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

Library of Documents

  • Two Degrees of Separation between Hope and Despair - A Young People's Summary of the United Nations Human Development Report 2007/2008

    This analytical report is a youth summary of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Human Development Report (HDR) on Climate Change 2007/2008 "Fighting Climate Change: Human Solidarity in a Divided World". The document discusses climate change and its impact on the environment and human development and call young people to take action against climate change.

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    Organization(s): UNDP

    Partner(s): Peace Child International

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2008

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Adaptation, Mitigation, Human Rights and Justice, Children, Human Security, Economic and Development Planning, Energy

  • UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (UN-REDD)

    This policy document sets out how FAO, UNDP and UNEP intend to work together to support countries' efforts to reduce emission from deforestation and forest degradation. It aims to establish a collaborative framework for coordinated interventions, both among the participating UN Organizations and with other partners, particularly the World Bank, GEF-supported programmes and other members of the Collaborative Partnership on Forests. The focus is on national action delivered through Joint Programmes, reinforced by supporting measures at regional and global levels.

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    Organization(s): FAO, UNDP, UNEP

    Type of material:Policy Document

    Publication date:2008

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): REDD, Forestry

  • UNEP and Partners: United to Combat Climate Change

    This policy document presents UNEP's past, present and future activities in the area of climate change and shows how the Programme is building partnerships with governments, civil society organizations, the private sector and other United Nations entities to foster a Green Economy.

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    Organization(s): UNEP

    Type of material:Policy Document

    Publication date:2008

    Language(s): English

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

  • UNFCCC Resource Guide for Preparing the National Communications of Non-Annex I Parties. Module 2 - Vulnerability and Adaptation to Climate Change

    This technical document was developed as a prototype guide to assist Parties not included in Annex I of the UN Climate Change Convention to prepare the vulnerability and adaptation (V&A) section of their national communications. Although this module can be read alone, it is also the second in a series of four modules that form a complete resource guide for preparing the national communications of non-Annex I Parties.

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    Organization(s): UNFCCC

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2008

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Capacity Development, Adaptation

  • UNISDR System Views on Progress in Adaptation

    This policy document draws upon efforts to track progress in the implementation of the Hyogo Framework for Action 2005-2015: Building the Resilience of Nations and Communities to Disasters (Hyogo Framework). It summarizes reports prepared by over fifty national authorities designated with disaster risk reduction functions, focusing on the areas of risk assessment, early warning systems and sector specific risk reduction plans.

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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

  • Update on the Implementation of the Nairobi Work Programme

    This activity report takes stock of progress so far in implementing the activities of the Nairobi Work Programme, familiarizing readers with deliverables available, key outcomes from workshops, new ways of becoming involved and future work.

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    Organization(s): UNFCCC

    Type of material:Activity Report

    Publication date:2008

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Adaptation

  • Water and Peace for the People. Possible Solutions to Water Disputes in the Middle East

    This analytical report proposes practical and objective solutions to the entrenched water conflicts in the Middle East. The author reveals and clarifies the complexity of the water conflicts, drawing on years of experience facilitating and chairing water negotiations in the region.

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    Organization(s): UNESCO

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2008

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Water, Security and Defence

  • Weathering the Storm: Building Resilience as Climate Changes

    This activity report covers the World Food Programme (WFP) work to assist communities hit by disasters and to help them adapt to a changing climate. It addresses diverse areas such as food security, water conservation, and land management.

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    Organization(s): WFP

    Type of material:Activity Report

    Publication date:2008

    Language(s): English, French

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

  • WHO New Delhi Declaration for Climate Change

    This policy document contains a declaration by the Health Ministers of the WHO’s South-East Asia Region on the impacts of climate change on human health. In the declaration, the Ministers express concern that potential adverse impacts on health could overwhelm the response capacity of the health sector and could jeopardize progress in achieving the Millennium Development Goals. In response to this challenge, Ministers commit to a number of specific actions, listed in the document.

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    Organization(s): WHO

    Type of material:Policy Document

    Publication date:2008

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): International Law and Policy, Health

  • WMO Position Paper: Improved Decision Making for Climate Adaptation

    This policy document consists of a COP 14 position paper presenting the role that the hydrologic, meteorological and climate communities can play in achieving the objectives of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). This note is designed with the objective to help National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHSs) and their national partners play an effective role within their national delegations to provide the scientific basis to the negotiations and at the same time enable the delegations to move forward in the technology transfer part of the negotiations thereby facilitate the discussions at the Conference of Parties at their fourteenth (COP-14) meeting in Poznan, Poland in December 2008.

    Organization(s): WMO

    Type of material:Policy Document

    Publication date:2008

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): International Law and Policy, Governance – General, Policy Instruments, Adaptation, Technology, Water

  • WMO Statement on the Status of the Global Climate in 2007

    This technical document is part of an annual series published by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) on the status of the global climate. It includes inter alia information on global temperatures during 2007, regional temperatures anomalies, droughts, storms and flooding, cyclones, and Artic sea ice.

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    Organization(s): WMO

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2008

    Language(s): English, French

    Topic(s): Science, Water, Environment

  • 15th Session of UN Commission on Sustainable Development

    This document reports the statement of Mrs. Anna Tibaijuka, Under-Secretary General and Executive Director of UN-HABITAT at 15th Session of UN Commission on Sustainable Development. Mrs. Tibaijuka highlights the close relation between environment conservation and human security and presents UN-HABITAT’s work in the area of energy for sustainable development and combating Climate Change.

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    Organization(s): UNHABITAT

    Type of material:Other

    Publication date:2007

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Economic and Development Planning

  • A Guide to Clean Development Mechanism Projects Related to Municipal Solid Waste Management

    This manual is published to the attention of the local administrations and Governments and has three main objectives. Firstly, it aims to explain generally what the Kyoto Protocol and CDM scheme consist of. Secondly, it aims to identify the environmental, social and financial benefits associated with the development of a CDM project from existing municipal solid waste (MSW) disposal site. Thirdly, it supports the assessment of whether a disposal site meets the basic technical and economic feasibility criteria and what could be the barriers to implementing.

