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Bonn Climate Change Conference Kick-Starts Technical Work[viewed]

Taking place in the shadow of the historic Paris Conference, the Bonn Climate Change Conference of the UNFCCC was a low-profile meeting. It nevertheless had an ambitious agenda. It included the 44th sessions of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI 44) and the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA 44), and the first meeting of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Paris Agreement (APA 1), the body created in Paris to prepare for the entry into force of the Agreement. The SBI and SBSTA were expected to take up a large list of issues that had been postponed in the run up to Paris, when the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP) had taken center stage.

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Event: European Development Days 2016[viewed]

The European Development Days (EDD) 2016 will convene under the theme ‘Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Action and Implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development'.

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Governments Reviewing "Final Draft" Resolution on 2030 Follow-up[viewed]

The co-facilitators for consultations on the follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development at the global level issued a "final draft" UN General Assembly (UNGA) resolution for discussion by Member States, beginning with informal-informal consultations on 27 May 2016. The latest text was circulated in a letter from co-facilitators Lois Young, Permanent Representative of Belize, and Ib Petersen, Permanent Representative of Denmark, who note that it takes into account views expressed by delegations during informal-informal consultations held from 24-25 May 2016.

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World Humanitarian Summit Launches Commitments to Take Action[viewed]

During the first-ever World Humanitarian Summit (WHS), approximatively 1,500 commitments were made, including on education, the inclusion of persons with disabilities, global preparedness, preventing conflicts, delivering crisis responses and building resilience. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who initiated the Summit, said he will report to the UN General Assembly (UNGA) on the Summit's achievements in September 2016, and will propose ways to take commitments forward. He announced that an annual update will review progress in implementing the Summit's commitments.

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First World Wildlife Crime Report Launched, UN Campaign Targets Illegal Wildlife Trade[viewed]

Launched by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the first World Wildlife Crime Report highlights how the poaching and illegal trade of wildlife not only present real environmental dangers, but ultimately undermine the rule of law. An unprecedented campaign against illegal wildlife trade was launched during the second session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-2), backed by several celebrities in their role as UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Goodwill Ambassadors.

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African Cities Can Drive SDGs, Agenda 2063: AEO Report[viewed]

With two-thirds of Africans expected to live in cities by 2050, the way that Africa urbanizes will determine the region's future growth and development, according to the the African Economic Outlook (AEO) 2016. This year's report, focusing on the theme ‘Sustainable Cities and Structural Transformation,' was released during the 51st AfDB Annual Meetings, taking place from 23-27 May 2016, in Lusaka, Zambia.

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Environmental Degradation Leading Cause of Deaths Globally, Says UN Report[viewed]

Environmental degradation and pollution cause almost a quarter of all deaths, up to 234 times as many premature deaths as occur in conflicts annually and the deaths of more than 25% of all children under the age of five, according to a UN report released to coincide with the second session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-2). The report, ‘Healthy Environment, Healthy People,' emphasizes the importance of a healthy environment to achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and addresses dangers posed by air pollution, chemicals, climate change and other issues linking environmental quality to health.

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“No Scientific Voice Left Behind,” Concludes UNEA Science-Policy Forum[viewed]

The inaugural Science-Policy Forum held prior to the second session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-2) of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) discussed how to bring together diverse scientific and policy communities and citizens' voices to ensure that emerging environmental issues are highlighted and effectively addressed in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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Countries Submit Summaries of National Voluntary Reports for HLPF[viewed]

The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) has established an online platform to compile inputs from countries participating in the national voluntary reviews of the 2016 session of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF). So far, eight countries have submitted summaries of their national reports on implementation. The platform also includes inputs from intergovernmental bodies and fora, Major Groups and other stakeholders, and partnerships and voluntary commitments.

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Event: 3rd Arab Forum for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency[viewed]

The third Arab Forum for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency is a high-level ministerial international/political/technical forum held every two years under the patronage of Secretary-General of the League of Arab States (LAS).

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