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Arctic Council Contributes to Safe Shipping and Marine Environmental Protection in the Arctic [viewed]

Arctic Council14 April 2015: During Canada's chairmanship, the Arctic Council, primarily through its Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment (PAME) working group, has advanced its work on a number of projects related to safe shipping and the protection of the marine environment, including sustainable tourism across the circumpolar Arctic, marine strategic planning, shipping safety and pan-Arctic Marine Protected Areas (MPAs).

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UNU Launches Interactive Platform for Comparing Nexus-Related Modeling Tools [viewed]

logo_unu_floresApril 2015: The UN University Institute for Integrated Management of Material Fluxes and of Resources (UNU-FLORES), based in Dresden, Germany, has developed an interactive ‘Nexus Tools Platform' (NTP) to enable comparisons of existing modeling tools related to the water-soil-waste nexus. The Platform will also advance integrated environmental management and governance approaches across different sectors and scales.

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Race for Water Odyssey, UNEP Event Spotlight Marine Litter [viewed]

unep_race 9 April 2015: Crew members of the 'Race for Water Odyssey (R4WO),' an expedition that is conducting the first global assessment of plastic pollution in the ocean, participated in a series of outreach events on marine litter in New York, the US, a stopover after crossing the Atlantic. These events included a plenary session on the Global Partnership on Marine Litter (GPML), which highlighted the need to clean up beaches, seas and oceans while also preventing new plastics and micro-plastics from entering the marine environment.

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UNIDO, IIP, TERI Launch SE4ALL Industrial Energy Efficiency Accelerator Platform [viewed]

se4all_unido_teri_ipp7 April 2015: A collaborative platform aimed at doubling the rate of energy efficiency improvements in the industrial sector worldwide was launched by the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), Institute for Industrial Productivity (IIP) and The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI). The initiative is part of the UN Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) Global Energy Efficiency Accelerator Platform, which supports the SE4ALL aim of doubling the global rate of gains in energy efficiency by 2030.

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WAVES Announces NCA Capacity-Building Project in Madagascar, Mauritius and Morocco [viewed]

waves12 March 2015: The Wealth Accounting and the Valuation of Ecosystem Services (WAVES) partnership has announced the recent launch of a one-year research project to complement existing initiatives in natural capital accounting (NCA) in Madagascar, Mauritius and Morocco. WAVES also held its first Knowledge Exchange Workshop on Ecosystem Accounting in the Philippines from 23-27 February 2015, and is supporting an ecosystem accounts update in Guatemala.

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UNIDO, GEF, IIASA Project to Identify Sustainability Solutions [viewed]

logos_gef_unido_iiasa11 March 2015: The Global Environment Facility (GEF), the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) and the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) announced the launch of Nexus Solutions for Sustainability, a project to identify integrated solutions to energy, water, food and ecosystem security.

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Researchers Launch SDG Modelling Project [viewed]

video_abundance_within_planetary_boundaries11 March 2015: The Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Stockholm Resilience Center at Stockholm University, Earth Institute at Columbia University, and Alpbach-Laxenburg Group launched a modelling project, titled ‘The World in 2050: Pathways towards a sustainable future.'

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PFII Collects Input on WCIP Follow-up [viewed]

Unpfii10 March 2015: The UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (PFII) launched a questionnaire to collect indigenous peoples' input on the follow-up to the 2014 World Conference on Indigenous Peoples (WCIP), in particular the development of the System-Wide Action Plan to ensure a coherent approach of the UN system to achieve the ends of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) and the preparation of the report of the UN Secretary-General requested in the WCIP outcome document. The deadline for responses is 6 April 2015.

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UNDP Fund Supporting Transition from MDGs to SDGs in 18 Countries [viewed]

UNDP11 March 2015: In a UN Development Programme (UNDP) blog, the director of UNDP's Sustainable Development Goals Fund (SDG-F) highlights the Fund's efforts to ensure a smooth transition from the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to the SDGs. The SDG-F serves as a development cooperation mechanism, building on the MDG Achievement Fund while expanding the focus on sustainable development and public-private partnerships, and incorporating discussions on the post-2015 development agenda and the Busan Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation, according to UNDP.

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Experts Propose Shortlist of Global Land and Soil Indicators to Support SDGs [viewed]

iass_global_soil_forumMarch 2015: An international expert workshop convened by the European Environment Agency (EEA) and the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) to develop a set of indicators to contribute to the Global Land Indicators Initiative (GLII) and the post-2015 development agenda has proposed a "shortlist" of three land and soil management indicators. The indicators aim to support the achievement of multiple Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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