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INTERGOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS

This page was updated on: 01/13/10

 

Intergovernmental Organizations Key Publications and Online Resources Archives: 2010; 2009; 2008; 2006; 2004; 2003; 2002

 

2007


ASSESSMENTS OF IMPACTS AND ADAPTATIONS TO CLIMATE CHANGE
(UNEP/GEF, December 2007)

This report, jointly issued by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF), provides examples of how vulnerable communities and countries may “climate proof” economies, livelihoods and infrastructure, underlining that factoring climate into development strategies is feasible, but that hard choices may have to be made. The report’s case studies encompass, among others: food security in the Sahel; artisanal fishing communities in South America; coastal townships of small islands in the Pacific; pastoralists in Mongolia; and rice farmers in the lower Mekong basin. The report.

 

WORLD IN TRANSITION – CLIMATE CHANGE AS A SECURITY RISK

(German Advisory Council on Global Change, December 2007)

The key message of this report is that without resolute global action, climate change will overstretch many societies’ adaptive capacities within the coming decades, which could result in destabilization and violence, jeopardizing national and international security. The report lists potential hotspots, including northern and southern Africa alongside countries in the Sahel region, the Mediterranean and Central Asia. The report.

 

REN21 RENEWABLES GLOBAL STATUS REPORT 2007

(REN21, December 2007)

This pre-publication summary for the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change COP 13, issued by the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21), argues that renewable energy has evolved from an “alternative” source of energy to a mainstream energy option. Noting that renewable energy (without large hydro) now provides about 240 gigawatts of clean power, avoiding some 5 gigatonnes of carbon emissions per year, the report also highlights that wind energy has the largest share of renewable energy investment and continues to grow at 25-30% per year. The report.

 

MARKETS FOR ECOSYSTEM SERVICES: NEW CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR BUSINESS AND THE ENVIRONMENT

(World Business Council for Sustainable Development and IUCN-the World Conservation Union, 2007)

This briefing paper outlines the potential for mobilizing business and markets to conserve nature, arguing that market mechanisms can be a compelling complement to existing strategies for ecosystem conservation. The paper outlines three mechanisms to develop markets for ecosystem services, including: direct payments; tradable permits; and certification. The briefing paper.

THE STATE OF FOOD AND AGRICULTURE 2007
(FAO, 2007)
This annual report, issued by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), explores the potential for agriculture to provide enhanced levels of environmental services. The report concludes that the demand for environmental services from agriculture, including climate change mitigation, improved watershed management and biodiversity protection, will increase in the future, and that incentives in terms of payment to farmers are needed if agriculture is to meet this demand. The report.

BALKAN VITAL GRAPHICS: ENVIRONMENT WITHOUT BORDERS
(UNEP/GRID-Arendal, 2007)

This publication highlights the challenges and opportunities in the areas of economic cooperation and environmental sustainability in the Balkan region. Among other things, it notes that while the region’s vast mineral resources and its high potential for renewable energy and agricultural activity will grant it an important role in Europe in the future, the Balkan countries still face a big challenge in relation to environmental protection. The publication.

A CLIMATE OF CONFLICT
(International Alert, November 2007)
Taking as its starting point the broad scientific consensus expressed by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change that the effects of climate change have started to unfold, this report looks at the social and human consequences that are likely to arise, particularly the risks of conflict and instability. It identifies 46 countries at risk of violent conflict and 56 countries facing a high risk of instability as a consequence of climate change. The report.

HALF FULL OR HALF EMPTY?
(UNEP FI, October 2007)
This study, compiled by the UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) Water and Finance Work Stream, aims to provide lenders and investors with practical guidance on how to identify, assess and integrate water-related risks into existing due-diligence procedures within different industries. The study also gives an overview of emerging opportunities in the water/sanitation sector for financial institutions. The study.  

CEO BRIEFING - BIODIVERSITY AND ECOSYSTEM SERVICES, BLOOM OR BUST?
(UNEP FI, October 2007)

This briefing paper, issued by the UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Work Stream, emphasizes the increasing importance that the benefits provided by biodiversity are valued and accounted for within traditional business risk frameworks. It recommends that the financial sector should clearly define the risks and opportunities associated with biodiversity and ecosystem services. The briefing paper.

MULTILATERAL ENVIRONMENTAL AGREEMENT NEGOTIATOR’S HANDBOOK
(University of Joensuu, 2007)

Environment Canada, the UN Environment Programme and Joensuu University (Finland) produced the second edition of this Handbook. Is contains key technical information and common sense advice for negotiators. The Handbook.

 

EUROPE'S ENVIRONMENT – THE FOURTH ASSESSMENT
(EEA, October 2007)
The latest in a series of assessments of the pan-European environment, this report, published by the European Environment Agency (EEA), evaluates environmental progress in 53 countries, highlighting priority areas such as: environment-related health concerns; climate change; biodiversity loss; overuse of marine resources; and current patterns of consumption and production. The report recommends improved implementation of existing policies and the setting of clear, realistic targets. The report.


ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY IN SOUTH EAST EUROPE

(UNDP, October 2007)
This report, issued by the UN Development Programme (UNDP), reviews progress in the development and implementation of environmental and sustainability policies in South East Europe, revealing that national environmental action plans and strategies have been developed and adopted, while implementation is still in its early stages. The report offers recommendations including: to continue the development of environmental institutions at the national level; to customize the education for sustainable development for each country; and to use the EU accession process to achieve sustainable development objectives including Millennium Development Goals. The report.  

BEIJING 2008 OLYMPIC GAMES - AN ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW
(UNEP, 2007)
This report follows a memorandum of understanding between the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Beijing Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games in 2005, in which UNEP offered assistance to achieve environmentally friendly games. While acknowledging that significant environmental measures are being introduced, such as investments in waste management, cleaner transport systems and water treatment, as well as new urban green belts, the report also highlights some remaining concerns including air pollution, under-used public transport, and a missed opportunity in terms of offsetting greenhouse gases. The report.

MIND THE GAP - QUANTIFYING PRINCIPAL-AGENT PROBLEMS IN ENERGY EFFICIENCY
(OECD, 2007)

Arguing that there is an energy efficiency gap due to barriers in the energy market, this study offers a methodology and a first attempt at quantifying the size of one type of barrier to energy efficiency, the so-called principle-agent problems.