Management Toolbox: Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation

    This module focuese on climate change adaptation and mitigation, aiming to assist forest managers in assessing and responding to climate-change challenges and opportunities. It provides both basic and more detailed information on key issues to be considered in assessing climatechange vulnerability and risks and adaptation and mitigation options. The module provides links to important tools and to cases in which these tools have been applied in forestry to adapt to, and mitigate the impacts of, climate change. 

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    Organization(s): FAO

    Type of material:Slide Presentation

    Publication date:2014

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Adaptation, Mitigation, Agriculture and Food, Forestry

  • Synergies Between REDD+ and the Aichi Biodiversity Targets in Central Africa - How Spatial Analysis Can Support the Planning of Forest Policies for Climate and Biodiversity Objectives

    This technical document contains the political and institutional context of member countries of the Commission for Central African Forests. Relevant spatial data is introduced, as well as ways to analyse it for the joint implementation of these two international commitments. This contribution of spatial analysis is then explored in more detail for three main types of REDD+ actions relevant to the sub-region: REDD+ actions for the conservation of forests, REDD+ actions for sustainable forest management and REDD+ actions for reforestation and forest restoration.

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    Organization(s): UNEP

    Partner(s): REDD-PAC, Commission des Forêts d'Afrique Centrale

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2014

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Mitigation, Biodiversity, Ecosystems, Forestry

  • The Aarhus Convention: An Implementation Guide

    This guidance document is intended as a convenient non-legally binding and user-friendly reference tool to assist policymakers, legislators and public authorities in their daily work of implementing the Convention and of realizing the provisions of Principle 10 in practice. The document draws on other international law instruments in the area of the environment and human rights.

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    Organization(s): UNECE

    Type of material:Guidance Document

    Publication date:2014

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): COP22 List of UN Publications, Policy Instruments, Human Rights and Justice, Environment

  • The Adaptation Advantage: the Economic Benefits of Preparing Small-Scale Farmers for Climate Change

    This analytical document is part of the Advantage Series and includes the analysis of 5 case studies: Kenya, Turkey, Viet Nam, Bangladesh and Bolivia. The case studies represent the diverse situations in which
    environmental or climate-related problems pose a challenge to human development. They demonstrate that it is possible to quantify the benefits that arise from adaptation investments in economic and financial terms.

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    Organization(s): IFAD

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2014

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): COP24 List of UN publications, Adaptation, Agriculture and Food, Economic and Development Planning, Finance

  • The Adaptation Gap Report 2014

    This guidance document provides a framework for defining adaptation gaps and a preliminary assessment of the gap between adaptation needs and reality. It proposes an approach for identifying and assessing the current state and action in key adaptation areas, and comparing these with the potential now, and in the future, for additional adaptation to reduce risks. 

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    Organization(s): UNEP

    Type of material:Guidance Document

    Publication date:2014

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Financial Mechanisms, Capacity Development, Adaptation, Mitigation, Finance

  • The Challenges of Climate Change - Children on the Front Line

    This book aims to insert children’s perspectives into the global debate on how we should mitigate climate change and adapt to its impacts. It brings together the knowledge and opinions of 40 contributors – scientists, development workers, and experts in health, nutrition and children’s rights – in an attempt to build up a clear picture of what climate change means for the children of today and tomorrow.

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    Organization(s): UNICEF

    Type of material:Other

    Publication date:2014

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): COP22 List of UN Publications, Science, Adaptation, Mitigation, Risk Reduction/Management, Migration and Refugees, Ecosystems, Human Rights and Justice, Children, Gender, Agriculture and Food, Health, Education

  • The City We Need

    This booklet sets out a vision of the 21st century city, recommends nine principles for achieving sustainable urban development, and proposes a policy and legislative framework for a new urban paradigm. It also aims to raise awareness about links between urbanization and global development challenges such as poverty and climate change.

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    Organization(s): UNHABITAT

    Type of material:Other

    Publication date:2014

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Governance – Territorial and Local, Adaptation, Economic and Development Planning, Environment, Urban

  • The Economics of Climate Change in Latin America and the Caribbean: Paradoxes and Challenges

    This publication argues that the Latin American and Caribbean region needs to make the transition in the years to come towards a more sustainable form of development that will preserve its economic, social and natural assets for future generations and leave them with a legacy of a more equal, more socially inclusive, low-carbon form of economic growth.

