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

Library of Documents

  • Low Greenhouse Gas Agriculture: Mitigation and Adaptation Potential of Sustainable Farming Systems

    This technical document aims to explore the potential for low greenhouse gas emission (GHG) agriculture. It examines current farming practices and incorporates scientific databases from longterm field experiments as case studies for low GHG agriculture to. Further, it studies the changes that are needed for low greenhouse gas agriculture systems to become a reality. It also elucidates the adaptive capacity of agro-ecological farming system approaches, using organic system case studies from the scientific literature.

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    Organization(s): FAO

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2009

    Language(s): English

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

  • Low-cost Sustainable Building Materials and Construction Technologies

    This document briefly introduces UN-HABITAT Shelter Initiative for Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation (SICCMA). This initiative aims to encourage the use of low-cost energy-efficient sustainable building materials and construction technologies and green building and neighborhood design in order to mitigate and adapt to the new conditions of climate change. The initiative is developed within the framework of UN-HABITAT Sustainable Urban Development Network (SUD-Net), and accordingly with the Kyoto Protocol.

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    Organization(s): UNHABITAT

    Type of material:Other

    Publication date:2009

    Language(s): English

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

  • Mainstreaming Poverty - Environment Linkages into Development Planning: A Handbook for Practitioners

    This manual is designed to serve as a guide for practitioners engaged in mainstreaming poverty-environment linkages into national development planning. It draws on a substantial body of experience at the country level and many lessons learned by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in working with governments - especially ministries of planning, finance and environment - to support efforts to integrate the complex interrelationship between poverty reduction and improved environmental management into national planning and decision-making.

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    Organization(s): UNDP, UNEP

    Type of material:Guidance Document

    Publication date:2009

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Governance – General, Policy Instruments, Capacity Development, Economic Analysis, Economic and Development Planning, Environment

  • Making Development Climate Resilient: A World Bank Strategy for Sub-Saharan Africa

    This policy document presents the World Bank’s operational response to climate variability and change on the African continent. This World Bank Group’s strategy aims to articulate a vision, key messages, priorities, and operational implications of the Bank Group’s climate-related work in Sub-Saharan Africa. It is grounded in an assessment of the diverse climatic profile and vulnerabilities of the region, including identified knowledge gaps, expected impacts, work already under way by countries and partners, and key actions to be taken over time.

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    Organization(s): WB

    Partner(s): African Development Bank, UK Department for International Development

    Type of material:Policy Document

    Publication date:2009

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Capacity Development, Financial Mechanisms, Adaptation, Mitigation, Risk Reduction/Management, Economic and Development Planning

  • Manila Declaration for Global Action on Gender in Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction

    This policy document presents the Manila Declaration for Global Action on Gender in Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction. This declaration was adopted by the participants to the Third Global Congress of Women in Politics and Governance, on Gender in Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction, in Manila, Philippines, 19-22 October, 2008.

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    Organization(s): UNDP, UNEP, UNWOMEN, UNISDR

    Partner(s): Asian Development Bank, Women's Environment and Development Organization, Center for Asia-Pacific Women in Politics, International Union for the Conservation of Nature, Global Gender and Climate Alliance, Inter-Parliamentary Union

    Type of material:Policy Document

    Publication date:2009

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): International Law and Policy, Gender

  • MERET Project Presented at the COP15 Conference

    This video presents a statement pronounced by WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran during a presentation of the MERET project at the COP15 Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen. The Director discusses the successful results in terms of climate change adaptation obtained through MERET in Ethiopia. Ethiopian Prime Minister Zenawi Meles publicly thanked WFP for its key role in making the project work.

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    Organization(s): WFP

    Type of material:Audio/Visual Resource

    Publication date:2009

    Language(s): English

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

  • Microfinance and Climate Change: Threats and Opportunities

    This analytical report proposes ideas regarding what can be done to combat climate change at the household, microbusiness, microfinance institution, and systemic levels. Within the microfinance sector, the word "sustainable" has tended to be used in a very narrow way, mainly referring to institutions that are financially viable. In the past few years, the term has broadened to include social performance. Today, the increasing emphasis on responsible finance has added environmental impact to the factors considered as measures of success for a microfinance institution.

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    Organization(s): WB

    Partner(s): IFAD, ILO, CGAP, Asian Development Bank, Agence Française de Developpement, UK Department for International Development, Australian Government Overseas Aid Program, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland, Ford Foundation, Government of Canada, Ministerio de Asuntos Exteriores y de Cooperacion, Agencia Espanola de Cooperacion Internacional para el Desarrollo, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit, Michael and Susan Dell Foundation, European Commission, European Investment Bank, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, Ministère des Affaires Etrangères et Européennes de la République Francaise, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development of Germany, Inter-American Development Bank, Japan, Italian Republic, The Netherlands, NORAD, Swiss Confederation, Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, United States Agency for International Development, KfW Bankengruppe, FMO Finance for Development, Omidyar Network

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2009

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Financial Mechanisms, Mitigation, Green Jobs/Economy, Finance

  • Migration, Environment and Climate Change: Assessing the Evidence

    The main purpose of this book is to suggest concrete ways in which the international community can begin to address the huge gaps in our knowledge relating to the likely impact of climate change on migration. 

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    Organization(s): IOM

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2009

    Language(s): English

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

  • Moving Towards a Climate Neutral UN: The UN System's Footprint and Efforts to Reduce it (2009 Edition)

    This technical document presents the first greenhouse gas inventory for the United Nations  (UN) system and an overview of the initial steps that have been taken to manage these emissions. This first-ever footprint of the UN system includes data from UN headquarters, major centres and field office operations. It covers the full range of institutions that make up the UN system, from the Secretariat and its regional economic commissions, to the specialized agencies, funds and programmes. It is an excellent example of coordination within the UN system, where a collection of diverse institutions has come together despite differences in mandate, constituents and priorities to adopt a common approach and single methodology.

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    Organization(s): EMG, UNEP

    Partner(s): GRID-Arendal, Zoï Environment Network

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2009

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Governance – Territorial and Local, Policy Instruments

  • Mozambique Climate Change Preparedness Video Slideshow

    This video slideshow presents the work of OCHA in Mozambique to enhance preparedness to climate change hazards, according to Priority Five of the Hyogo Framework for Action.

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    Organization(s): OCHA

    Type of material:Audio/Visual Resource

    Publication date:2009

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Adaptation, Emergency Preparedness and Response, Human Security

  • Mozambique Photo Gallery

    This photo gallery shows the humanitarian hurdles induced by climate change in Mozambique and the work of the OCHA therein.

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    Organization(s): OCHA

    Type of material:Other

    Publication date:2009

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Human Security

  • Multi-Year Expert Meeting on Transport and Trade Facilitation: Maritime Transport and the Climate Change Challenge - Summary of Preceedings

    This summary of proceedings of the Multi-Year Expert Meeting on Transport and Trade Facilitation, 2009, draws on the documentation from the Expert Meeting, and provides hyperlinks to speakers' presentation. It was prepared to present the key issues discussed by the experts and to make their insights available to a broader audience, as part of UNCTAD's contribution to the debate about appropriate action to address the challenge of climate change. The document has also been submitted as an information note to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Secretariat, ahead of the Copenhagen Conference.

