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SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

This page was updated on: 01/12/10
 

2006

 

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IMPROVING LIVES: WORLD BANK GROUP PROGRESS ON RENEWABLE ENERGY AND ENERGY EFFICIENCY IN FISCAL YEAR 2006
(World Bank, December 2006)

This report reviews the World Bank’s efforts to finance renewable energy and energy efficiency projects through 61 projects in 34 different countries. It notes that during fiscal year 2006, the Bank funded renewable energy and energy efficiency projects amounting to US$860 million and committed an additional US$668 million. These figures represent a 45% increase over fiscal year 2005, which more than doubles the World Bank’s target to increase financing of renewable energy by 20% per year adopted at the International Conference on Renewable Energy held in Bonn, Germany in June 2004. The report.

Environmentally Sustainable Transport and Climate Change: Experiences and lessons from community initiatives

(UNDP and GEF, November 2006)
This publication reviews 65 sustainable transport community projects funded by the GEF Small Grants Programme, and provides lessons and experiences that demonstrate the role community initiatives play in testing new approaches, raising awareness of new ideas, piloting innovative strategies, and informing and stimulating policy dialogue in a cost-effective way. The publication.

BUSINESS AND ECOSYSTEMS
(Earthwatch Institute, IUCN, World Business Council for Sustainable Development, World Resources Institute, November 2006)
This issue brief explores the six challenges identified by the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment –water scarcity, climate change, habitat change, biodiversity loss and invasive species, overexploitation of oceans and nutrient overloading- discusses their implications for businesses and provides examples of corporate responses. The brief.

ECOSYSTEM CHALLENGES AND BUSINESS IMPLICATIONS
(Earthwatch Institute, IUCN, WBCSD and WRI, 2006)
This publication is based on facts and projections from the UN's multi-year Millennium Ecosystem Assessment as well as interviews with business leaders to assess the implications and strategies needed to respond to environmental challenges. It indicates that many companies recognize the risks associated with degrading ecosystems and are trying to adapt accordingly, but most fail to associate healthy ecosystems with their business interests. Four partners, the Earthwatch Institute (Europe), the World Conservation Union (IUCN), the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and the World Resources Institute (WRI), produced the report, which is the first of three anticipated studies. The second will focus on how new business models, markets and entrepreneurs can profit from responding to ecosystem challenges, and the third will help business executives identify their dependences on ecosystem services and ways to retain them for the long term. The report.

MULTILATERAL ENVIRONMENTAL AGREEMENTS AND THEIR RELEVANCE TO THE ARCTIC
(UNEP/GRID-Arendal, 2006)
UNEP/GRID-Arendal organized a seminar in September 2006 on MEAs and their relevance to the Arctic. This webpage offers links to resources related to the meeting, including an o
verview of Multilateral Environmental Agreements and their relevance to the Arctic, available presentations and the seminar’s final recommendations. The webpage.

Joining Forces and Resources for Sustainable Development -Cooperation among Municipalities: A Guide for Practitioners
(UNDP, Bratislava Regional Centre, October 2006)
This guide provides local actors with practical ideas for engaging in inter-municipal cooperation, focusing on incentive systems, enabling legal environment and management arrangements. The guide.

IMPLEMENTATION BARRIERS TO SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT: A Civil Society Assessment in 15 countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America
(Sustainability Watch, September 2006)

This first “Sustainability Watch Report 2006” presents assessments by national CSO networks on barriers that hinder the effective realization of sustainable development goals. The report.

THE APRM MONITOR: NEWS AND VIEWS ON THE AFRICAN PEER REVIEW MECHANISM
(Partnership Africa Canada, 2006) This newsletter offers summaries of a workshop on “Improving Compliance with African Treaties” in the context of African Peer Review Mechanisms (APRM), a story about Ghana’s APRM, and the 6th African Governance Forum, among other stories. The newsletter.

LIVING PLANET REPORT 2006
(WWF and Global Footprint Network, October 2006) This year’s Living Planet Report explores the overall impact of humankind on the planet, and confirms that humanity is using the planet’s resources faster than they can be renewed and that populations of vertebrate species have declined by about one third since 1970. The report details the strain on the world’s natural resources and the declining numbers of the animal species that depend on them, and offers solutions to reverse downward trends in both these areas. The report.

