Compendium of WHO and other UN guidance on health and environment

This compendium provides a systematic compilation of published guidance from WHO and other UN organizations on health and environment. Guidance on policies and actions as well as awareness raising and capacity building interventions is presented for all major areas of health and environment. Guidance referring to priority settings for action such as cities and other urban settlements, housing, workplaces and health care facilities is also listed.

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Organization: WHO, UNICEF, UNDP

Theme: Health

Topic: Health, Water, Biodiversity, Human Security, Children

Type of material: Guidance Document

Publication date: 2021

Language: English

NDC Synthesis

The NDC Synthesis report indicates that while there is a clear trend that greenhouse gas emissions are being reduced over time, nations must urgently redouble their climate efforts if they are to prevent global temperature increases beyond the Paris Agreement’s goal of well below 2C – ideally 1.5C – by the end of the century.

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Organization: UNFCCC

Topic: Environment, Science

Type of material: Analytical-Technical Document

Publication date: 2021

Language: English

United in Science 2021

This report has been compiled by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) on behalf of the United Nations SecretaryGeneral to bring together the latest climate science related updates from a group of key global partner organizations: WMO, Global Carbon Project (GCP), Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), World Health Organization (WHO), the Met Office (United Kingdom, UK) and the jointly sponsored WMO/Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO/International Science Council (ISC) and World Climate Research Programme (WCRP). The content of each chapter is attributable to each respective entity.

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Organization: WMO

Topic: Energy, Environment, Transport, Biodiversity

Type of material: Analytical-Technical Document

Publication date: 2021

Language: English

Climate Change 2021: The Physical Science Basis

Climate change is widespread, rapid and intensifying. That is the key finding of the latest scientific report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. It finds changes in the Earth’s climate in every region and across the whole climate system. Many changes are unprecedented in thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of years. Some, such as continued sea-level rise, are irreversible over hundreds to thousands of years. The report points to strong and sustained reductions in emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases to limit climate change. Benefits for air quality would come quickly, while global temperatures would take 20-30 years to stabilize. The report, issued by the IPCC’s Working Group I and approved by 195 member governments, is the first in a series leading up to the 2022 IPCC Sixth Assessment Report. It includes a closer look at the regional dimensions of climate change and builds on advances in attributing specific weather and climate events to climate change.

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Organization: IPCC

Theme: Science

Topic: Environment, Biodiversity, Science

Type of material: Analytical-Technical Document

Publication date: 2021

Language: English

AR6 Climate Change 2021: The Physical Science Basis

The Working Group I contribution to the Sixth Assessment Report addresses the most up-to-date physical understanding of the climate system and climate change, bringing together the latest advances in climate science, and combining multiple lines of evidence from paleoclimate, observations, process understanding, and global and regional climate simulations.

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Theme: Science

Topic: Environment, Science

Type of material: Analytical-Technical Document

Publication date: 2021

A Practical Guide to Climate-resilient Buildings & Communities

This practical guide demonstrates how buildings and community spaces can be constructed to increase their resilience to climate change, especially in developing countries where structures are largely self-built. The publication provides an overview of the fundamental types of interventions at the building scale, including the use of nature-based solutions.

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Organization: UN Environment

Theme: Adaptation

Topic: Environment, Land Use Management, Urban, Water, Adaptation, Green Jobs/Economy, Risk Reduction/Management, Mitigation

Type of material: Guidance Document

Publication date: 2021

Language: English

Training Manual on Gender and Climate Resilience

This manual is designed to strengthen the role of CSOs, especially those working on gender and women’s rights, in understanding the importance of mainstreaming gender into climate policies, programmes and budgets at the regional, national and local level.

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Organization: UN Women, UN Environment

Theme: Gender

Topic: Environment, Finance, Gender, Risk Reduction/Management, Capacity Development

Type of material: Guidance Document

Publication date: 2021

Language: English

Climate Box

Climate Box is a comprehensive learning toolkit that educates school children about climate change and inspires them to take action. Designed to make learning fun and interesting, the Climate Box provides up-to-date information on climate change with a range of creative tasks, games, quizzes and experiments, as well as resources for teachers/educators.

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Organization: UNDP

Theme: Education

Topic: Education, Environment, Training

Type of material: Other

Publication date: 2021

Language: English, Russian

Berlin Declaration on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)

Over 80 ministers and vice ministers and 2,800 education and environment stakeholders committed to taking concrete steps to transform learning for the survival of our planet by adopting the Berlin Declaration on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD).