    Background Note

    Final Report

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    Organization(s): UNCTAD

    Type of material:Other

    Publication date:2009

    Language(s): English

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

  • Nairobi Work Programme Technical Workshop on Increasing Economic Resilience to Climate Change and Reducing Reliance on Vulnerable Economic Sectors, Including through Economic Diversification

    This activity report presents the main outcomes of a technical workshop held to promote the understanding, the development and the dissemination of measures, methodologies and tools for increasing economic resilience, including the understanding of social aspects. This note contains a summary of key discussion points, major challenges, gaps, needs, opportunities and barriers as well as a summary of recommendations and issues for follow-up and further consideration, including possible next steps under the Nairobi work programme.

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    Organization(s): UNFCCC

    Type of material:Activity Report

    Publication date:2009

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

    Topic(s): Capacity Development, Adaptation

  • Nairobi Work Programme: The Second Phase

    This analytical report is third in a series, produced so as to inform Parties, organizations, and those interested in adaptation about the Nairobi Work Programme on impacts, vulnerability and adaptation to climate change. This brochure introduces the Programme and focuses on its second phase.

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    Organization(s): UNFCCC

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2009

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Capacity Development, Adaptation

  • Non-Annex I Parties (NAI) Newsletter Edition 4 (REDD, Capacity Development, Adaptation)

    The NAI Newsletter is designed to focus on national, regional and international efforts to support Non-Annex I Parties in the implementation of the UN Convention on Climate Change. It includes information on workshops and on publications, as well as other informative materials.

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    Organization(s): UNFCCC

    Type of material:Other

    Publication date:2009

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Capacity Development, Adaptation, Mitigation, REDD, Technology, Risk Reduction/Management, Gender

  • Non-Annex I Parties (NAI) Newsletter Edition 5 (Technology Transfer, Adaptation, Finance)

    The NAI Newsletter is designed to focus on national, regional and international efforts to support Non-Annex I Parties in the implementation of the UN Convention on Climate Change. It includes information on workshops and on publications, as well as other informative materials.

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    Organization(s): UNFCCC

    Type of material:Other

    Publication date:2009

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): International Law and Policy, Capacity Development, Financial Mechanisms, Adaptation, Mitigation, REDD, Technology, Risk Reduction/Management, Agriculture and Food, Finance

  • Non-Annex I Parties (NAI) Update 8 - Poznan (Financial Mechanisms, Capacity Building, REDD)

    The NAI Update contains a summary of the outcomes of negotiations and decisions on matters relating to the preparation of national communications by Non-Annex I Parties.

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    Organization(s): UNFCCC

    Type of material:Other

    Publication date:2009

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Capacity Development, Financial Mechanisms, Carbon Financing and CDM, Adaptation, Mitigation, REDD, Technology

  • Non-Annex I Parties (NAI) Update 9 - Bonn II (Finance, Mitigation, International Law and Policy)

    The NAI Update contains a summary of the outcomes of negotiations and decisions on matters relating to the preparation of national communications by Non-Annex I Parties.

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    Organization(s): UNFCCC

    Type of material:Other

    Publication date:2009

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): International Law and Policy, Capacity Development, Financial Mechanisms, Adaptation, Mitigation, REDD, Technology, Finance

  • One UN Training Platform on Climate Change - UN CC:Learn

    This flyer introduces the main points of one of the UN System Joint Initiatives: UN CC:Learn. This project aims to foster knowledge sharing and strengthening of climate-change learning and skills development. The UN system has much to offer in supporting the learning and skills development needed by leaders to meet the challenge of building climate friendly and resilient economies and societies. UN CC:Learn seeks to capture this contribution in a structured and easily-accessible way.

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    Organization(s): CEB

    Partner(s): UNITAR

    Type of material:Other

    Publication date:2009

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Capacity Development, Education

  • Opening remarks by IFAD President as Chair of the Round Table on Food Security

    This document contains the opening remarks by IFAD President as chair of the round table on food security at the UN Leadership Forum on Climate Change. The President stresses that agriculture is where climate change, food security and poverty reduction intersect. In addressing the challenge of food security and climate change, the world faces therefore three inter-related challenges: first, the need to double food production by 2050 to meet growing world demand; second, the need to adapt agricultural production to shifting weather patterns; and third, the need to minimize agriculture’s contribution to greenhouse gas emissions while maximizing its potential to mitigate climate change.

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    Organization(s): IFAD

    Type of material:Other

    Publication date:2009

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Agriculture and Food

  • Our Planet - Climate Change, Copenhagen: Seal the Deal (December 2009 Issue)

    This magazine is the December 2009 release of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)'s quarterly that features authoritative articles on the theme of environment and development by world scientific and political leaders. This issue focuses on the COP15/MOP5 with articles from the Secretary General Ki-Moon, Lars Rasmussen, Yvo de Boer and Gordon Brown.

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    Organization(s): UNEP

    Type of material:Other

    Publication date:2009

    Language(s): English, French, Spanish

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

  • Outreach – 10 December 2009 (Water, Food Security, Women)

    The newsletter covers the oft-overlooked social dimensions of climate change, including issues related to gender, labour and youth. The purpose is to provide a platform during COP15 for the opinions of various stakeholders.

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    Organization(s): UNWOMEN

    Partner(s): Dutch Ministry of Transport, Public Works and Water Management, Global Water Partnership, International Water Association, Sustainlabour, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Denmark, UN Water

    Type of material:Other

    Publication date:2009

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): International Law and Policy, Governance – General, Gender, Agriculture and Food, Energy, Water

  • Outreach – 11 December 2009 (Climate Justice, Sustainable Development, Gender)

    The newsletter covers the oft-overlooked social dimensions of climate change, including issues related to gender, labour and youth. The purpose is to provide a platform during COP15 for the opinions of various stakeholders.

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    Organization(s): UNWOMEN

    Partner(s): Dutch Ministry of Transport, Public Works and Water Management, Global Water Partnership, International Water Association, Sustainlabour, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Denmark, UN Water

    Type of material:Other

    Publication date:2009

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Adaptation, Green Jobs/Economy, Human Rights and Justice, Gender, Economic and Development Planning, Water

  • Outreach – 14 December 2009 (Human Rights)

    The newsletter covers the oft-overlooked social dimensions of climate change, including issues related to gender, labour and youth. The purpose is to provide a platform during COP15 for the opinions of various stakeholders.

