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

Library of Documents

  • Eivissa Declaration. Congress on World Heritage, Tourism and Climate Change

    This activity report presents the Eivissa Declaration that summarises the conclusions reached at the Conference of World Heritage, Tourism and Climate Change held in Spain 2008. Also available in Catalan.

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    Organization(s): UNWTO

    Partner(s): UNESCO

    Type of material:Activity Report

    Publication date:2008

    Language(s): English, Spanish

    Topic(s): Tourism

  • Electricity Sector No-lose Targets in Developing Countries for Post-2012: Assessment of Emissions Reduction and Reduction Credits

    This analytical report looks at the no-lose targets in the electricity sector as a way to overcome weaknesses of the current Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) and to encourage structural changes and significant reduction of CO2 emissions in carbon-intensive sectors in developing countries.

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    Organization(s): UNEP

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2008

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Carbon Financing and CDM, Energy

  • Employment and Labour Market Implications of Climate Change: Conference Paper

    This document analyses the employment and labour market implications of climate change by determining the link between economic growth, poverty reduction and sustainable development. Also available in German.

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    Organization(s): ILO

    Type of material:Other

    Publication date:2008

    Language(s): English, French, Spanish

    Topic(s): Labour

  • Environment at a Glance

    The Environment at a Glance factsheets have been created to present the information on the status of the environment in a clear and user-friendly manner. The information covered ranges from Agriculture (eg., fertilizer consumption), Biodiversity (eg., known bird species) to Environmental Health (eg., air pollution damages). This year's factsheets also have a special section on "Where is the Wealth of...".

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    Organization(s): WB

    Type of material:Other

    Publication date:2008

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Mitigation, Environment

  • Evaluation of the Role and Contribution of UNDP in Environment and Energy

    This technical document presents the results of an independent evaluation of the role and contribution of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in environment and energy conducted by the UNDP Evaluation Office. The main purpose of this evaluation is to assess UNDP’s positioning and contributions to managing environment and energy for sustainable development. The first part of the document describes how UNDP sets goals and objectives and how performance is reported on. The second part contains the evaluative evidence and findings related to activities and programmes at the country, headquarters and regional levels. The evaluation concludes with a number of recommendations.

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    Organization(s): UNDP

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2008

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Adaptation, Mitigation, Biodiversity, Economic and Development Planning, Energy, Environment

  • Executive Board 122nd Session: Climate Change and Health. Report by the Secretariat

    This policy document is a policy briefing report on the relation between climate change and health to the World Health Assembly Executive Board. Global warming will particularly threaten developing countries, with negative implications for the achievement of the health-related Millennium development Goals and for health equity. It is therefore essential to formulate a clear response in order to protect human health and ensure that it is placed at the centre of the climate debate.

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    Organization(s): WHO

    Type of material:Policy Document

    Publication date:2008

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Health

  • Family Planning and Environment. Stabilizing Population Would Help Sustain the Planet

    This fact sheet looks at the links between population and environmental quality. Understanding them requires knowledge of consumption rates that differ between the rich and the poor, of new and old technologies, of resource extraction and restoration, and of the dynamics of population growth and migration.

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    Organization(s): UNFPA

    Type of material:Other

    Publication date:2008

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Migration and Refugees, Population Dynamics, Environment

  • FAO Fact Sheet - Climate Change, Energy and Food: Bioenergy and Food Security

    This policy document discusses the development of bioenergy and both opportunities and risks for food security. It highlights that it could revitalise the agriculture sector, foster rural development and alleviate poverty, not least by improving rural access to sustainable energy. But if not managed sustainably, it could seriously threaten food security, hindering access to food for some of the most vulnerable.

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    Organization(s): FAO

    Type of material:Policy Document

    Publication date:2008

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Agriculture and Food, Energy

  • FAO Fact Sheet - Climate Change, Energy and Food: Climate Change and Biodiversity for Food and Agriculture

    This policy document highlights that climate change will be an important driver of genetic erosion in the future. It will both threaten the survival of individual species and affect the way different elements of biodiversity interact in food and agriculture ecosystems. It discusses adaptation and mitigation options in this context and the involvement of farmers and rural communities. 

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    Organization(s): FAO

    Type of material:Policy Document

    Publication date:2008

    Language(s): English

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

  • FAO Fact Sheet - Climate Change, Energy and Food: Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management

    This policy document highlights that natural disasters are on the increase, with the prospect of more frequent and more severe occurrences fuelled by global warming. In emergencies, it is the most vulnerable – the poor, elderly, women and children – who suffer the most from hunger and deprivation. Disaster risk management plays an increasingly key role in dealing with the effects of climate change on food security. 

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    Organization(s): FAO

    Type of material:Policy Document

    Publication date:2008

    Language(s): English

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

  • FAO Fact Sheet - Climate Change, Energy and Food: Climate Change and Transboundary Pests and Diseases

    This policy document stresses that climate change is creating favourable conditions for animal and plant pests and diseases in new areas as well as changing the way they are transmitted. This threatens food security and rural livelihoods across the globe. The document argues that strengthening cooperation and early detection is needed to face these challenges.

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    Organization(s): FAO

    Type of material:Policy Document

    Publication date:2008

    Language(s): English

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

  • FAO Fact Sheet - Climate Change, Energy and Food: Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation in Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries

    This policy document briefly discusses climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies in the agriculture, forestry and fisheries sectors. It stresses that mitigation alone is not enough, as global warming is already underway, and adaptation strategies are now a matter of urgency. After introducing the main issues, the document presents successful approaches and possible measures to promote adaptation.

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    Organization(s): FAO

    Type of material:Policy Document

    Publication date:2008

    Language(s): English

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

  • FAO Fact Sheet - Climate Change, Energy and Food: Climate Change, Biofuels and Land

    This policy document stresses that climate change and expanding biofuel production is likely to lead to greater competition for access to land. For the millions of farmers, pastoralists, fisherfolk and forest dwellers with no formal land tenure rights, this increased competition poses a tremendous threat to their livelihoods. The document argues that sound land tenure policies and planning is crucial to ensuring that these men and women do not fall into even greater hardship.

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    Organization(s): FAO

    Type of material:Policy Document

    Publication date:2008

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Land Use Management, Energy

  • FAO Fact Sheet - Climate Change, Energy and Food: Climate Change, Fisheries and Aquaculture

    This policy document presents major climate change threats to fisheries and aquaculture. These include higher water temperatures, rising sea levels, melting glaciers, changes in ocean salinity and acidity, more cyclones in some areas, less rain in others, shifting patterns and abundance of fish stocks. The document underlines that climate change compromises the sustainability and productivity of a key economic and environmental resource, but it also presents opportunities, especially in aquaculture.

