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  • Impacts of good practice policies on regional and global greenhouse gas emissions

    Type: 
    Publication
    Publication date: 
    Wednesday, July 1, 2015
    Objective: 

    This report looks at the impact of ‘good practice’ emission reduction policies in nine different areas globally and across six countries: China, Brazil, India, the US, Russia and Japan.

    These include renewable energy, a variety of energy efficiency standards (buildings, car fuel efficiency, appliances and lighting, industry), hydrofluorocarbons (HFC’s), emissions from fossil fuel production, electric cars and forestry.

  • Shifting power reader: critical perspectives on emerging economies

    Type: 
    Publication
    Publication date: 
    Wednesday, January 1, 2014
    Objective: 

    Does the emergence of a multipolar global order open up policy space for alternative economic visions and pose a necessary challenge to a US and Northern-dominated global order? Or might it instead reinvigorate capitalism and exploitation by a new constellation of corporate elites?

    How should social movements respond in a way that embraces needed changes to the post-colonial status quo yet supports communities struggles against the impacts of land grabbing, environmental destruction and rising inequality, this time perpetuated by emerging economy governments?

  • Environmental and social safeguards (EoD)

    Type: 
    Publication
    Publication date: 
    Wednesday, January 1, 2014
    Objective: 

    This report reviews existing environmental, social and climate safeguard systems developed and adopted by multilateral and bilateral development agencies. The aim of the report is to assess the potential for the UK Department for International Development (DFID) to adopt or rely on these systems. This will help guide the application of DFID’s new SMART rules, which include a commitment to ensuring sustainability and resilience, and to avoid doing harm such as creating or exacerbating resource scarcity, climate change and/or environmental damage.

  • Biennial Assessment and Overview of Climate Finance Flows 2014

    Type: 
    Publication
    Publication date: 
    Monday, December 1, 2014
    Objective: 

    This guide, aimed at climate change negotiators, gives synopsis of the key elements in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)’s Biennial Assessment (BA) of climate finance flows. It also provides an overview of recommendations of the UNFCCC’s Standing Committee on Finance (SCF) to the Conference of Parties. The guide also provides some views on how the identified recommendations can support future international negotiations.

  • Towards resilience and transformation for cities within a finite planet

    Type: 
    Publication
    Publication date: 
    Tuesday, October 1, 2013
    Objective: 
    Approach: 

    Sattherwaite and Dodman’s editorial is an introduction to a special issue of environment and urbanisation which focusses on climate change responses in cities. It usefully summarises the state of debates about the meanings and complexities of the resilience and transformation concepts, pointing to the latest literature. It focuses on the following areas:

    • cities capacity for change in the context of powerful corporate and political interests;
  • Will the BRICS provide the global public goods the world needs?

    Type: 
    Publication
    Publication date: 
    Wednesday, January 1, 2014
    Objective: 

    The demand for global economic governance is increasing in a globalising and increasingly interlinked economy. Yet global governance, a global public good, is currently undersupplied – and this (e.g. lack of global rules on trade, finance and emissions) is harming development.

  • The green economy and the BRICS countries: bringing them together

    Type: 
    Publication
    Publication date: 
    Tuesday, January 1, 2013
    Objective: 

    The green economy has been around as a concept since the 1970s but gained relevance again in the wake of the global economic recession in 2009 as government leaders looked towards new economic opportunities through sustainable, equitable and resilient economic growth. International institutions such as the UN helped to shape the thinking

  • The Evidence of Benefits for Poor People of Increased Renewable Electricity Capacity: Literature Review

    Type: 
    Publication
    Publication date: 
    Tuesday, January 1, 2013
    Objective: 

    Lack of access to electricity is seen as a major constraint to economic growth and increased welfare in developing countries. In this report, the authors conducted a review of the evidence that investments in electricity-generating capacity have benefits for poor people, and what factors influence that relationship. The review analyzes a large and diverse range of literature dealing with the poverty impacts of increased generation capacity.

  • Sustainable Mountain Development

    Type: 
    Publication
    Publication date: 
    Saturday, January 1, 2011
    Objective: 
    Approach: 

    The present report was prepared in response to General Assembly resolution 64/205, in which the Assembly requested the Secretary-General to report to it at its sixty-sixth session on the status of sustainable development in mountain regions.

  • Ozonaction: HCFC phase out - convenient opportunity to safeguard the ozone layer and climate

    Type: 
    Publication
    Publication date: 
    Tuesday, January 1, 2008
    Objective: 

    This UNEP publication highlights the successes and challenges in meeting the Montreal Protocol on reducing ozone depleting substances. It explains the actions and policies that were key to the success of meeting CFC/HCFC reduction deadlines in the Scandinavian countries; as well it outlines the path forward for the further and ultimate complete phase out of these substances globally.

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