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UNEP Identifies Emerging Environmental Issues in 'Frontiers' Report [viewed]

UNEP Frontiers 2016 Report20 May 2016: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) identifies six "emerging issues of environmental concern" in its 2016 Frontiers Report, released to coincide with the second session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-2). For each issue, the report provides examples of ways to address it, including through innovating and rethinking policy interventions, devising new solutions and adapting existing practices. UNEA-2 is convening in Nairobi, Kenya, from 23-27 May 2016.

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ESCAP and Japan Promote Tsunami Awareness in Asia-Pacific [viewed]

ESCAP - 72nd Session18 May 2016: The Government of Japan and the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) cooperated to present a side event promoting awareness of tsunami risk in the Asia-Pacific region, on the margins of the 72nd Commission session of ESCAP.

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ESCAP 72 Considers STI for Sustainable Development [viewed]

ESCAP - 72nd Session19 May 2016: During the 72nd session of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), participants discussed ways to harness science, technology and innovation (STI) for achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in the Asia-Pacific region. ESCAP adopted 12 resolutions and launched a report on harnessing STI for inclusive and sustainable development in the region.

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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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Guest Article #55: Translating Sustainable Development into Practice: The Case of LDCs [viewed]

From 27-29 May 2016, UN Member States and other stakeholders will gather in Antalya, Turkey, for the comprehensive high-level midterm review of the implementation of the Istanbul Programme of Action for the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) for the Decade 2011-2020 (IPoA) as called for by the UN General Assembly (UNGA) in December 2014 (resolution A/RES/69/231).

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Guest Article #54: Public Resources and Sustainable Development Financing [viewed]

War and natural disasters affect over 125 million people around the world and the number continues to rise, according to the UN's High Level Panel on Humanitarian Financing in its January 2016 report, titled, ‘Too important to fail: addressing the humanitarian financing gap.'

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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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Agriculture, Energy and Job Creation Critical for Transformation, WEF on Africa Says [viewed]

World Economic Forum13 May 2016: Participants at the 26th World Economic Forum (WEF) on Africa discussed strategic actions to deliver shared prosperity, highlighting the role of agriculture, energy and job creation in transforming the region. The Forum brought together global and regional leaders from government, business and civil society to discuss digital economy catalysts to drive transformation and strengthen public-private collaboration on development challenges throughout Africa.

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UNIDO, World Bank Plan Joint Work on Infrastructure Development [viewed]

unido_wb12 May 2016: The UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the World Bank have identified quality infrastructure development and investment promotion as priority areas for future cooperation. Meeting in Vienna, Austria, UNIDO and the World Bank underscored the importance of these areas for fostering inclusive and sustainable industrial development (ISID) worldwide and supporting implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly Goal 9 (Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation).

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Habitat III PrepCom Releases Zero Draft [viewed]

hiii6 May 2016: The Bureau of the Preparatory Committee for the UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) issued the "zero draft" of the New Urban Agenda, the expected outcome from Habitat III. The draft provides the basis for discussion at informal hearings with local authorities and the first round of informal intergovernmental meetings, both of which convene in May 2016, in New York, US.

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