Greening Our Minds One Read at a Time

External Documents

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Sustainable Development Goals Report 2021
The Sustainable Development Goals Report 2021 uses the latest available data and estimates to reveal the devastating impacts of the crisis on the SDGs and point out areas that require urgent and coordinated action. The report was prepared by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs in collaboration with more than 50 international agencies. The year 2021 will be decisive as to whether or not the world can make the transformations needed to deliver on the promise to achieve the SDGs by 2030 – with implications for us all.
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Rising up for Small Island Developing States
This progress report aims to provide an overview of UNDP’s global and country-level work in accelerating sustainable development in Small Island Developing States (SIDS) through its global integrated offer. This report showcases UNDP’s work and results since the launch of the global integrated service offer, and highlights valuable and transformative development opportunities that arise from the specific context of SIDS. The three interconnected pillars of Climate Action, Blue Economy and Digital Transformation make up the three drivers identified as accelerators of transformative and sustainable development in SIDS.
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Evaluation Methodology for National net zero targets
In this Climate Action Tracker (CAT) evaluation methodology for national net zero targets, a design blueprint for transparent, comprehensive and robust net zero targets is outlined. This blueprint contains ten key elements of good practice that governments setting net zero targets should consider. These elements are used to evaluate the net zero targets that countries covered by the CAT committed to. The identified good practice for each of the ten elements can further serve countries in designing and enhancing their net zero targets.
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Enhanced Transparency Framework under the Paris Agreement
This technical handbook represents an effort by the CGE to help developing countries prepare for implementation of the ETF for action and support referred to in Article 13 of the Paris Agreement. In this regard, the handbook aims to improve awareness and understanding of the ETF and its MPGs by national experts and practitioners from developing country Parties so that they may consider opportunities to improve current reporting and start planning for the establishment of institutional arrangements and reporting under the ETF.
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United in Science 2021
This report has been compiled by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) on behalf of the United Nations Secretary- General to bring together the latest climate science related updates from a group of key global partner organizations: WMO, Global Carbon Project (GCP), Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), World Health Organization (WHO), the Met Office (United Kingdom, UK) and the jointly sponsored WMO/Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO/International Science Council (ISC) and World Climate Research Programme (WCRP). The content of each chapter is attributable to each respective entity.
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Projections of GHG Emissions and Removals
Under the Paris Agreement’s Enhanced Transparency Framework (ETF) all countries are required to report on GHG emissions projections. Projections of greenhouse gas emissions and removals are an estimate of a country’s future greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions based on a set of assumptions about how activities in that country, that cause those emissions, might change over time. This document outlines guidelines and procedures for practitioners to enhance their understanding of how national GHG emissions might develop in the future.
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Common Ground between the Paris Agreement and the Sendai Framework
Common ground between the Paris Agreement and the Sendai Framework: Climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction examines the potential for a more coherent approach to the reduction and management of weather- and climate-related disasters and change. The report highlights the benefits of increased coherence between climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction through comprehensive and co-ordinated action across public administrations. Informed by the national approaches of Ghana, Peru and the Philippines, it points to the role of both government officials and development co-operation in bridging existing gaps between the two policy areas, highlighting examples of good practice and persistent challenges.
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Alignment to Advance Climate-Resilient Development
This is the first in a series of briefs focusing on alignment of country efforts under the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Paris Agreement and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction. This initial brief provides an introduction to the concept of alignment as it relates to these policy processes.
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Gender Response National Communications Toolkit
This toolkit is an initiative of the UNDP Gender Team and the UNDP–UNEP Global Support Programme. It is designed to strengthen the capacity of national government staff and assist them in integrating gender equality into the development of National Communications (NCs). The toolkit can support Biennial Update Reports and planning documents such as National Adaptation Plans (NAPs), and inform the development and/or implementation of Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs), national and sectoral Gender and Climate Change Plans, and the strategic plans of individual government agencies. This toolkit can also inform sector policies related to both social and natural resource issues.