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    Organization(s): UNWOMEN

    Partner(s): Dutch Ministry of Transport, Public Works and Water Management, Global Water Partnership, International Water Association, Sustainlabour, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Denmark, UN Water

    Type of material:Other

    Publication date:2009

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): International Law and Policy, Governance – Territorial and Local, Capacity Development, Human Rights and Justice, Gender, Agriculture and Food, Water

  • Outreach – 15 December 2009 (Climate Change Impacts and Human Security)

    The newsletter covers the oft-overlooked social dimensions of climate change, including issues related to gender, labour and youth. The purpose is to provide a platform during COP15 for the opinions of various stakeholders.

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    Organization(s): UNWOMEN

    Partner(s): Dutch Ministry of Transport, Public Works and Water Management, Global Water Partnership, International Water Association, Sustainlabour, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Denmark, UN Water

    Type of material:Other

    Publication date:2009

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): International Law and Policy, Governance – General, Green Jobs/Economy, Gender, Human Security, Agriculture and Food, Economic and Development Planning, Forestry, Water, Labour

  • Outreach – 16 December 2009 (Adaptation)

    The newsletter covers the oft-overlooked social dimensions of climate change, including issues related to gender, labour and youth. The purpose is to provide a platform during COP15 for the opinions of various stakeholders.

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    Organization(s): UNWOMEN

    Partner(s): Dutch Ministry of Transport, Public Works and Water Management, Global Water Partnership, International Water Association, Sustainlabour, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Denmark, UN Water

    Type of material:Other

    Publication date:2009

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): International Law and Policy, Governance – General, Financial Mechanisms, Adaptation, Gender, Finance

  • Outreach – 17 December 2009 (International Governance and Public Participation)

    The newsletter covers the oft-overlooked social dimensions of climate change, including issues related to gender, labour and youth. The purpose is to provide a platform during COP15 for the opinions of various stakeholders.

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    Organization(s): UNWOMEN

    Partner(s): Dutch Ministry of Transport, Public Works and Water Management, Global Water Partnership, International Water Association, Sustainlabour, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Denmark, UN Water

    Type of material:Other

    Publication date:2009

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): International Law and Policy, Governance – General, Public Participation, Mitigation, Technology, Gender, Human Security, Agriculture and Food, Energy, Labour

  • Outreach – 7 December 2009 (International Policy and Sustainability)

    The newsletter covers the oft-overlooked social dimensions of climate change, including issues related to gender, labour and youth. The purpose is to provide a platform during COP15 for the opinions of various stakeholders.

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    Organization(s): UNWOMEN

    Partner(s): Dutch Ministry of Transport, Public Works and Water Management, Global Water Partnership, International Water Association, Sustainlabour, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Denmark, UN Water

    Type of material:Other

    Publication date:2009

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): International Law and Policy, Governance – Territorial and Local, Human Rights and Justice, Gender, Economic and Development Planning, Water

  • Outreach – 8 December 2009 (International Policy and Climate Sustainability)

    The newsletter covers the oft-overlooked social dimensions of climate change, including issues related to gender, labour and youth. The purpose is to provide a platform during COP15 for the opinions of various stakeholders.

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    Organization(s): UNWOMEN

    Partner(s): Dutch Ministry of Transport, Public Works and Water Management, Global Water Partnership, International Water Association, Sustainlabour, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Denmark, UN Water

    Type of material:Other

    Publication date:2009

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): International Law and Policy, REDD, Gender, Human Security, Water

  • Outreach – 9 December 2009 (Water, Green Jobs, Capacity Building)

    The newsletter covers the oft-overlooked social dimensions of climate change, including issues related to gender, labour and youth. The purpose is to provide a platform during COP15 for the opinions of various stakeholders.

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    Organization(s): UNWOMEN

    Partner(s): Dutch Ministry of Transport, Public Works and Water Management, Global Water Partnership, International Water Association, Sustainlabour, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Denmark, UN Water

    Type of material:Other

    Publication date:2009

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Capacity Development, Green Jobs/Economy, Gender, Economic and Development Planning, Water, Labour

  • Participatory Climate Risk Assessment and Development of Local Adaptation Action Plans in Bangladesh

    This activity report describes and evaluates a country project aimed to strengthen capacity for climate change adaptation in Bangladesh. 9 adaptation strategies have been tested at household level in 120 highly vulnerable households (40 poor and marginal farmers, 20 agri-labourers, 20 landless women, 20 Indigenous people and 20 small traders). The adaptation options have been implemented from September 2008 to January 2009. At the same time there was ongoing assessment of efficacy of the options by the project Monitor.

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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, Risk Reduction/Management

  • Path to Green Growth: Green Tax and Budget Reform

    This document includes two modules on green tax and budget reform. The first one aims to provide a brief thematic overview of the fundamental tenets of green tax and budget reform, various methods for overcoming obstacles to implementation, as well as its applicability to the Asia-Pacific region, particularly within the context of developing countries. The second one aims to familiarize participants with the various tax instruments and financing techniques available for greening the transport sector.

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    Organization(s): UNESCAP

    Partner(s): Korea International Cooperation Agency, Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    Type of material:Other

    Publication date:2009

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Policy Instruments, Capacity Development, Financial Mechanisms, Green Jobs/Economy, Economic Analysis, Economic and Development Planning, Finance, Industry, Transport

  • Path to Green Growth: Greening Business

    This document includes a series of five modules on green business and green growth. Green business is defined as enterprises which consider environmental protection as an essential component of their long-term business objectives, both by promoting ecologically efficient production activities and by marketing sustainable products and services. While the first module introduces the key concepts, the second one presents the whole system approach. The third module discusses the role of the government in greening business, and the fourth is a collection of case studies and the fifth analyses social entrepreneurship and green business in developing countries.

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    Organization(s): UNESCAP

    Partner(s): Korea International Cooperation Agency, Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    Type of material:Other

    Publication date:2009

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Governance – General, Policy Instruments, Capacity Development, Green Jobs/Economy, Agriculture and Food, Economic and Development Planning, Industry

  • Path to Green Growth: Sustainable Consumption and Production

    This document includes two modules on sustainable consumption and production. The first one aims to familiarise users with key concepts pertaining to these issues. The second is designed to introduce users to the Asia-Pacific region specific facts and findings supporting the needs for sustainable consumption and production. It addresses the economic and social costs of "business as usual" growth in Asia and the Pacific, discusses unexplored opportunities for increasing sustainability and ecological inefficiencies, and analyse the role of the various actors.

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    Organization(s): UNESCAP

    Partner(s): Korea International Cooperation Agency, Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    Type of material:Other

    Publication date:2009

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Governance – General, Policy Instruments, Capacity Development, Green Jobs/Economy, Ecosystems, Economic and Development Planning, Industry

  • Path to Green Growth: Sustainable Infrastructure Introduction

    This document includes two modules on sustainable infrastructures. It highlights that without careful planning, infrastructure can lock in countries into unsustainable consumption and production patterns. The first module aims to familiarise participants with policy measures to support cost-effective, sustainable construction plans, emphasising the environmentally-efficient delivery of services and the regeneration of natural habitat. The second module aims to introduce ways to design environmentally-efficient, people-centered transportation systems towards enhancing the health, safety and mobility of urban populations.

