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Natural Capital Protocol Launched [viewed]

natural_capital_coalition13 July 2016: Representatives from over 160 organizations launched the Natural Capital Protocol, which harmonizes existing work on natural capital into a standardized framework to support businesses' ability to identify, measure and value their impacts and dependencies on natural capital.

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Guest Article #58: The SDG Dashboards and Index: Getting Started with the Sustainable Development Goals [viewed]

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by the world's governments in 2015 aim to guide global development for the next 15 years. They are focused on a critical range of global issues - eradicating extreme poverty and diseases, ensuring quality education, gender equality and environmental sustainability, as well as combating the dangers of climate change. In the words of the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the SDGs are “our shared vision of humanity and a social contract between the world's leaders and the people …they are a to-do list for people and planet, and a blueprint for success.”

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Stakeholders Launch SDG 16 Data Initiative [viewed]

sdg16_data_initiative14 July 2016: At a side event to the 2016 session of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), a group of stakeholders launched the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 16 Data Initiative, which will compile and publish statistical indicators for SDG 16 (Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels). The initiative aims to complement the work of the UN Inter-agency and Expert Group on SDG Indicators (IAEG-SDGs) to develop an official indicator framework for monitoring the SDGs.

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WFP Initiative to Use Technology to Fight Hunger [viewed]

World Food Programme11 July 2016: The World Food Programme (WFP) has launched an initiative to foster innovation that combats hunger, improves food security and addresses malnutrition. The 'Innovation Accelerator' aims to identify and support new technologies, business models and approaches for achieving Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 2 to "End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture."

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UNEP Expands Access to Information on MEAs [viewed]

InforMEA23 June 2016: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has expanded access to information on multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs) through the online portal, InforMEA, which houses information on more than 60 treaties, 10,000 conference of the parties (COP) decisions, 5,000 national reports, 500 national plans, 3,700 national contacts, 3,000 websites and over 500 searchable terms.

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Ocean Cleanup Testing Equipment to Remove Plastic Waste from Oceans [viewed]

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23 June 2016: The Government of the Netherlands has awarded €500,000 to Ocean Cleanup to support the test of a prototype of equipment designed to remove plastic debris from the oceans. The Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) has highlighted this project as part of efforts to address plastic waste in the world's oceans.

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IOM, Governments Launch Guidelines to Protect Migrants in Countries in Crisis [viewed]

iomlogo15 June 2016: The International Organization for Migration (IOM) launched a set of guidelines for improving responses to ensure the wellbeing of migrants in countries experiencing conflict and natural disasters, following the outcome of a government-led, multi-stakeholder initiative launched in May 2014.

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SPC Provides Baselines for Educational Outcomes [viewed]

SPC17 June 2016: A Pacific Community education benchmarking project has reported on its pilot phase conducted in three countries: Papua New Guinea (PNG), Samoa and Solomon Islands. The Pacific Benchmarking for Education Results (PaBER) pilot project was conducted by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), with support from the Australian Government, from July 2012 to March 2016, to provide a baseline to monitor the three countries' educational systems' performance and learning outcomes, with a view to improving the quality of school education in the Pacific.

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OHRLLS Launches Global Business Network for SIDS [viewed]

UN-OHRLSS - SIDS Global Business NetworkJune 2016: The UN Office for the High Representative for Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (OHRLLS) has launched the Small Island Developing States Global Business Network (SIDS-GBN). The Network seeks to connect the SIDS private sector, the international business community, and other national and international stakeholders on areas including oceans, connectivity, sustainable agriculture, sustainable tourism, disaster risk reduction, renewable energy and finance.

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Guest Article #56: Forest and Farm Producer Organizations: An Operating System for the Sustainable Development Goals [viewed]

In the village of Thach Ngoa, Viet Nam, members of a small producer group of forest farmers are seeing big returns on a winning decision to start distilling oil from the local star anise tree. The oil is a major source of shikimic acid, an important component in anti-influenza drugs, making star anise a valuable forest crop. Following training by the Viet Nam National Farmers Union, group members have invested more than €2,000 in distillation equipment and are making a good profit, selling to provinces bordering China as well as local buyers. After just one year, some 30 people are now employed collecting fruit, working in the plant and selling the oil.

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