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

Library of Documents

  • Vulnerability and Adaptation to Climate Change: Initial Assessment, Progress, Gaps and Potential Guidelines for Action in Mesoamerica

    This analytical report aims to support the collection and analysis of information needed for the formulation and adoption of climate change adaptation policies in the Mesoamerican region. The document is divided into two parts. The first presents a summary of key findings on the vulnerability of the region and the adaptation process in motion. This part includes identification of projects and adaptation measures, actors and financial cooperation as well as an analysis of information gaps. The second part presents recommendations for possible cooperation on adaption in the sub-region. These recommendations range from the adoption of policies and sectoral plans to definition of strategies for funding and participation in international negotiations.

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    Organization(s): IDB

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2010

    Language(s): Spanish

    Topic(s): Governance – General, Adaptation, Risk Reduction/Management, Ecosystems, Agriculture and Food, Economic and Development Planning, Finance, Health, Water

  • Waste and Climate Change: Global Trends and Strategy Framework

    This analytical report estimates that the emissions contribution of the waste sector is roughly 3-5%, but notes that reliability of calculation methods and data between countries vary, with uncertainty ranging from 10-30% in developed countries to 60% in developing countries. The report stresses that the waste sector is well placed to cut its contribution to global man-made greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and even become an emissions saver. It presents recommendations and highlights the potential to decouple waste production from economic growth through Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) projects focusing on landfill gases.

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    Organization(s): UNEP

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2010

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Carbon Financing and CDM, Mitigation, Chemicals and Waste, Industry

  • What Woodfuels Can Do to Mitigate Climate Change

    This analytical report explores the scope and potential for woodfuels to replace fossil fuels thereby contributing to climate change mitigation. The implications of woodfuel development for mitigation, the current woodfuel offset mechanisms in place and their possible emissions reduction were analysed. Many barriers have been identified that preclude the full use of this mitigation potential. Policy reforms to encourage environmental sustainability, increased productivity, improved infrastructure and planning are stressed as essential elements for large-scale implementation.

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    Organization(s): FAO

    Partner(s): Stockholm Environment Institute

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2010

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Carbon Financing and CDM, Mitigation, Forestry, Energy

  • WMO Greenhouse Gas Bulletin (GHG Bulletin) - N°6: The State of Greenhouse Gases in the Atmosphere Based on Global Observations through 2009

    This bulletin reports on the atmospheric burdens and rates of change of the most important long-lived greenhouse gases (LLGHGs) – carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, CFC-12 and CFC-11 – and provides a summary of the contributions of the other gases.

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    Organization(s): WMO

    Type of material:Other

    Publication date:2010

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): COP22 List of UN Publications, Science, Environment

  • WMO Statement on the Status of the Global Climate in 2009

    This technical document is part of an annual series published by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) on the status of the global climate. A key result of the present issue is that the period 2000–2009 was the warmest decade on record since the beginning of modern instrumental measurements around 1850. The document includes inter alia information on regional temperature anomalies, heatwaves and cold waves, droughts, storms and flooding.

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    Organization(s): WMO

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2010

    Language(s): English

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

  • WMR 2010 Background Paper: Climate Change and International Migration

    The World Migration Report 2010, draws upon the findings of 19 background papers, prepared by distinguished migration experts. They focus on a range of different policy themes and geographical regions, providing a global perspective on the future of migration, and the capacities which are likely to be needed to manage migration successfully in the coming years.

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    Organization(s): IOM

    Type of material:Activity Report

    Publication date:2010

    Language(s): English

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

  • Woodfuels and Climate Change Mitigation: Case Studies from Brazil, India and Mexico

    This technical document examines the scope and potential for wood fuels to replace fossil fuels thereby contributing to climate change mitigation in three countries – Brazil, India and Mexico. The potential for and implications of wood fuel development for climate change mitigation is analyzed. The publication also presents the current woodfuel offset mechanisms in place and their relative emissions reduction potentials.

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    Organization(s): FAO

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2010

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Carbon Financing and CDM, Mitigation, Forestry, Energy

  • World Development Report 2010 : Development and Climate Change

    This analytical report explores how public policy can change to better help people cope with new or worsened risks, how land and water management must adapt to better protect a threatened natural environment while feeding an expanding and more prosperous population, and how energy systems will need to be transformed. It also examines how to integrate development realities into climate policy ─ in international agreements, in instruments to generate carbon finance, and in steps to promote innovation and the diffusion of new technologies.

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    Organization(s): WB

    Partner(s): Development Economics, Sustainable Development Network, Government of Norway, UK Department for International Development, Government of Denmark, Government of Germany, Swedish Government through Biodiversity Centre/Swedish International Biodiversity Programme, Trust Fund for Environmentally & Socially Sustainable Development, Multi-donor Programmatic Trust Fund, Knowledge for Change Program

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2010

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): International Law and Policy, Governance – General, Financial Mechanisms, Science, Adaptation, Mitigation, Technology, Risk Reduction/Management, Economic and Development Planning, Land Use Management, Energy, Water

  • Youth Participation in the UNFCCC Negotiation Process: The United Nations, Young People, and Climate Change

    This analytical report contains information on some of the many climate change initiatives – projects, campaigns, educational, tools, websites and publications – produced by the United Nations and young people. They ranged from global initiatives raising awareness for combating climate change to advocacy efforts at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) negotiations. This publication is intended to inform governments, intergovernmental organizations (IGOs), non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and young people on how youth participation has taken place at sessions of the UNFCCC starting with COP 5, highlighting increased efforts by young people to advocate for effective solutions to tackle climate change.

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    Organization(s): UNFCCC

    Partner(s): United Nations Joint Framework Initiative on Children, Youth and Climate Change

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2010

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): International Law and Policy, Governance – General, Public Participation, Capacity Development, Adaptation, Mitigation

  • “Climate-Smart” Agriculture: Policies, Practices and Financing for Food Security, Adaptation and Mitigation

    This analytical report underlines that agriculture in developing countries must undergo a significant transformation in order to meet the related challenges of achieving food security and responding to climate change. This paper examines some of the key technical, institutional, policy and financial responses required to achieve this transformation. Building on case studies from the field, the report outlines a range of practices, approaches and tools aimed at increasing the resilience and productivity of agricultural production systems, while also reducing and removing emissions.

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    Organization(s): FAO

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2010

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Policy Instruments, Adaptation, Mitigation, Agriculture and Food, Finance, Land Use Management

  • "Confronting Climate Change": How Cooperatives Contribute to Meeting Today's Challenges

    This slide presentation shows how cooperatives can contribute to meeting global challenges. Ranging from small-scale to multi-million dollar businesses, cooperatives today employ some 100 million women and men in both industrialized and developing countries, and have more than 800 million individual members across the globe. 'Concern for Community' is one of the Cooperative Principles which guides the work of cooperatives around the world. Celebrated annually on the first Saturday of July, the 14th UN International Day of Cooperatives focuses this year on the significant contribution that cooperatives can make to mitigating climate change.

