Integrating action for climate empowerment into nationally determined contributions: a short guide for countries

In the framework of the 2020 review of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) under the Paris Agreement, this guide aims to provide countries with advice on how to enhance ambition and address the six elements of ‘Action for Climate Empowerment’ (ACE) – Education, Training, Public Awareness, Public Access to Information, Public Participation and International Cooperation – in their respective NDCs.

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Sustainable Lifestyles and Education

Education for sustainable development: partners in action; Global Action Programme (GAP) key partners' report (2015-2019)

This brochure presents the main findings from GAP Key Partner monitoring surveys which capture the achievements of the GAP between 2015 and 2019.GAP Key Partners working in five Priority Action Areas reached 9 out of the 10 targets they set in 2015. This represents an important and impressive achievement in progress towards SDG Target 4.7 as well as the 2030 Agenda more widely, with ESD an important element of quality education and an instrument to make progress on all SDGs.

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SwitchMed and Sustainable Public Procurement

UNEP, the leading global environmental authority is working with SwitchMed, a EU-funded programme which assists eight countries in the southern Mediterranean to switch to sustainable patterns of consumption and production and supports national and regional stakeholders in achieving productive, circular, and sharing economies in the Mediterranean.
Under the SwitchMed project Sustainable Public Procurement activities were implemented in Egypt, Israel, Morocco and Tunisia.

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Factsheets on Sustainable Public Procurement in Egypt under SwitchMed programme

Sustainable public procurement (SPP) is one of the priorities in the Sustainable Consumption and Production National Action Plan of Egypt and the Ministry of Planning has also developed a Sustainable Development Strategy for Egypt until 2030. Several activities were developed in Egypt to allow the country to move ahead in promoting sustainable public procurement practices and foster the switch through concrete actions and tools.

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Factsheets on Sustainable Public Procurement in Israel under SwitchMed programme

The share of public procurement in GDP in Israel is high, and the public sector has been recognized as a key player in catalyzing the demand for green products and services and for serving as an example of sustainable consumption. It is expected the green procurement process will serve as a signal for change to suppliers and other stakeholders, who will be required to comply with mandatory environmental criteria in a growing number of public tenders in the coming years.

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Impact Assessment of the Guidelines for Providing Product Sustainability Information

This report presents information on how the Guidelines for Providing Product Sustainability Information improved users’ understanding of product sustainability information and helped organizations to make changes in practices. The objective of the impact assessment survey was to assess the potential impact that the Guidelines have in the provision of product sustainability information. The answers presented here were collected over a period of 3 months (from April to June 2020) through a dedicated Google forms survey.

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Herramienta de autoevaluación - Orientaciones para el suministro de información relativa a la sostenibilidad de los productos

Esta es la versión en español de la herramienta basada en las Orientaciones de las Naciones Unidas para proporcionar información sobre la sostenibilidad de los productos.

El objetivo principal de esta herramienta es ofrecer una oportunidad para que las organizaciones se autoevalúen y mejoren la forma en que se comunican con los consumidores sobre la sostenibilidad del producto (a través de declaraciones de marketing, etiquetas, normas voluntarias, declaraciones de productos, etc.). Esta herramienta también sirve como herramienta de evaluación comparativa para las organizaciones que actualmente están desarrollando información sobre la sostenibilidad de nuevos productos.

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Plasticized Childhood: The impact of plastic toy advertising to children on their health and the environment

This report analyzes the correlation between advertising to children, the commercialization of toys in Brazil and its effects on the consumption and disposal of plastic, as well as on children's health. Considering that 90% of toys worldwide are made of plastic and that toy advertising to children are predominant on TV and in Youtube, it exposes the challenges of children commercial exploitation by this sector and brings technical, political, environmental and pedagogical solutions to this issue.
A research carried out by the Federal University of São Carlos Green Chemistry, Sustainability and Education Research Group, commissioned by Alana Institute through the Child and Consumerism programs.

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Co-Creating Sustainable Ways of Living 17 Stories of On-the-Ground Innovations

The SLE Programme has supported 25 projects (of which 17 were completed by 2019) that are fostering the shift to more sustainable ways of living, based on the unique contexts of local societies. This report elaborates on the essential points of these projects, including the challenges of sustainable lifestyles, opportunities utilised, actions taken, learning, and other achievements.

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Repair or replace? Extending the life-span of your home appliances – FAQs and helpful hints

The manufacturing of electrical and electronic appliances consumes is responsible for severe environmental impacts. Keeping appliances in use for longer periods can generally help to minimize the harmful impacts on the climate and the environment. How can appliances be kept in service for as long as possible? When are they worth repairing – and when does it makes sense to buy a new and efficient appliance? The Öko-Institut provides answers to these questions in this background paper.

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Making socially responsible public procurement work

A report, published by the European Commission, written with support by ICLEI, collecting 71 good practice cases on how public buyers have implemented socially responsible public procurement (SRPP), in order to promote employment opportunities, decent work, social inclusion, accessibility, ethical trade, design for all and seeking to achieve wider compliance with social standards.

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Infographic: Carbon Labels and Persuasive Communication

This infographic highlights how effective carbon labels can persuade consumers to make low-carbon choices and reduce their carbon footprint.

The Consumer Information programme has prepared six infographics which summarise some of the key findings of the report “Consumer Information Tools and Climate Change – Facilitating low-carbon choices in Tourism, Buildings and Food Systems”. Share these infographics to promote the findings of the report and help us spread the word!

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Infographic: Social Norms and Personal Choices - Insights from Aviation

This infographic highlights how social norms have the power to guide individual behaviour and individual behaviour can also influence social norms.

