Linking Global Finance to Small-Scale Clean Energy

This report analyses potential links between global finance to small-scale clean energy projects in developing countries. The analysis identifies key barriers, market enablers, case studies, insights and recommendations to wider adoption of financial aggregation as a means to enable capital flows at scale toward small-scale low carbon energy initiatives. 

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Organization: UNDP

Theme: Energy

Topic: Finance, Energy, Economic and Development Planning, Adaptation, Mitigation

Type of material: Analytical-Technical Document

Publication date: 2022

Language: English

Transformative Climate Finance : A New Approach for Climate Finance to Achieve Low-Carbon Resilient Development in Developing Countries

This report analyses options to make international public climate finance more transformative. The report identifies eight sets of levers to drive climate action: project-based investments, financial sector reform, fiscal policy, sectoral policies, trade policy, innovation and technology transfer, carbon markets, and climate intelligence. It then examines how climate finance is deployed to address barriers to action for each lever and derives general principles for transformative climate finance based on this analysis relating to allocation of climate finance, use of different financial instruments and other improvements in modalities and processes.

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Organization: World Bank

Theme: Other

Topic: Environment, Finance, Economic Analysis

Type of material: Analytical-Technical Document

Publication date: 2020

Language: English

Knowing What You Spend: A guidance note for governments to track climate change finance in their budgets

Climate Budget Tagging (CBT) is one of a set of climate related finance tools designed to help countries mainstream climate change in public financial management in order to mitigate the economic, social and environmental impacts of climate change.

This guidance note is intended for government agencies responsible for climate finance within Ministries of Finance, Ministries of Planning, or climate change policy making bodies (e.g. Climate Change Commissions, Ministry of Climate Change, Ministry of Environment and Forests etc.) that wish to set up a Climate Budget Tagging (CBT) system or strengthen an existing one. 

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Organization: UNDP

Theme: Other

Topic: Environment, Finance, Economic Analysis

Type of material: Guidance Document

Publication date: 2019

Language: English

Climate Finance for Sustaining Peace: Making Climate Finance Work for Conflict-Affected and Fragile Contexts

This study sets out to address this and focuses on: trends in access to climate finance in conflict-affected and fragile contexts; gaps and opportunities to leverage the co-benefits of climate action for peace and security; strategies for mainstreaming climate-related security risks into climate finance; and recommendations to make climate finance work more effectively in contexts affected by conflict and fragility. 

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Organization: UNDP

Theme: Other

Topic: Environment, Finance

Type of material: Guidance Document

Publication date: 2021

Language: English

Skills for a greener future: a global view

The first global report on the implications of the transition to low-carbon and resource-efficient economies for skills, gender and occupations.

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Organization: ILO

Theme: Other

Topic: Labour, Environment, Green Jobs/Economy

Type of material: Analytical-Technical Document

Publication date: 2019

Language: English

Climate Science Literacy in Asia and the Pacific

To advance Climate Science Literacy across Asia and the Pacific, the United Nations in Asia-Pacific has developed a series of posters, social media graphics, and videos.

The following United Nations Agencies have jointly developed the climate science literacy materials: UNESCO, ILO, IOM, UNDP, UNDRR, UNEP, UN ESCAP, UNFCCC, UNICEF, and UNOSSC.

The materials are available free of charge for public adaptation and distribution under Open Access CC-BY-SA 3.0 IGO. Please click on the posters, social media graphics, and videos below to download the high-resolution version.

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Organization: UNESCO, ILO, IOM, UNDRR, UNDP, UNEP, UNFCCC, UNESCAP, UNICEF, UNOSSC

Theme: Science, Education

Topic: Water, Environment, Education, Health, Science, Gender

Type of material: Other

Publication date: 2022

Language: English

Getting every school climate-ready: how countries are integrating climate change issues in education

This document begins with the assumption that education is essential to prepare societies to address the climate crisis. UNESCO has been supporting countries to integrate the study of climate change into education through its focus on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD). However, there is a need to understand the depth of inclusion of climate change education within national curriculum frameworks.

This document responds to this need, drawing from data and methodologies used in prior UNESCO research. In particular, this report builds on research conducted for Learn for our planet, which analyzed environment-related content within national curriculum frameworks and education sector plans for 46 countries. National Curriculum frameworks were available and analyzed for 39 of those countries. This document includes an analysis of national curriculum frameworks for an additional 61 countries (100 countries in total, representing 52 percent of UNESCO Member States).

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Organization: UNESCO

Theme: Education

Topic: Education, Environment, Training

Type of material: Analytical-Technical Document

Publication date: 2021

Language: English

Teachers have their say: motivation, skills and opportunities to teach education for sustainable development and global citizenship

To give teachers the support they need to effectively provide Education for sustainable development and Global citizenship education this report makes recommendations for lawmakers, policy-makers, educational planners, curriculum developers, teacher trainers, teachers, school leadership and personnel, communities and other actors.

