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INTERGOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS

This page was updated on: 01/13/10

 

2009

 

Intergovernmental Organizations Key Publications and Online Resources Archives: 2010; 2008; 2007; 2006; 2004; 2003; 2002

 

THE STATE OF THE WORLD’S CHILDREN 2009

(UNICEF, 2009)

This report, the flagship publication of the UN Children's Fund, celebrates the 20th anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. It highlights the progress achieved by the Convention in realizing children’s rights. It acknowledges the mounting evidence on the impact of climate change on health, water security and food production and that 18 violent conflicts since 1990 have involved struggle for resources. The report indicates that while climate change and population growth will exacerbate the competition for resources and access to vital services, it is important that children and women are key partners in identifying solutions. The report.

PROTECTING THE ENVIRONMENT DURING ARMED CONFLICT: AN INVENTORY AND ANALYSIS OF INTERNATIONAL LAW
(UNEP, 2009)

This report inventories and analyses the range of international laws that protect the environment during armed conflict. With a view to identifying current gaps and weaknesses in this system, the authors examine the relevant provisions within four bodies of international law – international humanitarian law, international criminal law, international environmental law, and international human rights law. The report concludes with twelve concrete recommendations on ways to strengthen this legal framework and its enforcement. The resource.

ROADMAP FOR RECOVERY TOURISM & TRAVEL: A PRIMARY VEHICLE FOR JOB CREATION AND ECONOMIC RECOVERY
(UNWTO, October 2009)
This roadmap, endorsed by the 18th session of the World Tourism Organization General Assembly (UNWTO), underscores the importance of the sector for job creation, trade and development, and highlights that tourism should be integrated into national, regional and international regulations that encourage green economy strategies. It also highlights the importance of promoting a green tourism culture in supplies, consumers and communities. The roadmap.

TOWARDS SUSTAINABLE PRODUCTION AND USE OF RESOURCES: ASSESSING BIOFUELS
(UNEP, October 2009)

Based on a review of published research up to mid-2009 as well as the input of independent experts world-wide, this report by the UNEP International Panel for Sustainable Resource Management recognizes that the research that has accrued over recent years presents a complex and uncertain picture of the risks and benefits of biofuels. The report’s main message is that biofuels’ costs and benefits are context-specific, and therefore simplistic approaches to managing biofuels production are unlikely to yield environmentally positive results. Considering not only biofuels for transport, but biomass as a whole, the report’s chapters discuss, inter alia: the full life-cycle approach needed to completely account for the impacts of biofuels; the issue of land-use change; options for more efficient and sustainable production; and strategies to enhance resource productivity. The report.

CLIMATE CHANGE SCIENCE COMPENDIUM 2009
(UNEP, 2009)
This report, compiled in association with scientists around the world, reviews some 400 major scientific contributions to our understanding of Earth Systems and climate change that have been released through peer-reviewed literature, or from research institutions, over the last three years. The compendium.

CLIMATE AND TRADE POLICIES IN A POST-2012 WORLD
(UNEP and ADAM project, 2009)
This publication is the result of a joint effort by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the ADAM project (“Adaptation and Mitigation Strategies: Supporting European Climate Policy”). The publication provides a collection of short articles by experts on the relationship between trade and climate change policies. The authors examine, for example, the potential use of climate-related border adjustment measures and liberalizing trade in climate-friendly technologies. The report.

NEGOTIATING ADAPTATION: INTERNATIONAL ISSUES OF EQUITY AND FINANCE
(UNEP, Stockholm Environment Institute, International Institute for Environment and Development 2009)
The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released this discussion paper, which was developed jointly with the Stockholm Environment Institute and the International Institute for Environment and Development. It is the latest in the UNEP Copenhagen Discussion Series, which consists of working papers produced by UNEP and its partners in the lead up to the UNFCCC Climate Talks in Copenhagen in December 2009. The paper addresses: requirements for adaptation finance in developing countries; the presence of an adaptation funding deficit; and the need for systematic appraisal to develop adaptation targets. The report.

COMMITTING AND ENGAGING – RESPONSIBLE PROPERTY INVESTMENT
(UNEP, 2009)
The Property Working Group of the UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) has launched a toolkit to help investors better understand and apply the principles of Responsible Property Investment (RPI). This toolkit uses case studies to identify seven steps that organizations should take to institutionalize RPI, including: understanding the meaning and value of RPI for an organization; identifying material risks and opportunities; managing and measuring success; and collaborating with stakeholders to develop and mainstream RPI practices. The toolkit.

 

THE MILLENNIUM DEVELOPMENT GOALS REPORT 2009
(UN, July 2009)
This report states that, although data are not yet available to reveal the full impact of the recent economic crisis, it is expected that progress towards the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) has been slowed or even reversed. The report provides the latest information for global regions regarding nutrition levels, child and maternal health, water and sanitation coverage, as well as environmental sustainability, including biodiversity loss. The report.