 

LINKING TRADE, CLIMATE CHANGE AND ENERGY
(ICTSD, 2006)
This collection of issue briefs addresses challenges in linking trade, climate and energy negotiations, looking at opportunities for the climate and trade systems to be mutually supportive. Essays analyze how climate-friendly measures – including incentives such as climate standards, strategically targeted subsidies and liberalization in environmental goods and services – within the various trade regimes could make a major contribution toward a sustainable energy transition, and climate change mitigation and adaptation. The report.

 

MILLENNIUM DEVELOPMENT GOALS: PROGRESS IN ASIA AND THE PACIFIC 2006
(UNESCAP and UNDP, October 2006) The UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) and UN Development Programme (UNDP), with the involvement of the Asian Development Bank (ADB), produced this report. It provides estimates of populations affected by social and economic poverty in the Asia-Pacific region and compares it with sub-Saharan- Africa and Latin America and the Caribbean. The report highlights that the Asia-Pacific region as a whole is on track to achieve most of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), but indicates that progress in many individual countries is slow and performance on some of targets, including infant mortality and access to basic sanitation, is unsatisfactory. The report.

 

THE WORLD DEVELOPMENT REPORT 2007: DEVELOPMENT AND THE NEXT GENERATION
(World Bank, September 2006) The World Bank released this report during it Annual Meetings in Singapore. The report suggests that developing countries that invest in better education, healthcare and job training for young people between the ages of 12 and 24 years of age could produce surging economic growth and reduce poverty. The World Bank report.

 

MAKING POVERTY REDUCTION IRREVERSIBLE: DEVELOPMENT IMPLICATIONS OF THE MILLENNIUM ECOSYSTEM ASSESSMENT
(IIED, 2006) This paper, authored by Steve Bass, identifies the major developmental implications of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (MA) and calls for action in four areas: information, institutional reform, international cooperation, and investment vehicles and budgets. The paper.

 

RENEWABLE ENERGY TECHNOLOGIES IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES: LESSONS FROM MAURITIUS, CHINA AND BRAZIL
(UNU, 2006) This report reviews three renewable energy developments that have taken place in developing countries without significant foreign investment: bagasse cogeneration in Mauritius, ethanol in Brazil and solar hot water in China. It suggests that renewable energy planning should be approached strategically by developing countries, with specific technological strategies grounded in national industrial capacity and energy resources. The report.

 

SUSTAINING THE ENVIRONMENT AT THE WORLD BANK
(WRI, 2006) This policy note by Frances Seymour of the World Resources Institute (WRI), examines the implications of the merger of the World Bank’s environment and infrastructure units and raises questions about whether and how the Bank will promote environmental sustainability. The policy note.

 

IUCN E-DISCUSSION FORUM: THE FUTURE OF SUSTAINABILITY: HAVE YOUR SAY!
Open to all IUCN Members, Councilors, Commissions, staff worldwide, and the general public, this e-discussion is taking place from 21 August to 15 September 2006. The e-discussion forum will provide inputs to the preparations for the fourth IUCN World Conservation Congress, to be held in Barcelona, Spain in 2008, while a summary will be available on the IUCN website later this year. The forum.

 

ONE PLANET, MANY PEOPLE: ATLAS OF OUR CHANGING ENVIRONMENT

(UNEP, 2006) This publication offers a collection of 405 Powerpoint slides, divided into regional and thematic sets, which use remote sensing technology to give a visual presentation of scientifically verifiable information about changes in the global environment. The Atlas.

 

BUSINESS IN THE WORLD OF WATER

(WBSCD, 2006) This report by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) finds that water shortages pose potentially as serious a challenge as climate change. It explores three future scenarios to understand how businesses can contribute to sustainable water management, including an analysis of innovation in water efficiency, security of water supply and water rights. The report.