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    Organization(s): UNESCAP

    Partner(s): Bionersis

    Type of material:Guidance Document

    Publication date:2007

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Governance – Territorial and Local, Financial Mechanisms, Carbon Financing and CDM, Mitigation, Technology, Chemicals and Waste, Economic and Development Planning

  • A World of Science Retrospective on Climate Change (2002-2007)

    This report approved by the world's governments notes that warming of the climate system is unequivocal. It predicts that global mean temperatures will rise by 1.8°-4.0°C this century, depending on which socio-economic scenario is followed. The report confirms that most of the observed increase in globally averaged temperatures since the mid-20th century is very likely due to the observed increase in anthropogenic greenhouse gas concentrations and that discernible human influences now extend to other aspects of climate, including ocean warming, continental-average temperatures, temperature extremes and wind patterns.

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    Organization(s): UNESCO

    Type of material:Other

    Publication date:2007

    Language(s): English, French

    Topic(s): Science, Education

  • Adaptation to Climate Change: Doing Development Differently

    This activity report introduces UNDP's programme on climate change adaptation. It highlights the agency's initiatives and priorities as well as its services. It stresses that UNDP has developed a unique set of resources to assist developing countries in planning adaptation, ranging from online country adaptation profiles to methodological approaches.

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    Organization(s): UNDP

    Type of material:Activity Report

    Publication date:2007

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Adaptation, Economic and Development Planning

  • An Analysis of Crop Choice: Adapting to Climate Change in Latin American Farms

    This analytical document gives predictions of the impact of climate change on Latin American farmers and explores how do they adapt to climate by changing crops. Estimating the model across over 2000 farmers in seven countries, the report shows that both temperature and precipitation affect the crops that Latin American farmers choose.

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    Organization(s): WB

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2007

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Policy Instruments, Adaptation, Economic Analysis, Ecosystems, Agriculture and Food, Economic and Development Planning, Environment, Labour

  • Annex 2: Strategy for a Climate-Neutral UN

    This policy document outlines a strategy for making UN agencies, funds and programmes climate neutral. It includes an overview of the basic steps that need to be taken, including in areas where there is agreement on a common approach and methodology. It identifies the elements or criteria necessary for ensuring the highest standards possible for attaining a credible climate-neutral approach. It also lists areas where additional work will be required as the UN moves into the implementation phase.

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    Organization(s): EMG

    Type of material:Policy Document

    Publication date:2007

    Language(s): English

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

  • Asia's Much-Needed Low Carb Diet

    This article from the Far Eastern Economic Review's November 2007 edition examines whether Asian countries will emerge as leaders of the low-carbon revolution. Asia has the skills, labor, technology base and entrepreneurship to lead the low-carbon revolution. Asia’s private sector can seize the opportunity to lead the revolution of decarbonization just as it has led the race for globalization. But Asia’s dynamic private sector needs governments to provide the enabling framework and incentives to make this happen.

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    Organization(s): UNDP

    Type of material:Other

    Publication date:2007

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Carbon Financing and CDM

  • Assessing the Economic Impacts of Climate Change on Agriculture in Egypt: A Ricardian Approach

    This analytical document employs the Ricardian approach to measure the economic impacts of climate change on farm net revenue in Egypt. The results from two different climate change scenarios show to what extend high temperatures will constrain agricultural production in Egypt.

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    Organization(s): WB

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2007

    Language(s): English

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

  • Assessment of Policy Instruments for Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Buildings

    This technical document examines energy efficiency and greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reductions in the building sector. In particular, it assesses and compares the most important policy instruments for achieving energy efficiency improvements and GHG emission reductions in buildings according to their emission reduction effectiveness, cost-effectiveness and lessons learned. The aim is to provide governments with knowledge and inspiration to formulate effective policy tools that enable energy efficiency in the sector.

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    Organization(s): UNEP

    Partner(s): Central European University, Sustainable Buildings and Construction Initiative

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2007

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Policy Instruments, Economic Analysis, Energy, Finance, Industry, Urban

  • Assessment of the Economic Impacts of Climate Change on Agriculture in Zimbabwe: A Ricardian Approach

    This analytical document employs the Ricardian approach to measure the economic impacts of climate change on farm net revenue in Zimbabwe. The results show that farms with irrigation are more resistant, indicating that irrigation is an important adaptation option to climate change. 

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    Organization(s): WB

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2007

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Policy Instruments, Adaptation, Economic Analysis, Mitigation, Agriculture and Food, Economic and Development Planning, Environment

  • Assessments of Impacts and Adaptation to Climate Change (AIACC). Final Report of the AIACC Project

    This technical document describes and evaluates the project Assessments of Impacts and Adaptation to Climate Change in Multiple Regions and Sectors (AIACC) implemented over the period 2001-2007. The project had three objectives: enhance scientific capacity in developing countries to assess climate change impacts, vulnerability, and adaptation; advance scientific understanding of these issues; and improve links between climate change science and policy communities to enable adaptation planning and action.

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    Organization(s): GEF, UNEP

    Partner(s): START, Academy of Sciences for the Developing World, Canadian International Development Agency, U.S. Agency for International Development, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Rockefeller Foundation

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2007

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Science, Adaptation

  • Atmospheric Stabilization of CO2 Emissions: Near-term Reductions and Intensity-based Targets

    This technical document analyzes CO2 emissions reduction targets in various countries by the year 2030.  The study also explores ways to achieve these targets while maintaining assumed economic growth. 

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    Organization(s): WB

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2007

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Carbon Financing and CDM, Mitigation, Risk Reduction/Management, Science, Economic and Development Planning, Energy, Environment

  • Building Adaptive Capacity to Climate Change: Policies to Sustain Livelihoods and Fisheries

    This policy document describes how climate variability and change may influence the fisheries sector and its future contribution to poverty reduction. It reports on a recent global assessment identifying regions where future climate change could have the most significant impact on the contributions of the sector to national economies. In addition, it proposes policy actions and initiatives to help governments and fishing communities maintain and build adaptive capacity to climate change.

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    Organization(s): FAO

    Partner(s): UK Department for International Development, Overseas Development Group of the University of East Anglia, Marine Resources Assessment Group, Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Sciences, Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research

    Type of material:Policy Document

    Publication date:2007

    Language(s): English, French, Spanish

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

  • Burkina Faso: Protecting the Environment by Profiting from Garbage

    This video shows how garbage can profit the environment. Burkina Faso’s first plastic recycling centre is paving the way for a new kind of development project. It provides a money earner to the poor while tackling environmental pollution. Local industry also benefits – the recycled plastic granules cost half the price of importing new plastic from abroad.

