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

Wildlife Campaign25 May 2016: 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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First Great Green Wall Global Conference Reaffirms Commitments to Restore Africa's Drylands [viewed]

GGWSSI13 May 2016: The first Global Conference on the Great Green Wall for the Sahara and Sahel Initiative (GGWSSI) issued the ‘Dakar Declaration,' which aims to reverse land degradation and improve economic opportunities for populations across the Sahel and Sahara belt. Convened from 5-7 May 2016, in Dakar, Senegal, the Conference sought to build on the momentum generated at a High Level Summit on the GGWSSI held on the sidelines of the Paris Climate Conference, where US$4 billion was pledged to step up implementation of the Initiative over the next five years.

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WAVES Policy Brief Outlines Benefits of NCA for SDG Implementation and Monitoring [viewed]

waves17 May 2016: A policy brief titled 'Natural Capital Accounting (NCA) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)', released by the Wealth Accounting and the Valuation of Ecosystem Services (WAVES) partnership describes how NCA, and in particular, the System of Environmental and Economic Accounts (SEEA), can support SDG implementation by unveiling the links and trade-offs between economic, environmental and social objectives and providing important monitoring data.

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Energy Actors Showcase Innovative Sustainable Energy Tools, Resources, Technologies and Business Models [viewed]

energy_actors13 May 2016: The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), which seeks to support countries in their transition to sustainable energy, has concluded its '2016 Innovation Week' following a series of activities that addressed the theme ‘The Age of Renewable Power.' IRENA's work on energy innovation aims, in part, to support Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 7 (Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all). In addition to IRENA, many other actors have made recent announcements that are expected to contribute to SDG 7. The following update shares some of the latest news on renewable energy, energy efficiency and energy access tools, resources, technologies and initiatives stemming from intergovernmental efforts.

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Event: COP22 Low-Emissions Solutions Conference [viewed]

The COP22 'Low-Emissions Solutions Conference: Global Brainstorming on Practical Pathways to Low Emissions' will follow up on commitments made in the Paris Agreement on climate change, in which countries are responsible for submitting a Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) for the period to 2030, as well as a Low-Emission Development Strategy (LEDS) to 2050. Convening under the theme 'Global Brainstorming on Practical Pathways to Low Emissions,' the Conference will provide an opportunity to share knowledge, exchange information, identify bottlenecks, discuss best practices and prioritize future research. The conference will: support operationalization of the Paris Agreement; strengthen the technical capacities of countries to prepare their NDCs and LEDs; develop technology pathways for decarbonized energy systems; and create a dialogue among engineers and technology specialists on innovative solutions for a low-emissions future. The agenda includes the following issues: design of NDCS and LEDS; cities and energy efficiency in buildings; transport; power generation and distribution; and public policies and regulations to support the decarbonization of energy systems. The Conference will be held on the sidelines of the 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 22) to the UNFCCC. It is the first time in the history of the COP that a large-scale technical solutions conference is being organized for countries, and the goal is that it become an annual event at future COPs. The Conference is being organized by the Government of Morocco, the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), the World Business Council on Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and the ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability.  

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Capacity Building and Technology Update: TEC, CTCN Board Meet, Capacity-Building Initiatives Focus on Renewables, Subsidiary Bodies Prepare for Bonn Session [viewed]

unfccc_unitar_unep_unhabitat_wmo11 May 2016: Under the international climate regime, industrialized countries provide developing States, in particular small island developing States (SIDS) and Least Developed Countries (LDCs), with financial, technical and capacity-building support to help them implement mitigation and adaptation actions. A number of key meetings related to technology issues took place over the past few weeks, including the twelfth meeting of the Technology Executive Committee (TEC) and the seventh meeting of the Advisory Board of the Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN), which set the course for the years ahead. The CTCN Advisory Board recently received its 100th request for assistance and kicked off its series of 2016 Stakeholder Engagement Forums. Some of the capacity-building activities that took place over the past month focused on renewables, while others traced linkages among climate change, disaster risk reduction (DRR) and sustainable development.

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World Migratory Bird Day Marked with Calls for Action, CMS Launches Task Force [viewed]

CMS10 May 2016: Over 280 events took place around the world to commemorate World Migratory Bird Day, which took place under the theme, “…and when the skies fall silent? Stop the Illegal Killing, Taking and Trade!” On the eve of the Day, the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) announced the creation of the Intergovernmental Task Force on Illegal Killing, Taking and Trade of Migratory Birds in the Mediterranean (MIKT).

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Adaptation and Loss and Damage Update: Urban Resilience, DRR Enter the Limelight; Potentially Irreversible Harm Exposed [viewed]

adaptation_loss_damage 4 May 2016: The first target under Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 13 (Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts) is to strengthen resilience and adaptive capacity to climate-related hazards and natural disasters in all countries. Much of the news on adaptation and loss and damage coming out of the month of April contributed to the implementation of this target, including projects promoting climate resilience in urban and rural settings, and resilience in the field of agriculture.

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Sustainable Energy Finance Update: Public Finance Leverages Private Flows to Renewables [viewed]

energy_finance1 May 2016: Universal access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy, the

seventh of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) agreed last year, starts with access to finance. Looking at the sustainable energy finance news coming out of April, a number of initiatives went beyond simply funding projects. They also built the capacity of developing country governments and companies to develop energy efficiency, energy access and renewables projects that will qualify for finance. Similarly, many of the finance flows were intended to make projects more attractive to private sector investments, compounding the impact of public funds.

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Guest Article #8: A Green Wall of Hope for Africa [viewed]

Imagine a tapestry of green landscapes around the Sahara desert – a wall not of concrete or wire to keep anyone in or out, but of forests, pastures and crops to provide food, income and a real future for communities threatened by climate change. An extraordinary initiative is taking shape across the Sahel and the Sahara – Africa's Great Green Wall.

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