Environment & Energy

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Energy Subsidies in the Arab World

This report is part of the Arab Human Development Reports’ Research Paper Series which examines energy subsidies in the Arab region. It considers energy subsidies in the context of achieving overall welfare objectives related to expanding energy access and protecting poor households’ incomes; to more

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Energy and Gender for Sustainable Development: A Toolkit and Resource Guide

This toolkit and resource guide provides tools to help development practitioners ask the relevant questions needed to bring about better development and energy outcomes that are gender specific and that address the needs of women in particular. more

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Energy for Sustainable Development in Asia and the Pacific Region

The report is a compilation of case studies and lessons from UNDP projects in the region. The publication highlights the role of energy in poverty reduction and advancing the achievement of the MDGs. Key lessons about participatory approaches, technology choices and policy options are summarized in more

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Energy for Sustainable Development: A Policy Agenda

As a follow-up to the World Energy Assessment, this publication focuses on policy options and effective implementation. It offers informed guidance on the next steps, on how to shape public policy so that it accelerates the growth of energy systems that support sustainable development. more

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Ensuring Gender Equity in Climate Change Financing

Climate change impacts - and the global community’s responses - have significant social, economic and environmental implications, including on issues of gender equality. This publication examines these links between gender equality, climate change and achievement of the Millennium Development more

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Environment and Energy Thematic Trust Fund 2012 Annual Report

The 2012 Environment and Energy Thematic Trust Fund speaks to the heart of the UNDP vision, to help countries reduce poverty and exclusion through sustainable development. It plays an important role in the quality and responsiveness of UNDP programmes on environment and energy and in better more

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Environmental Finance Services Brochure

 This brochure outlines how UNDP is helping governments to attract and drive private investment towards sustainable solutions by combining and sequencing various financial instruments to effect policy change. These environmental finance services of UNDP offer an innovative and robust approach more

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Equitable Access to Basic Services: Who will Guarantee it?

The One Pager, by UNDP's International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth, examines the privatization of water provision. It finds that the higher the level of access at the start of privatization, the higher its success. It calls for minimum targets on access to be achieved through restructured more

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Equitable Access to Basic Utilities: Public versus Private Provision and Beyond

The Poverty in Focus publication, by UNDP's International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth, provides an overview of the broad challenges involved in making access to basic services equitable and universal. It brings together a mix of policy issues and country experiences. more

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Europe and CIS Regional Human Development Report 2008

The human cost of social exclusion   The report draws on data from an innovative six-country research study conducted by UNDP together with Oxford University researchers and local social research institutes and organisations of people living with HIV that looked at exclusion in the health, more

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Every Drop Matters Volume I

In 2006, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and The Coca-Cola Company (TCCC) joined forces to help make the promise of improved access to clean water a reality. Every Drop Matters began as a $6 million regional partnership between UNDP's Regional Bureau for Europe and CIS and TCCC's more

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Examples of Inclusive Green Economy Approaches in UNDP's Support to Countries

The task of harnessing opportunities afforded by an inclusive green economy approach can be challenging for policy makers and practitioners at all levels even when there is a common understanding of the potential gains across social, economic and environmental strands.  Country contexts differ more

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Expanding Energy Access in Developing Countries: The Role of Mechanical Power

This report, which is a product of joint work between UNDP and Practical Action, highlights the contribution of mechanical power to energy access in developing countries. It recommends that mechanical power as an energy service should be given the same consideration as other modern energy services more

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FACT SHEET No. 33: Ozone-Friendly Pure Ceylon Tea: Grown Free from Methyl Bromide

The purpose of this factsheet is to help National Ozone Units (NOUs) of governments worldwide and other readers learn from the experience of Sri Lanka in phasing out the use of methyl bromide in the tea-growing sector. The phase out of MB in tea industry in Sri Lanka is also an example of phase out more

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FACTSHEET: Water Governance: The Gender Dimension

The factsheet highlights community action and social mobilization around the provision of basic social services such as water can be an effective 'entry point' for promoting women's empowerment. Having a leadership role in community management of water supplies can increase women's social capital more

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FAQs: How Do Rural Energy Services Reduce Poverty?

The document is a compilation of frequently asked questions about the multifunctional platform (MFP). It contains information about the role of energy services in poverty reduction, linkage between rural energy services and MDGs, MFPs and MDGs, scaling up MFPs, and policy issues. more

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Facility for Additional Income: UNDP Inputs on Carbon Markets

This issue brief highlights the role of carbon markets as a financing source for the Facility for Additional Income. This brief explores the global carbon markets as a source of co-financing for climate benefits of the work under the Montreal Protocol and the necessary steps to successfully achieve more

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Fact Sheet: Energy, Gender and Sustainable Development

The fact sheet provides a brief overview on how access to better energy services can improve women's social, economic and political status. It notes that greater sensitivity to gender issues increases the effectiveness of energy programmes and policies, as well as other types of development more

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Fact Sheet: Sustainable Energy Services - The Gender Dimension

The fact sheet provides a brief overview on the gender dimension of access to modern energy services. It notes that modern energy services liberate and empower women. The document highlights several areas of intervention that can help to ensure that women enjoy the benefits of modern energy more

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Fast Facts: Adaptive Water Governance

UNDP promotes equitable access to water resources and water and sanitation services as a fundamental requisite for human development. In a rapidly changing world, UNDP's Water Governance Programme catalyzes efforts towards the achievements of the MDGs. The document provides a brief overview of more

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