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

Library of Documents

This library contains the most important publications produced by the UN CC:Learn partners on the subject of climate change. Use the search function to the right to look for specific key words, or add filters by organization, theme, or even type of publication.

  • 2019 Tracking SDG7: The Energy Progress Report

    This report identifies best practices that have proven successful in recent years, as well as key approaches that policymakers may deploy in coming years. Recommendations applicable to all SDG 7 targets include recognizing the importance of political commitment and long-term energy planning, stepping up private financing, and supplying adequate incentives for the deployment of clean technology options. The sections review progress in electricity access, access to clean cooking solutions, renewable energy, and energy efficiency.

    Download files: PDF icon EN

    Organization(s): IEA, IRENA, UNSD, WBG, WHO, ESMAP

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2019

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): COP25 List of UN Publications, Energy, Environment

  • Adapting the Energy Sector to Climate Change

    The objective of this publication is to explore the diverse range of impacts on the energy sector resulting from gradual climate change (GCC) and the related shifts in extreme weather events (EWEs), as well as potential adaptation options. This publication presents three national case studies to show various possible framing and analytical techniques to tackle the challenges posed by these events in the energy sector.

    Download files: PDF icon English

    Organization(s): IAEA

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2019

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): COP25 List of UN Publications, Adaptation, Energy, Environment

  • Addressing the Land Degradation – Migration Nexus: The Role of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification

    This study results from the decision of States parties to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) to produce a study on “The role that measures taken to implement the Convention can play to address desertification, land degradation and drought as one of the drivers that causes migration” (UNCCD 2017a). The study was commissioned to the International Organization for Migration (IOM), who worked in partnership with the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI).

    Download files: PDF icon English

    Organization(s): IOM

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2019

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): COP25 List of UN Publications, Human Rights and Justice, Human Security, Migration and Refugees, Environment, Land Use Management

  • Call for Action on the Use of Frontier Technologies in Combating Climate Change and Achieving a Circular Economy

    This document was produced as a result of the 13th Symposium on ICT, Environment and Climate Change, which was held on 13 May 2019 in Geneva, Switzerland.

    Download files: PDF icon English

    Organization(s): ITU

    Type of material:Other

    Publication date:2019

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): COP25 List of UN Publications, Technology, Environment

  • Climate Action and Support Trends

    The report was prepared as UN Climate Change input to the UN Climate Summit and it puts a spotlight on the progress made over the past 25 years since the inception of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). This can help in scaling up further action, as governments prepare to submit the next round of national climate action plans, known as Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), by 2020.

    Download files: PDF icon EN

    Organization(s): UNFCCC

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2019

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): COP25 List of UN Publications, Technology, Education, Environment, Finance

  • Climate Change and Migration in Vulnerable Countries A snapshot of least developed countries, landlocked developing countries and small island developing States

    The least developed countries (LDCs), landlocked developing countries (LLDCs) and small island developing States (SIDS) are among the most vulnerable groups of countries in the world. They are disproportionately affected by the negative impacts of climate change due to their structural constraints and geographical disadvantage. In 2016, 13 out of the 15 countries with the highest vulnerability to natural hazards were from the LDCs, LLDCs and SIDS groups.

    The migration and climate change nexus is present across all three groups of countries. The programmes of action of LDCs, LLDCs and SIDS, namely the Istanbul Programme of Action, the Vienna Programme of Action and the SAMOA Pathway, point out the vulnerability of these countries to external shocks, including climate change, and recognize the role of migrants in the development of their communities through remittances, as well as transfer of skills and knowledge.

    This paper aims to inform policymakers of the complex dynamics of climate-induced migration in LDCs, LLDCs and SIDS. It provides an overview of the migration and climate change nexus in each group of countries and proposes ways forward to address it.

    Download files: PDF icon English

    Organization(s): IOM

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2019

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): COP25 List of UN Publications, Migration and Refugees, Environment

  • Climate Change and the Role of Nuclear Power

    This booklet focuses on the role and impacts of nuclear power on climate change.

    Download files: PDF icon climate-change.pdf

    Organization(s): IAEA

    Type of material:Other

    Publication date:2019

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): COP25 List of UN Publications, Energy, Environment

  • Climate change impacts on coastal transport infrastructure in the Caribbean: enhancing the adaptive capacity of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) Jamaica: A Case Study

    This project aims at strengthening the capacity of policymakers, transport planners and transport infrastructure managers in small island developing States to take appropriate adaptation response measures to climate change impacts on seaports and airports. Access here

    Organization(s): UNCTAD

    Type of material:Other

    Publication date:2019

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): COP25 List of UN Publications, Environment, Transport

  • Climate Research for Development in Africa Programme strategy (2019–2023)

    The strategic plan is aimed at improving knowledge, access, quality, usability and the mainstreaming of climate information into development planning and programmes to attain Africa’s development objectives, as framed by the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals, the Paris Agreement and Agenda 2063: The Africa We Want

    Download files: PDF icon EN

    Organization(s): UNECA

    Type of material:Other

    Publication date:2019

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): COP25 List of UN Publications, Environment

  • Climate Research for Development in Africa: Using climate science to drive Africa’s development

     

    The Climate Research for Development in Africa initiative (CR4D) maximizes opportunities presented by climate change and variability while addressing challenges posed to Africa’s socio-economic development efforts.

    Download files: PDF icon EN

    Organization(s): UNECA

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2019

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): COP25 List of UN Publications, Science

  • Connecting Smart Sustainable Cities with the Sustainable Development Goals

    This call to action is a result of the 9th Green Standards Week held in 1-4 October 2019 in Valencia, Spain. Participants discussed the opportunities that smart sustainable cities bring and acknowledged that the transition to smart sustainable cities is the cornerstone of achieving the SDGs.

    Download files: PDF icon ENglish

    Organization(s): ITU

    Type of material:Other

    Publication date:2019

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): COP25 List of UN Publications, Technology, Environment

  • COP24 Special report: Health & Climate Change

    This report is a contribution from the public health community to support the negotiations

    of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). It was written at the request of the President of the 23rd Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC (COP23), Prime Minister Bainimarama of Fiji, to the World Health Organization (WHO) to prepare a report on health and climate change, to be delivered at COP24.