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    Organization(s): UNECLAC

    Partner(s): german cooperation, EUROCLIMA, Cooperacion Espanola, COOPERACION REGIONAL FRANCESA, European Commission

    Type of material:Other

    Publication date:2014

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Financial Mechanisms, Economic Analysis, Economic and Development Planning, Finance

  • The Emissions Gap Report 2014: A UNEP Synthesis Report

    This analytical report draws on the research of the world's main atmospheric science, climate change and policy centers to present a unified message on the world's greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, present and future, using shared indicators.

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    Organization(s): UNEP

    Partner(s): Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2014

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): International Law and Policy, Mitigation, Science, Energy

  • The Gender Advantage: Women on the Front Line of Climate Change

    This guidance document illustrates IFAD's experience in closing the gender gap and mobilizing the "gender advantage" in climate change adaptation through ten case studies from accross the world. The case studies show that gender-sensitive adaptation results in better livelihood options and incomes, improved yields, more food security and reduced workloads for women an d their families. They also show that women and men are better able to make informed decisions about their lives, thus balancing their human development priorities when giving attention to sustainable resource management.

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    Organization(s): IFAD

    Type of material:Guidance Document

    Publication date:2014

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): COP22 List of UN Publications, COP23 List of UN Publications, Public Participation, Capacity Development, Adaptation, Gender, Agriculture and Food, Education, Health

  • The Global Cleantech Innovation Programme for SMEs: Fostering Clean Technology Innovation in Emerging and Developing Countries

    This publication some of the work of the UNIDO-GEF partnership on entrepreneurial innovation. UNIDO-GEF with their international networks and resources are partnering to create an innovative, global program supporting small- and medium sized enterprises by leveraging the Cleantech Open’s global platform.

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    Organization(s): GEF, UNIDO

    Partner(s): Clean Tech Open

    Type of material:Other

    Publication date:2014

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): COP22 List of UN Publications, Technology, Finance, Industry

  • The Global Network of Regional Sustainable Energy Centres: A Regional Approach for Knowledge Management and Capacity Building

    This publication presents the approach of the Energy and Climate Change Branch of UNIDO. It coordinates the Global Network of Regional Sustainable Energy Centres in cooperation with regional economic communities and organizations. The expanding south-south multi-stakeholder partnership comprises various Centres in Africa, the Caribbean, the Pacific and other regions. The Centres respond to the urgent need for increased regional cooperation and capacities to mitigate existing barriers to renewable energy and energy efficiency investment and markets.

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    Organization(s): UNIDO

    Type of material:Other

    Publication date:2014

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): COP22 List of UN Publications, COP23 List of UN Publications, Capacity Development, Energy, Finance

  • The Health Impacts of Severe Climate Shocks in Colombia

    This analytical paper published by Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) studies the link between severe weather shocks in Colombia and municipality-level incidence of dengue and malaria. The unexpectedly high variability of the 2010 rainfalls relative to previous periods and their regional heterogeneity are exploited as an identification strategy. The results confirm that the relationship between climate events and vector-borne diseases is intricate. The 2010 weather shocks are associated with not only an increase in the number of dengue cases but also with a decrease in its incidence (particularly in the presence of extreme rain events). Floods seem to have decreased the number of dengue cases.

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    Organization(s): IDB

    Partner(s): Universidad del Rosario

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2014

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Risk Reduction/Management, Health

  • The IFAD-GEF Advantage: Partnering for A Sustainable World

    This activity report presents some examples of the IFAD-GEF partnership from around the world by using brief case studies to highlight certain aspects of various projects, which includes over 43 national and regional projects, covering areas of biodiversity, climate change, international waters, land degradation and sustainable forest management.

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    Organization(s): IFAD

    Type of material:Activity Report

    Publication date:2014

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): COP22 List of UN Publications, Biodiversity, Forestry, Land Use Management, Water

  • The Least Developed Countries Fund and Special Climate Change Fund, Gender and Climate Funds

    This policy document aims to detail the recent progress of the Global Environment Facility to mainstream gender in climate funds programming and implementation. It also identifies next steps towards ensuring gender equality and women’s empowerment principles are further incorporated into the design and implementation of climate funds projects.

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    Organization(s): UNDP

    Partner(s): GGCA

    Type of material:Policy Document

    Publication date:2014

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Financial Mechanisms, COP22 List of UN Publications, Gender, Finance

  • The Mend Guide: Comprehensive Guide for Planning Mass Evacuations in Natural Disasters

    This Comprehensive Guide for Planning Mass Evacuations in Natural Disasters attempts to bring together emergency planning needs and humanitarian considerations which are complementary in so many ways. 