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    Organization(s): UNESCAP

    Partner(s): Korea International Cooperation Agency, Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    Type of material:Other

    Publication date:2009

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Capacity Development, Green Jobs/Economy, Economic and Development Planning, Industry, Transport

  • Photos - Bangladesh's Climate Challenge

    This photo gallery exposes how extremely vulnerable Bangladesh is to natural disasters, with cyclones and flooding occurring regularly. Flooding means that families have to flee for drier ground at least once a year. Local people are adjusting their farming system, but still necessitate the help of the Vulnerable Group Development programme.

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    Organization(s): WFP

    Type of material:Audio/Visual Resource

    Publication date:2009

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Governance – Territorial and Local, Agriculture and Food

  • Picking up the Pieces – The Aftermath of Natural Disasters and Conflict

    This analytical report discusses the consequences of natural disasters and conflicts. It highlights that one of the key lessons that UN-HABITAT and other agencies have learned is that it is important to incorporate proper long-term planning for sustainable development with the best protection against repeat disasters from the outset – indeed from the moment the humanitarian rescue operation begins. The other important lesson on which UN-HABITAT has plenty of experience to draw is this: taking preventive action and planning ahead to offset the worst. The United Nations has calculated that one dollar invested in disaster reduction today, can save up to seven dollars tomorrow in relief and rehabilitation costs.

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    Organization(s): UNHABITAT

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2009

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Adaptation, Risk Reduction/Management

  • PoA CDM Manual - Mini Biogas Plants for Households

    This manual aims to support the development of biogas programmes as Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Programme of Activities (PoA) and to assist in determining the most suitable set-up for them. Although hope are high towards the Programme of Activities approach bringing in micro size projects under the CDM mechanism, developers are still facing numerous obstacles.

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    Organization(s): UNEP

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

    Type of material:Guidance Document

    Publication date:2009

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Carbon Financing and CDM, Energy

  • Policy Framework for Adaptation Strategies of the Mongolian Rangelands to Climate Change at Multiple Scales

    This activity report describes and evaluates a country project aimed to develop local adaptation strategies of the coupled social-environmental system to climate change in the Mongolian rangelands as well as to synthesize these findings and apply them to similar ecological regions. A fragmentation of the cultural landscapes in the arid and semi-arid lands of Mongolia has increased vulnerability and reduced the adaptive capacities to climate variability of traditional pastoral systems, which have evolved over thousands of years.

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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

  • Population Dynamics and Climate Change

    This analytical report includes a set of articles that attempt to broaden and deepen understanding across a wide range of population-climate change linkages. Taken together, they provide a substantive and methodological guide to the current state of knowledge on issues such as population growth and size and emissions, population vulnerability and adaptation, migration and urbanization and the data and analytical needs for the next stages of policy-relevant research.

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    Organization(s): UNFPA

    Partner(s): UNDESA, UNHABITAT, International Institute for Environment and Development

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2009

    Language(s): English

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

  • Population Dynamics and Climate Change: Linkages and Challenges

    This slide presentation reviews the linkage between climate change and population growth. “Population” effects on emissions are determined by consumption patterns of different countries and social groups. Therefore the document highlights that demographic processes necessitate more explicit consideration and discusses their implications for policy.

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    Organization(s): UNFPA

    Type of material:Slide Presentation

    Publication date:2009

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Science, Population Dynamics

  • Population Dynamics and Policies in the Context of Global Climate Change

    This analytical report reviews the demographic processes involved in population dynamics that necessitate more explicit consideration when dealing with climate change issues and discusses their implications for policy in the context of urbanization, population and global environment conservation.

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    Organization(s): UNFPA

    Partner(s): UNDESA, UNHABITAT

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2009

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Population Dynamics

  • Proceedings of the Symposium on Mitigating Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Animal Production: A Policy Agenda

    This activity report includes the proceedings of the Symposium on "Mitigating Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Animal Production: A Policy Agenda", organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in Asunción, Paraguay, 6-7 May 2009. It collects various interventions on the implications of the growth of the agriculture and livestock sectors for climate change.

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    Organization(s): FAO

    Type of material:Activity Report

    Publication date:2009

    Language(s): English

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

  • Promoting Integration of Adaptation Strategies into Developmental Policies by Effectively Communicating Climate Risks and Adaptation Measures in India (Bundelkhand Region)

    This activity report describes and evaluates a pilot project aimed at communicating risk to policy makers and vulnerable community for assisting planning process in adaptation strategy to climate change at district level in India. The project succeeded in bringing the issue of climate change to the forefront at least in one district, which is where its primary focus was, and in generating new information and awareness. 

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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, Risk Reduction/Management, Economic and Development Planning

  • Protecting Health from Climate Change

    This activity report introduces WHO Regional Office for Europe's project “Protecting health from climate change. A seven-country initiative”. This project focuses on taking action against the health effects of climate change in seven European countries: Albania, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, the Russian Federation, Tajikistan, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Uzbekistan. The project supports actions and pilot-tests some interventions in countries that are already experiencing climate-related problems (e.g. extreme events, water scarcity) that are projected to have severe health effects.

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    Organization(s): WHO

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

    Type of material:Activity Report

    Publication date:2009

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Adaptation, Health

  • Protecting Health from Climate Change - Connecting Science, Policy and People

    This activity report presents an overview of the science of the links between climate change and human health. It provides an update of the evidence on health risks caused by climate change, describes which populations are most vulnerable, and outlines the actions that will be necessary to protect health from climate change. 

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    Organization(s): WHO

    Type of material:Activity Report

    Publication date:2009

    Language(s): English

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

  • Protecting Health from Climate Change: Connecting Science, Policy and People

    This analytical report presents an overview of the science of the links between climate change and human health. It provides an update of the evidence on health risks caused by climate change, describes which populations are most vulnerable, and outlines the actions that will be necessary to protect health from climate change. Although climate change presents a very serious threat to global public health, the key messages of the report are positive. The health sector already has at its disposal a number of effective interventions that would save lives now and reduce vulnerability to climate change in the future.

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    Organization(s): WHO

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2009

    Language(s): English

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

  • Protecting Health from Climate Change: Global Research Priorities

    This technical document presents the climate change and health research priorities identified by the World Health Assembly (WHA) in a recent resolution. It emphasizes that research on climate change and health must be placed more firmly within the overall context of improving global health, and health equity, rather than being considered as a stand-alone issue. Most of the health impacts of climate change arise as a result of the extension or amplification of existing health hazards.

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    Organization(s): WHO

    Partner(s): Google Foundation, United Nations Foundation, United States National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2009

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): COP22 List of UN Publications, Capacity Development, Health

  • Protecting the Environment and Responding to Climate Change

    This activity report introduces UPU's activities aimed at promoting sustainable development and fighting climate change, in accordance with its world postal strategy for 2009-2012. In particular, the group “Environment and Sustainable Development” has undertaken many activities to better share knowledge, resources and best practices among member countries. In addition, sub-groups are studying how the postal sector could better utilize renewable energies and how to promote the use of alternative vehicles for mail delivery.