    Global knowledge on the interconnection between climate change and health.

    An overview of the initiatives and tools with which the national, regional and global public health community is supporting and scaling up actions to implement the Paris Agreement for a healthier, more sustainable society.

    Recommendations for UNFCCC negotiators and policy-makers on maximizing the health benefits of tackling climate change and avoiding the worst health impacts of this global challenge.

    The report is based on contributions from over 80 health professionals, academic experts, representatives of civil society and international agencies who have worked on climate change and health for over three decades.

    Download files: PDF icon English

    Organization(s): WHO

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2019

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): COP25 List of UN Publications, Environment, Health

  • Creating an Enabling Environment for Land Degradation Neutrality and its potential contribution to enhancing well-being, livelihoods and the environment

    The UNCCD-SPI technical report “Creating an Enabling Environment for LDN and its Potential Contribution to Enhancing Well-being, Livelihoods and the Environment” provides science-based evidence on the potential contribution of LDN to enhancing the well-being and livelihoods as well as the environmental conditions of people affected by desertification/land degradation and drought. This is done by capturing evidence on the configuration of an enabling environment for LDN drawn from the scientific literature, the outcomes of the LDN target setting programme, and the experiences of individual stakeholders directly involved in LDN initiatives gathered through a global LDN survey.

    Download files: PDF icon English, PDF icon Spanish, PDF icon French

    Organization(s): UNCCD

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2019

    Language(s): English, Spanish, French

    Topic(s): COP25 List of UN Publications, Environment, Land Use Management

  • Drivers of change and adaptation pathways of agricultural systems facing increased salinity intrusion in coastal areas of the Mekong and Red River deltas in Vietnam

    The analysis is based on 27 in-depth interviews with officials of local and national authorities as well as 198 semi-structured interviews and 11 focus group discussions conducted with farmers along three salinity transects in both deltas in 2015-2016. The results show that a dynamic interplay and feedback of various drivers of change such as policy intervention, farmers’ desire for profit maximization, changing salinity conditions, and technological development at different levels of the deltaic social-ecological system have shaped the changes and adaptations in agricultural systems over the last decades. In response to increased salinity intrusion, as exemplified by the historic salinity levels recorded in the Mekong Delta in 2015–2016, various adaptation options have been considered. These include adaptations that would lock-in agricultural production in particular systems or constrain changes in others, which is potentially problematic in light of the high uncertainty related to future changes. The study recognizes the need to apply both incremental and transformative changes and select adaptation pathways which allow for continuous change or that are reversible in order to avoid lock-ins and address future challenges. Additionally, attention should be drawn to interactions and feedbacks in future changes within and across adaptation pathways in order to prevent further increases in salinity intrusion and lock-in effects in agricultural systems within the deltas.

    Access the article here

    Organization(s): UNU-EHS

    Type of material:Other

    Publication date:2019

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): COP25 List of UN Publications, Agriculture and Food

  • Drought Impact and Vulnerability Assessment: A Rapid Review of Practices and Policy Recommendations

    his rapid review explores the application of available approaches and methods for assessing drought impacts and vulnerability. It is based on a series of interviews with expert practitioners from different drought-affected regions of the world. This was complemented by a brief review of the relevant published literature and a summary appraisal of the strengths and weaknesses of the range of assessment approaches available. At the present time, most of the available assessments still fall short in their consideration of the longer-term impacts and vulnerability associated with drought.

    Download files: PDF icon English

    Organization(s): UNCCD

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2019

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): COP25 List of UN Publications, Mitigation, Technology, Environment, Land Use Management

  • Enterprises and Climate Change: e-learning course

    Climate change is a major concern for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). In fact, almost 80% of SMEs currently expect the risks associated with climate change to have a significant impact on their business. But what can they do about this? What measures can SMEs put in place to better adapt to climate change and thrive in a changing environment? As a business-owner, knowing when and how climate change will affect your business is essential to identify climate-smart solutions that will lower the chances that climate change will negatively affect your enterprise. Becoming climate-smart will also provide your business with a number of benefits. In this e-course, we will introduce participants to the different steps of developing a climate adaptation strategy for their business.

    At the end of this course, participants will be able to:

    - Provide logical and succinct arguments for the importance of taking actions to deal with climate change,

    - Assess the various aspects of climate change at the enterprise level and identify measures and risks impacting on their enterprise,

    - Prioritize what measures should be implemented in preparation for putting together a climate change strategy

    You can directly access the e-course on the SME Trade Academy platform following this link.

    Download files: PDF icon English

    Organization(s): International Trade Center

    Type of material:Other

    Publication date:2019

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): COP25 List of UN Publications, Adaptation, Education, Environment, Industry

  • Exploring the nexus of mini-grids and digital technologies

    Over the past years, the mini-grid sector has seen an increase in the use of digital technologies while at the same time digital innovations transform the socio-economic landscape in Sub-Saharan Africa. In light of these developments, the report explores how digital technologies could be applied to mini-grids to help meet the requirements mentioned above.

    Download files: PDF icon EN

    Organization(s): UNIDO

    Partner(s): German Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2019

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): COP25 List of UN Publications, Technology, Energy, Environment

  • Forecast-based Financing (FbF) Anticipatory actions for food security

    To support countries in the mitigation and management of climate risks, WFP is implementing innovative programme approaches to reduce losses and damages in the livelihoods of people who are faced with increasing climate extremes. The approach that has the biggest potential of closing the humanitarian funding gap is Forecast-based Financing (FbF).

    Download files: PDF icon English

    Organization(s): WFP

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2019

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): COP25 List of UN Publications, Agriculture and Food, Environment, Finance

  • Gender Analysis and NDCs: Short Guidance for Government Stakeholders

    This short guidance for government stakeholders on conducting a gender analysis for NDCs explains how the analysis should provide recommendations on gender-responsive policy alignment, institutional coordination, capacity building, sex-disaggregated data collection, and finance into the priority NDC sectors.