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Organization: UNESCO

Theme: Education

Topic: Education, Environment

Type of material: Policy Document

Publication date: 2021

Language: English

Climate Change Budget Tagging : A Review of International Experience

he purpose of this report is to provide development practitioners and government officials with an understanding of the context and key design features of climate budget tagging initiatives. It is based on a review of 18 climate budgeting tagging methodologies as well as key informant interviews with practitioners during 2020. The review is structured into five sections. The first draws lessons from three precursors of climate expenditure tagging: poverty tagging, gender-budget tagging, and budgeting for international development goals. The second provides an overview of climate finance reporting methodologies and climate expenditure reviews supported by international organizations. The third reviews technical and institutional aspects of the climate budget tagging methodologies and practices of a number of national governments. The fourth explores links between climate budget tagging and the green bond frameworks used to mobilize climate finance. The final section discusses the benefits of and challenges in implementing a climate change tagging system and also presents lessons learned from experience in budget tagging in general and its application to climate change in particular. The report does not assess the effectiveness of climate budget tagging, as this would require a more thorough and long-term evaluation.

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Organization: World Bank

Topic: Finance, Economic Analysis

Type of material: Analytical-Technical Document

Publication date: 2021

Language: English

Activity book – Healthy plants, healthy planet

This activity book has been designed, written and illustrated to bring children and young people closer to the world of plant protection; the science that deals with plant health. Although addressed to an age group between eight and twelve years, this book can also be useful for older kids and educators. It can be considered as first, simple plant protection manual, designed on the occasion of the International Year of Plant Health 2020.

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Organization: FAO

Theme: Health

Topic: Agriculture and Food, Health, Environment, Children

Type of material: Other

Publication date: 2021

Language: English, French, Spanish

Bridging the gap: How to get climate services to farmers

The leaflet presents the methodologies used by the project “Strengthening Agro-climatic Monitoring and Information Systems (SAMIS) to improve adaptation to climate change and food security in Lao PDR” to get climate services to farmers. In collaboration with the Department of Meteorology and Hydrology (DMH) and the Department of Agriculture and Land Management (DALaM) the project tested a number of pathways to give farmers access to the Lao Climate Service for Agriculture (LaCSA): village’ public announcement systems, radio, school posters, app, TV, and Farmer Field Schools (FFS).

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Organization: FAO

Topic: Agriculture and Food

Type of material: Audio-Visual Resource

Publication date: 2021

Language: English

Guidebook for direct access entities engaging in the Green Climate Fund accreditation process

This document was prepared by the FAO Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia (REU), in close collaboration with FAO’s Climate and Environment Division (CBC), in the frames of the second project of the Republic of North Macedonia under the Green Climate Fund Readiness and Preparatory Support Programme, implemented by FAO under guidance and leadership of the Cabinet of the Deputy President of the Government of North Macedonia, as National Designated Authority (NDA) to the GCF.

The document aims to provide the main guidelines that potential entities should consider before engaging in the Green Climate Fund (GCF) accreditation process. It includes a brief description of the main steps of the GCF accreditation process, information on the most relevant policies, as well as an explanation of each section of the accreditation form.

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Organization: FAO

Topic: Agriculture and Food, Environment, Finance

Type of material: Guidance Document

Publication date: 2021

Language: English

Making climate-sensitive investments in agriculture

Climate change is a major challenge for agriculture, a vital source of food, income and employment for most of the world’s poor. Agricultural investments, as a result, need to become more climate sensitive. This is as true for general agricultural investments focused on development outcomes as for projects specifically addressing climate change adaptation and mitigation. This comprehensive knowledge product provides investment practitioners with practical reference material on integrating climate risk considerations at all stages of the investment project cycle, from design to implementation, monitoring and evaluation. Produced by multidisciplinary teams across FAO, the knowledge product is organized as a compendium of modules and thematic sections. It builds on a 2012 FAO guidance document and draws on the most recent information and data sources, including the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reports. It also showcases FAO-developed tools, tested approaches and selected experiences, and discusses climate financing opportunities for agriculture.

