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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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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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Event: Launch of GEO-6 Regional Assessments [viewed]

Described as “the most authoritative study that UNEP has ever published on the state of the global environment,” the sixth Global Environment Outlook (GEO-6) of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) includes six regional reports that assess environmental issues in the Pan-European region, North America, Asia and the Pacific, West Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, and Africa. The regional reports will be launched during the first-ever High-level Global Science-Policy Forum hosted by UNEP, that takes place ahead of the second UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-2) and will feed into the decision-making process of the Assembly.  

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World Bank Provides Data to Track SDGs, Notes Limited Data for Many Targets [viewed]

world_bank_new15 April 2016: “Only a few of the 169 targets in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) can currently be tracked and measured completely,” finds the 2016 edition of the World Development Indicators (WDI). The 2016 report, which provides 1,400 indicators for over 200 economies that can be used to compare development and people's lives around the globe, is one of the first World Bank publications that has begun phasing out the term “developing world,” arguing that the global focus of the SDGs means that the term is becoming less relevant.

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G7 Environment, Education Ministers Showcase SDG Implementation [viewed]

g7_201616 May 2016: Environment ministers from the Group of 7 (G7) gathered ahead of the 2016 G7 Summit to share their domestic actions to implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and called for action under the Paris Agreement on climate change and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR). Also in advance of the Summit, education ministers convened for the first G7 Education Ministers' meeting, and issued a declaration reaffirming commitments to quality education. The G7 Ise-Shima Summit will take place from 26-27 May 2016, in Ise-Shima, Japan.

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ECOSOC Integration Segment Discusses Policy Integration, Innovative Approaches for SDGs [viewed]

ECOSOC4 May 2016: Heads of State and government, ministers and mayors, and representatives of UN agencies, civil society, academia and the private sector exchanged lessons learned and recommendations for policy innovation and integration to guide the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, during the UN Economic and Social Council's (ECOSOC) Integration Segment 2016. A summary will be considered during the Council's High-level Segment (HLS) and as part of the follow-up and review process to be carried out at the High-level Political Forum on sustainable development (HLPF) in July 2016.

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World Government Summit Focuses on SDG Monitoring, Financing [viewed]

wgsFebruary 2016: Discussions at the fourth World Government Summit (WGS) focused on the "twin challenges" of monitoring and financing implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Participants also noted that the SDGs are taking place against the backdrop of slow economic growth globally and high youth unemployment in the Arab region.

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UNEP Releases 2015 Annual Report [viewed]

UNEPMay 2016: The UN Environment Programme's (UNEP) annual report for 2015 provides examples of partnerships and global outlooks deemed critical for implementing the Paris Agreement on climate change and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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Consultations Advance for UNGA Resolution on 2030 Agenda Follow-up [viewed]

UNGA 2nd Committee - Economic and Financial28 April 2016: The co-facilitators on the global-level follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development held informal consultations with UN Member States and Major Groups and other Stakeholders (MGOS), to discuss elements of a UN General Assembly (UNGA) resolution. The resolution is expected to be finalized before the July 2016 session of the High-level Political Forum for sustainable development (HLPF).

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