    Download files: PDF icon EN

    Organization(s): UNDP

    Type of material:Guidance Document

    Publication date:2019

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): COP25 List of UN Publications, Adaptation, Gender, Education

  • GLO Regional Reports

    The aim of the GLO is to communicate and raise awareness of evidence-based, policy-relevant information and trends to a variety of stakeholders, including national governments formulating their responses to commitments to better manage and restore land resources, including the SDGs and associated targets, such as Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN). The evidence presented in the Global Land Outlook thematic regional reports demonstrates that informed and responsible decision-making can if more widely adopted help to reverse the current worrying trends in the state of our land resources.

    Download files: PDF icon East Africa, PDF icon Latin America and The Caribbean, PDF icon Asia, PDF icon West Africa

    Organization(s): UNCCD

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2019

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): COP25 List of UN Publications, Environment, Land Use Management

  • Global climate action from cities, regions and businesses

    This report is the second global analysis of local and regional government and corporate climate contributions, updating “Global Climate Action from Cities, Regions, and Companies” launched at the 2018 Global Climate Action Summit. 

    It aggregates the climate mitigation commitments reported to some of the world’s largest voluntary pledging and reporting platforms for city, region, and company climate commitments. The analysis was conducted at a global level as well as for ten major emitting economies: Brazil, Canada, China, the European Union (EU), India, Indonesia, Japan, Mexico, South Africa and the United States (US).

     

    Download files: PDF icon EN

    Organization(s): UNFCCC

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2019

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): COP25 List of UN Publications, Environment, Urban

  • Green School’s installation of SOURCE Hydropanels in Bali, Indonesia

    This impact story shows how Green School collaborated with Zero Mass Water in bringing SOURCE Hydropanels to supply Green School’s Bali campus with drinking water.

    Download files: PDF icon EN

    Organization(s): WIPO

    Type of material:Other

    Publication date:2019

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): COP25 List of UN Publications, Technology, Water

  • High-level synthesis report of latest climate science information convened by the Science Advisory Group of the UN Climate Action Summit 2019

    This document prepared under the auspices of the Science Advisory Group of the Climate Action Summit features the latest critical data and scientific findings on the climate crisis. It shows how our climate is already changing and highlights the far-reaching and dangerous impacts that will unfold for generations to come.

    Download files: PDF icon EN

    Organization(s): WMO, IPCC, UNEP, Global Carbon Project, Future Earth, GFCS

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2019

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): COP25 List of UN Publications, Biodiversity, Energy, Environment, Industry, Trade, Transport

  • How WFP is supporting global climate action

    This policy defines how the organization can contribute to the prevention of climate-induced losses and damages in food systems, and to the reduction of vulnerabilities in food insecure populations.

    Download files: PDF icon English

    Organization(s): WFP

    Type of material:Activity Report

    Publication date:2019

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): COP25 List of UN Publications, Mitigation, Agriculture and Food, Environment

  • Integrating Insurance into Climate Risk Management

    This toolbox has been developed to provide a series of specific questions to answer when government officials and other stakeholders consider the use of insurance as a CCA and DRM measure. It offers an insurance perspective to DRR and CCA, with a focus on the added value of climate risk insurance. It explores necessary questions to be considered in order to assess risk, develop risk reduction measures, address residual risk, prepare for imminent disaster impacts, respond, and recover from disaster impacts. This toolbox has been developed for the agricultural sector in developing countries to help stakeholders transfer their risks involved in extreme weather events. Access here

    Organization(s): UNU-EHS

    Type of material:Guidance Document

    Publication date:2019

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): COP25 List of UN Publications, Agriculture and Food

  • Land Degradation Neutrality Transformative Projects and Programmes: Operational Guidance for Country Support

    This guide represents the first effort to gather, in a practical and pragmatic manner, all relevant information related to the development and implementation of Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN) Transformative Projects and Programmes. Countries can use this document for the identification and design of interventions to address land degradation, as well as to guide their dialogue with funding agencies and implementing partners. The guide  is intended for stakeholders involved in the design of LDN Transformative Projects and Programmes, particularly policy-makers, technical experts, international organizations, civil society organizations (CSOs) and the private sector.

    Download files: PDF icon EN

    Organization(s): UNCCD

    Type of material:Guidance Document

    Publication date:2019

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): COP25 List of UN Publications, Environment, Land Use Management

  • Leveraging micropayment technology to increase access to safe drinking water

    This impact story shows Cubo and Susteq plan to bring safe drinking water to over 20,000 beneficiaries in Nigeria and Kenya by 2019, with the possibility to extend their impact in countries like Senegal and India in the near future.

    Download files: PDF icon EN

    Organization(s): WIPO

    Type of material:Other

    Publication date:2019

    Language(s): EN

    Topic(s): COP25 List of UN Publications, Technology, Water

  • Lifelines : The Resilient Infrastructure Opportunity

    Building on a wide range of case studies, global empirical analyses, and modeling exercises, Lifelines lays out a framework for understanding infrastructure resilience—the ability of infrastructure systems to function and meet users’ needs during and after a natural shock—and it makes an economic case for building more resilient infrastructure. Lifelines conclude by identifying five obstacles to resilient infrastructure and offering concrete recommendations and specific actions that can be taken by governments, stakeholders, and the international community to improve the quality and resilience of these essential services, and thereby contribute to more resilient and prosperous societies.

    Download files: PDF icon EN

    Organization(s): World Bank

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2019

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): COP25 List of UN Publications, Technology, Health

  • Making Every Dollar Count: how investing in climate information pays dividends for the key socioeconomic sectors of Africa

    The framework shows that the socio-economic benefits generated from higher-quality climate information services far outweigh the costs of investing in such services. In addition, the cost of investing in climate information services is minimal compared with the significant costs incurred if countries fail to invest sufficiently in them.

    Download files: PDF icon EN

    Organization(s): UNECA

    Type of material:Policy Document

    Publication date:2019

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): COP25 List of UN Publications, Economic Analysis, Environment

  • Nature-based Solutions for NDCs Toolkit

    The Nature-based Solutions Toolkit captures more than 100 tools and resources on nature-based solutions that can support national decision-makers as they enhance their NDCs. 