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Organization: FAO

Topic: Agriculture and Food, Finance

Type of material: Analytical-Technical Document

Publication date: 2021

Language: English

Adaptation to climate change and food security

Adaptation to climate change and food security – Agro-ecological zoning in support to agro-climatic monitoring and anticipatory land-use and land policies in Lao People’s Democratic Republic.

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Organization: FAO

Theme: Adaptation

Topic: Agriculture and Food, Environment, Adaptation

Type of material: Activity Report

Publication date: 2021

Language: English

Public expenditure analysis for climate change adaptation and mitigation in the agricultural sector – A case study of Uganda

This paper presents a methodology for public expenditure review and analysis for climate change adaptation and mitigation in the agricultural sector. It outlines the basic methodological concepts, including the classification of public expenditures in the context of their links to climate change adaptation and mitigation. It also illustrates how such analysis can usefully contribute to policy decision making to better achieve the climate change adaptation and mitigation goals using the case study of Uganda. The proposed classification allows for analysing the level and the composition of public expenditures that influence adaptation capacity of the sector to climate change, and actions that increase or decrease greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) in agriculture. This, in turn, allows for assessing whether the sector is stimulated in a way that allows achieving a country’s climate change adaptation and mitigation objectives and form a basis for further evaluation of the effectiveness of individual measures in reaching these objectives.

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Organization: FAO

Theme: Adaptation

Topic: Agriculture and Food, Environment, Mitigation, Adaptation

Type of material: Analytical-Technical Document

Publication date: 2021

Language: English

FAO’s work on climate change – Fisheries and aquaculture 2020

This publication presents FAO’s work on climate change and fisheries and aquaculture. It includes examples of FAO’s support to countries so that they are better able to adapt to the impact of climate change in the fisheries and aquaculture sector. It also brings together FAO’s most up-to-date knowledge on climate change, including a portfolio of adaptation tools and measures used to support countries’ climate commitments and action plans.

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Organization: FAO

Topic: Agriculture and Food, Biodiversity, Ecosystems

Type of material: Analytical-Technical Document

Publication date: 2021

Language: English

Geneva Declaration of Mayors

This Declaration was endorsed by the Mayors of the UNECE region at the first Forum of Mayors held in October 2020. It is a commitment to:

  1. Strengthen the resilience of our cities;
  2. Take ambitious climate action;
  3.  Make our cities greener;
  4. Accelerate the transition to sustainable energy;
  5. Ensure urban transport is sustainable;
  6. Ensure housing is affordable, healthy and adequate;
  7. Make cities more equitable and inclusive.

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Organization: UNECE

Topic: Energy, Environment, Transport, Urban, Population Dynamics

Type of material: Other

Publication date: 2021

Language: English

Building forward for an African green recovery

Despite its satisfactory response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Africa has lost over 30 million jobs, poverties are once again on the rise, and debt pressures are mounting. A swift and bold response is needed to address the devastating impact of the climate, health and economic crises. African finance ministers have called for an injection of external assistance of $100 billion each year for the next three years to close the financing gap of more than $345 billion identified by the IMF. Finally, for climate, health, and the economy, one thing is clear: the entire international community must cooperate to reset and rebuild a stronger multilateral framework to respond to global crises and provide equitable, just and transparent processes and systems for the management and implementation of rapid, monitorable solutions. Without such an approach, African development aspirations, as set out in national development plans, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and Agenda 2063 of the African Union, will not be attained.

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Organization: UNECA

Topic: Economic and Development Planning, Ecosystems, Green Jobs/Economy

Type of material: Analytical-Technical Document

Publication date: 2021

Language: English

On sustainable development goal 7 : the “SDG7 initiative for Africa” Accelerating clean energy investments for access and climate ambition in Africa

Climate change is causing unprecedented variations in the frequency and magnitude of extreme weather events: floods, droughts and heatwaves. How African countries prepare for and manage these extreme events will be fundamental to the performance of their economies and realization of their development aspirations as embodied in various national development plans, the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the African Union’s Agenda 2063. Another key factor that will determine the attainment of Africa’s development objectives is how the continent responds to its increasing need for access to adequate, secure and reliable energy services to industrialize, trade, provide better health and education services, reduce poverty and increase inclusion, boost economic growth and cater for population growth, a growing middle class, increasing urbanization and climate change.

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Organization: UNECA

Topic: Environment, Urban, Biodiversity, Population Dynamics

Type of material: Guidance Document

Publication date: 2020

Language: English