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    Organization(s): FAO

    Type of material:Policy Document

    Publication date:2008

    Language(s): English

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

  • FAO Fact Sheet - Climate Change, Energy and Food: Climate Change, Water and Food Security

    This policy document discusses the impact of climate change on water resources and, consequently, food security. It argues that these impacts will vary tremendously from place to place. It is expected that elevated temperatures will benefit agriculture in the northern latitudes, while large parts of the arid and semi-arid tropics will face declining rainfall and runoff . This is an ominous trend for the mostly food-insecure countries located there. After presenting the current situation and future perspectives, the document analyses five key policy responses.

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    Organization(s): FAO

    Type of material:Policy Document

    Publication date:2008

    Language(s): English

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

  • Forests - Climate Change, Biodiversity and Land Degradation - Joint Liaison Group of the Rio Conventions

    This analytical report is the first step to enhance collaboration between the areas of climate change, forests, combating desertification, biodiversity conservation and sustainable use. According to the intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the conservation and restoration of forests can considerably reduce emissions at a low cost and with potential co-benefits for adaptation and sustainable development. Further co-benefits can be achieved when steps to combat land degradation and conserve biodiversity are included in forest conservation and restoration.

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    Organization(s): UNFCCC

    Partner(s): CBD, UNCCD

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2008

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Biodiversity, Forestry

  • Fourteenth Meeting of the Least Developed Countries Expert Group (LEG)

    This technical document includes a summary of the status of preparation and implementation of national adaptation programmes of action (NAPAs). Issues discussed at a session between Ethiopia’s NAPA team and the LEG to share experiences in the preparation and implementation of that country’s NAPA are presented.

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    Organization(s): UNFCCC

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2008

    Language(s): English

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

  • G-8 Leaders Should Address Population, Family Planning to Tackle Climate Change and Maternal Deaths, says UNFPA

    In this press release UNFPA exhorts G-8 leaders to consider seriously population issues when it deliberates on food security, climate change and maternal health.

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    Organization(s): UNFPA

    Type of material:Other

    Publication date:2008

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Agriculture and Food, Health

  • GEF Least Development Countries Fund (LDCF) Fact Sheets (2008)

    This fact sheet looks at the Least Developed Country Fund that was established under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. The fund addresses the special needs of the 48 Least Developed Countries which are especially vulnerable to the adverse impacts of climate change. More than 15 of these countries are covered in the fact sheet.

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    Organization(s): GEF

    Type of material:Other

    Publication date:2008

    Language(s): English

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

  • Global Trends in Sustainable Energy Investment 2008 - Analysis of Trends and Issues in the Financing of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency

    This analytical report presents the financial perspective, or ‘dollar view’, of the current state of play in sustainable energy development. The analysis in this report consists of actual data on the different types of capital flows and their movement over time, combined with analysis of regional and sectoral trends. This information is intended to be a strategic tool for understanding the status of the clean energy sector’s development and for weighing future public and private commitments to the sector.

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    Organization(s): UNEP

    Partner(s): New Energy Finance Limited, German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, United Nations Foundation, Basel Agency for Sustainable Energy, Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2008

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Mitigation, Finance, Energy

  • Green Jobs – Decent Jobs: A Dual Challenge for Sustainable Development

    In this video Stephen Pursey, ILO's Director of Policy Integration and Statistics discusses the new report "Green Jobs: Towards Decent Work in a Sustainable, Low-Carbon World".

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    Organization(s): ILO

    Type of material:Audio/Visual Resource

    Publication date:2008

    Language(s): English

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

  • Green Jobs. Facts and Figures

    This document shows data and information about the development of green jobs. Green Jobs have become an emblem of a more sustainable economy and society, that preserves the environment for present and future generations and is more equitable and inclusive of all people and all countries. The rationale for green growth and clean development has mostly been presented as a win-win situation for the environment and for economic development.

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    Organization(s): ILO

    Type of material:Other

    Publication date:2008

    Language(s): English, French, Spanish

    Topic(s): Green Jobs/Economy, Labour

  • Green Jobs: Towards Decent Work in a Sustainable, Low-Carbon World - Policy Messages and Main Findings for Decision Makers

    This policy document discusses evidence and findings presented in the report “Green Jobs: Towards Decent Work in a Sustainable, Low-Carbon World”. It focuses on the notion of “green jobs”, a concept that has become something of an emblem of a more sustainable economy and society, to preserve the environment for both present and future generations and to be more equitable and inclusive of all people and all countries. Green jobs hold the promise that humankind will be able to face up to the following two defining challenges of the twenty‑first century: climate change and decent work. 

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    Organization(s): ILO, UNEP

    Partner(s): International Trade Union Confederation, International Organization of Employers, Worldwatch Institute, Cornell University Global Labor Institute

    Type of material:Policy Document

    Publication date:2008

    Language(s): English, French, Spanish

    Topic(s): Green Jobs/Economy, Labour

  • Green Jobs: Towards Sustainable Work in a Low-Carbon World

    This analytical report is the first comprehensive report on the emergence of a “green economy” and its impact on the world of work in the 21st Century. It assembles evidence, quantitative and conceptual, for currently existing green jobs in sectors such as renewable energy, energy efficiency in buildings and vehicles, sustainable transportation, and organic agriculture.

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    Organization(s): ILO, UNEP

    Partner(s): International Organization of Employers, International Trade Union Confederation, Worldwatch Institute, Cornell University Global Labor Institute

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2008

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Green Jobs/Economy, Labour

  • Greening Growth in Asia and the Pacific

    This analytical report brings into focus policy options and approaches that can expand economies while simultaneously improving welfare, reducing poverty and protecting natural capital. It explores the potential of measures for promoting green growth such as eco-tax reform, developing sustainable infrastructure, encouraging sustainable consumption and greening business activity. It also illustrates these options with examples from across the Asia-Pacific region. 

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    Organization(s): UNESCAP

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2008

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Policy Instruments, Green Jobs/Economy, Economic Analysis, Economic and Development Planning, Industry

  • Guidance to the Protocol on Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers

    This guidance document aims to assist Parties in implementing the Protocol on PRTRs. It also serves to promote understanding of this novel regulatory instrument and especially of the public’s role in promoting better environmental performance through the study and use of PRTRs. PRTRs can help countries meet the objectives of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change treaty since they allow to monitor the release of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and of other toxic substances into the air, water and soil that seriously impact the environment and human health.

     

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    Organization(s): UNECE

    Type of material:Guidance Document

    Publication date:2008

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

    Topic(s): COP22 List of UN Publications

  • Guide on Gender Resources for Climate Change

    This analytical report analyzes the linkage between gender and climate change. It focuses in particular on the socio-economic consequences of climate change and on the challenges to achieve gender equity in this context. Strategies for climate change adaptation and mitigation that take gender issues into account and recommendations for future action are also included.