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    Organization(s): UPU

    Type of material:Activity Report

    Publication date:2009

    Language(s): English, French

    Topic(s): Governance – General, Capacity Development, Mitigation, Green Jobs/Economy, Energy, Environment

  • Recommendations on Future Financing Options for Enhancing the Development, Deployment, Diffusion and Transfer of Technologies under the Convention

    This policy document presents the recommendations of the Expert Group on Technology Transfer on future financing options necessary for enhancing the development and transfer of technologies, for consideration by the subsidiary bodies at their thirtieth sessions. It presents three indicative financing options for enhancing the development and transfer of technologies under the Convention: (a) the enhancement of existing and emerging technology financing arrangements; (b) a decentralized or centralized comprehensive new international technology financing scheme; and (c) limited new technology financing and coordination arrangements with sectoral activities.

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    Organization(s): UNFCCC

    Type of material:Policy Document

    Publication date:2009

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): International Law and Policy, Capacity Development, Technology, Finance

  • Reducing Emissions from Deforestation in Developing Countries: Approaches to Stimulate Action

    This fact sheet presents various approaches to reduce emissions from deforestation in developing countries under the UNFCCC and the Bali frameworks.

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    Organization(s): UNFCCC

    Type of material:Other

    Publication date:2009

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): REDD, Forestry

  • Renewable Energy for the Agricultural Sector to Enhance Energy Security and Food Security

    This analytical report observes that the economic boom in the Asia-Pacific region has been fuelled by surges of energy consumption, especially of fossil fuels, including oil, gas and coal. However, high dependency on fossil fuels is aggravating the region’s vulnerability to volatile energy prices, threatening energy security. The establishment of a sustainable energy framework, with ramifications for the agricultural sector and rural development in terms of energy inputs for improved agricultural productivity, is discussed. Even though energy efficiency is seen as a valuable approach for cutting energy costs, the report argues for renewables as an option to supplement fossil fuels for the foreseeable future.

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    Organization(s): UNESCAP

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2009

    Language(s): English

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

  • Report of the Expert Group on Technology Transfer for 2009

    This activity report summarises the work of the Expert Group on Technology Transfer (EGTT) in 2009. It also presents a rolling programme of work of the EGTT for 2010–2011 including recommendations for enhancing the implementation of the technology transfer framework and other activities which the EGTT believes can contribute to advancing the development and transfer of technologies under the Convention.

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    Organization(s): UNFCCC

    Type of material:Activity Report

    Publication date:2009

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): International Law and Policy, Carbon Financing and CDM, Technology

  • Report of the GEF to the Fifteenth Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change COP15

    The activity report consists of two parts. Part I reports project activities approved by the GEF during the reporting period from September 1, 2008 to June 30, 2009. They include both climate change mitigation and adaptation activities funded from the GEF Trust Fund, the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF), and the Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF). Part II describes GEF’s response to convention guidance.

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    Organization(s): GEF

    Type of material:Activity Report

    Publication date:2009

    Language(s): English, French, Spanish

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

  • Report of the GEF to the Fourteenth Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

    This activity report consists of two parts and three annexes. Part I reports project activities approved by the GEF during the reporting period from September 1, 2007 to August 31, 2008. They include both climate change mitigation and adaptation activities funded from the GEF Trust Fund, the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF), and the Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF). Part II of the report provides GEF’s response to the Convention guidance.

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    Organization(s): GEF

    Type of material:Activity Report

    Publication date:2009

    Language(s): English, French, Spanish

    Topic(s): Mitigation

  • Report on the Technical Workshop on Integrating Practices, Tools and Systems for Climate Risk Assessment and Management and Disaster Risk Reduction Strategies into National Policies and Programmes

    This is the report of a workshop identifying successful examples of integrating practices  and tools for climate risk assessment and management and disaster risk reduction strategies into national policies and programmes. The workshop was held under the Nairobi work programme on impacts, vulnerability and adaptation to climate change and took place in Havana, Cuba, from 10 to 12 March 2009.

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    Organization(s): UNFCCC

    Type of material:Activity Report

    Publication date:2009

    Language(s): English

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

  • Reporting REDD: A Journalist’s Guide to the Role of Forests in Combating Global Climate Change

    This manual consists of a media pack which aims to give journalists an overview of a key issue in global climate change negotiations. Reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries (REDD) is a mechanism to slow the loss of forests, but how it is going to work in practice is the subject of debate. This document briefly explains how the REDD mechanism might work and raises some of the key controversies to be resolved. It is accompanied by a short film, which looks at the possible effects of REDD on forest communities and contains interviews with different stakeholders including environmental journalists on reporting the subject, and by a video news release on REDD, which includes interviews with forest communities, campaigners, economists and politicians.

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    Organization(s): FAO, UNDP, UNEP

    Partner(s): Climate Change Media Partnership, Center for International Forestry Research

    Type of material:Guidance Document

    Publication date:2009

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Governance – General, Public Participation, REDD, Finance, Forestry

  • Research and Innovation for Smallholder Farmers in the Context of Climate Change

    This technical document discusses  the potential role of agricultural research in improving small farmers’ productivity and ability to adapt to and mitigate climate change. It also analyses how to increase investments in international research and sharpen its focus on the challenges faced by regions that are most vulnerable to climate change.

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    Organization(s): IFAD

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2009

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Adaptation, Mitigation

  • Resolution 10/4 - Human Rights and Climate Change

    This resolution presents that the Council noted “climate change-related impacts have a range of implications, both direct and indirect, for the effective enjoyment of human rights …” and that such effects “will be felt most acutely by those segments of the population who are already in a vulnerable situation.” 

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    Organization(s): OHCHR

    Type of material:Other

    Publication date:2009

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

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

  • Resource Guide for Preparing the National Communications from Non-Annex I Parties - Module 4: Measures to Mitigate Climate Change

    This technical document has been developed to assist Parties not included in Annex I to the Convention (non-Annex I Parties) in preparing the mitigation section of their national communications to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). It provides the reader with an overview of mitigation in the context of climate change, sustainable development and the framework of the UNFCCC.

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    Organization(s): UNFCCC

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2009

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Capacity Development, Science, Mitigation

  • Resource Guide for Preparing the National Communications from Non-Annex I Parties - Module 1: The Process of National Communications from Non-Annex I Parties

    This technical document has been developed as a guide to assist Non-Annex I Parties in the preparation of their national communications. It is the first in a series of modules prepared on the various elements of a national communication (e.g. vulnerability and adaptation, national greenhouse gas inventories, and measures to mitigate climate change).

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    Organization(s): UNFCCC

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2009

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Capacity Development, Adaptation, Mitigation

  • Resource Guide for Preparing the National Communications from Non-Annex I Parties - Module 3: National Greenhouse Gas Inventories

    This technical document was developed as a guide to assist Non-Annex I Parties in the preparation of the GHG inventories for their national communications. It aims to provide a brief overview of some of the main methods, tools and data being used by Non- Annex I Parties to prepare their national GHG inventory.