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    Organization(s): ILO

    Type of material:Slide Presentation

    Publication date:2009

    Language(s): English, French, Spanish

    Topic(s): Science, Mitigation, Green Jobs/Economy

  • 10 Frequently Asked Questions about the Copenhagen Deal

    This fact sheet presents the Copenhagen deal by answering 10 frequently asked questions about it. The document explains the main features of the Copenhagen deal and its position in the climate change governance framework. Furthermore, the fact sheet addresses the main issues surrounding its negotiation and adoption.

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    Organization(s): UNFCCC

    Type of material:Other

    Publication date:2009

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): International Law and Policy, Financial Mechanisms, Mitigation

  • 10 Years of Experience in Carbon Finance: Insights from Working with Carbon Markets for Development and Global Greenhouse Gas Mitigation

    This activity report presents the World Bank’s carbon finance operations and aims to highlight some of the most important lessons learned from the first ten years of experience. Carbon finance is an important revenue stream for greenhouse gas mitigation projects. However, there is still room for improvement. As it enters the second decade of carbon finance, the World Bank is taking stock of its experience and progress to date to inform future development and implementation of the mechanisms.

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    Organization(s): WB

    Type of material:Activity Report

    Publication date:2009

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Financial Mechanisms, Carbon Financing and CDM, Mitigation

  • 2009 Investor Statement on the Urgent Need for a Global Agreement on Climate Change

    This policy document presents an investor statement formalising the private sector’s requirement for a strong, binding framework to succeed the Kyoto Protocol. It stresses that clear, credible long-term policies are critical for investors to integrate climate change considerations into their decision-making processes and to support investment flows into a low-carbon economy and into measures for adaptation. It also argues that a timely post-2012 climate change agreement involving all countries and containing appropriate long- and medium-term emission reduction targets is essential to supporting investor confidence. 

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    Organization(s): UNEP

    Partner(s): Principles for Responsible Investment, United Nations Foundation, Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change, Investor Network on Climate Risk, Investor Group on Climate Change, ACSI, Carbon Disclosure Project, European Sustainable Investment Forum, Local Authority Pension Fund Forum, P8 Group, UK Sustainable Investment and Finance

    Type of material:Policy Document

    Publication date:2009

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): International Law and Policy, Governance – General, Policy Instruments, Financial Mechanisms, Carbon Financing and CDM, Adaptation, Mitigation, Green Jobs/Economy, Technology, Finance, Energy

  • A Case for Climate Neutrality - Case Studies on Moving Towards a Low Carbon Economy

    This activity report on climate neutrality draws upon the experiences of nearly 200 participants of the Climate Neutral Network (CN Net) led by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), which includes countries, regions, cities, companies and organizations that are moving towards low-carbon economies and societies. The 10 case studies presented examine the areas of transport, building and construction, food, banking and finance, media and advertising, event management, energy, and information and communication technologies.

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    Organization(s): UNEP

    Partner(s): Climate Neutral Network

    Type of material:Activity Report

    Publication date:2009

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Capacity Development, Green Jobs/Economy, Technology, Agriculture and Food, Finance, Industry, Transport, Energy

  • A Commitment to Act Now – Broadcast Media and Climate Change

    This brochure highlights the importance of communicating climate change to the broad public and the crucial role that can be played by journalists and the media in doing so. It presents the key points addressed during the first international conference on broadcast media and climate change organized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), in partnership with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), on 4-5 September 2009. It also includes the Paris Declaration adopted by the conference participants.

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    Organization(s): UNEP, UNESCO

    Type of material:Other

    Publication date:2009

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Governance – General, Public Participation, Adaptation, Mitigation, Environment

  • A Global Green New Deal

    This policy document presents a “Global Green New Deal” (GGND) to create a post-recession economy that is sustainable in the medium to longer term. GGND has three broad objectives. In the short term, it should make a major contribution to reviving the world economy, saving and creating jobs, and protecting vulnerable groups. In the medium term, it should promote sustainable and inclusive growth and the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Also in the medium term, it must reduce carbon dependency and ecosystem degradation.

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    Organization(s): UNEP

    Type of material:Policy Document

    Publication date:2009

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Green Jobs/Economy, Technology, Trade, Industry, Energy

  • A Green, Integrated Community

    This activity report presents the details of the winner of the Habitat Business award for 2009: China Merchants Property Development Co. This company impressed the jury and was awarded the Habitat Business award in 2009 for its development of “The Hills” project to reduce carbon emissions and environment pollution, which is described as “a green, creative and international community."

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    Organization(s): UNHABITAT

    Type of material:Activity Report

    Publication date:2009

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Mitigation

  • A Guide to Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction in UN Organizations

    This manual provides an overview of the various approaches to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases across different areas of work and between different United Nations (UN) organizations. Not only does this publication offer a generic model on how to approach emissions reductions, it also provides an introduction to basic concepts, reduction options (e.g. finding alternatives to air travel, as it is found that in most UN organizations air travel generates the vast majority of greenhouse gas emissions) and advice on how to get started. The manual is of particular reference to UN staff and policy makers looking for an introduction to emissions reductions.

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    Organization(s): UNEP

    Type of material:Guidance Document

    Publication date:2009

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Policy Instruments, Mitigation, Green Jobs/Economy, Industry, Transport

  • A New Climate for Forests - GEF Action on Sustainable Forest

    This activity report is intended to shed light on the Global Environment Facility (GEF) experience in sustainable forestry management. It also puts forward guiding ideas on how to build on GEF comparative advantages in financing forests in the coming years, as these invaluable, threatened resources occupy center stage in multiple international agendas.

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    Organization(s): GEF

    Type of material:Activity Report

    Publication date:2009

    Language(s): English, French, Spanish

    Topic(s): Adaptation, Mitigation, Land Use Management, Forestry

  • A Polycentric Approach for Coping with Climate Change

    This analytical document argues that policies adopted only at a global scale are unlikely to generate sufficient trust among citizens and firms so that collective climate action can take place. As an alternative, the paper proposes a polycentric approach at various levels with active oversight of local, regional, and national stakeholders.

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    Organization(s): WB

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2009

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Governance – Territorial and Local, Adaptation, Economic Analysis, Green Jobs/Economy, Mitigation, Population Dynamics, Science, Energy, Environment, Finance

  • A Primer on CDM Programme of Activities

    This technical document sheds light on the basic aspects of designing, developing and implementing GHG emissions reductions under the concept of Programme of Activities (PoAs). The publication clarifies some common misconceptions about CDM Programs (PoAs) and includes recommendations for the identification of stakeholders and contracting. Its principal goal is to enrich the reader's understanding of what it takes to deliver certified emission reductions from PoAs.

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    Organization(s): UNEP

    Partner(s): Risø DTU National Laboratory for Sustainable Energy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2009

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Carbon Financing and CDM, Finance

  • A Summary of the “Guide to Greenhouse Gas Emission Reduction in UN Organizations” Report

    This document presents a summary of the Guide to Greenhouse Gas Emission Reduction in UN Organizations, published by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in 2009. It includes action checklists to support implementation of mitigation activities.