 

RICH COUNTRIES, POOR WATER

(WWF, 2006) This report offers one of the first comprehensive overviews of water issues in the developed world, highlighting the impacts of water problems in countries such as Australia, Spain, Japan, the UK and the US. It shows that a combination of climate change and drought and loss of wetlands that store water, along with poorly thought-out water infrastructure and resource mismanagement, is making this crisis truly global. The report.

 

ELIMINATING WORLD POVERTY: MAKING GOVERNANCE WORK FOR THE POOR

(DFID, July 2006) This “White Paper on International Development” by the UK’s Department for International Development sets out what the British government plans to do to reduce world poverty over the next five years. The White Paper.

 

A NEW ERA FOR OIL PRICES

(Chatham House, 2006) Author John Mitchell argues in this report that oil is pricing itself out of the market, making previously expensive alternatives highly attractive to energy consumers and forcing oil consumers to use current technology more efficiently. The report.

 

PLAN B 2.0: RESCUING A PLANET UNDER STRESS AND A CIVILIZATION IN TROUBLE

(Earth Policy Institute, 2006) In this book, Lester Brown offers three components for “Plan B:” (1) a restructuring of the global economy so that it can sustain civilization; (2) an all-out effort to eradicate poverty, stabilize population, and restore hope in order to elicit participation of the developing countries; and (3) a systematic effort to restore natural systems. More information.

 

EBRD SUSTAINABILITY REPORT 2005

(EBRD, June 2006) This report looks at the promotion of sustainability by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). This year’s report has a special focus on energy, covering the development of the EBRD’s new energy policy and its activities across the energy sector. Case studies also address the Bank’s consideration of environmental and social issues in project finance. The report.

AFRICA ENVIRONMENT OUTLOOK-2: OUR ENVIRONMENT, OUR WEALTH
(AMCEN and UNEP, 2006) The African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN), with the support of UNEP, produced this AEO-2 report, which identifies opportunities the environment provides to implement the MDGs. It suggests that Africa transition from being a major exporter of primary resources to being one with a vibrant industrial and manufacturing base. It also proposes putting government-held lands into production rather than over-exploiting existing agricultural land and adopting proper pollution controls and greater efficiency in water management. The report.

MILLENNIUM DEVELOPMENT GOALS REPORT 2006
(ECOSOC Statistics Division, 2006) This report was released during the 2006 substantive session of the Economic and Social Council. It offers a progress report on achieving the MDGs and includes contributions from statistical departments of more than 20 UN funds, programmes and agencies and other international organizations. The report finds that developing countries have made progress in providing access to clean water and schooling, but efforts to achieve other internationally agreed targets are falling behind schedule. The report.

WORLD ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL SURVEY 2006
(UN, 2006) Under-Secretary-General Jose Antonio Ocampo launched the UN World Economic and Social Survey 2006 (WESS 2006) in Geneva to coincide with the substantive session of the Economic and Social Council in July 2006. This report analyzes long-term social and economic development issues and discusses the positive and negative impact of corresponding policies. WESS 2006 suggests that developing nations should determine country-specific economic policies and chart their own reform path, because the report finds that the conventional strategy since the 1980s of giving more space to the global market has been only partially effective. The report.

IMPLEMENTATION OF AND FOLLOW-UP TO THE OUTCOMES OF THE WORLD SUMMIT ON THE INFORMATION SOCIETY
(UN, 2006) This report was prepared by the UN Secretary-General pursuant to a request originating from the Tunis phase of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), regarding the modalities of the interagency coordination of the implementation of WSIS outcomes, including recommendations on the follow up process. The report.

PREVENTING DISEASE THROUGH HEALTHY ENVIRONMENTS: TOWARDS AN ESTIMATE OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL BURDEN OF DISEASE
(WHO, 2006) This report is based on a review of available scientific evidence as well as consultations with more than 100 experts for estimates of how much environmental risk factors contribute to the disease burden of 85 diseases. The results are summarized globally, by 14 regions worldwide, and separately for children. The findings suggest that environmental risk factors play a role in more than 80% of the diseases regularly reported by the World Health Organization. The report.