    This toolkit includes spatial datasets, reports, policy briefs, guidance documents, handbooks, other toolkits, and platforms on NBS for climate mitigation and adaptation.

    Download files: PDF icon EN

    Organization(s): UNDP

    Type of material:Other

    Publication date:2019

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): COP25 List of UN Publications, Adaptation, Environment

  • Ocean, climate and weather: the role of the World Meteorological Organization

    This document summarizes the key role played by WMO to strengthen the scientific and operational foundations of weather, climate, hydrological, marine and environmental services.

    Download files: PDF icon EN

    Organization(s): WMO

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2019

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): COP25 List of UN Publications, Biodiversity, Environment, Land Use Management, Water

  • Persons with disabilities in a just transition to a low-carbon economy

    Equally, involving persons with disabilities - who comprise 15 per cent of the global population - is critical to achieving the goals of the Paris Agreement and the UN Sustainable Development Goals that pledges to ‘leave no one behind’.​ This offers key recommendations for governments, enterprises, trade unions, UN and international organizations, non-governmental organizations, and development partners.

     

    Download files: PDF icon EN

    Organization(s): ILO

    Type of material:Policy Document

    Publication date:2019

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): COP25 List of UN Publications, Green Jobs/Economy, Human Rights and Justice

  • Progress in the Areas of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy in Selected Countries of the UNECE Region

    This publication explores the progress in energy efficiency and renewable energy in selected countries of South-Eastern Europe, Eastern Europe, Central Asia, and in the Russian Federation. The study analyzes policy, legislative and regulatory frameworks, financial environment and level of awareness in the areas of energy efficiency and renewable energy from 2010 to 2018. It identifies existing gaps in the required frameworks and environment to promote energy efficiency and renewable energy investments in the countries. It also proposes a set of recommendations for necessary steps in achieving the long-term objectives for energy mix and meeting the ambitious related targets set by the countries. The Governments must address these barriers and deploy consistent and coherent energy policies and measures. Identifying and implementing such policies and measures can help in increasing investment and financing flows to energy efficiency and renewable energy projects.

    Download files: PDF icon ENglish

    Organization(s): UNECE

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2019

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): COP25 List of UN Publications, Energy, Environment

  • Pully under the microscope

    The objectives of this study is to:

    – Test the set of U4SSC initiative indicators in the context of a Swiss city, in order to evaluate its suitability for measuring the level of digitalization and sustainable development.

    – Evaluate the strengths of this system of indicators and identify any areas for improvement.

    – For Pully, to profit from this exercise, in order to find its place within this system of indicators and evaluate its use over the long-term as a contribution to the management of the city.

    Download files: PDF icon EN

    Organization(s): ITU

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2019

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): COP25 List of UN Publications, Culture, Economic and Development Planning, Energy, Water

  • R4 Rural Resilience Initiative: Building Resilience to Climate Change for Long-Term Food Security and Livelihood Improvement

    The World Food Programme (WFP) and Oxfam America (OA)launched the R4 Rural Resilience Initiative (R4) in 2011 to enable vulnerable rural households to increase their food and income security in the face of increasing climate risks. R4 builds on theinitial success of the Horn of Africa Risk Transfer for Adaptation (HARITA) initiative, pioneered in Ethiopia by OA, the Relief Society of Tigray (REST) and Swiss Re.

    Download files: PDF icon English

    Organization(s): WFP

    Partner(s): Oxfam

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2019

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): COP25 List of UN Publications, Agriculture and Food, Environment, Finance

  • Realising the Carbon Benefits of Sustainable Land Management Practices Guidelines for estimation of soil organic carbon in the context of land degradation neutrality planning and monitoring

    The UNCCD-SPI technical report “Realising the Carbon Benefits of Sustainable Land Management Practices: Guidelines for Estimation of Soil Organic Carbon in the Context of Land Degradation” provides decision guidance for the estimation of soil organic carbon (SOC) in support of appropriate deployment of sustainable land management (SLM) technologies, in order to maintain or increase carbon in the soil and contribute to the achievement of land degradation neutrality (LDN). The report was produced to support the need for policy tools that provide guidance on harmonized methods for accurate estimations of changes in soil (SOC) stocks resulting from SLM interventions.

    Download files: PDF icon English, PDF icon Spanish, PDF icon French

    Organization(s): UNCCD

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2019

    Language(s): English, Spanish, French

    Topic(s): COP25 List of UN Publications, Environment, Land Use Management

  • Redesigning the Uranium Resource Pathway: Application of the United Nations Framework Classification for Resources for Planning

    This report shows how uranium resources could create a platform for innovative engagement with the integrated challenge of natural resource management and climate action. The United Nations Framework Classification for Resources (UNFC), the comprehensive resource management scheme, provides the necessary tools and conditions for the redesign of the uranium resource pathway. 

    This report argues that the conventional model of uranium as a mineral commodity needs to give way to a new model of uranium as a “critical energy material” for meeting the global sustainability objectives on energy and climate action.

    Download files: PDF icon EN

    Organization(s): UNECE

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2019

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): COP25 List of UN Publications, Energy, Environment, Industry

  • Resilience of agricultural systems facing increased salinity intrusion in deltaic coastal areas of Vietnam

    The resilience concept has provided a new insight and approach to the conventional perspective of agricultural management by emphasizing the need to maintain a diversity of future options to adapt to inevitable and often unpredictable changes. The concept has been taken up by various academic disciplines and development sectors, yet ways to define and operationalize resilience as a measurable concept are still being developed. We contributed to this ongoing effort by implementing a subjective resilience assessment method based on farmers’ perceptions of three resilience components: (1) the sensitivity of their agricultural systems to increased salinity intrusion, (2) the capacity to recover from salinity damage, and (3) the capacity to change to other systems if salinity increases in the future. We conducted 27 in-depth interviews with local and national authorities, 11 focus group discussions, and 118 semistructured and 219 structured interviews with farmers in case study villages located along salinity transects in the Mekong Delta and at different distances to sea dikes in the Red River Delta in Vietnam in 2015-2016. Results from the subjective resilience assessment reveal that none of the agricultural systems studied systematically scored higher than the other systems on all three resilience components, implying that an increase in one resilience component by switching agricultural systems would negatively affect others. Agricultural responses to this salinity problem will influence current and long-term adaptability of the systems to future changes in salinity intrusion and other social-ecological developments in the deltas. Improving resilience components, e.g., through policies and interventions, resource allocation, and farming system changes, to sustain agricultural production or facilitate transformation to alternative systems when necessary is critically important for agricultural systems facing stress. Complementing subjective resilience assessments with qualitative data is thus crucial for understanding the drivers of resilience to improve components of resilience for agricultural systems in the respective deltas.