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    Organization(s): UNEP

    Type of material:Other

    Publication date:2009

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Mitigation, Industry, Transport

  • Action Pledges: Making a Difference on the Ground. A Synthesis of Outcomes, Good Practices, Lessons Learned, and Future Challenges and Opportunities

    This analytical report showcases the concrete results of the action implemented by partners through their Action Pledges under the Nairobi Work Programme (NWP). The objective of this work programme is to assist all Parties, in particular developing countries, to improve their understanding and assessment of impacts, vulnerability and adaptation, and to make informed decisions on practical adaptation actions and measures to respond to climate change on a sound scientific, technical and socioeconomic basis, taking into account current and future climate change and variability.

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    Organization(s): UNFCCC

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2009

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Policy Instruments, Adaptation

  • Adaptation Learning Mechanism (ALM)

    This flyer introduces the main points of one of the UN System Joint Initiatives: the Adaptation Learning Mechanism (ALM). This is a global knowledge platform to capture, exchange and scale up good adaptation practices, in response to the needs of developing countries. The Adaptation Learning Mechanism was launched in December 2007 and is led by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), in partnership with the UNFCCC Secretariat, the Global Environment Facility, the World Bank and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).

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    Organization(s): CEB

    Partner(s): GEF

    Type of material:Other

    Publication date:2009

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Adaptation

  • Adaptation Strategies and Challenges Associated with Climate and Ecological Changes Affecting Lake Victoria Communities

    This activity report collects information on community awareness of the existence of climate change in Tanzania. It documents the historical trends of the changes as they have been gathered by communities and their understanding of the possible causes of the changes in the Lake Victoria region. It assesses the impacts of climate change and community-based adaptation strategies. Climatic changes and impacts documentation were identified by participatory learning through meeting with communities.

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    Organization(s): UNITAR

    Partner(s): Environment and Development Action, Stockholm Environment Institute, Climate System Analysis Group, START International

    Type of material:Activity Report

    Publication date:2009

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Adaptation, Ecosystems

  • Adaptation that Accelerates Development

    This brochure presents key activities implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to pro-poor and pro-growth adaptation that encourages sustainable economic development and livelihoods in the face of climate change. It provides links to various resources that pertain to adaptation.

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    Organization(s): UNDP

    Type of material:Other

    Publication date:2009

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Capacity Development, Adaptation

  • Adapting to Climate Change in Europe and Central Asia

    This analytical report presents an overview of what adaptation to climate change might mean for ECA countries. It starts with a discussion of emerging best practices on adaptation planning around the world. Then it discusses possible activities to improve resilience organized around impacts on natural resources (water, biodiversity, and the coastal environment), health, the “unbuilt” environment (agriculture and forestry), and the built environment (infrastructure and housing). The last chapter concludes with a discussion of two areas in great need of strengthening given the changing climate: disaster preparedness and hydrometeorological services.

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    Organization(s): WB

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2009

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Adaptation, Emergency Preparedness and Response, Agriculture and Food, Health, Forestry, Water, Environment

  • Adding Value and Promoting Higher Impact Through the GEF’s Programmatic Approach

    This technical document aims to describe the GEF programmatic approach, a long-term and strategic arrangement of individual yet interlinked projects that aim at achieving large-scale impacts on the global environment. This approach enables countries to achieve such impacts through (a) strengthening country ownership; (b) promoting horizontal and vertical integration of global environmental concerns into decision making; and (c) increasing opportunities for cofinancing from a variety of other sources. Furthermore, the document aims to enhance understanding among GEF's wide range of stakeholders on the comparative advantages of the GEF programmatic approach.

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    Organization(s): GEF

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2009

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Financial Mechanisms, Mitigation

  • Adil Najam (Interview on Climate Change and Hunger)

    This video shows an interview with Adil Najam, a leading expert on issues related to developing country environmental policy, on climate change and food security. Mr. Najam is currently Director of the Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future and Professor of International Relations and of Geography & Environment, both at Boston University.

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    Organization(s): WFP

    Type of material:Audio/Visual Resource

    Publication date:2009

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Adaptation, Agriculture and Food

  • Adivasi Women - Engaging with Climate Change

    This analytical report aims to decipher the gendered impact of climate change in indigenous societies in Asia with a particular focus on the Adivasi ethnic and tribal group of India. It also intends to increase understanding of how these impacts are exacerbated by structural shifts in Advasi socio-economic systems resulting from their colonial history and more recent efforts at privatization and gendered roles within the Adivasi communities. In conclusion, the study offers policy recommendations to enhance women’s resiliency to these impacts.

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    Organization(s): UNWOMEN

    Partner(s): IFAD, Christensen Fund

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2009

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Adaptation, Gender, Culture

  • Advancing Work on Adaptation to Climate Change - A UN System Perspective

    This technical document stresses the importance of adaptation in the poorest countries of the world and presents the United Nations commitment to support Member States in responding to the climate change adaptation challenge by delivering as one at the global, regional and country levels. The document presents the main UN activities in this direction and UN system’s unique expertise for adaptation planning and implementation in areas such as: food security and sustainable natural resource management; disaster risk reduction and risk management; health and nutrition; gender perspectives; education; and employment.

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    Organization(s): CEB

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2009

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): International Law and Policy, Governance – General

  • Afghanistan : National Capacity needs Self-Assessment for Global Environmental Management (NSCA) and National Adaptation Programme of Action for Climate Change (NAPA)

    This technical document aims at describing Afghan's efforts to implement the implentation of the National Capacity Needs Self-Assessment for Global Environmental Management (NCSA) and National Adaptation Programme of Action for Climate Change (NAPA) Projects. The idea of the analysis is to identity, confirm or review priority issues for action and explore national capacity needs. Those projects were supported by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and Global Environment Facility (GEF). 

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    Organization(s): UNEP, GEF

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2009

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Capacity Development, Adaptation, Technology, Agriculture and Food, Economic and Development Planning, Industry, Land Use Management

  • Agriculture Key to Food Security and Climate Change

    This document presents an interview with IFAD President, Mr. Kanayo F. Nwaze, published by IDN-InDepthNews. Mr. Nwaze stresses the necessity of investments in the agricultural sector. In fact, this is fundamental to deal with two actual global challenges: food security and environment conservation, while generating wealth and propelling the economy.

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    Organization(s): IFAD

    Partner(s): IDN-InDepthNews

    Type of material:Other

    Publication date:2009

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Agriculture and Food

  • Aid Agencies call for strong agreement to address "Humanitarian Shocks" of Climate Change

    This press release summarises the conclusions reached by a group of key UN and non-UN aid agencies attending climate change talks in Bonn about the humanitarian impacts of climate change. The group called for the impact to be addressed in the successor agreement to the Kyoto Protocol in Copenhagen.

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    Organization(s): OCHA, UNICEF, WFP, WHO

    Partner(s): UNHCR, International Organization for Migration, Norwegian Refugee Council, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies

    Type of material:Other

    Publication date:2009

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Migration and Refugees, Human Rights and Justice

  • An Introduction to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and its Kyoto Protocol

    This fact sheet introduces the scientific evidences and effects related to climate change and briefly presents the development and the features of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and its Kyoto Protocol.

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    Organization(s): UNFCCC

    Type of material:Other

    Publication date:2009

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): International Law and Policy, Mitigation

  • Analysis of Adaptation Strategies to Climate Variability in the Sahalien Zone

    This activity report provides a detailed description and evaluation of a pilot project aimed to advance capacity for climate change adaptation among rural communities in Niger and Tunisia. In particular, the project identified the measures adopted by local population to adapt to the environmental changes occurred in the last decades and studied the vulnerabilities of the local ecosystems in order to develop inclusive and focused strategies.