PODCAST: WORLD BANK ON GAS FLARING
(World Bank podcast, 20 June 2006) Each year about 150 billion cubic meters of natural gas are flared. Traditionally considered a safe and effective way of getting rid of excess natural gas that comes with oil production, gas flaring (i.e. burning natural gas) is now a great cause of concern for the large amount of greenhouse gas emissions it generates and the waste of valuable energy resources. The World Bank has prepared an online podcast on the topic.

FILLING THE GAPS: PRIORITY DATA NEEDS AND KEY MANAGEMENT CHALLENGES FOR NATIONAL REPORTING ON ECOSYSTEM CONDITION
(The Heinz Center, 2006) This report recommends “urgent action” to fill 10 key environmental indicator information data gaps that it finds are preventing better environmental decision making in the US. The report.

SCIENCE ON SUSTAINABILITY 2006
(Japan for Sustainablity, 2006) This resource is the result of a literature review, interviews and questionnaires with some 170 experts and scholars in Japan, the US and Europe regarding the scientific status of seven fields related to environmental sustainability: climate, energy, resources and wastes, food and water, biodiversity, ecosystems and services, and environmental impact assessment. The research project.

ENERGY AND GENDER ISSUES IN RURAL SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
(FAO, 2006) This paper by Yianna Lambrou and Grazia Piana discusses gender issues and energy linkages within the international sustainable development context and presents recommendations on ways of incorporating gender sensitivity into energy and development policies and planning processes. The report.

AGRICULTURE AND ACHIEVING THE MILLENNIUM DEVELOPMENT GOALS
(World Bank, 2006) This report from IFPRI and the World Bank, authored by Mark W. Rosegrant, Claudia Ringler, Todd Benson, Xinshen Diao, Danielle Resnick, James Thurlow, Maximo Torero and David Orden, examines agriculture’s role in meeting the MDGs under various development scenarios. The report.

A GUIDE TO WORLD RESOURCES 2005
(WRI, 2005) This 24-page guide provides a synthesis of the larger report and contains 12 new messages on environmental income and pro-poor governance, based on feedback from readers of the larger report. The guide.

REPRESENTING CONSTITUENTS, SERVICING NATURE: THE ROLE OF AN MP IN ENVIRONMENT AND NATURAL RESOURCES MANAGEMENT IN MALAWI
(Centre for Environmental Policy and Advocacy, 2006) The book is one of several case studies on environmental representation undertaken by World Resources Institutes partner organizations in Africa. The book.

STRENGTHENING THE JOHANNESBURG IMPLEMENTATION TRACK: CONSIDERATIONS FOR ENHANCING THE COMMISSION ON SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT’S MULTI-YEAR PROGRAMME OF WORK
(Stakeholder Forum, April 2006) This report from the Stakeholder Forum for a Sustainable Future draws from several workshops it convened to develop 19 considerations or recommendations to enhance and maximize the CSD process and its importance. The report.

IEG-DOSSIER
(Stakeholder Forum, 2006) The International Environmental Governance (IEG) dossier is the Stakeholder Forum’s “online clearing house on the reform of the UN environment and development architecture.” It summarizes and offers links to a variety of related resources, including country positions and proposals, NGO and major group proposals, and UN activities and decisions related to reform. The first issue was released as a print version, for distribution at CSD-14. The website.

PRIORITIES FOR “ENERGY CYCLE”: SUMMARY OF THE POSSIBLE POLICY APPROACHES IDENTIFIED IN THE SECOND CYCLE REGIONAL IMPLEMENTATION MEETINGS (2005-2006)
(Stakeholder Forum, 2006) Richard Sherman authored this content analysis of the Regional Implementation Meetings (RIMs) leading up to CSD-14. It identifies 84 obstacles, constraints and challenges and 148 possible policy approaches across the thematic areas on the CSD-14 agenda: energy for sustainable development, climate change, atmosphere/air pollution and industrial development. The report.