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    Organization(s): UNDP

    Partner(s): Secretaría de Relaciones Exteriores of Mexico

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2008

    Language(s): Spanish

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

  • Handbook on the Use of Radio Spectrum for Meteorology: Weather, Water and Climate Monitoring and Prediction

    This technical document provides comprehensive technical and operational information on current observation applications and systems and on the use of radio frequencies by meteorological systems, including meteorological satellites, radiosondes, weather radars, wind profiler radars and spaceborne remote sensing. It is intended for the meteorological (i.e. weather, water and climate) and radiocommunication communities, including governmental institutions, industry as well as the general public.

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    Organization(s): ITU, WMO

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2008

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

    Topic(s): Governance – General, Policy Instruments, Capacity Development, Science, Adaptation, Mitigation, Technology, Water, Environment

  • Heat-Health Action Plans - Guidance (2008)

    This manual describes the recommended elements of heat-health action plans in detail and gives examples from existing heat-health action plans in Europe. Member States are invited to consult it in order to develop or improve heat-health action plans tailored to their individual system and context.

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    Organization(s): WHO

    Partner(s): European Commission

    Type of material:Guidance Document

    Publication date:2008

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Health

  • Heat–Health Action Plans

    This guidance document results from the EuroHEAT project on improving public health responses to extreme weather/heat-waves. It explains the importance of the development of heat–health action plans, their characteristics and core elements, with examples from several European countries that have begun their implementation and evaluation.

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    Organization(s): WHO

    Type of material:Guidance Document

    Publication date:2008

    Language(s): English

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

  • How is Climate Change Affecting Our Health: Manual for Students and Their Families

    This manual is an attempt to sensitize growing adults about the importance of the linkages between climate change and human health. The students will learn the reasons behind the changes going on, how they affect each one of us in one way or another, the current and future effects and how we can respond to them. The complete resource material consists of two manuals: one for teachers and one for students. The student’s manual is for them to take home, study and share information about climate change and its impact on human health with their families.

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    Organization(s): WHO

    Type of material:Guidance Document

    Publication date:2008

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Health

  • How is Climate Change Affecting Our Health: Manual for Teachers

    This manual is an attempt to sensitize growing adults about the importance of the linkages between climate change and human health. The students will learn the reasons behind the changes going on, how they affect each one of us in one way or other, the current and future effects and how we can respond to them. The complete resource material consists of two manuals: one for teachers and one for students. The teachers’ manual is a training resource to support the spreading of information via interactive classroom activities.

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    Organization(s): WHO

    Type of material:Guidance Document

    Publication date:2008

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Health

  • Human Development Report 2007/2008 - Fighting Climate Change: Human Solidarity in a Divided World

    The policy document includes the Human Development Report 2007/2008. This shows that climate change is not just a future scenario. Increased exposure to droughts, floods and storms is already destroying opportunities and reinforcing inequality.

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    Organization(s): UNDP

    Type of material:Policy Document

    Publication date:2008

    Language(s): English

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

  • Humanitarian Implications of Climate Change - Mapping Emerging Trends and Risk Hotspots for Humanitarian Actors (Full Version)

    This analytical report identifies the most likely humanitarian implications of climate change for the next 20-30 year period. The authors use Geographical Information Systems (GIS) to map specific hazards associated with climate change – specifically: floods, cyclones and droughts – and place them in relation to factors influencing vulnerability. The results identify hotspots of high humanitarian risk under changing climatic conditions.

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    Organization(s): OCHA

    Partner(s): Maplecroft, CARE International

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2008

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Adaptation, Human Security

  • Humanitarian Implications of Climate Change - Mapping Emerging Trends and Risk Hotspots for Humanitarian Actors (Summary)

    This analytical report identifies the most likely humanitarian implications of climate change for the next 20-30 year period. The authors use Geographical Information Systems (GIS) to map specific hazards associated with climate change – specifically: floods, cyclones and droughts – and place them in relation to factors influencing vulnerability. The results identify hotspots of high humanitarian risk under changing climatic conditions.

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    Organization(s): OCHA

    Partner(s): Maplecroft, CARE International

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2008

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Adaptation, Human Security

  • ICTs and Climate Change: Background Presentation

    This video features a presentation by Dr. Tim Kelly, Head of the Standardization Policy Division, International Telecommunication Union (ITU), titled "Climate change: ICTs to the rescue?", presented during the first session of the United Nations Agency for Information and Communication Technologies (ITU)/Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications of Japan (MIC) Symposium on Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) and Climate Change held on 15-16 April 2008 in Kyoto, Japan.

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    Organization(s): ITU

    Type of material:Audio/Visual Resource

    Publication date:2008

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Governance – General, Policy Instruments, Capacity Development, Adaptation, Mitigation, Technology, Industry, Energy, Environment

  • ICTs for e-Environment. Guidelines for Developing Countries, with a Focus on Climate Change

    This analytical report reviews key Information and Communications Technology (ICT) trends and provides an overview of the impact that ICTs have on the environment and climate change as well as their role in helping mankind to mitigate and adapt to these changes. Intended as guidelines for developing countries, the report approaches the topic from a developmental perspective and is based on consultations with key actors and extensive online research. It documents current activities and initiatives and makes a set of recommendations for strengthening the capacity of developing countries to make beneficial use of ICTs to mitigate and adapt to environmental change, including climate change.

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    Organization(s): ITU

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2008

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Governance – General, Policy Instruments, Capacity Development, Adaptation, Mitigation, Technology, Risk Reduction/Management, Emergency Preparedness and Response, Economic and Development Planning, Energy, Environment

  • IFAD and Climate Change

    This slide presentation provides an overview of IFAD's experiences,  lessons learned and evolving approach to climate change. IFAD will implement the following four key actions in order to improve its strategy: take all possible measures to climate-proof IFAD operations; develop climate change strategy to ensure common understanding of potential effects of climate change; use core funding, plus new sources of funding and scale up engagement in climate change issues; work with partners to (a) support development of post-Kyoto regime that responds to needs of poor rural communities, and (b) work with them to benefit from the new regime once in place.

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    Organization(s): IFAD

    Type of material:Slide Presentation

    Publication date:2008

    Language(s): English

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

  • IFAD and Climate Change - Consulation Paper for the 8th Replenishment of IFAD Resources

    This policy document presents IFAD approach to climate change, rooted in the IFAD Strategic Framework 2007-2010. Climate change hazards affect poor rural people in developing countries and efforts have to be promoted to strengthen their long-term resilience to climate change. While an increasing number of IFAD-supported projects address climate change adaptation issues, the challenge is to ensure that all IFAD activities at the country level are consistently built on an understanding of the potential effects of climate change and that they take these effects into account as necessary.

