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(The) road to dignity by 2030: ending poverty, transforming all lives and protecting the planet
  • (The) road to dignity by 2030: ending poverty, transforming all lives and protecting the planet
  • United Nations (UN). December 2014
  • This synthesis report takes stock of the negotiations on the post-2015 agenda and reviews lessons from pursuit of the MDGs. It aims to guide negotiations for a new global agenda centred on people and the planet, and underpinned by human rights. It comes at a crucial time as UN Member States proceed with negotiations on the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals. The report draws from and informs those continuing discussions. It identifies six essential elements for delivering on the SDG's: Dignity; Prosperity; Justice; Partnership; Planet and People. These e...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Main themes: Capacity building, Children, Ecosystems, Equity, Financing, Gender, Health, Human rights, Information and data, Investments, Millennium Development Goals (MDG), Monitoring, Peacebuilding, Post-2015 agenda, Poverty, Sustainable development, Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), Technology

Global Biodiversity Outlook 4
  • Global Biodiversity Outlook 4
  • Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). October 2014
  • This fourth edition of the Global Biodiversity Outlook (GBO-4) provides a mid-term assessment of progress towards the implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020, the Aichi Biodiversity Targets, as well as the UN Decade on Biodiversity. It summarizes the latest data on the status and trends of biodiversity and draws conclusions relevant to the further implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity.
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Agriculture, Aquaculture, Awareness raising, Biodiversity, Capacity building, Climate change, Ecosystem services, Ecosystems, Forests, Knowledge management, Millennium Development Goals (MDG), Participation, Pollution, Post-2015 agenda, Resilience, Risk management, Sustainable development, Traditional knowledge

The Importance of Mangroves to People: A Call to Action
  • The Importance of Mangroves to People: A Call to Action
  • United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). September 2014
  • This publication provides a synthesis of the importance of tropical mangroves to people. It provides a range of policy and management interventions that can be used to better protect, sustainably use and restore mangroves to ensure they continue to support the people who have depended on them for generations. The document is divided into five thematic chapters, with several case studies that present local studies which support the chapter messages. Each chapter is led by key chapter messages and closes by recommending further (online) resources for policy mak...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Adaptation, Aquaculture, Biodiversity, Climate change, Coastal zones, Economic impact, Ecosystem services, Ecosystems, Forests, Information and data, Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM), River Basin Management, Sustainable development, Water quality

Report of the Special Rapporteur on the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation
  • Report of the Special Rapporteur on the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation
  • United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). July 2014
  • This report to the UN General Assembly focuses on the right to participation in the context of realizing the right to safe drinking water and sanitation, emphasizing that States have an obligation to ensure participation. The UN Special Rapporteur on the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation seeks to provide guidance on what the right to participation requires, what elements are essential for ensuring active, free and meaningful participation, and what participation entails at various levels of decision-making.
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Drinking water, Equity, Financing, Human rights, Hygiene, Monitoring, Participation, Private sector participation (PSP), Sanitation, Sustainable development, Water availability, Water planning, Water quality, Water supply

Millennium Development Goals Report 2014
  • Millennium Development Goals Report 2014
  • United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA). July 2014
  • The Millennium Development Goals (MDG) Report, an annual assessment of regional progress towards the Goals, reflects the most comprehensive, up-to-date data compiled by over 25 UN and international agencies. The report acknowledges those MDGs that have already been met including access to clean drinking water and provides a statistical analyse of the future goals. In goal 7 'ensure environmental sustainability', target 7. C focuses on the proportion of the population without sustainable access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation.
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Drinking water, Education, Environment, Information and data, Millennium Development Goals (MDG), Monitoring, Poverty, Sanitation, Sustainable development, Water availability, Water quality, Water supply

Human Development Report 2014 'Sustaining Human Progress: Reducing Vulnerabilities and Building Resilience'
  • Human Development Report 2014 'Sustaining Human Progress: Reducing Vulnerabilities and Building Resilience'
  • United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). July 2014
  • The 2014 Human Development Report "Sustaining Progress: Reducing Vulnerabilities and Building Resilience" aims to help decision-makers and other development gains through policies which reduce vulnerability and build resilience. Much of the existing research on vulnerability has considered people's exposure to particular risks and is often sector-specific. This Report takes a different and more holistic approach. It considers the factors which contribute to risks to human development and then discusses the ways in which resilience to a broad group of evolving...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Resilience, Risk management, State of water resources, Sustainable development, Vulnerability, Water policy, Water supply

State of the World's Forests 2014. Enhancing the socioeconomic benefits from forests
  • State of the World's Forests 2014. Enhancing the socioeconomic benefits from forests
  • Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). June 2014
  • State of the World's Forests, which is published on a biennial basis, presents up-to-date information on key themes affecting the world's forests. This report addresses a crucial knowledge gap by bringing together and analysing data about the socioeconomic benefits of forests that has not been systematically examined before, through 4 chapters each providing a summary of key findings. The report acknowledges that forests also play a vital role in global climate change mitigation and contribute to soil and water conservation in many fragile ecosystems. The fir...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Climate change, Economic impact, Ecosystem services, Ecosystems, Food security, Forests, Health, Investments, Livelihoods, Poverty, Rural areas, Sustainable development, Traditional knowledge, Water conservation , Water security

State of the World's Forests 2014. Enhancing the socioeconomic benefits from forests. In brief
  • State of the World's Forests 2014. Enhancing the socioeconomic benefits from forests. In brief
  • Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). June 2014
  • Executive summary of "State of the World's Forests 2014. Enhancing the socioeconomic benefits from forests".
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Climate change, Economic impact, Ecosystem services, Ecosystems, Food security, Forests, Health, Investments, Livelihoods, Poverty, Rural areas, Sustainable development, Traditional knowledge, Water conservation , Water security

(The) State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture 2014: Opportunities and challenges
  • (The) State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture 2014: Opportunities and challenges
  • Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). May 2014
  • This new edition of The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture highlights the significant role that fisheries and aquaculture play in eliminating hunger, promoting health and reducing poverty. This report is presented in four chapters, part 1 World review of fisheries and aquaculture, part 2 Selected issues in fisheries and aquaculture, part 3 Highlights of special studies and part 4 Meeting future fish demand: outlook and approaches.
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Aquaculture, Climate change, Community management, Food security, Health, Poverty, Water management

System of Environmental Economic Accounting 2012 Central Framework
  • System of Environmental Economic Accounting 2012 Central Framework
  • Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), International Monetary Fund (IMF), Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), United Nations (UN), World Bank. March 2014
  • This document provides a statistical framework consisting of a comprehensive set of tables and accounts, which guides the compilation of consistent and comparable statistics and indicators for policy making, analysis and research. It is a multipurpose conceptual framework for understanding the interaction between the environment and the economy. By providing internationally agreed concepts and definitions on environmental-economic accounting, it is an invaluable tool for compiling integrated statistics, deriving coherent and comparable indicators and measurin...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Accounting, Economic instruments, Energy, Environment, Information and data, State of water resources, Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), Valuation, Water supply

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