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    Organization(s): UNFCCC

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2009

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Capacity Development, Mitigation

  • Road to Copenhagen: Climate Change and Poverty in Central Asia – Outcomes of the Regional E-discussion

    This activity report collects the main outcomes of the regional E-discussion organised as part of preparation activities to the 15th Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (December 2009, Copenhagen). The objectives of the regional E-discussion on climate change and poverty are: to collect and summarize the expert opinions on climate change and poverty issues in Central Asian countries; to exchange information about the state policies and strategies; to find new approaches to adaptation and prevention, collect best practices and proposals; to disseminate the information on the upcoming meeting in Copenhagen; to build capacity for forming a common position of Central Asian countries in the run-up to the meeting in Copenhagen.

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    Organization(s): UNDP

    Partner(s): UNEP, CARNet

    Type of material:Activity Report

    Publication date:2009

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Public Participation, Capacity Development, Adaptation, Mitigation, Risk Reduction/Management, Health

  • Rural Development and Climate Change Agendas: How Should They Shape Each Other?

    This slide presentation discusses the linkage between rural development and climate change. It presents the issue and some relevant questions such as: how should current approaches change because of climate change? Is it possible to generalize over what the rural poor would ask for from global climate negotiations and what would this be?

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    Organization(s): IFAD

    Partner(s): WWF

    Type of material:Slide Presentation

    Publication date:2009

    Language(s): English

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

  • Scaling up Renewable Energy in Africa

    This analytical report proposes that the scaling up of renewable energy to levels that would have a significant impact on the African energy scene could be achieved through deliberate interventions on policy and institutional environment; technology acquisition, development and integration; investment mobilization; and regional integration, networking, and capacity building. Policy makers in Africa are recommended to recognize the potential role of renewable energy in meeting the energy challenges being faced by the region and assume a proactive role in implementing the recommendations of the paper.

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    Organization(s): UNIDO

    Partner(s): African Union

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2009

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Policy Instruments, Capacity Development, Financial Mechanisms, Technology, Agriculture and Food, Economic and Development Planning, Energy

  • Scientific Synthesis of the Impacts of Ocean Acidification on Marine Biodiversity

    This publication aims to compile and synthesize available scientific information on ocean acidification and its impacts on marine biodiversity and habitats, which is identified as a potentially serious threat to cold-water corals and other marine biodiversity. Findings include that increasing ocean acidification reduces the availability of carbonate minerals in seawater, important building blocks for marine plants and animals, and that by 2100, 70% of cold-water corals, key refuges and feeding grounds for commercial fish species, will be exposed to corrosive waters. 

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    Organization(s): CBD

    Partner(s): UNEP, WCMC

    Type of material:Other

    Publication date:2009

    Language(s): English

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

  • Scientific Synthesis of the Impacts of Ocean Fertilization on Marine Biodiversity

    This publication aims to provide an objective synthesis and analysis of the impacts of ocean fertilization on marine biodiversity. Among other findings, this publication demonstrates that there are uncertainties surrounding the viability of large-scale ocean fertilization as a carbon sequestration tool and potential adverse consequences for marine species, habitats and ecosystem function. 

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    Organization(s): CBD

    Partner(s): UNEP, WCMC

    Type of material:Other

    Publication date:2009

    Language(s): English

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

  • Sea-level Rise and Storm Surges : A Comparative Analysis of Impacts in Developing Countries

    This analytical report addresses the environmental consequences of global warming and of the increase in sea surface temperatures. The study assesses eighty-four coastal developing countries in five regions. It considers the potential impact of a large (1-in-100-year) storm surge by contemporary standards, and then compares it with intensification which is expected to occur in this century. This is the first such exercise for developing countries.

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    Organization(s): WB

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2009

    Language(s): English

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

  • Second IMO GHG Study 2009

    This paper summarizes the finding of a study of greenhouse gas emissions from ships.

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    Organization(s): IMO

    Type of material:Other

    Publication date:2009

    Topic(s): COP23 List of UN Publications, Mitigation, Transport

  • Small-Scale Bioenergy Initiatives: Brief Description and Preliminary Lessons on Livelihood Impacts From Case Studies in Asia, Latin America and Africa

    This analytical report is based on a series of 15 international case studies conducted between September and November 2008 to develop an improved understanding of the linkages between livelihoods and small-scale bioenergy initiatives. The focus of the study is on the impacts that different types of local level bioenergy initiatives can have on rural livelihoods in different contexts in the developing world. Livelihoods are understood as the enhancement of the full range of natural, financial, human, social and physical capitals on a sustainable ongoing basis.

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    Organization(s): FAO

    Partner(s): Policy Innovation Systems for Clean Energy Security, Practical Action Consulting, UK Department for International Development

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2009

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Mitigation, Agriculture and Food

  • Social Investment Funds: A Tool for Poverty Reduction and Affordable Housing

    This technical document provides an overview of the social investment funds and their projects which have been implemented in Asia, Latin and Central America, Eastern Europe and Africa since the 1980s. Originally used as a tool to mitigate against the affects of structural readjustment policies on the poor, social investment funds have emerged as a successful mechanism to fast-track community-based projects on the ground.

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    Organization(s): UNHABITAT

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2009

    Language(s): English

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

  • State and Trends of the Carbon Market 2009

    This technical document presents an assessment of the Carbon Market in 2009. The authors emphasize that this was a year of significant global changes that particularly affected the Carbon Market. This continued to grow in 2008, reaching a total value transacted of about US$126 billion (€86 billion) at the end of the year, double its 2007 value. However, it started to decline during the summer of 2009 because of lower oil and energy prices and a deteriorating economic outlook.

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    Organization(s): WB

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2009

    Language(s): English

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

  • State of the World Population 2009: Facing a Changing World: Women, Population and Climate

    This analytical report analyses the linkage among population dynamics, greenhouse gases and climate change. The whole world has been talking about carbon credits, carbon trading and emissions targets. But not enough has been said about the people whose activities contribute to those emissions or about those who will be most affected by climate change, especially women. The climate-change debate needs to be reframed, putting people at the centre. Unless climate policies take people into account, they will fail to mitigate climate change or to shield vulnerable populations from the potentially disastrous impacts.

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    Organization(s): UNFPA

    Partner(s): FAO, UNDESA, UNEP, UNESCO, UNHCR, WB, WHO, IOM, Inter Press News Agency, Integrated Regional Information Networks

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2009

    Language(s): English, French, Spanish

    Topic(s): COP22 List of UN Publications, Gender, Population Dynamics, Economic and Development Planning

  • State of World Population 2009 - Facing a Changing World: Women, Population and Climate

    This guidance report shows that the success of the global response to AIDS can lead not only the encroaching virus itself but also the effects of climate change such as food and water shortages, growth in poverty and an increase in natural disasters. 

