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UNEP Publications Discuss Actions on Air Quality Globally and in China [viewed]

UNEP24 May 2016: Though numerous countries and regions are coming up with effective and cost-effective measures to improve air quality, the current global response to pervasive poor air quality is inadequate, noted UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Executive Director Achim Steiner with regard to the launch of two UNEP reports, titled ‘Actions on Air Quality' and ‘A Review of Air Pollution Control in Beijing: 1998-2013.' The reports were launched at the second session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-2) in Nairobi, Kenya.

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Countries Submit Summaries of National Voluntary Reports for HLPF [viewed]

HLPF 2016May 2016: The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) has established an online platform to compile inputs from countries participating in the national voluntary reviews of the 2016 session of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF). So far, eight countries have submitted summaries of their national reports on implementation. The platform also includes inputs from intergovernmental bodies and fora, Major Groups and other stakeholders, and partnerships and voluntary commitments.

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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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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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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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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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G7 Agriculture, ICT and Science and Technology Ministers Agree on Strategic Actions in Support of SDGs, Paris Agreement [viewed]

g7_201616 May 2016: Group of 7 (G7) Ministers of Agriculture, Information and Communications Technology (ICT), and Science and Technology gathered ahead of the 2016 G7 Summit for a series of ministerial meetings held throughout Japan. Each group of ministers agreed on a Communiqué or Declaration for the consideration of G7 leaders from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, UK, and the US at the G7 Ise-Shima Summit, which will take place from 26-27 May 2016, in Ise-Shima, Japan.

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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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