FIGHTING POVERTY: A BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY
(WBI, InWEnt, UN Global Compact, Insituto Ethos, 2006) This publication reports on the proceedings of of the 10th International Business Forum on “Business and the Millennium Development Goals: An Active Role for Globally Responsible Companies,” which took place from 11-13 September 2005 in New York. The report was launched during the World Bank Institute’s April 2006 meeting on “Business, NGOs and Development: Strategic Engagement to Meet the Millennium Development Goals.” The report.

ECO-EXERGY AS SUSTAINABILITY
(WIT Press, May 2006) This new book, edited by S.E. Jørgensen, examines the shortcomings of using cost/benefit analysis to address environmental issues, explores the concept of sustainability and considers how to estimate sustainability to make better decisions relating to the environment. More information and purchasing details.

GLOBAL MONITORING REPORT 2006
(World Bank, April 2006) The third annual Global Monitoring Report on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) examines the progress achieved in meeting the MDGs. The report focuses on poverty and malnutrition, human development outcomes, commitments on aid, trade and debt relief, the performance of international financial institutions, and governance issues. It concludes that in spite of significant progress in some countries,
the world is still far from achieving the MDGs. In particular, it notes that many countries in Africa and South Asia are not on track to meet their goals. It highlights the need for a far greater effort to implement the vision of global action and mutual accountability to achieve the results envisaged at the Monterrey Summit on financing for development in 2002.

The report places special emphasis on the importance of good governance to strengthen accountability for resource use and for development outcomes. It argues that donors and international finance institutions should strengthen their own anticorruption controls (including through the debarment and cross-debarment of suppliers engaging in bribery and corruption). The report also calls for increased transparency and technical assistance and funding to encourage good governance, rather than fragmenting and depleting already weak country systems. The report.

TRENDS IN SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

(UN DESA, 2006) This publication contains a compilation of maps and graphs related to the four interrelated areas to be discussed during CSD-14: energy for sustainable development, industrial development, atmosphere and air pollution and climate change. This recurrent publication tracks progress in meeting sustainable development challenges, with this and future issues focusing on the themes under review in each two-year cycle of the Commission on Sustainable Development. The publication.

 

GOVERNING LAND: REFLECTIONS FROM IFPRI RESEARCH

(IFPRI, March 2006) This publication, authored by Stephan Dohrn, summarizes findings of research by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) related to land management and governance to promote strategies and policies targeted toward the achievement of gender equity, poverty reduction, and sustainable resource management. The report.

 

STRENGTHENING GLOBAL CIVIL SOCIETY

(ippr, April 2006) This paper draws from the discussion at the high-level, three-day conference the Institute for Public Policy Research (ippr) convened at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center in Italy in July 2005 regarding global civil society. Author Leni Wild identifies recent examples in which global civil society groups have been a force for progressive social change as well as specific ways these progressive forces can be strengthened. The paper.

 

SWISSCOM SUSTAINABILITY REPORT

(Swisscom, 2006) Swisscom, the largest telecom operator in Switzerland, has integrated a sustainability report into this 2005 Annual Report, bringing together the economic, social and environmental performance of the business in a single document based on Global Reporting Initiative reporting guidelines. The report.

 

BP SUSTAINABLITY REPORT

(BP, 2006) Global energy group BP’s Sustainability Report 2005 is entitled “Making energy more.” The report.

 

UNEP/GRID-ARENDAL MAPS AND GRAPHICS LIBRARY

UNEP/GRID-Arendal has established a new online Maps and Graphics Library that provides information on various aspects of communication and sustainable development. The library.

 

ACHIEVING THE MDGS IN ASIA: A CASE FOR MORE AID?

(UNESCAP, 2006) This report analyzes aid to sub-regions in the world on a needs basis calculated on percentage share of underweight children and other Millennium Development Goal indicators, and suggests that Asia is being ignored in favor of Africa. This report was prepared by UNESCAP as background for the Asia 2015 Conference - Promoting Growth, Ending Poverty, London, 6-7 March 2006. The report.

 

VALUING ECOSYSTEM SERVICES

(bepress, 2006) This article, authored by Edward Barbier and Geoffrey Heal, appears in The Economists’ Voice 3:3, an online peer-reviewed journal. The article considers an emerging field aimed at valuing ecosystems, whose purpose is to help policy makers decide things such as how best to provide New York with clean water or the role that expanded wetlands might play in limiting storm damage in New Orleans. More information.