The Consumer Information programme has prepared six infographics which summarise some of the key findings of the report “Consumer Information Tools and Climate Change – Facilitating low-carbon choices in Tourism, Buildings and Food Systems”. Share these infographics to promote the findings of the report and help us spread the word!

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Roadmap for national LCA database development: Guidance and recommendations from around the world

The “Roadmap for national LCA database development — Guidance and recommendations from around the world” brings together the most recent efforts in supporting countries to develop
and implement roadmaps and action plans, as an approach to establishing national LCA databases. Such roadmaps are a practical tool to raise and align the support and multi-stakeholder efforts required to generate, structure, and disseminate LCA data while pursuing interoperability with other data sources.

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Breaking the Plastic Wave: A Comprehensive Assessment of Pathways Towards Stopping Ocean Plastic Pollution

Through Breaking the Plastic Wave, Pew Charitable Trusts and SYSTEMIQ provides a global analysis using first-of-its kind modelling, showing that we can cut annual flows of plastic into the ocean by about 80% in the next 20 years by applying existing solutions and technologies. No single solution can achieve this goal; rather, we break the plastic wave only by taking immediate, ambitious, and concerted actions.

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Infographic: Consumer Information Tools: Buildings

This infographic highlights the importance of consumer information tools in the buildings sector.

The Consumer Information programme has prepared six infographics which summarise some of the key findings of the report “Consumer Information Tools and Climate Change – Facilitating low-carbon choices in Tourism, Buildings and Food Systems” related to different topics. Share these infographics to promote the findings of the report and help us spread the word!

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Recommendations for the Tourism Sector to Continue Taking Action on Plastic Pollution During COVID-19 Recovery

The recommendations are addressed to tourism stakeholders with the aim of supporting them to continue fighting plastic pollution during the COVID-19 recovery. This document illustrates how reducing the plastic footprint, increasing the engagement of suppliers, working closer with waste service providers, and ensuring transparency on the actions taken, can significantly contribute to a responsible recovery of the tourism sector. The document builds on the key concepts underlying the common vision for a circular economy for plastic, the One Planet Vision for a Responsible Recovery of the Tourism Sector and the latest available guidance from the World Health Organizations (WHO), World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), UN Environment Programme (UNEP), Ellen MacArthur Foundation, and leading business associations. These recommendations should be seen as complementary to national and local regulations.

National Guidance for Plastic Pollution Hotspotting and Shaping Action

This guidance aims to provide a methodological framework for identifying ‘hotspots’ of plastic pollution, finding the leakages and their impacts along the entire plastic value chain, and then providing recommendations for action once these hotspots are identified

Impulsar el cambio a través de la contractión pubilca: Herramientas de derechos humanos para profesionales y responsables de la formulación de políticas públicas

El objetivo de este kit de herramientas es facilitar a los responsables de la formulación de políticas de contratación pública, y los profesionales de adquisiciones la implementación de requisitos para promover el respeto de los derechos humanos por parte de sus proveedores.

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SCP TIP Project: Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) in Agriculture and Forestry - Halting Deforestation and Improving Local Food Systems -

Thailand as a global food production hub is driven by an unprecedented increase in forest land conversion to agriculture, especially for maize production, which is used as animal feed and is largely associated to the country’s environmental issues.

Análisis de información científica-tecnológica relacionados con la producción y tratamiento de vinaza sucro alcoholera: estudio de vigilancia tecnológica e inteligencia estratégica

El estudio tiene por objetivo dar cuenta de las tendencias y los movimientos locales e internacionales sobre la gestión sustentable de la vinaza sucro alcoholera, para establecer potencialidades competitivas de la Argentina al identificar los avances científicos, tecnológicos y de proyectos de investigación, desarrollo e innovación (I+D+i) que existen en la actualidad en el sector.

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Directriz para la elaboración de Reportes de Sustentabilidad de la Industria Vitivinícola Argentina

Desarrollada en el marco del Proyecto “Mejora de Capacidades para Gestionar la Información de los Reportes de Sustentabilidad Corporativa en los Países de América Latina”, esta Directriz funciona como una guía de aplicación voluntaria que, bajo la forma de recomendaciones y especificaciones técnicas, aspira a promover la rendición de cuentas sobre la gestión sustentable de las organizaciones de la industria vitivinícola.

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Audits sur site : vers une recombinaison des pratiques d’évaluation RSE

Nos clients nous le disent : augmenter le nombre d’audits sur site pour chercher à mieux maîtriser les risques RSE est contre-productif.

L’intégration des audits sur site dans un panel plus large d’outils d’évaluation RSE permet d’obtenir un meilleur retour sur investissement. Mieux réparties, les ressources sont utilisées plus efficacement pour obtenir des résultats plus ciblés et significatifs.

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Playing for the Future - Sustainable Development Games

This toolkit is focussed on engaging learners in active and creative exploration of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The activities in this toolkit promote creative thinking, deliberative and communicative skills, scenario thinking and problem-solving skills, as well as enhancing the learners’ motivation, engagement and ability to approach the topic from different approaches (Singer, Golinkoff, and Hirsh-Pasek, 2006).

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Infographic: Consumer Information Tools: Tourism

This infographic highlights the importance of consumer information tools in the tourism sector.

The Consumer Information programme has prepared six infographics which summarise some of the key findings of the report “Consumer Information Tools and Climate Change – Facilitating low-carbon choices in Tourism, Buildings and Food Systems” related to different topics. Share these infographics to promote the findings of the report and help us spread the word!

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