    Download files: PDF icon EN

    Organization(s): UNU-EHS

    Type of material:Other

    Publication date:2019

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): COP25 List of UN Publications, Agriculture and Food, Environment

  • The Global Observing System for Climate: Implementation Needs

    This plan describes the proposed implementation of a global observing system for climate, building on current actions. It sets out a way forward for scientific and technological innovations for the Earth observation programmes of space agencies and for the national implementation of climate observing systems and networks.

    Download files: PDF icon EN

    Organization(s): WMO

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2019

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): COP25 List of UN Publications, Environment

  • The Heat Is On: Taking Stock of Global Climate Ambition

    The UN Development Programme (UNDP) and UN Climate Change (UNFCCC) have been working together since 2014 to support countries in developing Nationally Determined Contributions - or NDCs - beginning with the launch of a regional NDC dialogue series that just completed its 22nd event having engaged over 2,200 participants from over 150 developing countries. This report, leveraging those relationships and history, is the most detailed review yet of momentum since the Paris Agreement and is designed to both inspire and inform the UN Climate Action Summit in New York on 23 September.

    Download files: PDF icon EN

    Organization(s): UNDP

    Partner(s): UNFCCC

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2019

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): COP25 List of UN Publications, Adaptation, Environment

  • The IAEA Framework for Integrated Assessment of Climate, Land, Energy and Water

    This factsheet focuses on the CLEW framework for integrating different assessment approaches and methodologies and facilitating collaboration between policy analysts and planners dealing with climate, land, energy and water. 

    Download files: PDF icon English

    Organization(s): IAEA

    Type of material:Other

    Publication date:2019

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): COP25 List of UN Publications, Energy, Environment, Land Use Management, Water

  • The State and the Variations of Greenhouse Gases in the Atmosphere

    This document is based on the information that is included in the annual WMO Greenhouse Gas Bulletins produced during the last 14 years on the basis of the long-term high-quality observations undertaken by the global network and taking into consideration the recent advances in greenhouse gas research. The information is prepared by the Scientific Advisory Group on Greenhouse Gases under the Global Atmosphere Watch (GAW) Programme of WMO.

    Download files: PDF icon EN

    Organization(s): World Meteorological Organization (WMO) 

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2019

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): COP25 List of UN Publications, Energy, Environment

  • Towards Our Common Digital Future

    This report represents the greatest challenge the German Advisory Council on Global Change has taken on since it was founded in the Rio year 1992 – intellectually, politically and ethically. 

    Download files: PDF icon EN

    Organization(s): UNU-EHS

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2019

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): COP25 List of UN Publications, Technology

  • Transforming Adaptation to Climate Change in Coastal Cities: Ho Chi Minh City and Jakarta

    This brief was presented during the Transformative Adaptation in Coastal Cities workshop on 23–24 June 2019 in Bonn, Germany. 

    Download files: PDF icon EN

    Organization(s): UNRISD

    Type of material:Other

    Publication date:2019

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): COP25 List of UN Publications, Adaptation, Urban

  • Transitions to low carbon electricity systems: Key economic and investment trends

    This booklet provides an overview of the nature and pace of the ongoing transition to low carbon electricity systems and discusses some of the inherent challenges. The booklet provides a reality check through selected indicators, notably in relation to income levels.1

    Download files: PDF icon English

    Organization(s): IAEA

    Type of material:Other

    Publication date:2019

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): COP25 List of UN Publications, Energy, Environment, Industry

  • Turning Digital Technology Innovation into Climate Action

    This report takes a comprehensive approach by covering the social impacts of climate change and related ICT-based responses, in addition to those focusing on the reduction of greenhouse gas and carbon footprint impacts.

    Download files: PDF icon EN

    Organization(s): ITU

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2019

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): COP25 List of UN Publications, Adaptation, Migration and Refugees, Mitigation, Technology, Agriculture and Food, Energy, Environment

  • Understanding the effects of climate change on soil and water resources in mountainous regions

    This document focuses on how IAEA has been building Member States’ capacities to study and understand the effects of climate change on their soil and water resources.

    Download files: PDF icon EN

    Organization(s): IAEA

    Type of material:Activity Report

    Publication date:2019

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): COP25 List of UN Publications, Energy, Water

  • Using a nexus approach to improve climate resilience and benefit society, the economy and the environment

    To address a specific gap, the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) has been using conventional approaches, policy and investment assessments along with forecasting tools. The analyses conducted are often comparatively static (mostly employing linear approaches) and narrowly focused on a sector or a specific set of thematic indicators. Instead, a systemic, nexus approach is needed that takes into account social, economic and environmental indicators within a sector, and link them across sectors to generate dynamic projections that make it possible to estimate policy outcomes for all economic actors

    Download files: PDF icon EN

    Organization(s): UNECA

    Type of material:Policy Document

    Publication date:2019

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): COP25 List of UN Publications, Adaptation, Risk Reduction/Management, Agriculture and Food, Energy, Environment

  • Voluntary Guidelines for the Design and Effective Implementation of Ecosystem-based Approaches to Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction and Supplementary Information

    This voluntary guideline focuses on the design and effective implementation of ecosystem-based approaches to climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction, for consideration by the Subsidiary Body on Scientific Technical and Technological Advice prior to the fourteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties.

    Download files: PDF icon EN

    Organization(s): SCBD

    Type of material:Guidance Document

    Publication date:2019

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): COP25 List of UN Publications, Adaptation, Biodiversity, Ecosystems, Risk Reduction/Management

  • WIPO GREEN Strategic Plan 2019–2023

    This Strategic Plan shows how WIPO contributes to accelerating the transition to a greener global economy.