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    Organization(s): IOM

    Type of material:Other

    Publication date:2014

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): COP22 List of UN Publications, Risk Reduction/Management, Migration and Refugees, Human Security

  • The R4 Rural Resilience Initiative: One-Pager

    This one-pager provides an overview of the the R4 Rural Resilience Initiative (R4), a strategic partnership between Oxfam America and WFP. R4 was initiated in 2011 to respond to the challenges faced by food-insecure communities enduring increasingly frequent and intense climate disasters and other shocks.

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    Organization(s): WFP

    Partner(s): Oxfam America

    Type of material:Other

    Publication date:2014

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): COP22 List of UN Publications, Financial Mechanisms, Adaptation, Agriculture and Food

  • The Smallholder Advantage: A New Way to put Climate Finance to Work

    This analytical document is part of the Advantage Series and includes the analysis of 12 case studies: Bangladesh, Bolivia, Djibouti, Ghana, Kyrgyz Republic, Mali, Mozambique, Nicaragua, Nigeria,  Rwanda, Viet Nam, Yemen. This publication shows how agricultural investment programmes can provide effective platforms for climate action, working with smallholder farmers as agents of change.

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    Organization(s): IFAD

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2014

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): COP24 List of UN publications, Adaptation, Technology, Agriculture and Food, Environment, Finance

  • The Smallholder Advantage: A New Way to Put Climate Finance to Work

    This guidance document suggests that smallholders are among the best possible clients for climate finance: investing in better access to weather information, disaster preparedness, social learning and technology transfer will help smallholders be better equipped to feed a growing world population. At the same time, they can restore degraded ecosystems and reduce agriculture’s carbon footprint. 

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    Organization(s): IFAD

    Type of material:Guidance Document

    Publication date:2014

    Language(s): English, Spanish

    Topic(s): COP22 List of UN Publications, Ecosystems, Technology, Agriculture and Food, Finance

  • The World Food Programme at COP 20 - Ensuring the Most Food Insecure People Are Considered in Climate Negotiations

    This document presents the activities of the World Food Programme (WFP) at the 20th Conference of the Parties (COP 20) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), which takes place from 1-12 December 2014, in Lima, Peru.

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    Organization(s): WFP

    Type of material:Other

    Publication date:2014

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): COP22 List of UN Publications, International Law and Policy, Governance – General, Agriculture and Food

  • Time to Act to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants

    Through updated text and new graphics, this second edition of the publication ‘Time to Act’ explains what short-lived climate pollutants are and what effects they have on our lives. It demonstrates in a comprehensive way the challenges and opportunities presented by these pollutants, including their relevance to near-term climate change, public health and food and energy security. 

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    Organization(s): UNEP

    Partner(s): UNFCCC

    Type of material:Other

    Publication date:2014

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): COP22 List of UN Publications, Agriculture and Food, Health, Energy

  • Toolkit for the Indicators of Resilience in Socio-Ecological Production Landscapes and Seascapes

    This toolkit provides practical guidance for making use of the “Indicators of Resilience in Socio-ecological Production Landscapes and Seascapes (SEPLS)” in the field. The indicators are a tool for engaging local communities in adaptive management of the landscapes and seascapes in which they live. By using the tested methods presented in this toolkit, communities can increase their capacity to respond to social, economic, and environmental pressures and shocks, to improve their environmental and economic conditions.

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    Organization(s): UNU, UNU-IAS, UNDP

    Partner(s): Satoyama Initiative, Biodiversity International, Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), Institute for Global Environmental Strategies

    Type of material:Other

    Publication date:2014

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): COP23 List of UN Publications, Ecosystems, Environment, Land Use Management

  • Towards A Learning Culture of Safety and Resilience Technical Guidance for Integrating Disaster Risk Reduction in the School Curriculum

    This technical document is designed to support national efforts to integrate disaster risk reduction into the school curriculum. It includes a four-stage approach to the curriculum development process. The document builds upon case studies from 30 countries.

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    Organization(s): UNESCO, UNICEF

    Partner(s): The Japanese Funds-in-Trusts

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2014

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Capacity Development, Risk Reduction/Management, Children, Education

  • Towards Better Forest Governance for Redd+ in Indonesia: An Evaluation of the Forest Licensing System

    This analytical document aims to identify inefficiencies and corrupt practices in the process to apply and obtain forest licenses. The evaluation is based on quantitative and qualitative data collected from 116 service users and 44 service providers.

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    Organization(s): UNREDD, FAO, UNDP, UNEP

    Partner(s): Government of Indonesia

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2014

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): COP22 List of UN Publications, Governance – General, REDD, Economic Analysis, Forestry

  • Towards Climate-Responsible Peatlands Management

    This manual is published by Mitigation of Climate Change in Agriculture (MICCA) programme in Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Mitigation of Climate Change in Agriculture. The report describes the negative environmental impacts (greenhouse gas emission) caused by peatland drainage and presents the practical management system to reduce these negative impacts with several case studies. 

