Stay Safe and Be Prepared – A Student’s Guide to Disaster Risk Reduction

This manual aims at introducing concepts, exercises and good practices on disaster preparedness and response, particularly for students at age 11-18.  The document uses visuals and cartoons and made it easy for students to understand the topic. This student’s guide is part of a three-book compendium that also includes a teacher’s guide and a parents’ guide

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Organization: UNESCO, BASF Stiftung

Topic: Education, Risk Reduction/Management, Children, Capacity Development

Type of material: Guidance Document

Publication date: 2014

Language: English

Port Emissions Toolkit Guide No.2: Development of Port Emissions Reduction Strategies

This guide is intended to serve as a resource guide for ports intending to develop or improve their air pollutant and/or GHG emissions assessments. It focuses on planning and key decision steps related to port emissions assessments.

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Organization: IMO, GEF, UNDP, Global Maritime Energy Efficiency Partnerships, International Association of Ports and Harbors

Topic: Environment, Trade, Transport, Water, Technology, COP24 List of UN publications

Type of material: Guidance Document

Publication date: 2018

Language: English

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.

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Organization: UNECE

Theme: Energy

Topic: Energy, Environment, Industry, COP25 List of UN Publications

Type of material: Analytical-Technical Document

Publication date: 2019

Language: English

Green Economy Modelling Report of South Africa – Focus on Natural Resource Management, Agriculture, Transport and Energy Sectors

This technical document aims to assess potential opportunities and options to promote a green economy, with a focus on key economic sectors set out by South Africa’s National Development Plan – Vision 2030. It presents a modelling exercise that compares a scenario of investments directed to “business-as-usual” (BAU) with scenarios of investments allocated to four critical sectors for a transition to a green economy in South Africa, namely: natural resource management, agriculture, transport and energy. The findings from this assessment using the parameters of economic growth, poverty, employment, resource efficiency and climate change, show that the strengthening of natural resource management and environmental protection is fundamental for sustained economic growth and well-being.

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Topic: Agriculture and Food, Transport, Energy, Environment, Green Jobs/Economy

Type of material: Analytical-Technical Document

Publication date: 2013

Language: English

UN CC:Learn Annual Report Year 2 / 2014 -2017 Implementation Phase

This activity report presents a summary of the Green Development and Climate Change Programme challenges and successes during its second year (March 2015 – February 2016).  The report outlines the efforts of the UN CC:Learn partnership on upscaling; on getting the free courses out to many more people in several languages; on continuing to expand the partnership of UN CC:Learn countries – now at 16 in total; and on increasing its visibility so as to provide the necessary knowledge and understanding about climate change related issues.

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Organization: UN CC:Learn, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation

Theme: Other

Topic: Education, Environment, Training, Adaptation, REDD, Mitigation

Type of material: Activity Report

Publication date: 2016

Language: English

One UN Training Platform on Climate Change – UN CC:Learn

This flyer introduces the main points of one of the UN System Joint Initiatives: UN CC:Learn. This project aims to foster knowledge sharing and strengthening of climate-change learning and skills development. The UN system has much to offer in supporting the learning and skills development needed by leaders to meet the challenge of building climate friendly and resilient economies and societies. UN CC:Learn seeks to capture this contribution in a structured and easily-accessible way.

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Organization: CEB, UNITAR

Topic: Education, Capacity Development

Type of material: Other

Publication date: 2009

Language: English

UN CC:Learn Final Report / 2014 – 2017 Implementation Phase

This activity report presents a summary of the UN CC:Learn partnership challenges and successes during 2014 – 2017.  The report outlines the efforts of the UN CC:Learn partnership on upscaling a well established partnership for climate change learning, advancing global climate literacy, and promoting a strategic approach to climate change learning at the national and regional level.