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    Organization(s): ILO

    Type of material:Audio/Visual Resource

    Publication date:2007

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Green Jobs/Economy, Labour

  • Carbon Crunch: Meeting the Cost

    This policy document analyzes the most recent studies on the economics, the costs of climate change, and the investment required for mitigation and adaptation. It highlights the crucial role played by the finance sector due to its influence in directing investment.

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    Organization(s): UNEP

    Type of material:Policy Document

    Publication date:2007

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Financial Mechanisms, Economic Analysis

  • Case Studies on Climate Change and World Heritage

    This activity report outlines the threats posed by climate change to natural and cultural sites on UNESCO's World Heritage List. The report features 26 examples - including the Tower of London, Kilimanjaro National Park and the Great Barrier Reef - case studies that are representative of the dangers faced by the 830 sites inscribed on the World Heritage List.

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    Organization(s): UNESCO

    Partner(s): United Nations Foundation, Department for Culture, Media and Sport, UK

    Type of material:Activity Report

    Publication date:2007

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Science, Adaptation, Tourism

  • Catalyzing Private Investment for a Low-Carbon Economy

    This analytical report details progress on clean energy development and diffusion. More specifically it focuses on the efforts the WBG is making to work in partnership with the private sector to leverage its resources, since the WBG, despite being one of the largest multilateral development bank lenders for energy, can meet only a small part of the investment needed. Consequently, as the WBG continues to grow its energy investments in absolute terms, it increasingly sees its role as a catalyst in working with  client countries and the private sector to increase the available resources.

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    Organization(s): WB

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2007

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Financial Mechanisms, Carbon Financing and CDM, Green Jobs/Economy

  • CEO Briefing - Carbon Crunch: Meeting the Cost

    This analytical report discusses the most recent studies on the economics and cost of climate change, and the investment required for mitigation and adaptation. It highlights the crucial role played by the finance sector due to its influence in directing investment and financial flows. It also reviews what leading financial institutions are already doing to address the climate problem and what should be done to extend and deepen those actions across the entire sector. Finally, the document emphasizes the crucial role of the policy making community in setting up the regulatory frameworks that will provide the necessary long-term investment horizons and pave the way for further large-scale investment towards a low carbon economy.

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    Organization(s): UNEP

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2007

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Policy Instruments, Adaptation, Mitigation, Green Jobs/Economy, Economic Analysis, Finance, Energy

  • Climate Change - Quantifying the Health Impact at National and Local Levels

    This technical document is a scientific document presenting methods for estimating the global burden of disease attributable to climate change. The series aims at supporting countries to generate reliable information for policy-making.

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    Organization(s): WHO

    Partner(s): US Environmental Protection Agency

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2007

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Health

  • Climate Change 2007 - Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability: Contribution of Working Group II to the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

    This technical document includes the contribution of Working Group II to the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). It provides a comprehensive and up-to-date scientific assessment of the impacts of climate change, the vulnerability of natural and human environments, and the potential for response through adaptation. It builds upon past IPCC assessments and incorporates new knowledge gained since the Third Assessment.

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    Organization(s): IPCC

    Partner(s): UNEP, WMO, ProClim

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2007

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Science, Adaptation, Ecosystems, Agriculture and Food, Industry, Health, Forestry, Water, Environment

  • Climate Change 2007 - Mitigation of Climate Change: Contribution of Working Group III to the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

    This technical document includes the contribution of Working Group III to the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). It presents an analysis of costs, policies and technologies that could be used to limit and/or prevent emissions of greenhouse gases, along with a range of activities to remove these gases from the atmosphere. It recognizes that a portfolio of adaptation and mitigation actions is required to reduce the risks of climate change. It also has broadened the assessment to include the relationship between sustainable development and climate change mitigation.

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    Organization(s): IPCC

    Partner(s): UNEP, WMO

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2007

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Policy Instruments, Mitigation, Technology, Chemicals and Waste, Agriculture and Food, Economic and Development Planning, Industry, Transport, Forestry, Energy

  • Climate Change 2007 - The Physical Science Basis: Contribution of Working Group I to the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

    This technical document includes Working Group I contribution to the IPCC’s Fourth Assessment Report (AR4). It describes progress in understanding of the human and natural drivers of climate change, observed climate change, climate processes and attribution, and estimates of projected future climate change. It builds upon past IPCC assessments and incorporates new findings from six years of research. Scientific progress since the Third Assessment Report (TAR) is based upon large amounts of new and more comprehensive data, more sophisticated analyses of data, improvements in understanding of processes and their simulation in models and more extensive exploration of uncertainty ranges.

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    Organization(s): IPCC

    Partner(s): UNEP, WMO

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2007

    Language(s): English

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

  • Climate Change 2007: Synthesis Report

    This technical document provides an integrated view of climate change as the final part of the IPCC’s Fourth Assessment Report (AR4). Topic 1 summarises observed changes in climate and their effects on natural and human systems, regardless of their causes, while Topic 2 assesses the causes of the observed changes. Topic 3 presents projections of future climate change and related impacts under different scenarios. Topic 4 discusses adaptation and mitigation options over the next few decades and their interactions with sustainable development. Topic 5 assesses the relationship between adaptation and mitigation on a more conceptual basis and takes a longer-term perspective. Topic 6 summarises the major robust findings and remaining key uncertainties in this assessment.

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    Organization(s): IPCC

    Partner(s): UNEP, WMO

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2007

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

    Topic(s): Science, Adaptation, Mitigation, Technology, Risk Reduction/Management, Ecosystems, Economic and Development Planning, Environment

  • Climate Change Adaptation: Knowledge Needs Survey Results

    This policy document presents the results of a recent UNDP survey on adaptation knowledge needs. The demand for policy-based risk reduction is high, and the linkages between adaptation and national development planning are clearly perceived. Additionally, the capacity to develop a national adaptation policy is considered a greater challenge than finding the necessary funds. These findings will guide the content of the Adaptation Learning Mechanism (ALM), a project that will encourage sharing of adaptation experiences through an open knowledge platform.