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    Organization(s): FAO

    Type of material:Guidance Document

    Publication date:2014

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Capacity Development, Adaptation, Mitigation, Agriculture and Food

  • Trade and Green Economy: A Handbook

    This policy document aims to help individuals interested in a green economy to acquire better understandings of relevant trade rules. The document also seeks to increase coordination and reduce tension between the international trade and environment agendas in order to open new pathways to achieve sustainable development. Climate change is one important topic adressed in the document.

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    Organization(s): UNEP

    Partner(s): The International Institute of Sustainable Development

    Type of material:Policy Document

    Publication date:2014

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Governance – General, Policy Instruments, Green Jobs/Economy, Trade

  • Trade Remedies: Targeting the Renewable Energy Sector

    This technical document is part of a larger effort by UNCTAD to analyze issues arising at the interface of trade policy and green economy, more specifically renewables, which is shorthand for goods and services used in conjunction with renewable energy sources.

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    Organization(s): UNCTAD

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2014

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): COP24 List of UN publications, Green Jobs/Economy, Energy, Industry, Trade

  • Training Manual for Customs and Enforcement Officer

    This manual aims to assist customs and enforcement officials in their daily work, and through building capacity in environmental issues, seeks to encourage them to integrate environmental protection into their role as guardians of borders. The latest edition, which is titled 'Saving the Ozone Layer: Phasing Out Ozone Depleting Substances in Developing Countries,' includes a focus on hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs), which are being phased out under the Protocol but are commonly used as both refrigerants and foam blowing agents. HCFCs, like many ozone depleting substances, are also potent greenhouse gases (GHGs), and the publication includes new scientific findings on the links between ozone depletion and global warming.

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    Organization(s): UNEP

    Type of material:Guidance Document

    Publication date:2014

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Chemicals and Waste, Industry, Environment, Security and Defence

  • Transmitting Renewable Energy to the Grid

    This analytical report presents strategies to connect renewable energy generating site to the grid. Connecting generating sites to the grid is an obstacle to the scale-up of renewable energy. Investments in transmission are often made in response to individual requests for interconnection from project developers. But isolated efforts to connect dispersed resources usually turn out to be more expensive than if the full set of planned sites had been considered up front. Only proactive planning, undertaken with a view to maximizing the efficiency of the overall network, can keep costs and connection delays to a minimum.

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    Organization(s): WB

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2014

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Technology, Energy

  • Transmitting Renewable Energy to the Grid : The Case of Texas

    This case studiy presents how Texas tackles the issue of renwable energy. Texas leads the United states with 9,528 mw of installed wind power capacity—a level exceeded by only four countries. The state needed more infrastructure to transmit electricity generated from renewable sources, but the regulator could not approve transmission expansion projects in the absence of financially committed generators. To solve the problem, Texas devised a planning process that quickly connects energy systems to the transmission system. The system is based on the designation of “competitive renewable energy zones.”

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    Organization(s): WB

    Type of material:Other

    Publication date:2014

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Technology, Energy

  • Transmitting Renewable Energy to the Grid: The Case of Brazil

    This case study presents how Brasil has tackle the issue of renwable energies. Many biomass cogeneration plants and small hydropower plants are already in operation in Brazil, and more are under construction. Brazil met the challenge of connecting those plants to the grid by devising a shared transmission system that allocates transmission costs among providers of renewable energy and allows providers to incorporate those costs into their bids for supply contracts. The process has built the confidence of renewable energy developers by providing certainty about the interconnection and the energy contracting processes.

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    Organization(s): WB

    Type of material:Other

    Publication date:2014

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Technology, Energy

  • Transmitting Renewable Energy to the Grid: The Case of Mexico

    This case study presents how Mexico has tackled the issue of renewable energy. Mexico’s la Ventosa region has ample wind resources but is remote. The national electric utility would not build the lines needed to transmit la Ventosa’s electricity to the grid without assurances that developers would follow through on their generating plans. But developers could not obtain needed financing in the absence of a guaranteed transmissionnetwork. To break the deadlock, the country conceived a planning process that yields a shared transmission network funded jointly by developers.

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    Organization(s): WB

    Type of material:Other

    Publication date:2014

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Technology, Tourism

  • TUNISIA: Derisking Renewable Energy Investment - Selecting Public Instruments to Promote Renewable Energy Investment for the Tunisian Solar Plan NAMA

    This activity report shows a part of United Nations Development Programme's support to the Government of Tunisia in the development of a Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Action (NAMA) for the Tunisian Solar Plan (TSP). The NAMA TSP Project will be implemented between 2015-2019. The Tunisian Solar Plan, originally formulated in 2012 and revised in 2015, is Tunisia’s official long-term plan for attracting renewable energy investment in the electricity sector. The TSP seeks to achieve a renewable energy penetration target of 30% of the electricity generation mix by 2030. 