    Download files: PDF icon wipo_green_strategy.pdf

    Organization(s): WIPO

    Type of material:Policy Document

    Publication date:2019

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): COP25 List of UN Publications, Green Jobs/Economy, Energy, Environment, Finance, Health

  • Working on a warmer planet: The effect of heat stress on productivity and decent work

    The phenomenon of heat stress refers to heat received in excess of that which the body can tolerate without physiological impairment. It is one of the major consequences of global warming. By 2030, the equivalent of more than 2 per cent of total working hours worldwide is projected to be lost every year, either because it is too hot to work or because workers have to work at a slower pace. This report shows the impact of heat stress on productivity and decent work for virtually all countries in the world. It presents innovative solutions based on social dialogue to promote occupational safety and health for the most vulnerable groups of workers.

     

    Download files: PDF icon English, PDF icon Spanish, PDF icon French, PDF icon Italian

    Organization(s): ILO

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2019

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

    Topic(s): COP25 List of UN Publications, Environment

  • World Employment and Social Outlook 2018: Greening with jobs

    While climate change mitigation measures may cause short-term job losses, this report shows that a just transition to a more sustainable economy offers much potential for job creation and the promotion of decent work. The report also looks at key issues linked with the path to a greener economy, including macroeconomic and environmental policy, public programmes, worker protection and skills.

    Download files: PDF icon English, PDF icon French, PDF icon Spanish

    Organization(s): ILO

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2019

    Language(s): English, French, Spanish

    Topic(s): COP25 List of UN Publications, Green Jobs/Economy, Environment

  • Accelerating SDG 7 achievement: Policy briefs in support of the first SDG 7 review at the UN High-Level Political Forum 2018

    The briefs explore SDG 7 and its interlinkages with other SDGs, including advancing SDG 7 implementation, strengthening interlinkages between SDG 7 and other SDGs, regional perspectives and experiences, and building a sustainable and equitable energy future

    Download files: PDF icon EN

    Organization(s): UN DESA

    Type of material:Policy Document

    Publication date:2018

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): COP25 List of UN Publications, Energy, Environment

  • Climate Change Impacts on Coastal Transport Infrastructure in the Caribbean: Enhancing the Adaptive Capacity of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) Jamaica: A Case Study

    Because of this heightened vulnerability [as further detailed in Chapters 1 and 2 of this report], development of climate change adaptation strategies and policies are of paramount importance to Jamaica at this time in its planning framework. No longer can Jamaica, or any of the other Caribbean SIDS, afford to ignore the looming impacts of climate change on their respective nations.

    An examination of the cost of the impacts of climate change on Jamaica was examined in Chapter 2 of the report. The analysis revealed that the current cumulative loss of GDP due to damage associated with natural disasters was estimated to be in the order of $120 billion (roughly 7% of GDP). This is a significant number, which is even more grave given the already slow growth and fragility of Jamaica’s economy. When this is coupled with potential climate change-induced impacts, such as an increase in the number of extreme hurricanes, the figure is even more worrisome as it is likely to rise. Estimates indicate that it could reach as high as 56 per cent of GDP by 2025 if climate predictions are accurate.

    Download files: PDF icon English

    Organization(s): UNCTAD

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2018

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): COP25 List of UN Publications, Transport

  • Climate Change Impacts on Coastal Transport Infrastructure in the Caribbean: Enhancing the Adaptive Capacity of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) Saint Lucia: A case study

    Two Caribbean SIDS with different environmental and socio-economic characteristics were selected as case studies: Jamaica and Saint Lucia. Detailed assessments of the vulnerability of the islands’ transportation assets were carried out to: (a) improve knowledge and understanding at the national level, and (b) test new approaches in order to develop an appropriate methodology for assessing climate- related impacts on coastal transportation in other SIDS. The present report presents the assessment of the criticality of Saint Lucia’s major transportation assets (airports and seaports) and their potential vulnerabilities to Climate Variability and Change (CV & C).

    Download files: PDF icon ENglish

    Organization(s): UNCTAD

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2018

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): COP25 List of UN Publications, Transport

  • Climate change impacts on critical international transportation assets of Caribbean Small Island Developing States (SIDS): the case of Jamaica and Saint Lucia

    This contribution presents an assessment of the potential vulnerabilities to climate variability and change (CV & C) of the critical transportation infrastructure of Caribbean Small Island Developing States (SIDS). It focuses on potential operational disruptions and coastal inundation forced by CV & C on four coastal international airports and four seaports in Jamaica and Saint Lucia which are critical facilitators of international connectivity and socioeconomic development. Impact assessments have been carried out under climatic conditions forced by a 1.5 °C specific warming level (SWL) above pre-industrial levels, as well as for different emission scenarios and time periods in the twenty-first century. Disruptions and increasing costs due to, e.g., more frequent exceedance of high temperature thresholds that could impede transport operations are predicted, even under the 1.5 °C SWL, advocated by the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) and reflected as an aspirational goal in the Paris Climate Agreement. Dynamic modeling of the coastal inundation under different return periods of projected extreme sea levels (ESLs) indicates that the examined airports and seaports will face increasing coastal inundation during the century. Inundation is projected for the airport runways of some of the examined international airports and most of the seaports, even from the 100-year extreme sea level under 1.5 °C SWL. In the absence of effective technical adaptation measures, both operational disruptions and coastal inundation are projected to increasingly affect all examined assets over the course of the century. Access here

    Organization(s): UNCTAD

    Type of material:Other

    Publication date:2018

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): COP25 List of UN Publications, Environment, Transport

  • Climate Risk and Vulnerability Assessment Framework for Caribbean Coastal Transport Infrastructure

    The framework provides a structured way for organizations in SIDS to approach climate change adaptation. Climate change adaptation can be daunting, particularly when gaps in data create uncertainties around what conditions may arise and what the costs of impacts and the costs and effectiveness of responses may be over time. This framework is intended to help SIDS overcome these challenges by providing a practical approach that uses available data to inform decision-making at a facility, local, and national level. The primary audience is port and airport managers in Caribbean SIDS, though it will also be relevant to local and national government agencies.