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    Organization(s): UNITAR

    Partner(s): Environment and Development Action, Stockholm Environment Institute, Climate System Analysis Group, START International

    Type of material:Activity Report

    Publication date:2009

    Language(s): French

    Topic(s): Adaptation, Ecosystems

  • Analytical Study on the Relationship Between Climate Change and Human Rights

    This technical document discusses how observed and projected impacts of climate change have implications for the enjoyment of human rights and for the obligations of States under international human rights law. 

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    Organization(s): OHCHR

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2009

    Language(s): English

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

  • And Yet It Moves - Success Stories and Drivers of CDM Project Development in Sub-Saharan Africa

    This activity report presents examples where the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) has been used in particularly successful ways to mobilise financial resources for carbon-reduction projects, while promoting sustainability in local communities in different countries of Sub-Saharan Africa. These examples of local best practice serve as a repository of what has worked well in the past and consequently serve to encourage financiers, project developers and regulators to continue harnessing CDM potentials in the future. At the same time, this study aims to provide a first and broad introduction to the CDM to commercial banks in the region not yet familiar with it.

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    Organization(s): UNEP

    Partner(s): First Climate

    Type of material:Activity Report

    Publication date:2009

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Financial Mechanisms, Carbon Financing and CDM, Mitigation, Economic and Development Planning, Finance, Energy

  • Application of Community Based Adaptation Measures to Weather Related Disasters (WRDs) in Nepal

    This activity report provides a detailed description and evaluation of a country project aimed to increase community capacity to measure and adapt to weather and climate related disasters in Nepal. Dissemination of information on climate change and potential extreme events to the communities helps in preparedness measures to save lives and valuables, minimizing disaster losses. It is therefore essential to produce information in user-friendly formats, understandable to the local communities of vulnerable areas.

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    Organization(s): UNITAR

    Partner(s): Environment and Development Action, Stockholm Environment Institute, Climate System Analysis Group, START International

    Type of material:Activity Report

    Publication date:2009

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Adaptation, Emergency Preparedness and Response

  • Applying Climate Information for Adaptation Decision-Making – A Guidance and Resource Document

    This manual intends to provide countries with a practical tool on using climate information in their decision-making processes. In particular it addresses the issues of adaptation planning under uncertainty of observed and projected climate change. It discusses the level of requirement for climate information in the decision-making process and, where possible, it provides examples and practical steps to illustrate the application of climate information.

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    Organization(s): GEF, UNDP, UNEP

    Type of material:Guidance Document

    Publication date:2009

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Adaptation, Risk Reduction/Management, Economic and Development Planning

  • At the Frontier: Young People and Climate Change

    This analytical report is the Youth Supplement to the UNFPA report "State of the World population 2009". The publication looks at 7 stories from young people around the world who have experienced, or live in the midst of, circumstances that are likely to increase in frequency and force, when impacts of climate change arrive broadly. The stories in this publication are examples of what life will bring to millions more young people in the future, if the world fails to take action in order to adapt to and mitigate climate change, and reduce carbon emissions.

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    Organization(s): UNFPA

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2009

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Population Dynamics, Economic and Development Planning

  • Audiovisual Tools for Community-Based Adaptation: Bridging the Meteorological Service and the Red Cross' Work in Malawi

    This activity report describes the experiences and the preliminary results of a participatory video project for promoting community-based adaptation in rural Malawi. Through collaboration between the Red Cross and the Meteorological Services, subsistence farmers learned about climate change and how to respond to its impacts. Then they learned how to operate a video camera, develop a script and make a film showing examples of the adaptation practices they have been developing. Participatory video is a suitable tool for up-scaling successful community-based adaptive measures.

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    Organization(s): UNITAR

    Partner(s): Environment and Development Action, Stockholm Environment Institute, Climate System Analysis Group, START International

    Type of material:Activity Report

    Publication date:2009

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Capacity Development, Adaptation

  • Background Note - Trade and Environment in the WTO

    This background note presents the link between trade and environment in the World Trade Organization (WTO). It states that current WTO rules provide significant scope to protect the environment and tackle climate change while maintaining trade openness. It also explores the trade implications of climate change, and the links between WTO Doha round trade negotiations and climate change. 

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    Organization(s): WTO

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2009

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): International Law and Policy, Governance – General, Adaptation, Mitigation, Economic and Development Planning, Trade, Environment

  • Background report on ICTs and Climate Change - ITU Symposia on ICTs and Climate Change

    This activity report was prepared specially for the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Symposium on Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) and Climate Change, in Quito, Ecuador, 8-10 July 2009. It examines the ways in which ICTs contribute to global warming, but also how they can be used to monitor, mitigate and adapt to climate change. It also highlights that the actions of the ICT industry have to be a coordinated part of a wider, global initiative, and that is why the outcomes of the ITU symposia will contribute to ongoing work in the ITU and elsewhere. Technology-based solutions have to be backed up by political will and a genuine desire to change the direction in which humanity is heading, in order to avoid a planetary crisis caused by climate change.

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    Organization(s): ITU

    Partner(s): Centro Internacional de Investigación Científica (CITIC) en Telecomunicaciones, Tecnologías de la Información y las Comunicaciones

    Type of material:Activity Report

    Publication date:2009

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Governance – General, Policy Instruments, Financial Mechanisms, Science, Adaptation, Mitigation, Technology, Biodiversity, Emergency Preparedness and Response, Economic and Development Planning, Industry, Forestry, Energy, Environment

  • BBC: Focus on Africa

    This video shows a BBC interview with IFAD's President on the link between climate change and agriculture in Africa.

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    Organization(s): IFAD

    Partner(s): BBC

    Type of material:Audio/Visual Resource

    Publication date:2009

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Adaptation, Agriculture and Food

  • Beyond Mitigation: Potential Options for Counter-balancing the Climatic and Environmental Consequences of the Rising Concentrations of Greenhouse Gases

    This technical document provides an overview of the current understanding about the range of different approaches to geoengineering. From the wide range of suggested approaches, four potentially viable approaches to limiting near term impacts are identified that, in the author’s opinion, merit immediate study and consideration.

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    Organization(s): WB

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2009

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Science, Adaptation, Mitigation, Environment

  • Biosphere Reserves: Rising Tides

    This video shows a documentary on climate change impact and effects made for the Environment for BBC World News. In particular the documentary investigates how two ‘twinned’ coastal biosphere reserves, one in the UK and one in Kenya, are comparing their mutual challenges and sharing the lessons learned in trying to find sustainable solutions to local development in the face of climate change. The ‘twinning’ has taken place within the framework of the UNESCO World Network of Biosphere Reserves which includes 553 biosphere reserves in 107 countries.

