Near East

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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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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FAO IUU Agreement Set to Enter into Force, CMS, World Bank, Others Promote Action on Sustainable Fisheries [viewed]

fao_cms_wb16 May 2016: Twenty-nine countries and the European Union (EU) have deposited their instruments of adherence to the Port State Measurement Agreement (PSMA) with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO). The entry into force of the PSMA, on 5 June, marks the world's first binding international agreement on illegal, unregulated, and unreported (IUU) fishing and is expected to support efforts to ensure responsible fish stock management and sustainable fisheries.

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FAO Near East Regional Conference Stresses Importance of Peace and Stability to SDG Implementation [viewed]

fao_headquarters13 May 2016: Members of the Near East and North Africa (NENA) region of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) adopted a declaration on the importance of peace and stability for the long-term success of development efforts. In the declaration, adopted during the 33rd Regional Conference for the Near East (NERC 33), member States express their concern about the deteriorating impact that conflicts, occupation and protracted crisis have on food security and nutrition in the region, and welcome FAO's efforts to raise awareness of "the intricate link between food security, stability and peace, in the framework of the newly adopted Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development.”

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Global Report on Internal Displacement Highlights Climate Change as Driver of Disaster Risk [viewed]

idcm12 May 2015: The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) launched its annual publication on internal displacement, citing climate change and related natural hazards, such as drought, sea-level rise and desertification, as increasingly important factors causing internal displacement.

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UNICEF, SRSG Highlight Child Protection, Education in Conflict [viewed]

unicef_un10 May 2016: The UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) called for strengthening the safeguards for children seeking asylum, as EU Member States and the European Parliament discuss possible changes to asylum processes in Europe. The Fund also released a report on school-age children in emergencies. Meanwhile, the UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict has called on the African Union (AU) and its Member States to protect schools from attacks and to criminalize such acts.

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UN Seeks International Commitments to Protect Migrants and Refugees [viewed]

un_whs9 May 2016: The UN Secretary-General and other officials have drawn attention to the proposed "global compacts" on migrants and refugees, which are the subject of negotiations ahead of the World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) taking place in Istanbul, Turkey, from 23-24 May 2016, and the UN General Assembly's (UNGA) High-level Meeting (HLM) on addressing the large-scale movements of migrants and refugees, convening in New York, US, on 19 September 2016.

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UNGA Debate Discusses UN Performance in Peace, Security [viewed]

UNGA 2nd Committee - Economic and Financial11 May 2016: During a High-level Thematic Debate of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), UN Member States and others called for a paradigm shift that emphasizes the primacy of politics in ensuring peace and security, and shifting the mentality from conflict management to conflict resolution. Speakers at the debate, titled 'In a World Of Risks: A New Commitment for Peace,' also identified ways to strengthen the UN's performance as it engages in international peace and security issues, and highlighted strong interlinkages between peace and development.

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Governments Discuss Secretary-General Report on Migrants, Refugees [viewed]

UNGA 2nd Committee - Economic and Financial3 May 2016: The Special Adviser of the UN Secretary-General for the upcoming High-level Meeting (HLM) on large movements of migrants and refugees, Karen AbuZayd, presented the report of the Secretary-General on the topic to UN Member States. The HLM will take place on 19 September 2016, at the start of the 71st session.

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