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    Organization(s): IFAD

    Type of material:Policy Document

    Publication date:2008

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

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

  • IFAD/GEF Partnership on Climate Change: Fighting a Global Challenge at the Local Level

    This document looks at the relationship between IFAD and GEF: IFAD is an executing agency of the GEF. The GEF is one of the main financial mechanisms for addressing climate change and represents a strategic partner for IFAD. Together, the GEF and IFAD are addressing the intertwined issues of poverty alleviation, sustainable land management and climate change. IFAD helps countries access funding opportunities with the GEF for climate change adaptation and mitigation.

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    Organization(s): GEF, IFAD

    Type of material:Other

    Publication date:2008

    Language(s): English

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

  • IFAD: A Key Player in Adaptation to Climate Change

    This activity report outlines the role of agriculture in climate change adaptation and how IFAD and GEF are contributing to adaptation in this sector. The GEF supports actions to address climate change by financing mitigation and adaptation activities. As a GEF executing agency, IFAD can also assist developing countries in accessing GEF grants for adaptation. There are currently three international financing sources for adaptation, all administered by the GEF: the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF), the Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF), and the Piloting an Operational Approach to Adaptation (SPA) under the GEF trust fund.

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    Organization(s): GEF, IFAD

    Type of material:Activity Report

    Publication date:2008

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Financial Mechanisms, Adaptation, Agriculture and Food

  • IFAD’s Environmental and Social Assessment (ESA) Procedures

    This slide presentation is about the updated IFAD’s Environmental and Social Procedures (ESA) released in late 2008. In particular, it presents how to create a more effective response to climate change, how to develop low carbon country strategies, how to reduce vulnerability and how IFAD can improve its action with new partnerships.

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    Organization(s): IFAD

    Type of material:Slide Presentation

    Publication date:2008

    Language(s): English

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

  • IFAD’s Response to Climate Change Trough Support to Adaptation Related Actions

    The analytical report has been compiled from an extensive desk review, findings from participation in international conferences and relevant forums, a number of interviews conducted through a focused questionnaire, and five field visits to develop detailed case studies and verify issues raised in project documents with evidence from the field. It is hoped that the findings will help build in-house capacity to promote adaptation and mitigation. The lessons learned will contribute to enhancing integration of climate related issues both at strategic and project levels.

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    Organization(s): IFAD

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2008

    Language(s): English

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

  • IFC's Approach to Climate Change in the Electricity Sector

    This slide presentation introduces the IFC's Approach to Climate Change in the Electricity Sector. Electricity supply contributes 25% of current global greenhouse gas emissions and is expected to contribute 38% by 2030. In fact, the most carbon intensive fuel (coal) is often the most available and lowest cost source of electricity. At the same time more than 1.7 billion people currently live without access to electricity. IFC´s approach to climate change in the electricity sector focuses on efficiency and has four components: demand side management; transmission & distribution; grid connected generation; distributed generation.

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    Organization(s): WB

    Type of material:Slide Presentation

    Publication date:2008

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Mitigation, Industry, Energy

  • ILO Director-General Addresses UNEP Meeting on Globalization and Climate Change

    In this document ILO Director-General Juan Somavia highlightes the potential for the creation of environmentally friendly green jobs in a panel discussion and press conference at the Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum organized by the United Nations Environment Programme in Monaco.

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    Organization(s): ILO

    Type of material:Other

    Publication date:2008

    Language(s): English, French, Spanish

    Topic(s): Green Jobs/Economy, Environment

  • ILO Side Event at the United Nations Climate Change Conference: Towards a Low Carbon Economy

    This slide presentation discusses how ICT can help to shift from a high to a low carbon global economy and promote green and decent work in a sustainable, low-carbon world. High potential exists in specific sectors: energy efficiency: buildings; industry, transport; renewable energy; mobility and mass transportation; recycling, waste management; sustainable agriculture and forestry; environmental services.

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    Organization(s): ILO, UNEP

    Partner(s): International Telecommunication Union, International Trade Union Confederation, International Organization of Employers, Global e-Sustainability Initiative

    Type of material:Slide Presentation

    Publication date:2008

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Green Jobs/Economy, Finance

  • Impacts of Europe’s Changing Climate

    This technical document underlines, through about 40 indicators, the consequences of observed and projected climatic changes, including an increased risk of floods and droughts, losses of biodiversity (marine, freshwater and terrestrial), adverse effects on human health, and damage to economic sectors.

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    Organization(s): WHO

    Partner(s): European Environment Agency, European Commission Joint Research Centre

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2008

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Health

  • Investing in a Climate for Change: Engaging the Finance Sector

    This document addresses the importance of investment in the climate change sector and looks at the UNEP strategy in engaging the finance sector with climate change. For many applications, solar water heaters, solar photovoltaic systems, small hydro and various energy efficiency options are mature, cost-effective technologies with decreasing costs and substantial environmental and economic benefits. However, even in places with ample local renewable energy resources, markets for these technologies are still slow to develop – even with record oil prices and high costs of conventional energy.

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    Organization(s): UNEP

    Type of material:Other

    Publication date:2008

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Financial Mechanisms, Finance

  • Investment and Financial Flows to Address Climate Change: An Update

    This activity report  presents different options, tools and mechanisms to enhance financing for mitigation, adaptation and technology cooperation for an effective response to climate change. Further, the assessment of options, tools and mechanisms is enriched by information submitted by Parties and other observer organizations as part of the work of the AWG-LCA. It also presents relevant new information available on the investments and financial flows needed.

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    Organization(s): UNFCCC

    Type of material:Activity Report

    Publication date:2008

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Financial Mechanisms, Finance

  • IPCC Special Report on Managing Extreme Events to Advance Climate Change Adaptation

    This analytical report highlights that the 29th session of the IPCC meeting (Geneva, 1-4 September 2008) agreed to hold a scoping workshop on the IPCC Special Report on Managing Extreme Events to Advance Adaptation proposed by Norway and the ISDR system with support from Luxembourg. The workshop was to be held in early 2009 and to recommend to the IPCC's 30th session whether it should undertake the proposed report.

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    Organization(s): UNISDR

    Partner(s): Norway

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2008

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Science, Adaptation

  • ITU and Climate Change

    This policy document presents the vision and the strategies to address climate change of the  International Telecommunication Union (ITU). Within the United Nations system, ITU’s competence in the telecommunications/information and telecommunication technology (ICT) sector enables it to contribute to nearly all of the main pillars of work under the Bali Roadmap and framework for negotiations, namely science and data monitoring, adaptation, mitigation and technology. At the same time, ITU will reach out to its membership to assist them in combating climate change and in adapting to it, and will engage more fully with other organizations active in this effort.