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    Organization(s): UNESCO

    Partner(s): BBC

    Type of material:Audio/Visual Resource

    Publication date:2009

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Science, Adaptation

  • Blue Carbon: The Role of Healthy Oceans in Binding Carbon

    This analytical report aims to highlight the critical role of the oceans and ocean ecosystems in maintaining the Earth climate and to assist policy makers in mainstreaming an oceans agenda into national and international climate change initiatives. Improved integrated management of the coastal and marine environments, including protection and restoration of ocean’s blue carbon sinks, provides one of the strongest win-win mitigation efforts known today, as it may provide value-added benefits well in excess of its costs, but has not yet been recognized in the global protocols and carbon trading systems.

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    Organization(s): FAO, UNEP, UNESCO

    Partner(s): International Union for Conservation of Nature, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2009

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Mitigation, Ecosystems, Water

  • Bridging the Divide Between Poverty Reduction and Climate Change through Sustainable and Innovative Energy Technologies: Scaling up Sustainable Energy Innovations that Can Address Climate Change Concerns and Poverty Reduction Needs

    This technical document highlights the need to bridge the divide between climate change and poverty reduction through innovative energy technologies and to bring about transformational impacts to address these dual challenges. The aim is not to provide a comprehensive listing of all available/existing energy technologies and options that can address poverty reduction and climate change concerns; rather the study focuses on select examples and applications with the potential for broad applicability in varied settings. The document argues that providing financing for innovative ideas, low-cost, low-emission, and pro-poor technologies are effective measures to harness their potential.

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    Organization(s): UNDP

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2009

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Mitigation, Green Jobs/Economy, Technology, Economic and Development Planning, Energy

  • Bringing Small-Scale Finance to the Poor for Modern Energy Services: What is the Role of Government?

    This analytical report looks at the current gap that exists between access to modern energy and small-scale finance. It focuses on the role of governments in bridging that gap, and recommends priority actions to be taken by governments. The report covers experiences for Burkina Faso, Kenya, Nepal and Tanzania.

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    Organization(s): UNDP

    Partner(s): German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2009

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Governance – General, Finance, Energy

  • Buildings and Climate Change: Summary for Decision Makers

    This analytical report provides an overview of current knowledge of greenhouse gas emissions from the building sector. The report states that the building sector presents the largest single opportunity for improved energy efficiency. It is estimated that at present buildings contribute as much as one third of total greenhouse gas emissions, primarily through the use of fossil fuels during their operational phase. Furthermore, evidence based recommendations are given to encourage action and commitment to energy efficient buildings, which are of interest to all parties involved in pursuing climate neutrality.

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    Organization(s): UNEP

    Partner(s): Sustainable Buildings and Climate Initiative

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2009

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Policy Instruments, Mitigation, Energy, Industry, Urban

  • Capacity Development and Adaptation to Climate Change on Human Health Vulnerability in Ghana

    This activity report provides a description of a pilot project on climate change adaptation in Ghana. The purpose of this project was to develop locally-appropriate and time-sustainable capacity as necessary to undertake pre-disaster socioeconomic, technical prevention and adaptation options available to reduce the potential adverse impacts of climate change on human health vulnerability.

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    Organization(s): UNITAR

    Partner(s): Environment and Development Action, Stockholm Environment Institute, Climate System Analysis Group, START International

    Type of material:Activity Report

    Publication date:2009

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Capacity Development, Adaptation, Health

  • Carbon Finance Assist 2009 Annual Report: Extending the Reach of Carbon Markets to Promote Clean Technologies in Developing Countries

    This activity report introduces the Carbon Finance Assist Program and describes its 2009 goals and activities. Key lessons include the development of awareness and infrastructure in terms of carbon finance and of indicators to better reflect the performance parameters and establish better correlation between outputs and outcomes. In addition, it is important to build capacity and move implementation from a retail face-to-face approach to a more wholesaling approach where programs can be delivered through means such as virtual platforms and regional organizations.

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    Organization(s): WB

    Type of material:Activity Report

    Publication date:2009

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Capacity Development, Financial Mechanisms, Carbon Financing and CDM, Mitigation, Economic and Development Planning, Finance

  • Carbon Finance for Sustainable Development

    This activity report presents the main activities and achievements related to the carbon funds and facilities managed by the World Bank during the period from January 1, 2009 through December 31, 2009. Guidelines and prosepcts for future action are also included.

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    Organization(s): WB

    Type of material:Activity Report

    Publication date:2009

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Financial Mechanisms, Carbon Financing and CDM, Mitigation

  • Case study - Cities at Risk: A Case for Better Planning, Management and Policies

    This activity report presents a case study from Philippines. In particular, it looks at the fact that many Filipinos do not really feel secure in their cities when it comes to natural disasters. Each time typhoons hit the country claiming hundreds of lives and cutting a trail of destruction, there are power outages, trees blocking roads, vehicles overturned, and renewed calls on the authorities to ban big advertising billboards. Good urban governance is the key to restore trust and prevent damages. There is a need for a city consultation process so that collectively agreed solutions can be put in place.

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    Organization(s): UNHABITAT

    Partner(s): Asian Disaster Preparedness Center

    Type of material:Activity Report

    Publication date:2009

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Risk Reduction/Management, Urban

  • Catalysing Low-carbon Growth in Developing Economies: Public Finance Mechanisms to Scale Up Private Sector Investment in Climate Solutions

    This analytical report focuses on the kinds of public finance mechanisms (PFMs) needed to incentivise and scale up private sector investment. It provides an evidence base of what design features have made such mechanisms work successfully in the past. It further suggests how, with which design elements and through which institutional frameworks and mechanisms PFMs at international level could best be deployed to leverage private investment in a scale needed for the creation of a low-carbon economy.

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    Organization(s): UNEP

    Partner(s): Principles for Responsible Investment, United Nations Foundation, Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change, ClimateWise, Investor Network on Climate Risk, P8 Group, UK Department for International Development, Basel Agency for Sustainable Energy

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2009

    Language(s): Chinese, English

    Topic(s): Governance – General, Policy Instruments, Financial Mechanisms, Adaptation, Mitigation, Green Jobs/Economy, Economic and Development Planning, Industry

  • Catastrophe Pending if Climate Change not Halted

    This video shows a MSNBC interview with IFAD's President on climate change and the risks related to this phenomenon. IFAD's President highlights that a catastrophe is pending if climate change is not halted.

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    Organization(s): IFAD

    Partner(s): NBC

    Type of material:Audio/Visual Resource

    Publication date:2009

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Agriculture and Food

  • Cement Sector Program in Sub-Saharan Africa: Barriers Analysis to CDM and Solutions

    This analytical report identifies the barriers that project managers encountered in the implementation of projects to cut down cement industry greenhouse gas emissions in Sub-Saharan Africa (excluding South Africa). The document develops recommendations to address these obstacles based on lessons learnt from the Indian cement sector. The study also looks at all existing project proposals and identifies new opportunities in four main areas for CO2 emissions reduction: energy efficiency, waste heat recovery, fuel switch with biomass, and clinker substitution with alternative raw materials.

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    Organization(s): WB

    Partner(s): Econoler International

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2009

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Capacity Development, Financial Mechanisms, Carbon Financing and CDM, Mitigation, Economic and Development Planning, Finance

  • Charting a New Low-Carbon Route to Development: A Primer on Integrated Climate Change Planning for Regional Governments

    This analytical report aims to help users implement a holistic approach to climate change programming at the local, sub-national/regional, and national level. The document identifies barriers to effective project implementation at the local and regional levels, informs the policy process in establishing a partnership framework to achieve a more cohesive and coordinated climate change agenda, and analyses policy and financial solutions for mitigation and adaptation actions.