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Organization: UN CC:Learn, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation

Topic: Education, Training, Adaptation, Mitigation

Type of material: Activity Report

Publication date: 2017

Language: English

Least Developed Countries – Step-by-Step Guide for Implementing National Adaptation Programmes of Action

This manual aims to support least developed countries (LDCs) in designing the implementation of national adaptation programmes of action (NAPAs), and to guide country teams in accessing existing funding from the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF) for implementing their NAPAs. In particular, the guide was developed to address the obstacles that LDC Parties face in accessing the LDCF. It has been developed for a very specific audience, in particular, the LDC NAPA teams, including officers in government agencies and the non-governmental community, as they plan the implementation of NAPAs, and Global Environment Facility (GEF) agency officers working on NAPA projects at the country level.

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Organization: GEF, UNFCCC

Topic: Adaptation, Governance – General, Financial Mechanisms

Type of material: Guidance Document

Publication date: 2009

Language: English

Integrating Action for Climate Empowerment into Nationally Determined Contributions: A Short Guide for Countries

In the framework of the 2020 review of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) under the Paris Agreement, this guide aims to provide countries with advice on how to enhance ambition and address the six elements of  ‘Action for Climate Empowerment’ (ACE) – Education, Training, Public Awareness, Public Access to Information, Public Participation and International Cooperation – in their respective NDCs. 

In five simple questions and answers, it provides suggestions for elements that can be integrated into the NDCs in order to make ACE an integral part of countries’ climate responses. The guide also shows why ACE is key to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement and its greenhouse gas emission targets.

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Organization: UNESCO, UNFCCC

Theme: Education

Topic: Economic and Development Planning, Education, Environment, Adaptation, Children, Mitigation, Population Dynamics, Science

Type of material: Guidance Document

Publication date: 2020

Language: English

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.

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Organization: UNESCO

Theme: Education

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

Type of material: Guidance Document

Publication date: 2017

Language: English

Practitioner's Guide to Strategic Green Industrial Policy

This guidance document provides advice on the evolving concept of Strategic Green Industrial Policy (SGIP) for policy practitioners. It details tools that can be applied to what industrial policymakers may consider to be relatively under-explored territory. And indeed, some of the changes required for a transition to a green economy imply significant restructuring (if not disruption of technological paths). This guide also aims to ease this transition by providing detailed guidance, highlighting a number of changes that are relatively easy to implement.

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Topic: Economic and Development Planning, Industry, COP23 List of UN Publications

Type of material: Guidance Document

Publication date: 2016

Language: English

Guide for UPU Member Countries: Greenhouse Gas Global Overview and Mitigation Project

This manual is an explanatory guide to the method used by the Universal Postal Union (UPU) to identify all possible sources of emissions resulting from postal activities. It describes the procedures to be followed in order to participate in and contribute to the UPU inventory. It  also enables the harmonization of the data received, the calculations made and, consequently, the results obtained. The manual aims to assist UPU members in the first phase of the sector-wide survey of greenhouse gas emissions. The guide can also be used by all operators wishing to draw up an inventory and then reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.

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Organization: UPU

Topic: Transport, Energy, Science, Mitigation, Green Jobs/Economy

Type of material: Guidance Document

Publication date: 2009

Language: Arabic, English, French, Spanish

Climate Friendly Buildings and Offices: A Practical Guide

This manual aims to assist United Nations (UN) organization offices in becoming ‘climate friendly’, meaning that offices will generate lower greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions during their operation than would be standard practice. With the UN currently maintaining offices in more than 530 locations worldwide, the guide is a resource for all those who are interested in energy efficient buildings. Though primarily aimed at assisting UN facility and property managers, this manual is also applicable to other building mangers who are looking to reduce office-related energy and GHG emissions.

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Organization: UNEP, Environmental Resources Management

Topic: Industry, Energy, Mitigation

Type of material: Guidance Document

Publication date: 2010

Language: English

Groundwater for Emergency Situations: A Methodological Guide

This technical document provides background information on groundwater protection with particular reference to its use in emergency situations as result of natural hazards and hydrological extremes. It also outlines the governance policy framework in which groundwater as an emergency resource may be integrated into overall emergency management and service provision. To illustrate the principles and techniques presented in the Guide, a varied number of real world case studies from widely differing regions is presented.