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    Organization(s): UNFPA

    Type of material:Guidance Document

    Publication date:2009

    Language(s): English

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

  • Statement of the Intergovernmental Group on Meat and Dairy Products

    This document includes a statement from the FAO Intergovernmental Group on Meat and Dairy Products. It highlights that the livestock industry needs to take steps to reduce the high level of its Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions as well as to adapt to climate change. The Intergovernmental Group has recommended that countries should coordinate their livestock policies and practices to help the sector achieve its full mitigation potential.

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    Organization(s): FAO

    Type of material:Other

    Publication date:2009

    Language(s): English, French, Spanish

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

  • Strategic Framework for Fisheries, Aquaculture and Climate Change

    This policy document aims to support the process of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in response to the need for concerted action on fisheries, aquaculture and climate change. It lays the groundwork for a coordinated response from the fisheries and aquaculture sector to climate change, notably through a strategic approach to maintain or enhance the health and resilience of global oceans and waters, and strengthening the capacity of dependent people and communities, integrating these closely into broader development strategies.

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    Organization(s): FAO, UNDP, UNEP, UNESCO, UNISDR, WB

    Partner(s): CEB, Global Partnership Climate Change, Fisheries and Aquaculture, Benguela Current Commission, Global Ocean Ecosystem Dynamics, International Council for the Exploration of the Sea, Network of Aquaculture Centres in Central-Eastern Europe, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, Organizacion del Sector Pesquero y Acuicola del Istmo Centroamericano, European Bureau for Conservation and Development, Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center, Secretariat of the Pacific Community, World Fish Center

    Type of material:Policy Document

    Publication date:2009

    Language(s): English

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

  • Strengthening Community-Based Adaptation to Climate-Sensitive Malaria in the Western Kenyan Highlands

    This activity report describes and evaluates a pilot project aimed to strengthen community-based adaptation to climate-sensitive malaria in Kenya. In particular, its main objectives were: to identify possible adaptation strategies, compare them using multiple criteria and select the most sustainable alternatives; to identify risk communication methods and materials, select appropriate ones, tailor them to the local contexts, and implement them; to develop and apply indicators to monitor the performance of the overall project.

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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, Risk Reduction/Management, Health

  • Suggestions for Addressing Development and Social Issues, in Particular Employment and Incomes, Food and Agriculture, Gender Equality, Health and Development to the UNFCCC AWG-LCA

    This policy document presents jointly submitted suggestions expressed in the framework of the work of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long Term Cooperative Action (AWG-LCA) related to development and social issues, in particular on employment and incomes, food and agriculture, gender equality, health and development. Collectively and individually the organizations involved are available to assist parties in their endeavour to make informed decisions.

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    Organization(s): FAO, ILO, WHO

    Type of material:Policy Document

    Publication date:2009

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Human Rights and Justice, Gender, Agriculture and Food, Economic and Development Planning, Health, Labour

  • Suggestions for Protecting Health from Climate Change to the UNFCCC AWG-LCA.

    This policy document consists of a policy guidance document submitted to the AWG-LCA on climate and health. It summarises the shared vision on climate change and presents considerations on adaptation, mitigation, finance and technology.

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    Organization(s): WHO

    Type of material:Policy Document

    Publication date:2009

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Health

  • Suggestions for Protecting the Health of Vulnerable People from the Humanitarian Consequences of Climate Change and Climate Related Events to the UNFCCC AWG-LCA.

    This policy document summarises the outcomes of the AWG-LCA 6th session on protecting the health of vulnerable people from the humanitarian consequences of climate change and climate related events. The aim of the paper is twofold: first, it documents the range of risks that climate change poses to human health associated with humanitarian emergencies, and secondly, it proposes policy directions to manage the health and humanitarian impact of climate change for consideration by the 15th Conference of the Parties (COP) to the UNFCCC, the health sector and by the humanitarian community.

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    Organization(s): WHO

    Partner(s): UNHCR, World Vision, International Organization for Migration, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies

    Type of material:Policy Document

    Publication date:2009

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Migration and Refugees, Health

  • Summary and Policy Implications Vision 2030: the Resilience of Water Supply and Sanitation in the Face of Climate Change

    This analytical report summarizes the evidence for the impact of climate change on water and sanitation technologies in the near to medium term. It aims to help policy-makers, planners, operators and communities in making practical decisions based on clear criteria, to improve the resilience of their water and sanitation services.

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    Organization(s): WHO

    Partner(s): DFID

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2009

    Language(s): English

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

  • Supporting Countries in Meeting the Climate Change Challenge - UNEP’s Priorities for Catalysing a Green Economy

    This activity report presents the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)'s strategy to assist countries best realize a low carbon, resource efficient Green Economy for the 21st century. The strategy identifies three priority areas that match calls for international guidance, the urgent need for action at a national level on climate change and the organization's skill set, experience and mandate. Those areas are: ecosystems-based adaptation, reduced emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD and REDD+), clean technology readiness.

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    Organization(s): UNEP

    Type of material:Activity Report

    Publication date:2009

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Carbon Financing and CDM, Adaptation, Green Jobs/Economy, REDD, Technology

  • Sustainable Urban Energy Planning - A Handbook for Cities and Towns in Developing Countries

    The main purpose of this manual is to assist people who are working in or with local government to develop sustainable energy and climate action plans and implementation programmes. The document addresses the challenges of energy consumption, climate change and development in developing countries. It deals with the role of urban centres and local governments in defining a sustainable development path and a new energy future in their countries. The handbook further explains why it is important for urban centres in developing countries to engage in sustainable energy planning, provides a step-by step process to developing and implementing a sustainable energy plan and offers a range of case studies from developed and developing urban centres covering all the major areas of local government responsibility.

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    Organization(s): UNEP, UNHABITAT

    Partner(s): ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability

    Type of material:Guidance Document

    Publication date:2009

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Mitigation, Energy, Urban

  • Technology Transfer for Climate Change

    This activity report outlines how the GEF supports the transfer of technologies to help countries mitigate and adapt to climate change. It further explains the GEF’s work with countries in helping establish “enabling policy environments,” or legal and regulatory landscapes, that encourage the adoption of climate-friendly technologies and practices. 

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    Organization(s): GEF

    Type of material:Activity Report

    Publication date:2009

    Language(s): English, French, Spanish

    Topic(s): Financial Mechanisms, Adaptation, Mitigation, Technology

  • Terrestrial Observations of Our Planet

    This activity report summarizes Global Terrestrial Observing System (GTOS)'s activities and achievements in 2008 and 2009. GTOS is a global system for observations, modelling and analysis of terrestrial ecosystems to support sustainable development. Its mission is to facilitate access to reliable information on terrestrial ecosystems so that researchers and policy-makers can detect and manage global and regional environmental change.