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    Organization(s): UNDP

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2009

    Language(s): English

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

  • Chief Liquidity Series: Agribusiness

    This technical document looks at the use of water in the agribusiness sector across Australia, Brazil, India, South Africa and the Mediterranean Basin. The implications of water pressures on agribusiness activities and their financial performance are analysed and the impact of agricultural activities on local water parameters discussed. This is done by examining water issues with regards to a set of specific crops: those considered by financial institutions themselves to be the most financially relevant in each of the geographies concerned.

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    Organization(s): UNEP

    Partner(s): ARUP

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2009

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Agriculture and Food, Finance, Water

  • Child Friendly Schools Manual

    This manual is a reference document and practical guidebook to help countries implement child-friendly school (CFS) model. The model can be viewed as a package solution and a holistic instrument for pulling together a comprehensive range of interventions in quality education. It includes an analysis of education, disaster risk reduction and climate change.

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    Organization(s): UNICEF

    Type of material:Guidance Document

    Publication date:2009

    Language(s): English, French, Spanish

    Topic(s): Governance – General, Risk Reduction/Management, Children, Emergency Preparedness and Response, Education

  • Cities and Climate Change - Initial Lessons from UN-HABITAT

    This activity report presents the Cities and Climate Change Initiative. The initiative is developing, adapting and making available methodologies that provide city managers and practitioners with guidelines on how to cope best with climate change. In particular, it seeks to support the development of pro-poor and innovative approaches for the implementation of climate change policies and strategies. The document also presents the activities implemented in four pilot cities – Esmeraldas (Ecuador), Kampala (Uganda), Maputo (Mozambique), Sorsogon (Philippines) – and the initial lessons learned during the implementation process.

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    Organization(s): UNHABITAT

    Type of material:Activity Report

    Publication date:2009

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Policy Instruments, Governance – Territorial and Local, Capacity Development, Adaptation, Emergency Preparedness and Response, Mitigation, Economic and Development Planning, Urban

  • Cities and Climate Change - Selected Reference Material

    This document consists of four pages of relevant references concerning the Cities and Climate Change Initiative.

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    Organization(s): UNHABITAT

    Type of material:Other

    Publication date:2009

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Mitigation, Urban

  • Cities and Climate Change Initiative: Esmeraldas, Ecuador

    This document briefly introduces environmental risks and vulnerabilities of the city and province of Esmeraldas. This is one of the most vulnerable regions to the effects of climate change in Ecuador. In 2007, almost 60% of the population lived in areas with medium to high risks of floods or landslides. Informal settlements, housing 21% of the cantons population experience devastating effects from mudslides and river overflows during the rainy season. Esmeraldas is one of the 4 cities that participate in the Cities and Climate Change Initiative (CCCI) aimed at strengthening the climate change response of cities and local governments.

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    Organization(s): UNHABITAT

    Type of material:Other

    Publication date:2009

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Governance – Territorial and Local, Capacity Development, Adaptation, Emergency Preparedness and Response, Mitigation, Economic and Development Planning, Urban

  • Cities and Climate Change Initiative: Kampala, Uganda

    This document briefly introduces environmental risks and vulnerabilities of the city of Kampala, Uganda. Kampala is characterized by urban sprawl and increasing informal settlements resulting from increasing population pressure and inadequate land use planning. The settlements are located in high risk areas with poor sanitation and prone to flooding. Due to the high water table, most of the wells/springs are contaminated by fecal matter resulting in safe water coverage of only 55% that is exacerbated by inadequate solid waste collection which currently stands at 55%. Kampala is one of the 4 cities that participate in the Cities and Climate Change Initiative (CCCI) aimed at strengthening the climate change response of cities and local governments.

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    Organization(s): UNHABITAT

    Type of material:Other

    Publication date:2009

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Governance – Territorial and Local, Capacity Development, Adaptation, Emergency Preparedness and Response, Mitigation, Economic and Development Planning, Urban

  • Cities and Climate Change Initiative: Launch and Conference Report

    This analytical report analyzes how climate change impact can undermine a country’s efforts to achieve the goals of sustainable development and worsen poverty in developing and least developed countries. This report is part of the Cities and Climate Change Initiative.

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    Organization(s): UNHABITAT

    Partner(s): Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2009

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Adaptation, Economic and Development Planning

  • Cities and Climate Change Initiative: Maputo, Mozambique

    This document briefly introduces environmental risks and vulnerability of the city of Maputo, Mozambique. Maputo is highly vulnerable to the effects of climate change since it faces the Indian Ocean and is the most densely populated urban area in Mozambique. The rising sea level has resulted in salty intrusion, impacting on agricultural activities and contributing to urban poverty. Further sea-level rises will result in flooding of the lowest topographical areas - which are the most populated - negatively impacting on the urban poor who have limited capacity to adapt to climate change. Maputo is one of the 4 cities that participate in the Cities and Climate Change Initiative (CCCI) aimed at strengthening the climate change response of cities and local governments.

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    Organization(s): UNHABITAT

    Type of material:Other

    Publication date:2009

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Governance – Territorial and Local, Capacity Development, Adaptation, Mitigation, Emergency Preparedness and Response, Economic and Development Planning

  • Cities and Climate Change Initiative: Sorsogon, Phillipines

    This document briefly introduces environmental risks and vulnerability to climate variabilities of Sorsogon City, Philippines.This city is particularly at high risk to tropical cyclones and storm surges, extreme rainfall/flooding, increased precipitation, temperature variability and sea level rise. Sorsogon City is one of the 4 cities that participate in the Cities and Climate Change Initiative (CCCI) aimed at strengthening the climate change response of cities and local governments.

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    Organization(s): UNHABITAT

    Type of material:Other

    Publication date:2009

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Governance – Territorial and Local, Capacity Development, Adaptation, Emergency Preparedness and Response, Mitigation, Economic and Development Planning, Urban, Water

  • Cities and Climate Change: Initial Lessons from UN-HABITAT

    This activity report presents the initial lessons learnt from four pilot cities carrying out an assessment of their vulnerability to climate change: Esmeraldas in Ecuador, Kampala in Uganda, Maputo in Mozambique and Sorsogon City in the Philippines. It included an analysis of the existing institutional framework to address climate change and an analysis of the stakeholders currently involved in addressing climate change.

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    Organization(s): UNHABITAT

    Type of material:Activity Report

    Publication date:2009

    Language(s): English

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

  • Cities are Growing More and More Vulnerable

    This analytical report highlights some of the risks that cities are facing and how they are becoming more and more vulnerable to risk rather than being refuges from them. In fact, rapid urbanisation, the weight of accumulated failures in urban development and ineffectiveness in urban governance have placed growing numbers of people in cities at risk. However disasters and the vulnerability that underlies them are not inevitable. They are an outcome of choices made locally, in the boardrooms of governments and businesses in the city, and also increasingly at international and national levels.