    Download files: PDF icon EN

    Organization(s): UNCTAD

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2018

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): COP25 List of UN Publications, Transport, Water

  • Cross-border Displacement, Climate Change and Disasters: Latin America and The Caribbean

    This study, commissioned by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the Platform on Disaster Displacement (PDD), responds to a call by governments in Latin America and the Caribbean in the 2014 Brazil Declaration and Plan of Action to assess and provide guidance on the response in those regions to cross- border displacement in the context of disasters linked to natural hazards and climate change (hereinafter ‘disaster displacement’).2

    Download files: PDF icon English

    Organization(s): UNHCR

    Type of material:Guidance Document

    Publication date:2018

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): COP25 List of UN Publications, Migration and Refugees, Environment

  • Energy, Electricity and Nuclear Power Estimates for the Period up to 2050

    This analytical document explores the status of nuclear power in each part of the world at the end of 2017 and presents nuclear and electrical energy capacity projections up to 2050. 

    Download files: PDF icon 2018 edition, PDF icon 2019 edition

    Organization(s): IAEA

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2018

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): COP24 List of UN publications, COP25 List of UN Publications, Adaptation, Chemicals and Waste, Human Security, Mitigation, Risk Reduction/Management, Science, Technology, Economic and Development Planning, Energy, Environment, Industry

  • Global Conference on Strengthening Synergies between the Paris Agreement and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

    The focus of the conference was promoting coordinated implementation at the global, regional and country level. Participants identified examples that specifically illustrate the potential of synergistic and interlinked approaches to realizing the objectives of the 2030 Agenda and the Paris Agreement (including through analyses of, for example, national development plans, nationally determined contributions, national adaptation plans and national risk reduction strategies). This detailed summary will contribute to the better understanding and more effective promotion of synergy between climate action and sustainable development.

    Download files: PDF icon EN

    Organization(s): UN DESA

    Partner(s): UNFCCC

    Type of material:Other

    Publication date:2018

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): COP25 List of UN Publications, Environment

  • Guide to Communicating Carbon Pricing

    Stakeholder and public support are critical for an enduring and robust carbon pricing policy. How jurisdictions communicate their carbon pricing policy plays a key role in creating and maintaining that support. Drawing on case studies, research and best practice, the report provides guidance on designing and implementing effective carbon pricing communications strategies.

    Download files: PDF icon EN

    Organization(s): World Bank

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2018

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): COP25 List of UN Publications

  • High And Dry: Climate Change, Water, and the Economy

    The impacts of climate change will be channeled primarily through the water cycle, with consequences that could be large and uneven across the globe. Water-related climate risks cascade through food, energy, urban, and environmental systems. Growing populations, rising incomes, and expanding cities will converge upon a world where the demand for water rises exponentially, while supply becomes more erratic and uncertain. They will jeopardize growth prospects in the regions worst affected and in some of the poorest countries. These challenges are not insurmountable, however, and smart policies that induce water-use efficiency, align incentives across regional and trading partners, and invest in adaptive technologies can go a long way toward reducing or eliminating these negative effects.

    Download files: PDF icon EN

    Organization(s): World Bank

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2018

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): COP25 List of UN Publications, Environment, Water

  • In Harm’s Way: International protection in the context of nexus dynamics between conflict or violence and disaster or climate change

    This overview sets out recommendations, based on the present study, to strengthen implementation of refugee law-based international protection when cross-border movements occur in the context of nexus dynamics. It does so by examining four case studies, which concern:

    - Kenya and Ethiopia’s responses, primarily during 2011–2012, to the cross-border movement of Somalis in the context of drought, food insecurity and famine, when conflict and violence also prevailed in southern and central Somalia; and

    - Brazil and Mexico’s responses, primarily during 2010–2012, to the cross-border movement of Haitians in the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, when insecurity, violence and human rights violations also prevailed in Haiti.

    Download files: PDF icon English

    Organization(s): UNHCR

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2018

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): COP25 List of UN Publications, Migration and Refugees, Environment

  • Mapping Just Transition(s) to a Low-Carbon World

    This report, by the Just Transition Research Collaborative (JTRC), unpacks the different understandings, narratives, and framings of Just Transition that underpin the concept’s growing popularity and uptake. Six short country case studies then provide insights into how Just Transition is—or is not—being mobilized on the ground.

    Download files: PDF icon EN

    Organization(s): UNRISD

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2018

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): COP25 List of UN Publications, Adaptation, Urban

  • Mapping of existing international and regional guidance and tools on averting, minimizing, addressing and facilitating durable solutions to displacement related to the adverse impacts of climate change

    The objectives of this mapping are to:

    • Enhance dissemination of the existing tools and guidance;
    • Identify key opportunities to further develop tools and guidance, to enhance coherence between tools and guidance and to ensure better implementation of existing tools and guidance;
    • Inform the development of recommendations related to tools and guidance by the Task Force on Displacement; and
    • Inform the work of the Warsaw International Mechanism on Loss and Damage as it pertains to tools and guidance.

     

    Download files: PDF icon English

    Organization(s): UNHCR

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2018

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): COP25 List of UN Publications, Migration and Refugees, Mitigation, Environment

  • Momentum for Change 2018 Annual Report

    Momentum for Change 2018 Annual Report highlights 15 activities and projects. The full report can be accessed here

     

    Organization(s): UNFCCC

    Type of material:Activity Report

    Publication date:2018

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): COP25 List of UN Publications, Gender, Environment, Finance, Health

  • Port Industry Survey on Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation

    The present report relates the key findings of the survey, together with some additional information about climate trends and climate-related impacts on seaports and some concluding remarks. The respondent port sample collectively handles more than 16 % of global seaborne trade and can be considered as representative. Although the majority of respondents had been impacted by weather/climate-related events, including by extremes, the study revealed important gaps in terms of relevant information available to seaports of all sizes and across regions, with implications for effective climate risk assessment and adaptation planning.