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    Organization(s): ITU

    Type of material:Policy Document

    Publication date:2008

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

    Topic(s): Governance – General, Policy Instruments, Capacity Development, Science, Adaptation, Mitigation, Technology, Economic and Development Planning, Environment

  • ITU TELECOM Africa 2008: Interview with Malcolm Johnson

    This video features an interview with Malcom Johnson, Director of the Standardization Bureau of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) talking about the increasing emphasis on green Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and ICT standards for climate change.

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    Organization(s): ITU

    Type of material:Audio/Visual Resource

    Publication date:2008

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Governance – General, Policy Instruments, Capacity Development, Adaptation, Mitigation, Green Jobs/Economy, Technology, Industry, Energy, Environment

  • Kick the Habit: A UN Guide to Climate Neutrality

    This manual includes a guide for governments, small and large organizations, businesses and individuals who want to embark on the path to climate neutrality. This concept – climate neutrality – is the subject of this book. True, there is a huge gulf between where we are now and the climate-neutral future that we need if we are to achieve sustainable development. But the message of this book is that the gulf is not uncrossable and that there is also a lot to gain. It will take patience, persistence and determination, but it can be done.

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    Organization(s): UNEP

    Type of material:Guidance Document

    Publication date:2008

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Adaptation, Mitigation

  • Landmark New Report says Emerging Green Economy could Create Tens of Millions of New 'Green Jobs'

    This document introduces a new landmark study on the impact of an emerging global “green economy” on the world of work. It stresses that efforts to tackle climate change could result in the creation of millions of new “green jobs” in the coming decades.

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    Organization(s): ILO

    Type of material:Other

    Publication date:2008

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Green Jobs/Economy

  • Low Carbon Energy Projects for Development in Sub-Saharan Africa: Unveiling the Potential, Addressing the Barriers

    Using the CDM lens, this analytical report explores the potential for low-carbon energy projects for development in Sub-Saharan Africa. To this end, the study team identified technologies that could use the available approved CDM methodologies—many of which have already been applied successfully to projects in other developing regions—to both reduce GHG emissions and support energy development in the region via additional energy supply or more cost-effective use. This study reveals a large, diversified range of CDM opportunities across Sub-Saharan Africa’s energy sector.

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    Organization(s): WB

    Partner(s): Norwegian Trust Fund for Private Sector and Infrastructure

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2008

    Language(s): English

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

  • Mainstreaming Climate Change into Development OperationsAsia and Pacific Division's Endeavours

    This slide presentation provides an overview of the efforts undertaken by IFAD’s Asia and Pacific Division to address climate change. Examples include the cooperation with the Global Mechanism to link climate change and land in the Country Strategic Opportunities Programme (COSOP) for Viet Nam, the promotion of payment for environmental services (PES) through the RUPES project, and the pilot of index-based weather insurance products through the IMI funded pilot-project in China.

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    Organization(s): IFAD

    Type of material:Slide Presentation

    Publication date:2008

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Adaptation, Agriculture and Food

  • Making REDD Work for the Poor

    This analytical report is dedicated to Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD). It presents a framework for understanding the linkages between REDD and poverty, and conducts an initial analysis of the poverty implications of REDD. It highlights that the potential contribution to rural poverty reduction could be immense, but REDD mechanisms may also entail new risks.

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    Organization(s): UNDP, UNEP

    Partner(s): Overseas Development Institute, International Union for Conservation of Nature, Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, Asian Development Bank, UK Department for International Development, France Ministère de l’Ecologie, de l’Energie, du Développement Durable et de l’Aménagement du Territoire, The Nature Conservancy

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2008

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): REDD, Economic and Development Planning, Forestry

  • Managing the Linkages for Sustainable Development: A Toolkit for Decisions-Makers

    This technical document highlights key findings of the Health and Environment Linkages Initiative (HELI), and introduces a “tool-kit” to support integration of environment and health considerations into decision-making. This publication represents the culmination of a two-year process of working with stakeholders to identify: current gaps in knowledge and tools that preclude better decisions; strategies for addressing those gaps; a clearinghouse of linked health and environment knowledge and resources; linked health and environment guidance on assessment procedures; and pilot-testing of the approaches in the field.

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    Organization(s): UNEP, WHO

    Partner(s): Health Canada and Environment Canada

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2008

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Health, Environment

  • Media Advisory - Study by ILO, UNEP and Workers and Employers says Tackling Climate Change could Create Millions of New Jobs

    This document highlights that early global efforts to avert dangerous climate change are already generating new jobs, and could produce millions of new employment opportunities. This is the result of a new study to be launched globally by the International Labour Organization (ILO), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) and the International Organisation of Employers (IOE).

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    Organization(s): ILO

    Partner(s): UNEP, International Organization of Employers, International Trade Union Confederation

    Type of material:Other

    Publication date:2008

    Language(s): English, French, Spanish

    Topic(s): Green Jobs/Economy

  • Media as Partners in Education for Sustainable Development: A Training and Resource Kit

    This manual attempts to provide media professionals with basic information about some priority issues for sustainable development. It encourages the media to engage in public participation and to debate improvements that can lead to sustainable development. It also seeks to contribute to media awareness and understanding of sustainability, as outlined by the Agenda 21 Plan of Action for all nations endorsed at the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro.

    Organization(s): UNESCO

    Partner(s): Thomson Foundation, Japanese Funds in Trust

    Type of material:Guidance Document

    Publication date:2008

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Economic and Development Planning, Education

  • Message by Juan Somavia, Director-General of the International Labour Office on the Occasion of World Environment Day

    This document presents a message from Juan Somavia, Director-General of the ILO, written on the occasion of the World Environment Day. It stresses that tackling climate change and protecting the environment are workplace issues. Meeting the enormous challenge of arresting climate change, the loss of biodiversity and pollution and of supporting sustainable agriculture capable of providing food for all requires major changes in production and consumption patterns.

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    Organization(s): ILO

    Type of material:Other

    Publication date:2008

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Environment, Labour

  • Microinsurance for the Rural Poor: Weather-indexed Agricultural Insurance

    This slide presentation introduces the role of micro-insurance and, in particular, weather-indexed insurance as an option for adaptation to climate change in the agricultural sector. In fact, there are many constraints in the traditional crop insurance especially due to moral hazard and asymmetric information. The presentation ends with an overview of the IFAD-WFP Weather Risk Management Facility. 

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    Organization(s): IFAD

    Type of material:Slide Presentation

    Publication date:2008

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Adaptation, Risk Reduction/Management

  • Ministerial Meeting on Reducing Disaster Risks in a Changing Climate

    This document 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 topics of interest to encourage commitment to implement useful action.

