This publication demonstrates that natural resources can contribute to growth, employment, exports and fiscal revenues in low-income countries, where natural capital constitutes a quarter of total wealth. It highlights the importance of policies encouraging the sustainable management of these resources.

The fifth Brookings Blum Roundtable report, "Double Jeopardy: What the Climate Crisis Means for the Poor" focuses on two of the most pressing challenges for global policymakers: reducing global poverty and stabilizing the Earth's climate. Developed following in-depth discussions with leading experts from the climate change and development arenas, including former Vice President Al Gore and Dr.

Last November in Beijing, government officials representing member states of the World Health Organisation adopted a declaration that provides a powerful endorsement of traditional medicine and may one day become the foundation for a legally binding resolution.

The biotechnology industry has aggressively touted GM as a solution to hunger and the global food crisis. Their arguments have been accepted by many politicians. This report looks behind the spin and exposes the reasons why GM crops cannot, and are unlikely to ever, contribute to poverty reduction, global food security or sustainable farming.

In developing countries, the progress of large populations is held up because of a lack of access to the energy required for long-term economic and social development. This past year has seen dramatic volatility in oil prices. Volatile energy prices are impacting energy security, balance of payments, inflation, and economic growth.

This paper presents the results of a study conducted to understand why Green IT initiatives are undertaken, and how the results translate into cost savings, business value and environmental benefits. More than 1,000 IT professionals in midsize businesses, from 12 countries and eight industries have been consulted in the survey.

The UNEP Year Book 2009 presents work in progress on scientific understanding of global environmental change, as well as foresight about possible issues on the horizon. The aim is to raise awareness of the interlinkages among environmental issues that can accelerate the rates of change and threaten human wellbeing.

The participation of many organisations and countries in the development of new neglected disease products is a remarkable and welcome change from past decades of inertia and neglect. However,

The current world food crisis is the result of the combined effects of competition for cropland from the growth in biofuels, low cereal stocks, high oil prices, speculation in food

This issue of The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture features some of the aspects of fisheries and aquaculture that may receive increasing attention. Among these aspects are climate change, the use of marine genetic resources in areas beyond national jurisdiction, and the proliferation of private standards