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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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Colombia Discusses Indicators, Data for National SDGs Roadmap [viewed]

colombia_gpsd6 May 2016: Harnessing the data revolution for sustainable development was the focus of a series of week-long discussions and workshops organized by the Global Partnership on Sustainable Development Data, in Bogota, Colombia. Participants considered possible indicators for a national sustainable development roadmap for Colombia, and opportunities to translate the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and their targets into a national programmatic strategy.

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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: Launch of the UN System-Wide Framework of Strategies on the Environment [viewed]

The UN System-Wide Framework of Strategies on the Environment (SWFS) will be launched by the Environment Management Group (EMG) during a side event during the second session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-2), which is meeting in Nairobi, Kenya, from 23-27 May 2016. The SWFS was prepared by the EMG in order to enhance the UN system's organizational and collective capacity to help countries implement the environmental dimension of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It provides a flexible approach to achieving greater synergy, collaboration and coherence in the UN system's work on the environment, and the formulation of system-wide strategies on specific aspects of the environmental dimension of the 2030 Agenda. Launch attendees will hear a presentation of the Framework, its expected outcomes and implementation processes, as well as views and expectations from relevant stakeholders. The EMG, which was established in 2001, is a UN system-wide coordination body on environment and human settlements, and is chaired by the Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).  

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SIDS Action Platform Provides Updates on Partnership Framework [viewed]

sids_action2014May 2016: The UN has launched an upgraded Action Platform for small island developing States (SIDS), which provides updates on the SIDS Partnership Framework and opportunities for engagement. The Action Platform is a website hosted by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA).

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High-Level Officials Discuss SCP for Achieving the SDGs [viewed]

ypf10_wef21 April 2016: At an event on Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), high-level officials from governments, the UN system, NGOs and the private sector stressed the importance of SCP and of the 10-Year Framework of Programmes (10YFP) for sustainable development. They also discussed initiatives taken so far, and elements needed to make the shift to SCP. The event was co-organized by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Economic Forum, on the sidelines of the High Level Thematic Debate on Achieving the SDGs convened by the President of the UN General Assembly (UNGA).

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Fishackathon, FAO, WorldFish and Partners Address Challenges to Sustainable Fisheries [viewed]

FAO - Fishackathon - World FishApril 2016: Over Earth Day weekend, from 22-24 April, coders and science enthusiasts are participating in the third annual Fishackathon, during which teams develop new applications and tools to promote sustainable fisheries and address fisheries challenges, ranging from data collection to facilitate cost effective fish stock assessments to ghost fishing. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has also been working to address ghost fishing during the month of April, including through a process to develop a set of international guidelines on the challenges. Other fisheries related developments during the month of April include progress on signatories to the Agreement on Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing and the creation of a locally managed marine area (LMMA) in Timor-Leste, a member of the Coral Triangle Initiative on Coral Reefs, Fisheries and Food Security (CTI-CFF).

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Implementation Update: As Governments Prepare for Paris Agreement Signing Ceremony, Carbon Pricing in the Spotlight [viewed]

paris_agreement_ceremony21 April 2016: In the lead up to the Paris Agreement on climate change Signing Ceremony, various events have added to the growing momentum of what is expected to be one of the largest ever signing events. In the shadow of the announcement by the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) that March 2016 recorded the highest combined global average temperature of any March since 1880, the growing number of countries expected to sign the Paris Agreement on 22 April is also on track to set a record. This Implementation Update summarizes activities by UNFCCC Parties as they focus on mitigating and adapting to these warming trends, especially following the adoption in 2015 of the Paris Agreement and in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It includes: recent buzz around market mechanisms, carbon pricing and scaling private sector involvement; the growing impetus ahead of the High Level Signing Ceremony; an outlook to the May session of the UNFCCC; good news about European cars; and Fiji's post-disaster recovery efforts.

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