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    Organization(s): UNISDR

    Type of material:Other

    Publication date:2008

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Adaptation

  • Nairobi Work Programme Expert Meeting on Socio-Economic Information under the Nairobi Work Programme on Impacts, Vulnerability and Adaptation to Climate Change

    This activity report provides a summary of the expert meeting on socio-economic information, held under the Nairobi work programme on impacts, vulnerability and adaptation to climate change. The note also contains an overview of socio-economic information and approaches, including good practices, gaps and needs, across different spatial scales and sectors, as well as recommendations and issues for follow-up and further consideration.

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    Organization(s): UNFCCC

    Type of material:Activity Report

    Publication date:2008

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Capacity Development, Adaptation

  • Need for Scientific Assessment by IPCC on Managing the Risk of Extreme Events to Advance Climate Change Adaption

    This analytical report stresses that, given the urgency and the scale of the adaptation challenge, it is imperative to learn from long experience in managing— and reducing—the risk of extreme climate events, such as floods, droughts, storms and extreme temperatures. The IPCC Fourth Assessment Report recognises the opportunity to advance adaptation through the use of such policies and tools. In particular, it states that reducing vulnerability to current climatic variability can effectively reduce vulnerability to increased hazard risk associated with climate change.

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    Organization(s): UNISDR

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2008

    Language(s): English

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

  • NGNs and Energy Efficiency

    This analytical report highlights that Next-Generation Networks (NGNs) could bring about a substantial reduction in power consumption and thereby reduce the telecommunication sector’s contribution to global warming. It presents an overview of the main characteristics of NGNs and looks at how they can minimize power consumption of network, transmission and end-user equipment, as well as in data centres. It also examines the energy savings that can be indirectly obtained from greater NGN usage, such as remote collaboration, and highlights the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) standardization work in the field of NGNs and climate change. 

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    Organization(s): ITU

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2008

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Policy Instruments, Science, Mitigation, Green Jobs/Economy, Technology, Finance, Industry, Energy

  • Ocean Acidification: A Summary for Policymakers from the Second Symposium on the Ocean in a High-CO2 World

    This document presents a summary of the state of knowledge on ocean acidification based on the latest research presented at the Third Symposium on the Ocean in a High-CO2 World, which convened 540 experts from 37 countries to discuss the results of research into ocean acidification, its impacts on ecosystems, socio-economic consequences and implications for policy.

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    Organization(s): UNESCO

    Partner(s): IAEA, International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme, Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research

    Type of material:Other

    Publication date:2008

    Language(s): English

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

  • Our climate, our Children, our Responsibility: The Implications of Climate Change for the World’s Children

    This analytical report draws attention to the impacts of climate change upon children. In particular, it seeks to illustrate how climate change may impact on every aspect of the most vulnerable children’s lives and how children themselves can be central to the response. The report starts with a description of the challenge of climate followed by an analysis of appropriate measures to protect children from its consequences.

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    Organization(s): UNICEF

    Partner(s): Agulhas: Applied Knowledge

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2008

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Adaptation, Mitigation, Risk Reduction/Management, Children, Gender, Health, Education

  • Ozzy Ozone Defender of our Planet: Ozzy Goes Island Hopping

    This cartoon booklet aims to raise the awareness of children on climate change. It presents one of the adventures of the fictional characters Ozzy Ozone and Zoe. In this episode, they explain the causes of climate change and highlight its devastating impacts in small islands and low lying costal states. Finally, they propose activities such as planting a tree or recycling that can be implemented by everyone to address global warming. 

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    Organization(s): UNEP, UNESCO, UNICEF

    Partner(s): World Organization of the Scout Movement, Multilateral Fund for the Implementation of the Montreal Protocol

    Type of material:Other

    Publication date:2008

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Adaptation, Mitigation, Children, Education

  • Policies for Promoting Industrial Energy Efficiency in Developing Countries and Transition Economies - Executive Summary

    This analytical report introduces an industrial standards policy framework. The purpose of the Framework is to provide a standardized and transparent methodology for industrial energy efficiency projects and practices. The Framework builds on existing knowledge of "best practices” using commercially available technologies and well-tested engineering principles. Taken together, the elements of the proposed Industrial Standards Framework comprise an effective industrial policy package that combines energy reduction targets, energy efficiency standards, system optimization training and documenting for sustainability.

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    Organization(s): UNIDO

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2008

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Policy Instruments, Capacity Development, Economic Analysis, Industry, Energy

  • Policy document on the impacts of climate change on World Heritage Properties; 2008

    This policy document covers the issue of the impacts of climate change on World Heritage natural and cultural properties. The Committee requested (Decision 29 COM 7B.a) the World Heritage Centre, in collaboration with the Convention’s Advisory Bodies, interested States Parties and the petitioners to convene a broad working group of experts to review the nature and scale of the risks arising from climate change and prepare a strategy and report for dealing with the issue.

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    Organization(s): UNESCO

    Type of material:Policy Document

    Publication date:2008

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Science, Adaptation

  • Population and Climate Change: UNFPA Statement

    This document discusses the linkage between climate change, environmental concerns and population dynamics. Reduced to essentials, climate change is ultimately produced by the pressures placed on the Earth’s ecosystem by humankind’s development efforts, especially over the last half-century. This note focuses on the contribution of a population-based development agency to better understanding and more effective responses to the threat of climate change.

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    Organization(s): UNFPA

    Type of material:Other

    Publication date:2008

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Population Dynamics

  • Programme to Prevent Natural Disasters by Environmental Protection and Employment Creation in the Gonaïves Region: Demonstrating GREEN JOBS!

    This slide presentation introduces a programme to prevent natural disasters in the Gonaïves Region (Haiti). Environmental protection and employment creation are essential elements of this strategy, whose specific objectives are: to contribute to setting up a management plan of the “Quinte Quinte River River” catchment area and its affluents to avoid future natural disasters similar to the “Jeanne hurricane”; to rehabilitate the extremely fragile and weakened environment of Gona Gonaïves by implementing water and soil conservation schemes using labour-based techniques.

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    Organization(s): ILO, UNDP, WFP

    Partner(s): Republic of Haiti Ministry of Planning and External Co-operation

    Type of material:Slide Presentation

    Publication date:2008

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Green Jobs/Economy, Environment, Labour

  • Proposals for the AWG-LCA Chair’s Assembly Document on Enhanced Action on Adaptation

    This policy document provides a set of suggested concrete actions in response to the Bali Action Plan’s call for enhanced action on adaptation through consideration of disaster risk reduction strategies, risk management and risk transfer mechanisms. It has been developed in consultation with a number of UN and international organizations concerned with disaster risk reduction and humanitarian response.