 

CLEAN-ENERGY TRENDS 2006

(Clean Edge, 2006) This report, from a research and publishing firm, considers emerging clean-energy markets and reviews the growing prospects for renewable energy producers such as wind, solar and biofuels. The report.

 

RETOOLKIT

(World Bank, 2006) This Renewable Energy Toolkit: An Operational Guide for Electric Services (REToolKit) seeks to help users improve the design and implementation of renewable energy initiatives in developing countries. The Toolkit.

 

EC ENERGY GREEN PAPER

(EC, March 2006) The European Commission published this Green Paper on 8 March 2006. It seeks to develop a common, coherent European Energy Policy, with the objective of helping the European Union lay the foundations for secure, competitive and sustainable energy. The Green Paper.

 

CATALYZING CHANGE: A SHORT HISTORY OF THE WBCSD

(WBCSD, 2006) This publication reviews the World Business Council for Sustainable Development’s past ten years, examining the people and points that inspired business leaders to engage in sustainable development. The report.

 

FROM CHALLENGE TO OPPORTUNITY: THE ROLE OF BUSINESS IN TOMORROW’S SOCIETY

(WBCSD, 2006) This WBCSD publication is signed by eight business leaders who are part of WBCSD’s “Tomorrow’s Leaders Group” and represent Adidas, BP, CLP, GrupoNueva, Procter & Gamble, Storebrand, Swiss Re and TNT. They argue that tomorrow’s leading companies will be those that address the world’s major challenges, including poverty, climate change, resource depletion globalization and demographic shifts, and suggest new business models that would improve the bottom line while tackling these issues. The report.

 

WORKING EFFECTIVELY AT THE INTERFACE OF FOREST SCIENCE AND FOREST POLICY: GUIDANCE FOR SCIENTISTS AND RESEARCH ORGANIZATIONS

(IUFRO, 2005) This publication by Richard W. Guldin, John A. Parrotta and Eeva Hellström offers guidelines to provide advice to researchers and research leaders on how to plan, conduct, and organize research activities so that results can more quickly and easily be transformed into usable information for problem-solving and policy-making. The publication.

 

SCIENCE FOR ENVIRONMENT POLICY: DG ENVIRONMENT NEWS ALERT SERVICE

(EC, 2006) The European Commission’s DG Environment recently launched this “Science for Environment Policy” news service, which seeks to improve the dissemination of research results so they are more useable for policy makers and to help communicate understanding of environmental issues to the general public. More information. To subscribe, send an email titled SUBSCRIBE Sci-Env-Policy to science-env-policy@biois.com.

 

GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT OUTLOOK (GEO) YEAR BOOK 2006

(UNEP, February 2006) This year’s Global Environment Outlook (GEO) Year Book focuses on energy and air pollution, concluding that indoor air pollution may be responsible for up to 2.4 million premature deaths a year while outdoor air pollution from industries and vehicle may trigger about 800,000 premature deaths annually, with 65% of the deaths occurring in the developing countries of Asia. In addition, its section on emerging challenges focuses on crop production in a changing climate, and fish and selfish farming in marine ecosystems. The Year Book.

 

ASSESSING ENVIRONMENT’S CONTRIBUTION TO POVERTY REDUCTION

(UNEP; IIED; IUCN; WRI, 2005) This paper examines how countries can use information and assessment methods to measure and report on progress towards the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 7 (ensure environmental sustainability). This study reviews the five indicators of the MDG framework that measure progress toward reversing environmental resource loss, including indicators of forest cover, biodiversity, energy use, emissions of carbon dioxide and ozone-depleting substances, and use of solid fuels. The paper.

 

INTERNATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION

(A. Pedone, 2005) This book, for French-speaking audiences, contains a compilation of international instruments on environmental protection adopted prior to 2005. For more information on how to order, e-mail: Editions-pedone@wanadoo.fr or telephone: +33-1-43-54-05-97.

