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Formulating Climate Change Scenarios

This guidebook offers project managers and decision-makers, who are working with a team of scientific and technical experts, a framework for the development of a prospective range of climate scenarios in their regions.  It aims to empower project managers and decision-makers to engage in more

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From Ridge to Reef: Water, Environment, and Community Security

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) is the largest financial institution with the mandate, ability, and experience to address current and future challenges to shared freshwater and marine systems. The publication explores a handful of the GEF International Waters projects that have already more

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From Transition to Transformation

This report was launched at the first Global Human Development Forum which brought together high-level experts from governments, corporations, civil society and international organizations to examine the global policy changes required to ensure a sustainable future for people today and for more

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From Transition to Transformation: sustainable and inclusive development in Europe and Central Asia

The report, supported by 13 UN agencies, calls for a transformation to integrated policy making, where social equity, economic growth and environmental protection are approached together. It is a contribution of governments, experts, researchers and development practitioners ahead of the ‘Rio+20’ more

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Frontline Observations on Climate Change and Sustainability of Large Marine Ecosystems

The growing risks and impacts of climate change and the accompanying loss of ecosystem services require the world to urgently invest in a new development paradigm.  As the UN’s global development network, UNDP recognizes the increasing urgency of mainstreaming climate change into sustainable more

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Fuel to Change - Overcoming Vulnerability to Rising Oil Prices

The report examines how oil price rises are affecting the Asia-Pacific region’s poorest people. It proposes establishing an Asia-Pacific Compensatory Oil Finance Facility for LDC's and small island developing states to: help tide poorer countries over the immediate balance of payments or fiscal more

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Gender Adaptation Fund

This short flyer explores the gender dimensions of climate finance mechanisms, focusing on the Adaptation Fund, its creation and its mandate. It addresses the challenges of designing and implementing climate change adaptation programmes in vulnerable countries and provides status to date on gender more

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Gender Clean Development Mechanism

This short flyer explores the gender dimensions of climate finance mechanisms, focusing on the Clean Development Mechanism. If utilized properly, the CDM can promote sustainable development in host countries by bringing new technologies into communities, which often leads to employment more

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Gender Climate Investment Funds

This short flyer explores the gender dimensions of climate finance mechanisms, focusing on Climate Investment Funds. All funds under the CIF have strong linkages to poor women’s and men’s livelihoods. Gendered patterns of energy use have significant, but often overlooked, implications for programme more

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Gender Dimensions of Intellectual Property and Traditional Medicinal Knowledge

The paper outlines the debates on intellectual property (IP) protection vis-à-vis other systems for protecting the communal nature of traditional medicinal plant knowledge. The paper uses a gender lens to understand how IP and trade policies affect disempowered peoples, particularly women and men more

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Gender Dimensions of the Adaptation Fund

The enormous cost of adaptation combined with vulnerable countries’ limited resources make designing and implementing climate change adaptation programmes extraordinarily challenging. Though capacity and knowledge baselines vary significantly among and within countries and regions, many women more

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Gender Dimensions of the Clean Development Mechanism

Established by the Kyoto Protocol, the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) has two concurrent objectives: to reduce emissions and promote sustainable development. A market-based mechanism, the CDM generates funds through investments in emissions-reduction projects in developing countries. Upon more

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Gender Dimensions of the Climate Investment Funds

The evolving family of Climate Investment Funds (CIF) comprises international investment instruments designed to offer interim funding to support developing countries’mitigation and adaptation efforts. Jointly established by The World Bank and regional multilateral development banks, the Funds were more

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Gender Dimensions of the Least Developed Countries Fund and Special Climate Change Fund

In 2001, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) established the first multilateral adaptation finance instruments: the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF) and the Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF). The LDCF focuses on the “urgent and immediate adaptation needs” of the more

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Gender Mainstreaming: A Key Driver of Development in Environment & Energy

This training manual is developed to help build greater understanding among UNDP staff and partners about the essential gender dimensions involved in ensuring environmental and energy sustainability. It gives an overview of gender issues in environment and energy and how to mainstream gender in more

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Gender and Climate Change - Africa

One of the pressing challenges in addressing the gender dimensions of climate change in developing countries is the need for greater national expertise on gender and climate change and on broader issues of sustainable development. In response to this challenge, UNDP has developed a series of policy more

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Gender and Water: UNDP Water Governance Issue Series

Water management activities gain efficiency and impact when both women and men are involved in decision-making. Equitable access to and management of water is fundamental in promoting poverty eradication and sustainable development. This applies to women’s and men’s equitable access to more

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Gender, Climate Change and Community Based Adaptation Guidebook

The Gender, Climate Change and Community Based Adaptation Guidebook presents a wealth of experiences and examples taken from the UNDP-GEF Community-Based Adaptation Programme that are being piloted throughout the world. The Guidebook will be useful for any community-based practitioners who wish to more

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Generating Opportunities: Case Studies on Energy and Women

Through eight case studies drawn from Africa and Asia on energy and women, the report provides concrete examples of how improving poor women's access to affordable and clean energy services can act as an entry point to achieving multiple development objectives, including income and employment more

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Ghana: Integrated Plan for Energy Efficiency, Climate Mitigation, ODS

This country case study provides an overview of the Integrated Plan for Energy Efficiency, Climate Mitigation and ODS Reduction for the Refrigeration Sector in Ghana. The Plan looks at the sector holistically and provides an opportunity for UNDP to work closely with partners in Ghana to bring more

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