 

REPORT OF THE GOVERNING COUNCIL OF THE UNITED NATIONS HUMAN SETTLEMENTS PROGRAMME

(UNHABITAT, June 2009)
The Report of the Governing Council of the UN Human Settlements Programme (UNHABITAT) for its 22nd session, held in Nairobi, Kenya, from 30 March-3 April 2009, has been issued. The report includes a resolution on cities and climate change that encourages Governments to provide technical and financial support to initiatives that expand the range of capacity development approaches to support local authorities in mitigating and adapting to climate change. The report.

 

TRADE AND CLIMATE CHANGE
(WTO, UNEP, June 2009)
Th
is report by the World Trade Organization (WTO) and UN Environment Programme (UNEP) highlights that there is considerable scope and flexibility under WTO rules for addressing climate change at the national level, and that mitigation measures should be designed and implemented in a manner that ensures that trade and climate policies are mutually supportive. The report launched by the WTO and UNEP examines the science of climate change, its economic aspects, multilateral efforts to tackle climate change, and national climate change policies and their effect on trade. The report.

 

MARINE LITTER: A GLOBAL CHALLENGE
(UNEP, 2009)

This report provides an overview of the status of marine litter in UNEP’s assisted Regional Seas, and highlights the amounts, main sources, impacts and economics of marine litter. It also discusses: legislation, policies, compliance and enforcement mechanisms; institutional frameworks and stakeholder involvement; education and outreach strategies; monitoring programmes and research; and mitigation activities. It concludes that there is an urgent need to approach the issue of marine litter through better enforcement of laws and regulations, expanded outreach and educational campaigns and the employment of strong economic instruments and incentives. It proposes some general and specific recommendations regarding marine litter. The report.

 

WORLD DATABASE ON MARINE PROTECTED AREAS

(UNEP-WCMC, June 2009)

This decision-making tool aims to provide the most current and relevant information about marine and coastal biodiversity and its protection status. The tool was created by the UN Environment Programme’s World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) with IUCN, and is part of the recently redeveloped World Database on Protected Areas – the authoritative and most globally comprehensive list of marine and terrestrial protected areas. The database.

 

CLIMATE IN PERIL: A POPULAR GUIDE TO THE LATEST IPCC REPORTS
(UNEP, May 2009)
This resource presents the substance of the Climate Change 2007 Synthesis Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in simplified language and structure. The guide, intended for lay readers, is a joint publication of UNEP GRID-Arendal and SMI Books, supported by the Norwegian Pollution Control Authority and the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency. It includes chapters on: robust findings and key uncertainties; present changes, causes and observed impacts; projected climate change and its impacts; adaptation and mitigation; mitigation options; adaptation options; the potential of international and regional cooperation; the limits of adaptation and mitigation; costs of impacts, mitigation and long-term stabilization targets; sustainable development, environmental protection and climate change; and long-term perspectives on key vulnerabilities, impacts and risks. The guide.

THE ENVIRONMENTAL FOOD CRISIS: THE ENVIRONMENT’S ROLE IN AVERTING FUTURE FOOD CRISES
(UNEP, May 2009)
This report on the environmental food crisis provides an overview of how environmental stresses such as climate change, water stress, invasive pests and land degradation may impact food prices and world food security, and proposes a seven-point plan to reduce the risk of hunger and rising food insecurity in the 21st century. The report stresses, among other conclusions, the need for a Green Revolution in Africa, noting the challenges of water scarcity, lack of infrastructure and impacts from climate change. The report also addresses the problems of food waste, post-harvest losses, yield loss due to environmental degradation, drought and weed infestations, and interrelated threats from climate change. The report.

 

UNITED NATIONS WEBSITE
(UN Secretariat, May 2009)

The United Nations has launched a revamped website. The updated website will continue to provide information on the UN agenda, UN news, main bodies of the UN, documents and resources, and facts about the UN. The website.

 

UN ECOSOC PRESIDENT’S CORNER WEBSITE

(UN ECOSOC, March 2009)

The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOOC) launched a President's Corner website. The site presents information about the key issues on the ECOSOC agenda, communications from the 2009 UN ECOSOC President Ambassador Sylvie Lucas and online lecture series featuring the views of policy and decision-makers on the issues. The website.

 

GLOBAL GREEN NEW DEAL: POLICY BRIEF
(UNEP, March 2009)
This report aims to inform the debate at the G20 meeting to be held in London, UK, in early April 2009, and makes the case that investing about US$750 billion of stimulus monies in the green economy could aid recovery from the economic downturn, create jobs, address poverty, promote achievement of the Millennium Development Goals, and fight climate change. The report.

 

OUR PLANET
(UNEP, 2009)
The latest issue of UNEP’s magazine for sustainable development is devoted to the development of a green economy.
Our Planet: Green Economy - The New Big Deal.

TUNZA
(UNEP, 2009)
The latest issue of UNEP’s magazine for youth is devoted to, inter alia, the UN’s campaign to fight climate change, consumption, and the UN’s push for a “Green New Deal.” Tunza Vol. 6 No. 2: UNite to Combat Climate Change - Paint for the Planet.

 

UNEP Year Book 2009

(UNEP, February 2009)

This Year Book contains six chapters, which address: new science and developments; the cumulative effects expected from degradation of ecosystems; the release of substances harmful to ecosystems and human health; the consequences of climate change; losses resulting from disasters and conflicts, and overexploitation of resources. The Year Book.