 

SUSTAINABLE ASIA 2005 AND BEYOND – IN THE PURSUIT OF INNOVATIVE POLICIES

(IGES, January 2006) The Institute for Global Environmental Strategies has published its first white paper. The paper “consolidates the primary outcomes of its policy research for sustainable development in Asia and the Pacific region since its establishment in 1998.” It warns that further declines in environmental capital would risk a reversal of the economic gains made over the past three decades, and bring social and political instability to the region. It urges significant and immediate action at all levels throughout the region. More information.

 

LAND RIGHTS FOR AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT: FROM KNOWLEDGE TO ACTION

(IFPRI, 2006) This series of 12 briefs, edited by Ester Mwangi, is drawn from deliberations at a workshop held from 31 October to 3 November 2005, and hosted by the UNDP Drylands Development Center and the International Land Coalition. The workshop addressed key land tenure issues in Africa that influence food security, environmental sustainability, agricultural intensification, conflict, peace building and broader rural development. The briefs.

 

WORLD ECONOMIC SITUATION AND PROSPECTS 2006

(ECOSOC, February 2006) This report was launched during the February 2006 organizational session of the UN Economic and Social Council by Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs Jose Antonio Ocampo. It is the UN’s annual analysis of current developments in the world economy and emerging policy issues. The report.

 

MILLENNIUM ECOSYSTEM ASSESSMENT FOUNDATION REPORTS

(Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, January 2006) The Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (MA) has released four technical volumes, which are the products of the four MA working groups. The volumes examine: Current State and Trends; Scenarios; Policy Responses; and Multi-Scale Assessments. A Summary for Decisionmakers was compiled from the four volumes. These reports contain the detailed scientific assessment (including literature citations) on which the shorter MA synthesis reports were based. The reports.

 

OUTGROWING THE EARTH: THE FOOD SECURITY CHALLENGE IN AN AGE OF FALLING WATER TABLES AND RISING TEMPERATURES

(Earth Policy Institute, 2005) This text by Lester Brown examines linkages between population growth, agricultural productivity, soil fertility, water tables, climate change and security. The report.

 

ENERGY “FACTOIDS”

(Sustainable Energy Coalition, 2006) The Sustainable Energy Coalition has released the second set of five �factoids� in a series considering various energy issues, including renewable energies, fossil fuels and reliance on oil, and biomass. The �factoids� outline findings from recent studies and focus in particular on issues facing the U.S. More information.

 

ENERGY PLANNING, TECHNOLOGIES AND SUSTAINABILITY: A PRIMER

(Cen2eco: Centre for Economic and Ecological Studies, 2005) This primer considers the �performance, costs, and resource implications for a wide range of power generation technologies used to supply electricity in energy markets.� It also addresses demand-side considerations at the regional, national and local levels. The report.

 

Survey on General Assembly CIVIL SOCIETY HearingS

(UN NGLS, 2006) This new report from the UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service provides insights on a recent survey of civil society organizations seeking feedback on the �Hearings of the UN General Assembly with NGOs, civil society organizations and the private sector,� held in New York in June 2005. The survey suggests that the Hearings were widely viewed as being worthwhile, while lessons learned included the need to provide more time for preparatory meetings. The report.

 

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON ENGAGING COMMUNITIES PROCEEDINGS

(ICEC, 2006) This resource includes all submitted papers from the August 2005 International Conference on Engaging Communities, which met in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. The resource.

 

PILOT 2006 ENVIRONMENTAL PERFORMANCE INDEX (EPI)

(Center for Environmental Law and Policy, Yale University, and Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN), Columbia University, 2006) The EPI ranks 133 countries on 16 indicators tracked in six established policy categories, identifying targets for environmental performance and measuring how closely each country comes to these goals. The report finds that environmental policy results �can be tracked with the same outcome-oriented and performance-based rigor that applies to poverty reduction, health promotion, and other global development goals.� It also argues that clearer targets, monitoring and mainstreaming are needed for environmental protection efforts. The report suggests that the top-ranked countries such as New Zealand and Sweden commit significant resources to environmental protection. The pilot EPI was formally released at Davos, Switzerland, during the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum. More information and the report.

 

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