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    Organization(s): UNDP

    Type of material:Policy Document

    Publication date:2007

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Adaptation, Economic and Development Planning

  • Climate Change and Children

    This publication examines the effects of climate change on children highlighting how climate change has evolved from an "environmental" issue into one that requires collective expertise in sustainable development, energy security, and the health and well-being of children. It provides a summary of comments and letters from children and young people from all over the world, collected from UNICEF Voices of Youth, child delegates to the 2007 United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) African Regional Children’s Conference for the Environment and the 2007 World Scout Jamboree in cooperation with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

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    Organization(s): UNICEF

    Partner(s): UNDP, UNEP, UNFCCC, WHO

    Type of material:Other

    Publication date:2007

    Language(s): English, French, Spanish

    Topic(s): Public Participation, Adaptation, Mitigation, Risk Reduction/Management, Children, Agriculture and Food, Health, Energy, Water, Environment

  • Climate Change and Desertification

    This brochure briefly discusses the human and natural drivers of climate change, direct observations of recent climate change, projections of future changes in climate, and climate change and desertification. It concludes by presenting the action taken by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) to address climate change and desertification issues.

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    Organization(s): WMO

    Type of material:Other

    Publication date:2007

    Language(s): English, French, Spanish

    Topic(s): Science, Agriculture and Food, Land Use Management

  • Climate Change and Desertification

    This poster aims to highlight the link between climate change and desertification. 

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    Organization(s): WMO

    Type of material:Audio/Visual Resource

    Publication date:2007

    Language(s): English, French, Spanish

    Topic(s): Science, Agriculture and Food, Land Use Management

  • Climate Change and Development: The Central Challenge of Our Time

    This document briefly introduces the UNDP’s Human Development Report 2007/8, Fighting climate change: Human solidarity in a divided world. After presenting the main scientific data, the paper states that the challenge of climate change will require collective action, with global participation, but justice and political feasibility dictate that rich countries should provide leadership and move first.

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    Organization(s): UNDP

    Type of material:Other

    Publication date:2007

    Language(s): English, French, Spanish

    Topic(s): Economic and Development Planning

  • Climate Change and Food Security: A Framework Document – Summary

    This document summarizes the key points highlighted in the report "Climate Change and Food Security: a Framework Document". This provides background information on the interrelationship between climate change and food security, and ways to deal with the related vulnerabilities and threats. It also shows the opportunities for the agriculture sector to adapt, as well as describing how it can contribute to mitigating the climate challenge.

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    Organization(s): FAO

    Type of material:Other

    Publication date:2007

    Language(s): English, French, Spanish

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

  • Climate Change Impacts on Water Resources in the Pungwe Drainage Basin: Final Report, Modelling Report and Flyer

    This technical document uses a combination of climate and hydrological models to assess the possible consequences of future global warming on water resources in the Pungwe catchment up until 2050. By generating information on future trends in water resource availability in the basin, the project seeks to identify possible adaptation needs over the coming years.

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    Organization(s): UNDP

    Partner(s): Deutscher Wetterdienst, Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute, Zimbabwe National Water Authority, ARA-Centro, DNA

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2007

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Water

  • Climate Change: A Growing Challenge for Development and Poverty Reduction

    This analytical report discusses the impact of climate change on poverty reduction and development. It stresses that generally attention has focused on mitigation - slowing the pace of climate change - and adaptation - helping people cope with its effects. However, remarkably little has been said or written about the people who will feel the impact most – the poor rural people of developing countries – and even less attention has been given to how they can contribute to slowing its advance.

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    Organization(s): IFAD

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2007

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Economic and Development Planning

  • Climate Change: Impacts, Vulnerabilities and Adaptation in Developing Countries

    This analytical report highlights the concerns and needs of developing countries in adapting to the effects of climate change. This book outlines the impact of climate change in four developing country regions: Africa, Asia, Latin America and small island developing States; the vulnerability of these regions to future climate change; current adaptation plans, strategies and action; and future adaptation options and needs.

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    Organization(s): UNFCCC

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2007

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Adaptation

  • Climate Information for Adaptation and Development Needs

    This brochure provides updated information on how climate science and services can enhance adaptation to climate variability and change, especially for development needs. The brochure highlights a few examples from the experience of NMHSs and collaborating organizations, to give an idea of real-life experience in utilizing climate knowledge to formulate and implement appropriate adaptive policies and strategies.

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    Organization(s): WMO

    Partner(s): UNESCO, World Climate Research Programme, International Council for Science

    Type of material:Other

    Publication date:2007

    Language(s): English, French

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

  • Climate Variability and Change: Adaptation to Drought in Bangladesh - A Resource Book and Training Guide

    This manual has been prepared as a reference and guide for further training and capacity building of agricultural extension workers and development professionals to deal with climate change impacts and adaptation, using the example of drought-prone areas of Bangladesh. It also presents suggestions for a three-day training course that would be readily adaptable for any areas of Bangladesh affected by climate-related risks. The information presented would enable participants to prepare, demonstrate and implement location-specific adaptation practices and, thus, to improve the adaptive capacity of rural livelihoods to climate change in agriculture and allied sectors.

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    Organization(s): FAO

    Partner(s): Asian Disaster Preparedness Center, UK Department for International Development, European Union, Government of Bangladesh

    Type of material:Guidance Document

    Publication date:2007

    Language(s): English

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

  • Compensation for Farmers’ Carbon Sequestration

    This analytical report discusses about expanding the concept of carbon trading to include compensation for the rural poor for their contributions to soil conservation and avoided deforestation.

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    Organization(s): IFAD

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2007

    Language(s): English

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

  • Decent Work for Sustainable Development – The Challenge of Climate Change

    This document analyses how green jobs can be promoted in a socially equitable way. After discussing climate change, it examines the linkage between climatic hazards and decent work. It concludes with propositions and suggestions for the ILO and with guidelines for a possible ILO working program on this issue.

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    Organization(s): ILO

    Type of material:Other

    Publication date:2007

    Language(s): English, French, Spanish

    Topic(s): Green Jobs/Economy, Labour

  • Declaration on Climate Change by the Financial Services Sector

    This policy document presents the "Declaration on Climate Change by the Financial Services Sector". It has been launched by UNEP FI on World Environment Day, 5 June 2007 and represents the first global statement on climate change by the finance sector. The essence of the declaration is a recognition by financial institutions from around the globe that anthropogenic climate change is real, the cost of inaction will be extremely high, financial institutions must take greater action and integrate climate change into their everyday decision-making, and governments need to do more, namely set ambitious, long-term targets for emissions reduction.