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    Organization(s): UNISDR

    Type of material:Policy Document

    Publication date:2008

    Language(s): English

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

  • Protecting Health from Climate Change

    This visual aid document consists of a series of posters on climate change and health.

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    Organization(s): WHO

    Type of material:Audio/Visual Resource

    Publication date:2008

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Health

  • Protecting Health from Climate Change

    This policy document underlines that climate change can no longer be considered simply an environmental or developmental issue. It puts at risk the protection and improvement of human health and well-being. A greater appreciation of the human health dimensions of climate change is necessary for both the development of effective policy and the mobilization of public engagement. Strengthening of public health services needs to be a central component of adaptation to climate change.

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    Organization(s): WHO

    Type of material:Policy Document

    Publication date:2008

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Health

  • Protecting Health in Europe from Climate Change

    This technical document draws decision-makers’ attention to convincing evidence of climate-related health threats and to why and how they should be urgently addressed. It describes current and projected health effects and the challenges they present to health systems in the European Region, as well as practical guidance on action by individuals and countries.

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    Organization(s): WHO

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2008

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Health

  • Reforming Energy Subsidies: Opportunities to Contribute to the Climate Change Agenda

    This analytical report aims to raise awareness of the various types of energy subsidies, their size and impact and the direct relationship with climate change and sustainable development. It summarises, in non-technical language, the issues and challenges in removing or modifying subsidies on energy that undermine the pursuit of sustainable development.

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    Organization(s): UNEP

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2008

    Language(s): English

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

  • Regional Health Forum: WHO South-East Asia Region

    This technical document collects several articles discussing the impact of climate change in the South-East Asia Region. Two of them highlight that among the most vulnerable people in the context of climate change are those who live in remote places and whose livelihood depends on the natural ecosystems. Climate change forces them to abandon their traditional ways of life, thereby driving them into an uncertain future. The third article analyses the special vulnerability of Bangladesh. The others address the health consequences of climate change.

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    Organization(s): WHO

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2008

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Health

  • Report by the Director-General on a Refined Unesco Strategy for Action on Climate Change

    This activity report presents the UNESCO Strategy for Action on Climate Change. This strategy aims at helping Member States to build and maintain the requisite knowledge base, and to adopt measures for adapting to the impacts of climate change, contribute to the mitigation of its causes, and enhance sustainable development.

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    Organization(s): UNESCO

    Type of material:Activity Report

    Publication date:2008

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Policy Instruments, Adaptation, Mitigation

  • Report on the Expert Meeting on Experiences in Using Performance Indicators for the Monitoring and Evaluation of Capacity-Building at the National Level

    This activity report summarizes the outcomes of an expert meeting on experiences in using performance indicators for the monitoring and the evaluation of capacity-building at the national level. The document covers the lessons learned from proven approaches to the development and application of performance measures for capacity-building for climate change and other areas. The concept of capacity and capacity-building, the purposes, methodologies and challenges of monitoring and evaluating capacity-building, and the principles for the design and application of performance indicators are also discussed.

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    Organization(s): UNFCCC

    Type of material:Activity Report

    Publication date:2008

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Capacity Development

  • Resolution 7/23 - Human Rights and Climate Change

    This resolution shows the Council expressed concern that climate change “poses an immediate and far-reaching threat to people and communities around the world” and requested the OHCHR to prepare a study on the relationship between climate change and human rights.

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    Organization(s): OHCHR

    Type of material:Other

    Publication date:2008

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

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

  • Rome Partnership for DRM Food Security, Agriculture and Livelihoods

    This slide presentation shows an overview of the recently established Disaster Risk Management (DRM) partnership between IFAD, WFP and FAO, also known as RP3. This Rome-based agencies’ partnership aims to jointly promote DRM for vulnerable people in high-risk countries prone to disasters in the food and agricultural sectors.

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    Organization(s): FAO, IFAD, WFP

    Type of material:Slide Presentation

    Publication date:2008

    Language(s): English

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

  • Sierra Leone NAPA Implementation: Incrementality of Adaptation

    This slide presentation shows a concrete example of integration of climate change adaptation in IFAD's operations based on the agriculture-related NAPA priorities of Sierra Leone. The presentation highlights the country's vulnerability to climate change, the theoretical approach behind NAPA integration and the expected adaptation benefits.

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    Organization(s): IFAD

    Type of material:Slide Presentation

    Publication date:2008

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Adaptation, Agriculture and Food

  • State and Trends of the Carbon Market 2008

    This technical document presents an assessment of the Carbon Market in 2008. The report emphasizes that the carbon market was one of the most visible result of early regulatory efforts to mitigate climate change. Its biggest success in 2008 was to send market signals for the price of mitigating carbon emissions. This, in turn, stimulated innovation and carbon abatement worldwide, as motivated individuals, communities, companies and governments cooperated to reduce emissions.

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    Organization(s): WB

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2008

    Language(s): English

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

  • Statement of ILO Director-General Juan Somavia - Green Jobs: Towards Decent Work in a Sustainable, Low-carbon World

    This document presents a statement of ILO Director-General, Juan Somavia. ILO Director-General presents jointly with UNEP Executive Director, Achim Steiner, the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) General Secretary, Guy Ryder, and the International Organisation of Employers (IOE) Vice President, Ronnie Goldberg, the report entitled "Green Jobs: Towards Decent Work in a Sustainable, Low-Carbon World" highlighting its main points.

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    Organization(s): ILO

    Partner(s): UNEP, International Organization of Employers, International Trade Union Confederation

    Type of material:Other

    Publication date:2008

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Green Jobs/Economy, Labour

  • Stories from the Field (factsheet): China Biogas Project Turns Waste into Energy

    This activity report presents an IFAD supported project aimed to turn waste into energy in China. In particular the project recognised that animal manure is a source of methane, the main component of natural gas and a potent greenhouse gas when released to the atmosphere. But methane can also be captured and used as a source of clean, renewable and affordable energy. The project provided about 30,000 poor households with nearly 23,000 ‘biodigester’ tanks for biogas production. As a result, methane emissions dropped, incomes rose and household sanitation and health improved. 

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    Organization(s): IFAD

    Type of material:Activity Report

    Publication date:2008

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

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

  • Study by ILO, UNEP and Workers and Employers says Tacklying Climate Change could Create Millions of New Jobs.

    This document presents a study entitled "Green Jobs: Towards Decent Work in a Sustainable, Low-Carbon World" launched globally by the International Labour Organization (ILO), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) and the International Organisation of Employers (IOE). The report is the first comprehensive study on the emergence of a green economy and its impact on the world of work. It includes new data that show a changing pattern of employment in which green jobs are being generated in many sectors and economies around the world as a result of measures to tackle climate change and to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases.