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    Organization(s): UNHABITAT

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2009

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Risk Reduction/Management, Urban

  • Cities in Climate Change Initiative

    This document briefly presents the Cities in Climate Change Initiative. As an initial component of UN-HABITAT Sustainable Urban Development Network (SUD-Net), the Cities in Climate Change Initiative, seeks to enhance climate change mitigation and preparedness of cities in developing countries. The initiative hinges its activities on national poverty reduction strategies. In particular, it seeks to provide support towards the development of pro-poor and innovative approaches to support the implementation of climate change policies and strategies. The document also describes the approach, the geographical scope of the initiative and the activities implemented.

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    Organization(s): UNHABITAT

    Type of material:Other

    Publication date:2009

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Governance – Territorial and Local, Capacity Development, Adaptation, Emergency Preparedness and Response, Human Security, Mitigation, Economic and Development Planning, Environment, Urban

  • Cities, Climate Change and Multilevel Governance

    This analytical document presents a framework for multilevel governance, showing that advancing governance of climate change across all levels of government and relevant stakeholders is crucial to avoid policy gaps between local and national action plans. This virtuous integration and its benefits are explained throughout the report. 

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    Organization(s): OECD

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2009

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Governance – General, Adaptation

  • Climate Adaptation from the Bottom up: Collaboration between Malian Communities and Scientific Organizations to Identify and Implement Responsive Water Management Actions

    This activity report describes and evaluates a country project aimed to foster collaboration between local communities and scientific organizations to identify and implement responsive water management actions in Mali. The project coupled community experience with output from a water planning system that allowed for the identification of various adaptation options that would be feasible and concurrent with community needs. The communications materials developed, which included music and theater as a way of explaining the adaptation options available, make an important and significant contribution to the field of risk communications.

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    Organization(s): UNITAR

    Partner(s): Environment and Development Action, Stockholm Environment Institute, Climate System Analysis Group, START International

    Type of material:Activity Report

    Publication date:2009

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Public Participation, Capacity Development, Adaptation, Water

  • Climate Change

    This slide presentation is designed to introduce young people (age 10-14) to the issue of climate change. It discusses the difference between weather and climate, presents the concept of climate variability and change, describes the main natural and human factors affecting the climate and introduces the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHSs).

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    Organization(s): WMO

    Type of material:Slide Presentation

    Publication date:2009

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

    Topic(s): Science, Children, Education, Land Use Management

  • Climate Change - Campaign Toolkit

    This analytical report presents a campaign toolkit aimed at providing OCHA teams with the materials and resources needed to engage with a campaign to raise awareness of the humanitarian implications of climate change and promote the OCHA position with relevant stakeholders in field, regional and head office environments.

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    Organization(s): OCHA

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2009

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Adaptation, Human Security

  • Climate Change and Arctic Sustainable Development: Cientific, Social, Cultural and Educational Challenges

    This guidance document brings together the knowledge, concerns and visions of leading Arctic scientists in the natural and social sciences, prominent Chukchi, Even, Inuit and Saami leaders from across the circumpolar North, and international experts in education, health and ethics. The publication highlight the urgent need for a sustained interdisciplinary and multi-actor approach to monitoring, managing and responding to climate change in the Arctic, and explore avenues by which this can be achieved.

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    Organization(s): UNESCO

    Type of material:Guidance Document

    Publication date:2009

    Language(s): English

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

  • Climate Change and Carbon Capture and Storage Techniques

    This fact sheet covers energy and climate change issues, carbon capture and storage techniques, economics of carbon sequestration and uses for enhanced oil recovery, carbon storage and prospects for application of carbon capture technologies in the Arab countries.

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    Organization(s): UNESCWA

    Type of material:Other

    Publication date:2009

    Language(s): Arabic

    Topic(s): Mitigation, Energy

  • Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction Working Group: Report of Brainstorming Session and Proposal for Next Steps

    This activity report briefly summarizes the 2007 Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction Working Group meeting’s outcomes. It then identifies steps and products for each of the WG’s identified interests to encourage commitment to implement.

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    Organization(s): UNISDR

    Type of material:Activity Report

    Publication date:2009

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Adaptation, Risk Reduction/Management, Emergency Preparedness and Response

  • Climate Change and Disaster Risks: ISDR Recommendations for Action Now and Post-Kyoto

    In this policy document ISDR underlines that to reduce the risk of extreme climate events, action is required on twin policies: to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions that drive climate change, and to reduce the vulnerability of societies to inevitable climate change impacts. The document promotes these messages to ensure the integration of disaster risk reduction into current policies as well as in the post-2012 climate change regime.

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    Organization(s): UNISDR

    Type of material:Policy Document

    Publication date:2009

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Science, Risk Reduction/Management, Emergency Preparedness and Response

  • Climate Change and Economic Growth

    This analytical document describes the potential effects of climate change on economic growth over the next fifty years. Although the impact of climate change on the global economy is likely to be quite small, the report shows that the greatest threat to long‐term economic growth is from potentially excessive near term mitigation efforts. 

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    Organization(s): WB

    Partner(s): Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Australian Government, Department for International Development - UK, Sida, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2009

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Adaptation, Economic Analysis, Mitigation, Risk Reduction/Management, Economic and Development Planning, Environment, Industry

  • Climate Change and Food Security in the Pacific

    This policy document highlights the potential impacts of climate change on agriculture, forestry and fisheries in the Pacific Islands due to sea level rise, ocean acidification, increased frequency of extreme weather events, and altered circulation of oceans and the atmosphere. The brief notes the importance of diversification of agriculture and the need to prepare for changes in the distribution and abundance of fisheries, particularly tuna. It calls for governments to build resilience into food systems by implementing National Adaptation Programmes of Action (NAPAs) alongside collaboration with international partners.

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    Organization(s): FAO

    Partner(s): University of the South Pacific, Secretariat of the Pacific Community, South Pacific Regional Environment Programme, Pacific Expert Group on Climate Change and Food Security, Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency

    Type of material:Policy Document

    Publication date:2009

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Adaptation, Agriculture and Food

  • Climate Change and Humanitarian Action: Key Emerging Trends and Challenge

    This analytical report highlights that the effect of climate change is already straining the disaster relief system and the threat of extreme climatic events in the future is likely to generate higher demands for disaster assistance that will prove more costly. Tackling the threat of climate change in risk-prone areas will need a system-wide shift in attention to strengthen disaster risk management, risk reduction and preparedness for an effective response.

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    Organization(s): OCHA

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2009

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): COP22 List of UN Publications, Risk Reduction/Management, Agriculture and Food, Health, Security and Defence

  • Climate Change and Hunger - Responding to the Challenge

    This analytical report reviews global studies of the expected effects of climate change on hunger and provides an overview of necessary actions to address the challenge, especially focusing on food access.

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    Organization(s): WFP

    Partner(s): International Food Policy Research Institute, New York University Center on International Cooperation, Grantham Institute at Imperial College London, Walker Institute at University of Reading

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2009

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Governance – Territorial and Local, COP22 List of UN Publications, Adaptation, Risk Reduction/Management, Agriculture and Food, Land Use Management

  • Climate Change and Sea Level Rise : A Review of the Scientific Evidence

    This analytical report reviews the scientific literature on climate change and sea level rise (SLR) to date. There appears to be a consensus across studies that global sea level is projected to rise during the 21st century at a greater rate than during the period 1961 to 2003 and unanimous agreement that SLR will not be geographically uniform. Ocean thermal expansion is projected to contribute significantly, and land ice will increasingly lose mass at an accelerated rate.