 

From Conflict to Peacebuilding - The Role of Natural Resources and the Environment

(UNEP, 2009)

This report highlights that: without a focus on the environment and natural resources, intrastate conflicts are likely to escalate; post-conflict and peacebuilding plans and activities need to account for linkages with the environment and natural resources; and natural resources can contribute to peace. The report.

Environment Outlook in the Amazonia: GEO Amazonia
(UNEP 2009)
This report is part of UNEP’s Global Environment Outlook (GEO) series. It reveals the variety of environmental degradation occurring in the Amazon region of Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Peru, Suriname and Venezuela. The publication highlights population growth, urbanization and expanded economic activity, and the resulting deforestation, loss of biodiversity and climate change impacts in the region. The
report.

BEIJING 2008 OLYMPIC GAMES: FINAL ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT
(UNEP, 2009) This assessment, conducted by independently appointed assessors, finds that the Beijing Olympics met or exceeded many of its environmental goals. The assessment recommends, inter alia, that there is a need to: agree on a harmonized standard to measure carbon neutrality in sport; fully engage with non-governmental organizations; and institute mandatory guidelines for Olympic suppliers on materials. The report.

 

INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT REPORT 2009 – BREAKING IN AND MOVING UP: NEW INDUSTRIAL CHALLENGES FOR THE BOTTOM BILLION AND THE MIDDLE-INCOME COUNTRIES
(UNIDO, February 2009)
The UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) has released its flagship publication, for which
Paul Collier, Oxford University, and John Page, Brookings Institution, served as the main authors. The report focuses on the opportunities and constraints faced by the countries of the “bottom billion,” which are trying to break into global markets for manufactured goods; and the middle-income countries, which are striving to move up to more sophisticated manufacturing. The report emphasizes that sustainable industrial development provides alternatives to lift the world’s bottom billion out of poverty living in low income countries and middle-income countries. The report.

 

Freshwater Under Threat: South Asia
(UNEP and Asian Institute of Technology, 2009)
This report highlights, inter alia, the threat that climate change poses to the freshwater supply of hundreds of millions of people. It forecasts that, given the dependence on receding Himalayan glaciers, climate change is likely to eventually lead to severe water shortages in all of South Asia’s water basins, and calls for urgent policy attention. The report.

Kenya Atlas of Our Changing Environment
(UNEP, 2009)
This report documents changes in Kenyan ecosystems, including transboundary issues, environmental hotspots, and Nairobi, and details Visions 2030 and the Millennium Development Goals. The report.

ASSESSMENT OF EXCESS MERCURY IN ASIA, 2010-2050
(UNEP, 2008)
The UNEP Chemicals Mercury Programme has released this report, which presents the facts and basis for governments in the Asian region to make an informed choice on options to take in managing excess mercury supply in Asia for the next 40 years. UNEP Chemicals has also requested comments on the report, which should be sent to: mercury@chemicals.unep.ch. The report.

 

BUILDING AN ECOSYSTEM APPROACH TO AQUACULTURE
(FAO, January 2009)

These UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) proceedings present the output of an expert workshop organized by FAO and the University of the Baleares from 7-11 May 2007, in Palma de Mallorca, Spain. They include contributed papers on definitions, principles, scales and management measures, human dimensions, economic implications and legal implications that are relevant for an ecosystem-based management in aquaculture. The proceedings.

 

NATIONAL AND REGIONAL NETWORKS OF MARINE PROTECTED AREAS: A REVIEW OF PROGRESS
(UNEP-WCMC; 2008)
This report by the UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) and the UNEP Regional Seas Programme explores national and regional efforts to develop representative networks of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs), and offers recommendations for strengthening the planning of such networks worldwide. This 156-page report reviews 30 nations� networking initiatives, including progress made and lessons learned. The report.

 

IMPACT OF CLIMATE CHANGE AND BIOENERGY ON NUTRITION
(FAO and IFPRI, 2008)
This paper examines the consequences of climate change and rising bioenergy demand for sustainable development, food security and nutrition throughout the lifecycle. It also explores the implications of climate change and rising bioenergy demand for nutrition and analyzes potential strategies for cultivation of bioenergy crops that can contribute to poverty reduction, food security and sustainable natural resource management. The authors note that efforts to assure food security and good nutrition in the face of current climate change challenges must continue in order to achieve the Millennium Development Goals. The report.

 

THE ESCALATION IN WORLD FOOD PRICES AND ITS IMPLICATIONS FOR THE CARIBBEAN

(ECLAC, November 2008)

This report, published by the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), focuses on the dynamics of world food prices, the causes for increases and the effect of these increases on the Caribbean. The report.

THE STATE OF FOOD INSECURITY IN THE WORLD 2008: HIGH FOOD PRICES AND FOOD SECURITY � THREATS AND OPPORTUNITIES
(FAO, December 2008)
This report, published by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), notes that another 40 million people have been pushed into hunger in 2008, primarily due to higher food prices. According to the report, nearly two-thirds of the world�s hungry live in Asia, and one in three people in sub-Saharan Africa are chronically hungry. The report.

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