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    Organization(s): UNEP

    Type of material:Policy Document

    Publication date:2007

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Mitigation, Finance

  • Definitional Issues Related to Reducing Emissions from Deforestation in Developing Countries

    This technical document provides background on definitional issues related to reducing emissions from deforestation in developing countries. It analyses existing definitions for forest, deforestation and forest degradation and other forest-related terms and the issues related to their use in the context of the UNFCCC and Kyoto Protocol. The paper concludes that, in order to facilitate efficient negotiations and implementation, as well as streamlined future reporting, Parties to UNFCCC might consider, ex ante, a comprehensive set of definitions for the negotiations on reducing emissions from deforestation in developing countries.

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    Organization(s): FAO

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2007

    Language(s): English

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

  • Devastating for the World's Poor: Climate Change Threatens the Development Gains Already Achieved

    This activity report consists of a Kemal Dervis' article published in the special edition of the UN Chronicle, Green Our World!? which offers a comprehensive snapshot of where we currently stand with regard to climate change through a range of different perspectives. It stresses that climate change represents a major challenge for the world community and concludes that UNDP is determined to play its part in meeting this global challenge.

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    Organization(s): UNDP

    Type of material:Activity Report

    Publication date:2007

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Economic and Development Planning

  • Energy Conservation and Efficiency in the Upstream Energy Sectors in Selected ESCWA Member Countries

    Produced in response to the recommendations made in the fifth session of the Committee on Energy, this analytical report also fulfils the mandates of the Johannesburg Plan of Implementation of the World Summit on Sustainable Development. It assesses energy efficiency and energy conservation opportunities in the field of oil and natural gas production, including current trends, technologies from exploration to transport and specific case studies from selected countries in the region. Given their impact on climate change, measures to reduce the adverse effects of greenhouse gas emissions in selected member countries are also analysed.

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    Organization(s): UNESCWA

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2007

    Language(s): Arabic

    Topic(s): Policy Instruments, Adaptation, Mitigation, Technology, Energy

  • Energy Efficiency in Buildings: Guidance for Facility Managers

    This manual assists United Nations (UN) facility managers in reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from buildings. It identifies various ways in which energy can be saved in buildings as well as contains simple tips on implementing energy efficiency measures and carbon management. It also provides further information sources on energy efficiency and renewable energy, as well as best practice examples.

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    Organization(s): UNEP

    Partner(s): Skanska

    Type of material:Guidance Document

    Publication date:2007

    Language(s): English

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

  • Environment and Health Risks from Climate Change and Variability in Italy

    This technical document, a result of collaboration between WHO/Europe and the Italian Agency for Environmental Protection and Technical Services (APAT), is a preliminary evaluation of the Italian situation based on international and national literature and benefitting from expert advices. By assessing the potential risks of climate change to human health in Italy, it seeks to identify available adaptive and preventive measures and to suggest additional ones.

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    Organization(s): WHO

    Partner(s): Agency for Environmental Protection and Technical Services of Italy

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2007

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Risk Reduction/Management, Health, Environment

  • Environment on the Edge 2007/08

    This activity report is about the Environment on the Edge series of lectures. These are given by leading international figures, examine our current relationship with the natural world and discuss possible future scenarios. This publication includes reports and summaries from six conferences.

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    Organization(s): UNEP

    Partner(s): University of Cambridge, British Antarctic Survey, British Petroleum - BP

    Type of material:Activity Report

    Publication date:2007

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Environment

  • Environmental Change and Infectious Diseases

    This technical document is the report of a joint ECDC/WHO/EEA/JRC workshop held in Stockholm, Sweden, 29-30 March 2007. The aim of the meeting was to review evidence related to the implications of global climate and ecological change on the communicable disease burden of Europe, assess the preparedness of health systems, develop scientific advice, identify research needs, and make recommendations to Member States.

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    Organization(s): WHO

    Partner(s): European Environment Agency, European Commission Joint Research Centre, European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2007

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Health, Environment

  • Environmentally Sustainable Transport and Climate Change: Experiences and Lessons from Community Initiatives

    This activity report looks at the result of a review of 65 sustainable transport community projects funded by the GEF Small Grants Programme. This publication provides lessons and experiences that demonstrate the important role community initiatives play in testing new approaches.

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    Organization(s): GEF, UNDP

    Type of material:Activity Report

    Publication date:2007

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Transport

  • Equal Exchange: Determining a Fair Price for Carbon

    This analytical report is intended as a public resource for stakeholders undertaking activities that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, whether under the Kyoto Protocol's Clean Development Mechanism or other market-based instruments for carbon trading.

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    Organization(s): UNEP

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2007

    Language(s): English

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

  • Expert Group on Technology Tranfer: Five Years of Work

    This activity report provides an overview of EGTT achievements over the last five years. Since the adoption of the Marrakesh Accords, work on the development and transfer of technologies under the UNFCCC process has focused on the implementation of activities identified under each key theme of the technology transfer framework: technology needs and needs assessments, technology information, enabling environments, capacity-building, and mechanisms for technology transfer.

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    Organization(s): UNFCCC

    Type of material:Activity Report

    Publication date:2007

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Carbon Financing and CDM, Technology, Economic and Development Planning

  • Facing the "Stark Reality" of Climate Change's Effect on Economic Growth

    In this video ILO Director-General Juan Somavia and UNEP Director Achim Steiner lead a discussion about the effects of climate change on the nexus between economic growth and environmental sustainability and debate about the fact that the only choice will be to see how they can reinforce each other in the years to come.

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    Organization(s): ILO

    Type of material:Audio/Visual Resource

    Publication date:2007

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Green Jobs/Economy

  • Fishers' Knowledge in Fisheries Science and Management

    This analytical report focuses on how and where fishers’ knowledge – indigenous and artisanal, as well as large and small-scale commercial – is being put to work in collaboration with scientists, government managers and non-governmental organizations.

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    Organization(s): UNESCO

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2007

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Science, Industry, Environment

  • Forest Monitoring and Assessment for Climate Change Reporting: Partnerships, Capacity Building and Delivery

    This technical document has been prepared in light of the upcoming Conference of the Parties of the UNFCCC in December 2007 to inform about the status and ongoing efforts in the field of forest monitoring, assessment and reporting at national and international levels. Part I is a review of FAO’s role in providing support to developing countries seeking to enhance their capacity to monitor, assess and report on forest resources and forest carbon. Part II reviews the current status in countries with respect to forest area changes and forest carbon stock. 