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    Organization(s): WB

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2009

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Science, Adaptation

  • Climate Change and the World of Work

    This video shows delegates attending a high-level panel hosted by the Government of Denmark and the ILO discussing the links between climate change, the world of work and the new global climate agreement to be reached in Copenhagen in December 2009. Panelists included Inger Støjberg, Minister of Employment of Denmark, Tariq Banuri, director UN-DESA, Prof. James Heintz, University of Massachusetts, United States, Tatiana Tobias, Ministry of Labour and Employment, Brazil, Ronnie Goldberg, vice-chair International Organisation of Employers (IOE), Alison Tate, International Centre for Trade Union Rights, Australia.

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    Organization(s): ILO

    Type of material:Audio/Visual Resource

    Publication date:2009

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Green Jobs/Economy, Labour

  • Climate Change Campaign Video Trailer

    This video shows the trailer of the Climate Change Campaign launched by OCHA in December 2008.

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    Organization(s): OCHA

    Type of material:Audio/Visual Resource

    Publication date:2009

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Adaptation, Human Security

  • Climate Change Connections: A Resource Kit on Climate, Population and Gender

    This comprehensive resource kit on gender, population and climate change discusses how gender equality can reduce vulnerability to climate change impacts and how women are uniquely positioned to help curb the harmful consequences of a changing climate.

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    Organization(s): UNFPA

    Partner(s): WEDO

    Type of material:Other

    Publication date:2009

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): COP22 List of UN Publications, Gender, Population Dynamics

  • Climate Change Connections: A Resource Kit on Climate, Population and Gender

    This manual consists of a comprehensive resource kit on gender, population and climate change developed by UNFPA and WEDO. It shows how gender equality can reduce vulnerability to climate change impacts and how women are uniquely positioned to help curb the harmful consequences of a changing climate.

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    Organization(s): UNFPA

    Partner(s): Women’s Environment and Development Organization

    Type of material:Guidance Document

    Publication date:2009

    Language(s): English, French

    Topic(s): Science, Gender, Population Dynamics

  • Climate Change Governance

    This analytical report is a background paper to the 2010 World Development Report exploring the challenge of climate change governance. It examines in particular the role that national governments can play in putting in place institutions, policies, plans and measures to promote mitigation of, and adaptation to, human induced climate change.

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    Organization(s): WB

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2009

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Governance – General, Adaptation, Mitigation

  • Climate Change Implications for Fisheries and Aquaculture - Overview of Current Scientific Knowledge

    This technical document intends to provide an overview of the current available knowledge on the possible impacts of climate change on fisheries and aquaculture. It includes three papers. The first addresses climate variability and change and their physical and ecological consequences on marine and freshwater environments. The second tackles the consequences of climate change impacts on fishers and their communities and reviews possible adaptation and mitigation measures that could be implemented. The third addresses specifically the impacts of climate change on aquaculture and reviews possible adaptation and mitigation measures that could be implemented.

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    Organization(s): FAO

    Partner(s): Government of Italy, Government of Norway

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2009

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Science, Adaptation, Ecosystems, Water

  • Climate Change in Africa: The Threat to Agriculture

    This analytical report stresses that climate change is emerging as a major challenge to agriculture development in Africa. The increasingly unpredictable and erratic nature of weather systems on the continent has placed an extra burden on food security and rural livelihoods. The document discusses the impact of climate change on African agriculture and analyzes prospects for adaptation at regional level.

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    Organization(s): FAO

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2009

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Adaptation, Agriculture and Food

  • Climate Change is Affecting Our Health: Something Should Be Done Now

    This guidance document presents six paintings, produced by the Italian painter Elisabetta Farina and commissioned by WHO for the initiative named Art for Health. The document underlines the global impact making use of images of women from different regions speaking the six World Health Organization (WHO) official languages. It points out that women are one of the groups vulnerable to the health consequences of climate change while recognizing their role as actors of change.

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    Organization(s): WHO

    Type of material:Guidance Document

    Publication date:2009

    Language(s): English

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

  • Climate Change Science

    This fact sheet presents the current status of climate change science and stresses that urgent action needs to be taken. The IPCC assesses worldwide climate change science in three working groups and in the context of three broad categories: 1) the physical science, 2) climate change impacts, adaptation and vulnerability and 3) mitigation of climate change. It is politically significant that all governments agreed to the conclusions of the scientists, making the assessment a solid foundation for sound decision-making.

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    Organization(s): UNFCCC

    Type of material:Other

    Publication date:2009

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Science, Adaptation, Mitigation

  • Climate Change Science Compendium 2009

    This technical document is a compendium that reviews some 400 major scientific contributions to the current understanding of Earth Systems and climate that have been released through peer-reviewed literature or from research institutions over the last three years, since the close of research for consideration by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fourth Assessment Report.

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    Organization(s): UNEP

    Partner(s): WMO, Scientific Committee on Problems of the Environment, World Climate Research Programme

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2009

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Science, Technology, Ecosystems

  • Climate Change: A Development Challenge

    This fact sheet covers IFAD's mission concerning climate change: to enable poor rural people to overcome poverty. Agriculture is the main source of livelihood for most poor rural people, and it is also the human activity most directly affected by climate change.

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    Organization(s): IFAD

    Type of material:Activity Report

    Publication date:2009

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

    Topic(s): Agriculture and Food, Economic and Development Planning

  • Climate Change: A Humanitarian Challenge for the 21st Century

    This fact sheet looks at the fact that climate change threatens to significantly increase hunger and malnutrition worldwide. Indeed, many of the communities that will bear the most serious consequences are already vulnerable and suffering from hunger, undernutrition and food insecurity.

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    Organization(s): WFP

    Type of material:Other

    Publication date:2009

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Governance – General, Agriculture and Food

  • Climate Change: Coping with the Humanitarian Impact - Road to Copenhagen Film

    This video introduces the role of OCHA with regards to climate change and its humanitarian impacts.

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    Organization(s): OCHA

    Type of material:Audio/Visual Resource

    Publication date:2009

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Adaptation, Human Security

  • Climate Change: Coping with the Humanitarian Impact - Road to Copenhagen Video Slideshow

    This video consists of a slideshow that introduces the role of OCHA and its activities to cope with climate hazards and their humanitarian impacts.

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    Organization(s): OCHA

    Type of material:Audio/Visual Resource

    Publication date:2009

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Adaptation, Human Security

  • Climate Change: Issues and Perspectives for Maghreb Countries – Key Points for the Media

    This brochure aims to present the challenge of climate change and its impact in Maghreb in a simple manner. It also highlights activities that have been implemented to address it in the region. It is designed to support journalists in writing informed articles on climate change to raise public awareness of this problem.

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    Organization(s): UNESCO

    Type of material:Other

    Publication date:2009

    Language(s): French

    Topic(s): Policy Instruments, Capacity Development, Adaptation, Mitigation, Energy

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