    Download files: PDF icon EN

    Organization(s): UNCTAD

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2018

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): COP25 List of UN Publications, Adaptation

  • Status and Perspectives for Renewable Energy Development in the UNECE Region 2017

    This report provides a comprehensive analysis of the status quo, recent developments and prospects of renewable energy markets within the UNECE area. 

    Moreover, it examines the renewable policy promotion schemes put in place in the respective countries and offers recommendations for successful policy formulation and implementation. The report draws significantly on the results from two expert workshops with regional energy insiders conducted in November of 2017 in Bonn, from the UNECE Renewable Energy Hard Talks, multi-stakeholder dialogues held in Georgia, Ukraine and Azerbaijan, as well as on other recent publications and trends.

    Download files: PDF icon EN

    Organization(s): UNECE

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2018

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): COP25 List of UN Publications, Energy, Environment

  • Transforming Coastal City Adaptation: From Idea to Practice

    This Research and Policy Brief is based on discussions at the Expert Group Meeting “Transformative Adaptation: Tackling the Root Causes of Vulnerability to Climate Change in Southeast Asian Coastal Cities that was held in Geneva on 21-22 November 2018 and funded by the German Federal Foreign Office.

    Download files: PDF icon EN

    Organization(s): UNRISD

    Type of material:Other

    Publication date:2018

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): COP25 List of UN Publications, Adaptation, Urban

  • Water Scarce Cities : Thriving in a Finite World

    This report, using information from the Water Scarce Cities Initiative, attempts to compile innovative approaches—based on cities' successful responses to water scarcity—to inspire a new kind of urban water security. The Water Scarce Cities report intends to magnify the successes of those urban areas and to stimulate knowledge exchange between global cities, their policymakers and, most important, the practitioners. It first seeks to shift predominant, outdated, mostly linear, and siloed thought patterns that sometimes lead to disjointed and costly investment decisions without necessarily providing protection against depleting resources or an increasingly adversarial climate. It then demystifies innovative urban water practices, including managing conventional resources such as aquifers more effectively, tapping new and nonconventional resources such as wastewater, con-trolling demand, or engaging differently (such as showing how the practices were done and what can be learned from them). The goal is to engage meaningfully with diverse water scarce cities to facilitate concrete engagement, product development, and technical assistance.

    Download files: PDF icon EN

    Organization(s): World Bank

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2018

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): COP25 List of UN Publications, Water

  • Application of UNFC to Geothermal Energy Resources - Selected Case Studies

    This publication includes a set of 14 case studies on the applications of United Nations Framework Classification for Resources (UNFC) to geothermal energy from Australia, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Philippines and Russian Federation. The case studies are presented here to illustrate the application of the geothermal energy specifications for the uniform use of UNFC in different contexts. These application examples from different countries provide a range of scenarios in the classification of geothermal resources in a manner consistent with the classification of other energy resources.

    Download files: PDF icon English, PDF icon French, PDF icon Spanish, PDF icon Russian

    Organization(s): UNECE

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2017

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): COP25 List of UN Publications, Energy, Environment

  • Climate change and health in small island developing states – A WHO Special Initiative

    This report has been prepared in response to informal requests by SIDS Member States and territories for WHO assistance in confronting the stark and dire situation which climate change has created in their countries and the impact it is having on their peoples. It is also the joint vision of Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General, Prime Minister Frank Bainamarama of Fiji and President of the 23rd Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC COP23), and Ms Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC, when they launched the SIDS Initiative at the COP in Bonn in November 2017. 

    Download files: PDF icon English

    Organization(s): WHO

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2017

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): COP25 List of UN Publications, Environment, Health

  • Greening Technical and Vocational Education and Training – A practical guide for institutions

    Greening Technical and Vocational Education and Training: a practical guide for institutions is designed to help leaders and practitioners of technical and vocational education and training (TVET) in improving their understanding of, and implementing, education for sustainable development (ESD).

    It is guided by a whole-institution approach, and uses a step-by-step process that can be applied in an institutional setting. The process consists of four steps: understanding, planning, implementing, and monitoring and assessment. The Guide identifies several key elements to assist TVET leaders and their institutional teams in understanding the steps in greening their institutions and programmes. It explains the need for, and the institutional benefits of, greening. It also addresses key elements for creating the rationale and strategy prior to launching the first step. The core elements of creating an institutional greening plan (IGP), addressing short, medium and long-term goals, are outlined in Step 2. Then Steps 3 and 4 address suggestions for implementing, developing and assessing the e greening process.

    Download files: PDF icon English

    Organization(s): UNESCO

    Type of material:Guidance Document

    Publication date:2017

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): COP25 List of UN Publications, Training, Green Jobs/Economy, Education

  • Legal considerations on refugee protection for people fleeing conflict and famine affected countries

    This document sets out key legal considerations relevant for the protection of people fleeing conflict and famine affected countries, by outlining the applicability of the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees1 and its 1967 Protocol2 (1951 Convention) as well as the broader refugee criteria included in the 1969 OAU Convention Governing the Specific Aspects of Refugee Problems in Africa (1969 OAU Convention).

    Download files: PDF icon English

    Organization(s): UNHCR

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2017

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): COP25 List of UN Publications, Migration and Refugees, Environment

  • Marshallese perspectives on migration in the context of climate change

    This policy brief highlights the key findings of the migration component of the research. It presents data and findings on migration patterns, drivers and impacts. It ends with a discussion of the results, with a focus on the tension between being prepared to move and fortifying to stay in place.

    Download files: PDF icon EN

    Organization(s): UNU-EHS

    Partner(s): IOM

    Type of material:Policy Document

    Publication date:2017

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): COP25 List of UN Publications, Migration and Refugees, Population Dynamics, Environment

  • A toolbox: Planning Relocations to Protect People from Disasters and Environmental Change

    This Toolbox, developed by Georgetown University, UNHCR, and IOM in close cooperation with the World Bank and UN University, seeks to provide concrete suggestions for States and other actors who are contemplating or planning to relocate people in order to

    Download files: PDF icon English

    Organization(s): UNHCR

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2016

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): COP25 List of UN Publications, Migration and Refugees, Environment