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Guest Article #5: CITES - 40 Years of International Cooperation and National Action[viewed]

CITES was the third global environmental agreement to be adopted in the early 1970's, signed in Washington DC, US on 3 March 1973 – and 3 March is now celebrated each year as UN World Wildlife Day. It was, however, the first such global agreement to enter into force on 1 July 1975, some six months earlier than the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands and the World Heritage Convention.

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June 2015 Climate Finance Update[viewed]

During the month of June, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the African Development Bank (AfDB), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the World Bank, the Adaptation Fund, the World Agroforestry Centre, the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), the Global Environment Facility (the GEF), the Green Climate Fund (GCF) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) DTU Partnership reported on climate finance projects and other related news. ADB, AfDB, GCF, the World Bank, the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the Partnership for Market Readiness (PMR), the Climate Investment Funds (CIF), the UNEP Finance Initiative (UNEP FI), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and launched publications.

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GSDR 2015: Improved Science Needed for Sustainable Development Decision-Making[viewed]

The 2015 Global Sustainable Development Report (GSDR) underscores the importance of science in guiding policy decisions for sustainable development. The report, called for by the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), provides a survey of scientific findings on oceans and livelihoods, sustainable consumption and production (SCP), disaster risk reduction (DRR), industrialization and the use of big data in Africa, among other issues.

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Member States, Civil Society Discuss Post-2015 National Implementation[viewed]

UN Member States and civil society discussed challenges and insights in the national implementation of the post-2015 development agenda, at a side event co-hosted by the Permanent Mission of Denmark, the Permanent Mission of Mexico, Save the Children, and the UN Foundation, during the third session of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF).

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WHO/UNICEF Report: Limited Progress on Sanitation Threatens Gains from Improved Water Sources [viewed]

Lack of progress on sanitation threatens to undermine health and survival gains from access to improved drinking water sources, finds a joint report by the World Health Organization (WHO) and UN Children's Fund (UNICEF). The report's findings underscore the importance of focusing on inequalities to ensure that the poorest make progress.

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East African Parliamentarians Join Forces to Reduce Disaster Risk[viewed]

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World Bank's 2015 Little Green Data Book Highlights Costs of Air Pollution[viewed]

The World Bank released the 2015 edition of the 'Little Green Data Book,' its annual compilation of environment data. The latest edition includes new indicators for measuring air pollution, and demonstrates that it represents a significant cost to the economy and a risk to sustainability, which should be addressed by public health policy and national planning.

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40th Anniversary of CITES Focuses on Sharks[viewed]

The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora marked its 40th birthday with a focus on sharks, announcing the release of two publications.

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OECD: Energy Taxation Underutilized as Climate Change Mitigation Measure[viewed]

A report released by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) notes that energy taxes are one of the most effective policy tools for combating the negative effects of energy use. The report finds, however, that these taxes are currently "poorly aligned" with these negative effects, having limited impact on reducing energy use, increasing energy efficiency and shifting to alternative forms of energy.

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Event: Fourth Session of the IPBES Plenary[viewed]

The fourth session of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) Plenary will review progress made on the adopted IPBES work programme for 2014–2018, including the related budget and institutional arrangements for its implementation.

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