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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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Fast Facts: Biodiversity and Ecosystems

Human survival and wellbeing depend upon biodiversity and healthy ecosystems, and the goods and services they provide—such as food, medicines, crop pollination, filtration of pollutants, and protection from natural disasters. This contribution is neither fully recognized nor valued in markets. more

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Fast Facts: Climate Change

Climate change is one of the defining challenges of our time. Receding forests, changing rainfall patterns and rising sea levels will exacerbate existing economic, political and humanitarian stresses and affect human development in all parts of the world.   By putting climate change adaptation more

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Fast Facts: Climate Change Adaptation

Climate change poses great challenges to society, particularly in developing countries. The impacts of climate change could reverse decades of human development gains and threaten achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). While many developing countries remain the most vulnerable to more

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Fast Facts: Climate Change in Least Developed Countries

Least Developed Countries (LDCs) are some of the most vulnerable to climate change. They are least able to recover from climate stresses and their economic growth is highly dependent on climate-sensitive sectors. Climate change threatens to undo decades of progress towards reducing poverty and puts more

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Fast Facts: Environment & Energy

The increasing degradation of ecosystems and the growing impacts of climate change urgently call for a new development paradigm. Without drastic changes in production and consumption patterns, our planet will not be able to sustain the global economy.  Experts warn of the collapse of entire more

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Fast Facts: Gender and Environment

Dependent as they are on the environment to feed their families and eke out a living, the world’s poorest people suffer the most from changes in climate and the degradation of natural resources.  The world’s poorest inhabitants – six out of ten of whom are female – are therefore most severely more

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Fast Facts: Human Rights Based Approach and Water Governance

UNDP promotes a human rights based approach (HRBA) in its work to improve water resources management and access to water and sanitation. The document highlights the synergy between an HRBA and water governance. It provides examples of the Water Governance Programme’s work with the right to water more

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Fast Facts: Integrating environment into development planning

Ecosystem services play a critical role in securing livelihoods, good health, and resilience for poor people around the world. Conversely, if ecosystem services are degraded or access is denied, poverty is exacerbated. This profound connection between the environment and poverty is likely to be more

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Fast Facts: Ozone and Climate Change

The Montreal Protocol is an international environmental agreement that aims to protect the earth’s ozone layer by phasing out the production and consumption of ozone depleting substances (ODS). ODS are used in important sectors, such as refrigeration and air conditioning, agriculture, solvents, and more