Building resilience
to climate change
Moving towards
low carbon societies
Reducing Emissions
from Deforestation
and forest Degradation
New finance models
for the green economy


Blending Climate Finance through National Climate Funds

This guidebook is part of a series of manuals, guidebooks and toolkits that draws upon the experience and information generated by the United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) support for climate change adaptation and mitigation projects in some 140 countries over the past decade. These resources are intended to enable project managers, UNDP Country O!ces and developing country government decision-makers to acquaint themselves with a variety of methodologies most appropriate to their development contexts in support of their transition to green, low-emission and climateresilient development.


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The Environmental Food CrisisThe Environmental Food Crisis

The surge in food prices in the last years, following a century of decline, has been the most marked of the past century in its magnitude, duration and the number of commodity groups whose prices have increased. The ensuing crisis has resulted in a 50-200% increase in selected commodity prices, driven 110 million people into poverty and added 44 million more to the undernourished. Elevated food prices have had dramatic impacts on the lives and livelihoods, including increased infant and child m ...

Independent Environmental Assessment: Beijing 2008 Olympic GamesIndependent Environmental Assessment: Beijing 2008 Olympic Games

The Beijing 2008 Olympic Games were widely acclaimed as one of the most spectacular sporting events ever held, not least as a result of the sumptuous and dazzling opening ceremony and the high standards of competition from athletics and swimming to horse-jumping and yachting. But what of the environment which along with sport and culture is the third pillar of Olympism? How did these Olympic and Paralympic Games rate in terms of sustainability and their contribution to a green legacy for Beijin ...

The Global Financial Crisis and its Impact on Renewable Energy FinanceThe Global Financial Crisis and its Impact on Renewable Energy Finance

This study examines the impact of the global financial crisis on the renewable energy sector drawing upon both survey-based empirical research and transaction-based data analysis.

A Global Green New DealA Global Green New Deal

Report prepared for the Economics and Trade Branch, Division of Technology, Industry and Economics, United Nations Environment Programme

UNEP Year Book 2009UNEP Year Book 2009

The UNEP Year Book 2009 presents work in progress on scientific understanding of global environmental change, as well as foresight about possible issues on the horizon. The aim is to raise awareness of the interlinkages among environmental issues that can accelerate the rates of change and threaten human wellbeing.

Our Planet:Renewable Energy - Generating power, jobs and developmentOur Planet:Renewable Energy - Generating power, jobs and development

The United Nations Environment Programme's flagship magazine for environmentally sustainable development.

Vietnam Assessment Report on Climate ChangeVietnam Assessment Report on Climate Change

The report shows that the trend of recent climate change in Viet Nam is beyond the level of natural change. Temperatures have increased by 0.05-0.20°C and sea level has increased by 2-4 cm per decade in the last 50 years. According to projections, by the end of the 21st century, the annual temperature in Viet Nam will increase by between 1.1-1.9°C and 2.1-3.6°C rainfall is likely to increase by 1.0-5.2% and 1.8-10.1%, and sea level is likely to rise between 65 and 100cm, in comparison with th ...

The materiality of climate change: How finance copes with the ticking clock – The perspective of capital marketsThe materiality of climate change: How finance copes with the ticking clock – The perspective of capital markets

With an emphasis on corporate sector assets, this report brings together key findings from the investment world, describing best practices on climate change, identifying risks and opportunities, and assessing how companies deal with them.

Why Clean Energy Public Investment Makes Economic Sense The Evidence BaseWhy Clean Energy Public Investment Makes Economic Sense The Evidence Base

This report assesses the evidence base for countercyclical investment in sustainable energy as a sound response to global economic recession, providing a comprehensive analysis of why and how clean energy public investment makes economic sense.

Catalysing Low-Carbon Growth in Developing EconomiesCatalysing Low-Carbon Growth in Developing Economies

The successful mobilization of private investment for greenhouse gas abatement and adaptation to climate change especially in developing countries will be one of the critical conditions for the success of any global climate change strategy. In the recent past carbon markets have already played an important role in doing so, but, given their limited breadth and depth, they are unlikely to channel private finance at the scale needed in the coming years. Public Finance Mechanisms (PFMs) have the p ...

Review of the Literature on the Links Between Biodiversity & Climate ChangeReview of the Literature on the Links Between Biodiversity & Climate Change

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change 4th Assessment Report (AR4) concluded that climate change will have significant impacts on many aspects of biological diversity: on ecosytems, species, genetic diversity within species, and on ecological interactions. The implications of these impacts are significant for the long-term stability of the natural world and for the many benefits and services that humans derive from it. This report reviews the literature since the AR4. It draws on recent ...