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    Organization(s): FAO

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2007

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Adaptation, Forestry

  • From Davos to Bali: A Tourism Contribution to the Challenge of Climate Change

    This activity report outlines the agreements made at the Second International Conference on Climate Change and Tourism held in Davos, Switzerland in 2007 and how the tourism industry can contribute towards the goals of the Bali conference. The document includes the Davos Declaration, the Resolution adopted by the UNWTO General Assembly, held in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia (23-29 November 2007) and a Statement by Francesco Frangialli, Secretary-General of the World Tourism Organization, on the occasion of the United Nations Conference on Climate Change.

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    Organization(s): UNWTO

    Type of material:Activity Report

    Publication date:2007

    Language(s): English, French, Spanish

    Topic(s): Mitigation, Tourism

  • GEF Financing Adaptation Action

    This policy document presents the strategies developed by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) to support adaptation action in developing countries and countries with economies in transition. Several case studies illustrate the various activities implemented to address climate change and help meet development goals.

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    Organization(s): GEF

    Type of material:Policy Document

    Publication date:2007

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Financial Mechanisms, Adaptation

  • Gender Indicators in Science, Engineering and Technology An Information Toolkit

    This technical document consists of a toolkit designed to provide guidance in collecting sex-disaggregated data in scientific and technological activities. It aims at helping decision-makers, researchers and practitioners understand gender issues better and formulate successful policy and programming. It intends to promote a common approach in the systematic collection of sex-disaggregated data in science and technology. It also provides an overview of the participation of women in these fields, both in industrialized and industrializing countries.

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    Organization(s): UNESCO

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2007

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Science, Technology, Gender, Culture

  • GGCA: Launch Principles of the Global Gender and Climate Alliance

    This policy document contains the founding principles at the basis of the launch of the Global Gender and Climate Alliance (GGCA). It also includes guidelines for its future action.

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    Organization(s): UNDP, UNEP

    Partner(s): UNDP, UNEP, International Union for the Conservation of Nature, Women's Environment and Development Organization

    Type of material:Policy Document

    Publication date:2007

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): International Law and Policy, Gender

  • Global Environment Outlook 4 (GEO-4)

    This technical document provides a comprehensive, scientifically credible, policy-relevant and up-to-date assessment of, and outlook for, the state of the global environment. Environment for development is the GEO-4 underlying theme. The report pays special attention to the role and impact of the environment on human well-being as well as to the use of environmental valuation as a tool for decision-making. It also shows that environmental degradation is diminishing the potential for sustainable development. Policies for action are highlighted to facilitate alternative development paths.

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    Organization(s): UNEP

    Partner(s): UNU

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2007

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Governance – General, Policy Instruments, Green Jobs/Economy, Risk Reduction/Management, Biodiversity, Economic and Development Planning, Land Use Management, Water, Environment

  • Green Business

    This online platform features a series of documents relevant for understanding green growth and the greening of business. It includes background material and case studies and provides information and documents for the 3rd Green Growth Policy Dialogue: The Greening of Business and the Environment as a Business Opportunity.  

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    Organization(s): UNESCAP

    Type of material:Audio/Visual Resource

    Publication date:2007

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Governance – General, Green Jobs/Economy, Economic Analysis, Economic and Development Planning, Industry, Energy

  • Green Jobs - Climate Change in the World of Work

    This issue of the ILO's magazine World of Work focuses on how climate change is affecting workplaces around the world and also looks at the new employment opportunities created by the global, national and grassroots initiatives promoting sustainable development and green jobs.

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    Organization(s): ILO

    Type of material:Other

    Publication date:2007

    Language(s): English, French, Spanish

    Topic(s): Green Jobs/Economy

  • Green Jobs Initiative in Burkina Faso: From Waste to Wages

    This analytical report presents a project designed to promote green jobs in Burkina Faso. In fact, the ILO’s new “Green Jobs Initiative” aims to develop and create jobs in order to promote a cleaner, more sustainable environment. Though the concept is relatively new, the practice is already growing in some parts of the world. The report from the Burkina Faso experience shows that a new project for removing plastic waste is not only improving the environment, but creating “green jobs” in the process.

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    Organization(s): ILO

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2007

    Language(s): English, French, Spanish

    Topic(s): Green Jobs/Economy, Labour

  • Green Jobs: Facing up to 'An Inconvenient Truth'

    This publication discusses climate change and its social and labour impacts.The world of work is sensitive to changes in the environment. As climate change sweeps across the globe, governments, workers and employers are facing its incremental effects as well as searching for solutions to offset them. This document focuses on how climate change is affecting workplaces around the world and also looks at the new  employment opportunities created by the global, national and grassroots initiatives promoting sustainable development and green jobs.

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    Organization(s): ILO

    Type of material:Other

    Publication date:2007

    Language(s): English, French, Spanish

    Topic(s): Green Jobs/Economy

  • Growth and CO2 Emissions: How do Different Countries Fare?

    This analytical report analyses CO2 emission growth over time and finds out which countries are contributing the most. This report provides comparative data on a number of measures of emissions for a wide range of countries, allowing comparisons to be made among the different measures.

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    Organization(s): WB

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2007

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Science

  • Guidance on the Development of Regional Climate Scenarios for Vulnerability and Adaptation Assessments

    This manual builds on existing material and focuses on providing practical guidance on the key technical issues in relation to climate scenario information within the context of preparing Second National Communications. The document underlines the vital importance of a planning/scoping exercise to define clearly the needs for climate scenario information; describes a three-stage approach for climate scenario development; highlights documentation as an integral part of scenario development and provides a list of freely accessible sources of models, tools, data and guidance materials.

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    Organization(s): GEF, UNDP, UNEP

    Partner(s): Swiss Agency for Development and Co-operation

    Type of material:Guidance Document

    Publication date:2007

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Science, Adaptation

  • Guidebook to Financing CDM Projects

    This technical document addresses the barriers to CDM implementation by providing information aimed at both developing country financial institutions and at CDM project proponents. It should be noted that while the guidebook was developed particularly with the CDM in mind, most sections will also be relevant for Joint Implementation (JI) project activities.

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    Organization(s): UNEP

    Partner(s): EcoSecurities

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2007

    Language(s): English, French, Russian

    Topic(s): Carbon Financing and CDM

  • Guidelines for Managing Changes in Climate Observation Programmes

    This technical document provides guidelines with the aim to provide managers and operators of climate monitoring networks with a set of recommended procedures/practices by which change can be managed in the observational programs in a manner that best maintains the required integrity of the climate record.