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    Organization(s): ILO

    Partner(s): UNEP, International Trade Union Confederation, International Organization of Employers

    Type of material:Other

    Publication date:2008

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Green Jobs/Economy

  • Sustainable Development: Environment, Climate Change and Energy - Opportunities for Dialogue and Cooperation between the European Union and Latin America and the Caribbean

    This policy document provides an overview of issues related to sustainability from the perspective of Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). In particular, it reviews the main challenges faced by the countries of the region in their quest for sustainable development, with a focus on emerging trends related to increasing demands for infrastructure development, energy supply, and commodity exports, as well as opportunities offered by the global response to climate change. In all cases, the document highlights areas where a greater cooperation between the LAC and the European Union (EU) is possible. This document was prepared as a contribution from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) to the process of dialogue between the regions.

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    Organization(s): IDB

    Type of material:Policy Document

    Publication date:2008

    Language(s): English, Spanish

    Topic(s): Governance – General, Policy Instruments, Carbon Financing and CDM, Adaptation, Mitigation, Economic and Development Planning, Energy, Environment

  • Technology and Knowledge Transfer from Annex 1 Countries to Non Annex 1 Countries under the CDM - An Empirical Case Study of CDM Projects Implemented in Malaysia

    The purpose of this Master's thesis is to answer the question of what role the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) plays in relation to transfer of technology and knowledge. It focuses on companies involved in the implementation of specific technologies in CDM projects and channels that can facilitate the transfer process.

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    Organization(s): UNEP

    Type of material:Other

    Publication date:2008

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Carbon Financing and CDM, Technology

  • Terrestrial Essential Climate Variables for Climate Change Assessment, Mitigation and Adaptation

    This analytical report reviews the terrestrial Essential Climate Variables (ECVs). Details are provided on why these observations are needed to understand the causes of climate change, analyse the potential impacts, evaluate the adaptation options and enable characterization of extreme events such as floods, droughts and heat waves. It highlights some of the activities being undertaken, the need for the standardization of methods and harmonization of data and the major observational gaps and funding requirements needed to allow countries and international agencies to monitor, implement and report on issues related to climate change.

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    Organization(s): FAO, UNEP, UNESCO, WMO

    Partner(s): International Council for Science

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2008

    Language(s): English

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

  • The Bali Road Map: Key Issues Under Negotiation

    This policy document provides policy makers with key information about the four main building blocks of the Bali Action Plan: mitigation, adaptation, technology and finance. In addition, it discusses also land-use change and forestry.

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    Organization(s): UNDP

    Type of material:Policy Document

    Publication date:2008

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

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

  • The CLIMTRAIN Project

    This curriculum covers the CLIMTRAIN project: a climate change tailor-made training programme for IFAD’s Programme Management Department. The main goal of the CLIMTRAIN project is to support directly IFAD’s Programme Management Department (PMD) in building its capacity both in climate change mitigation and adaptation.

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    Organization(s): IFAD

    Type of material:Guidance Document

    Publication date:2008

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Agriculture and Food

  • The Future of Drylands

    This analytical report that came out of the International Scientific Conference on Desertification and Drylands Research addresses the problem of desertification in the arid, semi-arid and dry sub-humid regions of the world. Deterioration of soil and plant cover has adversely affected 70% of the world’s drylands as a result of extended droughts as well as mismanagement of range and cultivated lands. The report offers practical solutions for combating desertification along with conserving and sustainably managing dryland ecosystems. Major themes include the conservation of dryland biological and cultural diversity and the human dryland interface.

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    Organization(s): UNESCO

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2008

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Science, Land Use Management, Water

  • The Genetic Improvement of Forage Grasses and Legumes to Enhance Adaptation of Grasslands to Climate Change

    This technical document notes that climate change is likely to shift the adaptive regions of most forage species in the long term. Hence there is a need to identify and incorporate the relevant adaptive traits into existing and new forage species in order to maintain and, where feasible, enhance productivity of grassland systems in the face of the changing environmental constraints imposed upon them. The document firstly briefly summarizes the relevant impacts of climate change and then discusses the opportunities for genetic improvement of forage species with respect to several criteria. It also considers future opportunities with respect to grassland design utilizing state of the art approaches in the context of the broad systems level understanding.

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    Organization(s): FAO

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2008

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Adaptation, Economic and Development Planning, Land Use Management, Environment

  • The Interface between Population, the Environment and Poverty Alleviation

    This is a Statement by Safiye Çagar, Director of the Information and External Relations Division of the United Nations Population Fund delivered on 2 October 2008 at the EuroNGO's 2008 Annual Conference. He highlights that while population growth may exacerbate the environmental and food crises, the causes are much more complex, including consumption levels, technology, trade, economic and agricultural policies, as well as values and aspirations.

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    Organization(s): UNFPA

    Type of material:Other

    Publication date:2008

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Population Dynamics, Agriculture and Food

  • The Kyoto Protocol, the Clean Development Mechanism, and the Building and Construction Sector

    This analytical report has been prepared by UNEP’s Sustainable Buildings and Construction Initiative (SBCI). It proposes changes to the CDM to encourage the development of more energy efficiency projects in buildings.

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    Organization(s): UNEP

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2008

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Carbon Financing and CDM, Mitigation, Economic Analysis, Industry

  • The Nairobi Work Programme - The Second Phase

    This activity report is the third in a series, produced to inform parties, organizations, and those interested in adaptation about the Nairobi work programme on impacts, vulnerability and adaptation to climate change. It looks at the progress made during the first Phase of the programme and gives an outlook to the second Phase and surrounding issues.

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    Organization(s): UNFCCC

    Type of material:Activity Report

    Publication date:2008

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Adaptation

  • The Nairobi Work Programme on Impacts, Vulnerability and Adaptation to Climate Change

    This policy document provides organizations and Parties with a concise overview of the Nairobi work programme, including its aims, areas of work, and details of submissions. It also elaborates on the avenues available for getting involved.

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    Organization(s): UNFCCC

    Type of material:Policy Document

    Publication date:2008

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Adaptation

  • Ting and the Possible Futures

    This story book is part of the Tunza Environmental Series for Children. In this publication young Ting uses the Possible Future Transporter to see the future 50 years from now. She can select different scenarios. Only the best one, where the current way of living is modified and climate change contrasted, shows a healthy environment in which humans can live safely. With this publication series United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) hopes to inspire caring for the Earth through creative literature that sparks the interest and awareness of children, their parents and teachers.

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    Organization(s): UNEP

    Type of material:Other

    Publication date:2008

    Language(s): English, French, Spanish

    Topic(s): Children, Education, Culture

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