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    Organization(s): UNDP

    Partner(s): GEF, National Agency for Energy Conservation, Ministère de l'Industrie, de l'Energie et des Mines

    Type of material:Activity Report

    Publication date:2014

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Governance – General, Capacity Development, Adaptation, Technology, Finance, Energy

  • Turn Down the Heat: Confronting the New Climate Normal

    This analytical report focuses on the risks of climate change to development in Latin America and the Caribbean, the Middle East and North Africa, and parts of Europe and Central Asia. Building on earlier Turn Down the Heat reports, this new scientific analysis examines the likely impacts of present day (0.8°C), 2°C and 4°C warming above pre-industrial temperatures on agricultural production, water resources, ecosystem services, and coastal vulnerability for affected populations. Across the three regions studied in this report, record-breaking temperatures are occurring more frequently, rainfall has increased in intensity in some places, while drought-prone regions are getting dryer.

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    Organization(s): WB

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2014

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Science, Adaptation, Mitigation, Risk Reduction/Management

  • UN CC:Learn Pilot Implementation Phase 2011-2013

    This report includes key activities and achievements from the 2011-2013 Implementation Phase of the UN CC:Learn partnership. 

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    Organization(s): UN CC:Learn

    Partner(s): Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation

    Type of material:Activity Report

    Publication date:2014

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Adaptation, Education, Environment

  • UN CC:Learn Resource Guide for Advanced Learning on REDD+

    This Resource Guide for Advanced Learning provides a selection of learning resources on REDD+, mostly drawn from within the UN System. The guide is organized into two parts. Part I provides basic orientation for readers, including a brief introduction to the subject area and an outline of the specific learning topics covered. Part II lists available written learning resources as well as a number of training courses currently being offered, organized by learning topic. An Annex containing a list of non-UN learning resources concludes the Guide. This guide is part of a series of developed through UN CC:Learn to facilitate access to existing state-of-the-art materials relevant for climate change learning on particular topics.

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    Organization(s): UNITAR

    Partner(s): UNREDD, WB, Forest Carbon Partnership Facility, UN CC:Learn Partner Organisations

    Type of material:Other

    Publication date:2014

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): COP22 List of UN Publications, Public Participation, Adaptation, REDD, Mitigation, Finance, Forestry

  • Understanding CO2 Emissions from the Global Energy Sector

    This analytical report prsents the evolution of the CO2 emissions of the energy sector. The energy sector contributes about 40 percent of global emissions of CO2. Three-quarters of those emissions come from six major economies. Although coal-fired plants account for just 40 percent of world energy production, they were responsible for more than 70 percent of energy-sector emissions in 2010. Despite improvements in some countries, the global CO2 emission factor for energy generation has hardly changed over the last 20 years.

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    Organization(s): WB

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2014

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Mitigation, Technology, Energy

  • Understanding the Drought Impact of El Niño on the Global Agricultural Areas

    This technical document aims to enhance understandings of the El Niño phenomenon using FAO’s Agricultural Stress Index System (ASIS). The document presents the result of FAO's monitoring of the El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) phenomenon, among other weather-related hazards, with a special focus on the potential impacts on the agricultural sector. 

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    Organization(s): FAO

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2014

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): COP22 List of UN Publications, Adaptation, Risk Reduction/Management, Science, Agriculture and Food, Environment

  • Understanding the Economics of Climate Adaptation in Trinidad and Tobago

    This analytical report identifies expected climate change risks for Trinidad and Tobago generally and by their potential impacts on six priority sectors, namely agriculture, human health, human settlements, coastal zones, water resources and energy. The study: calculates the economic impact of probable damages; identifies possible adaptation actions to reduce impacts and possible barriers to their implementation, and calculate their costs/benefits; and prioritizes adaptation measures. The prioritization was carried out through weighted scoring taking into account: the ability of the measure to decrease climate change impacts; the urgency for implementing a measure in order to gain maximum benefit; "no regret" strategies that can be justified in economic terms even without climate change; positive secondary effects; and possible climate change mitigation co-benefits.

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    Organization(s): IDB

    Partner(s): Factor CO2, IH Cantabria, University of the West Indies

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2014

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Adaptation, Risk Reduction/Management, Ecosystems, Agriculture and Food, Land Use Management, Forestry, Environment

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