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Organization: UNESCO

Theme: Science

Topic: Emergency Preparedness and Response, Risk Reduction/Management, COP22 List of UN Publications, Policy Instruments

Type of material: Analytical-Technical Document

Publication date: 2011

Language: English

Weather Index-based Insurance in Agricultural Development: A Technical Guide

This manual is intended as a practical reference tool to guide implementation of a Weather Index-based Insurance programme. It translates the WRMF into practical decision-making steps for donors and practitioners, covering phases of project design and management processes. It also highlights the need to use weather index-based insurance within an integrated approach that also considers constraints such as lack of access to finance, improved seed, inputs and markets. The manual includes background information, explanations and resource recommendations to help inform decision making.

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Organization: IFAD, WFP

Topic: Agriculture and Food, Economic and Development Planning, Capacity Development, Financial Mechanisms

Type of material: Guidance Document

Publication date: 2011

Language: English

Climate Change – Take Action Now! A Guide to Supporting the Local Actions of Children and Young People, with Special Emphasis on Girls and Young Women

This manual is a guide on how facilitators, peer educators, project officers, teachers or youth workers can support young people in non-formal learning settings, both in and out of school, to take action in addressing the challenges of climate change. It aims to support the reader to focus the energy and ideas of children and young people into effective activism. This can take a range of forms, from practical projects such as tree planting or making solar cookers, to awareness-raising workshops or performances, community mapping and preparing for natural disasters. This resource can be used with any group: large or small, formal or informal, girls, boys or mixed-gender groups. However, it places special emphasis on the power and potential of girls and young women as catalysts for change in their communities.

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Topic: Education, Adaptation, Mitigation, Children, Gender, Capacity Development

Type of material: Guidance Document

Publication date: 2010

Language: English

Environment and Natural Resource Management: Resilient Livelihoods through the Sustainable Use of Natural Assets

This policy document sets out 10 core principles to guide International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)’s support for clients in environment and natural resource management (ENRM). The principles include both the core issues to be addressed and suggested approaches. In summary, IFAD will: 1) scale up multiple benefit landscape approaches; 2) strengthen governance of natural assets; 3) promote valuation of the national environment; 4) build smallholder resilience; 5) promote green innovative financing; 6) promote a climate smart IFAD; 7) promote value chains to drive green growth; 8) promote gender and indigenous peoples; 9) promote livelihood diversification; 10) reduce IFAD’s environmental footprint.

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Organization: IFAD

Topic: Agriculture and Food, Finance, Land Use Management, Environment, COP22 List of UN Publications

Type of material: Policy Document

Publication date: 2011

Language: Arabic, English, French, Spanish

Decoupling Natural Resource Use and Environmental Impacts from Economic Growth

This first report of the International Resource Panel presents basic facts and figures on natural resource flows worldwide, as well as four country studies, which show that consumption of natural resources is still rising rapidly. Drawing on these data, the report attempts to outline the issues that now need to be addressed to decouple material and energy flows from social and economic progress.

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Organization: UNEP

Topic: Economic and Development Planning, Industry, Green Jobs/Economy, Economic Analysis

Type of material: Analytical-Technical Document

Publication date: 2011

Language: English

UN CC:Learn Pilot Implementation Phase 2011-2013

This report includes key activities and achievements from the 2011-2013 Implementation Phase of the UN CC:Learn partnership. 

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Organization: UN CC:Learn, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation

Theme: Other

Topic: Education, Environment, Adaptation

Type of material: Activity Report

Publication date: 2014

Language: English

UN CC:Learn banner

This banner features key activities delivered by UN CC: Learn.

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Organization: UN CC:Learn

Theme: Education

Topic: Education, Training

Type of material: Other

Publication date: 2021

Language: English