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    Organization(s): WMO

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2007

    Language(s): English, French, Spanish

    Topic(s): Science, Technology

  • Guidelines on Climate Data Management

    This technical document includes guidelines aimed at providing National Meteorological and Hydrological Service (NMHS) with information on best practice climate data management with some emphasis on building knowledge and capacity in: the phases and stages of managing computerized data; available database technologies and selecting an appropriate database; making the transition to a modern climate database system; and sustaining data management operations.

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    Organization(s): WMO

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2007

    Language(s): English, French, Spanish

    Topic(s): Science, Technology

  • Heat Wave in Jordan has Farmers Worried

    This video introduces the issue of heat waves in Jordan. This climatic phenomenon creates considerable concern among the local population: exceptionally hot weather across Jordan made many farmers worried. Jordan, already among the world’s top 10 water-poor countries, is the only country in the Middle East to ration water year round.

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    Organization(s): IFAD

    Type of material:Audio/Visual Resource

    Publication date:2007

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Adaptation, Agriculture and Food

  • Heat Waves, Floods and the Health Impacts of Climate Change. A Prototype Training Workshop for City Health Officials

    This training manual has been designed to accompany workshops for city health officials on the health impacts of climate change. In this training programme trainees will learn about many technical terms that are largely within the realm of ecology, the environmental sciences and in particular, meteorology and climatology. It is important that they apply this knowledge to a very practical concern: assessing the impact of climate change in their cities, and planning public health interventions to address this threat in support to their communities.

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    Organization(s): WHO

    Type of material:Guidance Document

    Publication date:2007

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Risk Reduction/Management, Health

  • ICTs and Climate Change

    This analytical report looks at the potential role that information and communication technologies (ICTs) play at different stages of the process of climate change, from contributing to global warming, to monitoring it, to mitigating its impact on the most vulnerable parts of the globe, to developing long-term solutions, both directly in the ICT sector and in other sectors like energy, transport, buildings etc. The final sections examine what the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) is already doing in this field and describe strategic options for the future.

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    Organization(s): ITU

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2007

    Language(s): English

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

  • Implementation of the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction: Report of the Secretary-General

    This policy document provides an overview of progress on the implementation of the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction and the Hyogo Framework for Action at the national, regional and international levels.

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    Organization(s): UNISDR

    Partner(s): UN Secretary-General

    Type of material:Policy Document

    Publication date:2007

    Language(s): English

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

  • Innovative Options for Financing the Development and Transfer of Technologies

    This analytical report stresses that the development, deployment, and diffusion, including transfer, of environmentally sound technologies to developing countries to significantly reduce the emission of greenhouse gases require vast amounts of investment. Since the required amounts of investment are much more than the funds currently available from public sources, it is necessary to attract funding from other sources by creating innovative financing approaches that make it possible for a limited amount of public funds to attract significant amounts of funding from private sources.

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    Organization(s): UNFCCC

    Partner(s): European Community, Government of Sweden

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2007

    Language(s): English

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

  • Investment and Financial Flows to Address Climate Change

    This policy document provides an initial assessment of the financial architecture required for developing a post 2012 regime and presents an overview of what level of resources and measures would be needed for successfully financing the international response to climate change, for making future climate change policies a success and ultimately, for crafting a climate-secure world for all.

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    Organization(s): UNFCCC

    Type of material:Policy Document

    Publication date:2007

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Financial Mechanisms, Finance

  • Liveable Cities: the Benefits of Urban Environmental Planning

    This guidance document showcases 12 examples of cities around the world. The report explores various options for sustainable urban development ranging from practical tools and comprehensive policies to innovative market mechanisms. 

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    Organization(s): undefined

    Partner(s): Local Governments for Sustainability, Cities Alliance

    Type of material:Guidance Document

    Publication date:2007

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Adaptation, Environment, Transport, Urban

  • MIGA's Support for Green Infrastructure Development

    This activity report illustrates MIGA's contribution to reduce the adverse impact of climate change by focusing on supporting green infrastructure investments in developing countries which build renewable energy capacity, encourage resource conservation and distribution efficiency, improve sanitation, and off-set greenhouse gas emissions.

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    Organization(s): WB

    Type of material:Activity Report

    Publication date:2007

    Language(s): English

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

  • NAPA Technical Workshop for Asia LDCs, Yogyakarta, Indonesia - Final Report

    This activity report presents the issues addressed during the NAPA Technical Workshop for Asia LDCs held on 31 October-2 November 2007 in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. A first section of the report features the proceedings, including workshop structure, logistics, agenda and participants. The second one offers a narrative of the activities and a series of recommended action items and ongoing work that resulted from the workshop.  The Annex includes the workshop exercises, a narrative version of the background documentation and presentations that were used over the course of the workshop.

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    Organization(s): GEF, UNDP, UNEP, UNFCCC, UNITAR

    Partner(s): Stockholm Environment Institute

    Type of material:Activity Report

    Publication date:2007

    Language(s): English

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

  • National Climate Change and Health Workshop Report- Bangladesh

    This technical document includes the proceedings of the National Workshop on Climate Change and Health Organized by WHO and DGHS in association with BCAS. The workshop included presentations on climate change, health impacts and future health problems associated with climate change. Discussion sessions and breakout groups were arranged to highlight the priority issues in health, identify gaps in health services and responses needed to bring the issue of climate change and health impacts to the forefront.

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    Organization(s): WHO

    Partner(s): Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2007

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Health

  • National Climate Change and Health Workshop Report- Indonesia

    This technical document presents the main outcomes of the National Workshop on Climate Change and Human Health in Indonesia. Presentations focused on the global impact of climate change, methodologies and tools to assess vulnerability and adaptation; national descriptions on climate change impacts in various settings; impacts of climate change on flora and fauna. Discussions paid a lot of attention to the challenges posed by the need for more political and financial support from decision makers.

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    Organization(s): WHO

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2007

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Health

  • National Climate Change and Health Workshop Report- Nepal

    This technical document presents the main outcomes of the National Workshop on Climate Change and Human Health in Nepal; Vulnerability and Impact, Adaptation and Mitigation Kathmandu. Sixty-five representatives of health, environment, meteorology, water supply, agriculture and academic institutions participated in a consultation workshop to debate the effects that climate change may have on health in Nepal. Presentations were made by all sectors involved.

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    Organization(s): WHO

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2007

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Health

  • Negotiator's Handbook - Multilateral Environmental Agreement

    This manual consists of a handbook prepared to provide a solid introduction to negotiating or working on Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs) for those with little or no background, as well as a key reference tool for experienced negotiators. The document provides a reference tool that will enhance the capacity of those working on MEAs and involved in international negotiations.