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    Organization(s): FAO, UNEP, UNESCO

    Partner(s): WMO, International Council for Science

    Type of material:Activity Report

    Publication date:2009

    Language(s): English

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

  • The Carbon Partnership Facility: Larger Scale, Longer Term, and Bigger Impact

    This policy document presents the Carbon Partnership Facility's new strategies to develop emission reductions and support their purchase over long periods after 2012. The Carbon Partnership Facility aims to develop programmatic and sector-based approaches to carbon finance through a partnership which supports the development and implementation of larger scale and longer-term investment programs to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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    Organization(s): WB

    Type of material:Policy Document

    Publication date:2009

    Language(s): English

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

  • The Employment Effects of Climate Change and Climate Change Responses: A Role for International Labour Standards?

    This guidance document describes how International Labour Standards could be made more relevant to climate change in terms of its impact on employment and the labourmarket. The document addresses the transition to a low carbon economy through a framework of policy coherence and good governance using International Labour Standards as guidelines for supporting not only the social dimension of sustainable development,but the economic and environmental ones as well.

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    Organization(s): ILO

    Partner(s): Global Union Research Network

    Type of material:Guidance Document

    Publication date:2009

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): COP22 List of UN Publications, Green Jobs/Economy, Economic and Development Planning, Labour

  • The Energy Access Situation in Developing Countries

    This analytical report draws attention to the global energy access situation and highlights that three billion people still rely on traditional biomass and coal; with a striking two million deaths per year associated with indoor burning of solid fuels in unventilated kitchens. The review focuses on the Least Developed Countries and Sub-Saharan Africa.

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    Organization(s): UNDP, WHO

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2009

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Technology, Health, Energy

  • The Environmental Food Crisis: The Environment's Role in Averting Future Food Crises - A UN Rapid Response Assessment

    This analytical report looks at how the key causes of the current food crisis are the combined effects of speculation in food stocks, extreme weather events, low cereal stocks, growth in biofuels competing for cropland and high oil prices.

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    Organization(s): UNEP

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2009

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Agriculture and Food, Environment

  • The Health Benefits of Tackling Climate Change an Executive Summary for the Lancet Series

    This analytical document aims to inform discussions at the 2009 Copenhagen conference of parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. Authored by an international group of public health, environmental, and other scientists, each focuses on one sector in which greenhouse-gas emissions need to be reduced. These sectors are household energy use, urban land transport, electricity generation, and food and agriculture. Health implications of actions are examined in both high-income and low-income countries designed to reduce the release of carbon dioxide (CO2) and other greenhouse gases. 

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    Organization(s): WHO

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2009

    Language(s): English

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

  • The Health Benefits of Tackling Climate Change: An Executive Summary for The Lancet Series

    This guidance document presents studies that examine the health implications of actions in both high-income and low-income countries designed to reduce the release of carbon dioxide (CO2) and other greenhouse gases. 

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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, Policy Instruments, Environment, Health

  • The Health Impact of Extreme Weather Events in Sub-Saharan Africa

    Extreme weather events are known to have serious consequences for human health and are predicted to increase in frequency as a result of climate change. Africa is one of the regions that risks being most seriously affected. This analytical report quantifies the impact of extreme rainfall and temperature events on the incidence of diarrhea, malnutrition and mortality in young children in Sub-Saharan Africa.

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    Organization(s): WB

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2009

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Mitigation, Health

  • The Impacts of Climate Change on World Heritage Properties

    This activity report came out of a Special Expert Meeting of the World Heritage Convention, 16-17 March, 2006. It aims at reviewing the potential impacts of climate change on World Heritage properties and suggests appropriate measures to deal with them.

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    Organization(s): UNESCO

    Type of material:Activity Report

    Publication date:2009

    Language(s): English

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

  • The Implications of Population Growth and Urbanization for Climate Change

    The analytical report considers the implications of population growth and urbanization for climate change in terms of the contribution of urban populations (and centres) to human induced climate change. It emphasizes how it is not the growth in (urban or rural) population but the growth in consumption that drives the growth in greenhouse gas emissions and that a significant proportion of the world’s urban (and rural) population have consumption levels that are so low that they contribute little or nothing to such emissions.

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    Organization(s): UNFPA

    Partner(s): UNDESA, UNHABITAT

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2009

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Population Dynamics, Urban

  • The Materiality of Climate Change: How Finance Copes with the Ticking Clock

    This technical document brings together key reports from the investment world that demonstrate best practice on climate change, identifying the risks and opportunities, assessing how companies are dealing with them, and translating their performance and intentions into future financial returns. The emphasis is on corporate sector assets, but real estate is clearly an asset class sensitive to climate change and leading investors are active on this front as well. 

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    Organization(s): UNEP

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2009

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Financial Mechanisms, Carbon Financing and CDM, Adaptation, Mitigation, Green Jobs/Economy, Finance, Industry, Energy

  • The Nine Work Areas of the Nairobi Work Programme

    This policy document looks at the nine different areas covered in the Nairobi work programme. The programme, under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), aims to assist countries that are party to the Convention, particularly developing countries, to improve their understanding and assessment of impacts, vulnerability and adaptation to climate change, and to make informed decisions thereon.

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    Organization(s): UNFCCC

    Type of material:Policy Document

    Publication date:2009

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Capacity Development, Adaptation, Economic and Development Planning

  • The President's Dilemma

    This video looks at the Pacific islands of Kiribati that were among the last places to be colonized by humans. Today, because of rising sea levels, they may be among the first to be abandoned. Should Kiribati President Anote Tong surrender to climate change and evacuate?

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    Organization(s): IFAD

    Type of material:Audio/Visual Resource

    Publication date:2009

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Adaptation

  • The UN System at the Forefront of Efforts to Address Climate Change - Statement of Purpose

    This policy document explains the United Nations' commitment to combat climate change and presents the CEB's Climate Change Action Framework. It further gives an overview of major UN initiatives for global action on climate change.

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    Organization(s): CEB

    Type of material:Policy Document

    Publication date:2009

    Language(s): English

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

  • The UNESCO Strategy for Action on Climate Change

    This policy document presents the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) strategy for action on climate change. The strategy is structured around three main objectives: 1) building and maintaining the climate change knowledge base: science, assessment, monitoring and early warning; 2) promoting mitigation of and adaptation to climate change, including through enhanced education and public awareness; and 3) moving towards a climate-neutral UNESCO.

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    Organization(s): UNESCO

    Type of material:Policy Document

    Publication date:2009

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Policy Instruments, Adaptation, Mitigation, Education, Water

  • The United Nations Regional Commissions and the Climate Change Challenges

    This activity report provides information by region and thematic area on the support that member countries receive from their respective United Nations regional commission in their effort to combat climate change. Activities supported by the five regional commissions include, among others, the creation of strategies to integrate climate change consideration into development plans, the assessment of the economic impacts of climate change, and the evaluation of the costs of mitigation and adaptation.

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    Organization(s): UNECA, UNECE, UNESCAP, UNESCWA

    Partner(s): UNECLAC, Regional Commissions New York Office

    Type of material:Activity Report

    Publication date:2009

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Governance – General, Policy Instruments, Capacity Development, Financial Mechanisms, Science, Adaptation, Mitigation, Economic and Development Planning, Energy

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