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Organization: UNESCO

Theme: Education

Topic: Education, Environment, Children, Training

Type of material: Analytical-Technical Document

Publication date: 2021

Language: English

PCCB Toolkit

This toolkit was developed to serve as a resource for developing country officials and their implementing partners in the assessment of relevant capacity needs, and in the determination of gaps, to implement the Paris Agreement. It includes examples of approaches that have been successfully adopted as well as links to additional resources that may be accessed via the UNFCCC capacity building portal and other online sources to inspire countries’ further work with capacity building.

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Organization: UNFCCC

Topic: Education, Training

Type of material: Analytical-Technical Document

Publication date: 2022

Language: English

A multi-billion-dollar opportunity – Repurposing agricultural support to transform food systems

This report sets out the compelling case for repurposing harmful agricultural producer support to reverse this situation, by optimizing the use of scarce public resources, strengthening economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, and ultimately driving a food systems transformation that can support global sustainable development commitments.

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Organization: FAO, UNDP, UN Environment

Topic: Agriculture and Food, Land Use Management, Ecosystems, Adaptation, Mitigation, Green Jobs/Economy

Type of material: Guidance Document

Publication date: 2021

Language: English

Recarbonizing global soils – A technical manual of recommended management practices

This report is the first attempt to gather, in a standardized format, the existing data on the impacts of the main soil management practices on soil organic carbon (SOC) content in a wide array of environments, including the advantages, drawbacks, and constraints. 

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Organization: FAO

Theme: Science

Topic: Environment, Agriculture and Food, Science

Type of material: Analytical-Technical Document

Publication date: 2021

Language: English

The State of the World’s Land and Water Resources for Food and Agriculture – Systems at breaking point (SOLAW 2021)

The report builds awareness of the status of land and water resources, highlighting the risks, and informing on related opportunities and challenges, also underlining the essential contribution of appropriate policies, institutions and investments.

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Organization: FAO

Topic: Agriculture and Food, Water, Land Use Management

Type of material: Analytical-Technical Document

Publication date: 2021

Language: English, French, Spanish, Russian, Arabic, Chinese

The State of Food and Agriculture 2021

The State of Food and Agriculture 2021 presents country-level indicators of the resilience of agrifood systems. The indicators measure the robustness of primary production and food availability, as well as physical and economic access to food. 

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Organization: FAO

Topic: Agriculture and Food, Land Use Management, Science

Type of material: Analytical-Technical Document

Publication date: 2021

Language: English

WMO Atlas of Mortality and Economic Losses from Weather, Climate and Water Extremes (1970–2019)

The report provides an overview of impacts from weather, climate and water extremes globally from 1970 to 2019 based on disaster data from the Emergency Events Database (EM-DAT).

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Organization: World Meteorological Organization (WMO) 

Topic: Environment, Economic and Development Planning, Emergency Preparedness and Response, Risk Reduction/Management

Type of material: Analytical-Technical Document

Publication date: 2021

Language: English, French, Spanish, Russian

Beating the Heat: A Sustainable Cooling Handbook for Cities

The guide offers planners an encyclopaedia of proven options to help cool cities. The guide’s 80 supporting case studies and examples demonstrate the effectiveness of the strategies outlined and can help cities find an approach best suited to their unique contexts.

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Organization: UN Environment, Cool Coalition

Topic: Environment, Urban

Type of material: Guidance Document

Publication date: 2021

Language: English

Economics of Peatlands Conservation, Restoration and Sustainable Management

The “Economics of Peatlands Conservation, Restoration and Sustainable Management” policy report identifies that the leading causes of peatland mismanagement are undervaluation and underinvestment.

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Organization: UN Environment

Topic: Environment, Ecosystems

Type of material: Policy Document

Publication date: 2021

Language: English

Nature-based Solutions for climate change mitigation

This report analyses the current state of knowledge regarding the role of Nature-based Solutions (NbS) in climate change mitigation.

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Organization: UN Environment, IUCN

Topic: Environment, Mitigation

Type of material: Analytical-Technical Document

Publication date: 2021

Language: English

Greening the Blue Report 2021

The report details the UN System’s environmental footprint and the efforts being made to reduce it.

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Organization: United Nations, UN Environment

Topic: Environment, Adaptation, Mitigation

Type of material: Activity Report

Publication date: 2021

Language: English

Principles and Policy Guidance on Children’s Rights to a Safe, Clean, Healthy and Sustainable Environment in the ASEAN Region

Principles and Policy Guidance on Children’s Rights to a Safe, Clean, Healthy and Sustainable Environment in the ASEAN Region sets out fundamental principles for realizing children’s rights to a safe, clean, healthy and sustainable environment and for putting the best interests of children at the center of initiatives by all segments of society in Southeast Asia.

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Organization: UN Environment, OHCHR, UNICEF

Topic: Environment, Children

Type of material: Guidance Document

Publication date: 2021

Language: English

Future Proofing Infrastructure to Address the Climate Biodiversity and Pollution Crises

The report reviews the impacts of climate change on infrastructure and the impacts of infrastructure on society and the environment (in particular, biodiversity loss and pollution). 

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Organization: UN Environment

Topic: Economic and Development Planning, Transport, Industry, Biodiversity

Type of material: Guidance Document

Publication date: 2021

Language: English