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    Organization(s): UNEP

    Partner(s): University of Joensuu, Environment Canada

    Type of material:Guidance Document

    Publication date:2007

    Language(s): English, French

    Topic(s): International Law and Policy

  • Opportunities for Biomass Energy Programmes – Experiences and Lessons Learned by UNDP in Europe and the CIS

    This activity report discusses the experiences and lessons from the five UNDP-GEF biomass energy projects in Europe and the CIS. The report focuses on lessons for biomass project development and implementation for market transformation in this region based on what can be learnt from the implementation of the current portfolio on UNDP-GEF biomass energy projects, and makes recommendations for the development and implementation of new biomass projects in the region and beyond. The principle target audience is UNDP project and programme officers throughout the region.

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    Organization(s): GEF, UNDP

    Partner(s): Ecoharmony

    Type of material:Activity Report

    Publication date:2007

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Energy

  • Outcomes of the Expert Group Meeting on Cities in Climate Change

    This analytical report presents the main outcomes of the Expert Group Meeting organised and hosted by UN-HABITAT on Cities in Climate Change in November, 2007 in Nairobi, Kenya. The meeting brought together participants from research institutions, local authorities, the private sector, and colleagues from different UN agencies. The paper summarises the main conclusions and possible future action.  

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    Organization(s): UNHABITAT

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2007

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Mitigation, Urban

  • People-centred Climate Change Adaptation: Integrating Gender Issues

    This policy document explores the linkage between gender issues and climate change. It highlights households do not act as one when making decisions, women tend to control fewer resources and to be more vulnerable to external shocks due to already-present vulnerability from unequal access to resources, lower levels of education, increased burden and poorer health. The document also recommends ways to integrate gender into climate change adaptation policies and activities.

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    Organization(s): FAO

    Type of material:Policy Document

    Publication date:2007

    Language(s): English

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

  • Polar Meteorology: Understanding Global Impacts

    This analytical report highlights the importance of the polar regions in the entire Earth system, particularly in climate. It describes some of the major environmental changes that have taken place in the Arctic and Antarctic in recent years and considers possible changes over the next century.

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    Organization(s): WMO

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2007

    Language(s): English, Spanish

    Topic(s): Science, Water, Environment

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

    This analytical report presents a portfolio of policy options aimed at promoting industrial energy efficiency under the organizing structure of the Industrial Standards Framework. The purpose of the Framework is to introduce a standardized and transparent methodology into industrial energy efficiency projects and practices including: system optimization, process improvements, waste heat recovery and the installation of on-site power generation. This report presents numerous examples of successful implementation of elements of the Framework in both developed and developing countries.

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    Organization(s): UNIDO

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2007

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Governance – General, Policy Instruments, Capacity Development, Carbon Financing and CDM, Mitigation, Technology, Economic Analysis, Industry, Energy

  • Potentials and Barriers for End-Use Energy Efficiency Under Programmatic CDM

    This analytical report analyzes the decision made at the first Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol to include programs in the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) and the June 2007 guidance provided by the Executive Board of the CDM. The paper identifies the potential and the niche for end-use energy efficiency projects under the new programmatic approach of the CDM. Furthermore it presents the basic understanding of the emission reduction potential in EE and gives insights into how to handle the dispersed nature of most EE efforts.

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    Organization(s): UNEP

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2007

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Carbon Financing and CDM, Energy

  • Rice and Climate Change

    This factsheet briefly discusses the link between rice production, food security and climate change and analyzes the potential options for the rice industry sector to contribute to adaptation and mitigation. In addition, it presents the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Rice Programme for adaptation to climate change.

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    Organization(s): FAO

    Type of material:Other

    Publication date:2007

    Language(s): English

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

  • Saving for a Bright Future - A Manual for Efficient Lighting Procurement in UN Agencies

    This analytical report aims to help individuals discover the potential to save energy and money, understand technical options for green lighting, acquire practical implementation advice, gain an overview of current United Nations practices, and understand the context for green lighting.

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    Organization(s): UNEP

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2007

    Language(s): English

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

  • Science, Technology and Gender: An International Report

    This analytical report highlights that women and girls around the world are excluded from participation in science and technology (S&T) by poverty, lack of education and aspects of their legal, institutional, political and cultural environments. Marking the start of an ongoing initiative, it aims to spur serious discussion and action in national and international scientific and academic communities, especially regarding the pressing needs to increase women’s participation in S&T careers and enable sex-disaggregated data collection and rigorous research development, along with increasing public awareness of gender issues.

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    Organization(s): UNESCO

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2007

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Science, Technology, Gender, Education

  • Start Your Waste Recycling Business - Training Package

    This manual collects adapted training material originally developed for Zambia and Tanzania on waste management, to suit the Zimbabwean context, with a focus on waste recycling as a business idea for community based organisations. This also contributes to solve solid waste management problems at the local level. The adapted training package Start Your Waste Recycling Business comprises four key documents.

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    Organization(s): ILO

    Partner(s): Scientific and Industrial Research and Development Centre Environmental Sciences Institute

    Type of material:Guidance Document

    Publication date:2007

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Green Jobs/Economy, Labour

  • State of the World Population 2007: Unleashing the Potential of Urban Growth

    This analytical report addresses the challenges and the potential related to urbanization. For the first time in history, more than half its human population, 3.3 billion people, will be living in urban areas. Many of the new urbanites will be poor. Yet no country in the industrial age has ever achieved significant economic growth without urbanization. Cities concentrate poverty, but they also represent the best hope of escaping it. The future of cities in developing countries, the future of humanity itself, all depend very much on decisions made now in preparation for this growth.

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    Organization(s): UNFPA

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2007

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

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

  • Statement of the Chief Executives Board for Coordination - Moving towards a Climate-Neutral United Nations

    This policy document presents a statement by the Chief Executives Board for Coordination through which the organization launched the Climate-Neutral Initiative in the UN system. In particular, it committed to estimate the UN greenhouse gas emissions consistent with accepted international standards, to undertake efforts to reduce them to the extent possible and to analyse the cost implications and explore budgetary modalities of purchasing carbon offsets to eventually reach climate neutrality.

    Organization(s): CEB

    Type of material:Policy Document

    Publication date:2007

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Governance – General, Mitigation

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