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High-Level Climate Change Appointments Announced [viewed]

UNFCCC20 May 2016: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has announced three high-level appointments in the field of climate change: Patricia Espinosa Cantellano (Mexico) as the next Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC; and Mary Robinson (Ireland) and Macharia Kamau (Kenya) as Special Envoys of the Secretary-General on El Niño and Climate.

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UNEP Releases GEO-6 Regional Assessments [viewed]

GEO619 May 2016: A series of regional reports on the state of the planet's health deliver the message that environmental deterioration is occurring much faster than previously thought and action is needed now to reverse the worst trends. The ‘Global Environmental Outlook (GEO-6): Regional Assessments,' published by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), is a compilation of six reports examining environmental issues affecting the world's six regions: the Pan-European region, North America, Asia and the Pacific, West Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), and Africa.

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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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Bioversity International Coproduces Special Issue on ABS and Family Farming [viewed]

Farming Matters - Special Issue2 May 2016: A special issue of 'Farming Matters,' produced in collaboration with Bioversity International, shares examples of access and benefit-sharing (ABS) systems from several countries, exploring the interface between formal and informal systems, challenges, and relevance for family farmers.

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UNEP's 'Our Planet' Features High-level Reflections on SDG Implementation [viewed]

UNEPMay 2016: A special issue of the UN Environment Programme's (UNEP) 'Our Planet' magazine explores the environmental dimensions of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including examples of national implementation and UN agency priority actions. The special issue, titled 'The Environment Dimension of the 2030 Agenda,' was released for the second meeting of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-2), which convenes in Nairobi, Kenya, from 23-27 May 2016.

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Anti-Corruption Summit Agrees on Actions to Drive Out Corruption and Achieve SDG 16 [viewed]

anti_corruption_summit12 May 2016: World leaders and representatives from business and civil society agreed on a package of practical steps to expose and drive out corruption at the ‘Anti-Corruption Summit: London 2016.' The Summit aimed to step up global action to tackle corruption across all walks of life, as part of efforts to end poverty, promote prosperity and defeat terrorism and extremism, in line with commitments under the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. In the lead up to the conference, over 60 countries met at the Foreign Office in London and agreed to form the Countering Conservation-related Corruption (3C) network, focused on ending the corruption behind wildlife crime.

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SDG 1 in Jeopardy without More Decent Jobs, Warns ILO Report [viewed]

world_employment_socail)outlook18 May 2016: A global deficit in decent, quality jobs and declining economic conditions in several regions has the potential to undo decades of progress in poverty reduction, cautions a report by the International Labour Organization (ILO). The report concludes that more and better jobs are necessary to eradicate moderate and extreme poverty globally by 2030.

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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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Event: Launch of GEO-6 Regional Assessments [viewed]

Described as “the most authoritative study that UNEP has ever published on the state of the global environment,” the sixth Global Environment Outlook (GEO-6) of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) includes six regional reports that assess environmental issues in the Pan-European region, North America, Asia and the Pacific, West Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, and Africa. The regional reports will be launched during the first-ever High-level Global Science-Policy Forum hosted by UNEP, that takes place ahead of the second UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-2) and will feed into the decision-making process of the Assembly.  

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IWC8 Celebrates 25 Years of GEF Investments in International Waters [viewed]

iwc815 May 2016: The 8th Biennial International Waters Conference (IWC8) convened under the theme, 'Scaling Up GEF IW Investments from Source to Sea and Beyond in the Context of Achieving the SDGs.' The conference highlighted the role of oceans in regulating climate, maintaining biodiversity, and promoting global food security, noting current threats to fish stocks and coral reefs.

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