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UNEA-2 Adopts 25 Resolutions[viewed]

The second session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-2) of the UN Environemnt Programme (UNEP) has concluded with the adoption of 25 resolutions. Some major areas of focus of the meeting included, inter alia: implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement; illegal trade in wildlife; and marine litter and debris. UNEA-2 convened under the theme, 'Delivering on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.'

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May 2016 Climate Finance Update: Calls for Adaptation Funding, Attention to Climate Risk[viewed]

In May 2016, a number of international meetings were held that included a focus on climate finance. Carbon pricing continued to receive attention, alongside climate change planning and financing in Africa. Calls were also made to pay increased attention to the growing ‘adaptation finance gap,' and climate and disaster risks, including in investments. A number of resilience projects received funding, and development banks and climate funds organized readiness workshops.

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Adaptation and Loss and Damage Update: Bonn Talks Focus on Adaptation Planning, Reporting, Implementation, Support[viewed]

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, with its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and accompanying targets, has made it clear that climate change and sustainable development are inextricably linked. May 2016 news relating to adaptation and loss and damage brought out some of those interlinkages with particular prominence. Not only do events, publications and initiatives reported here contribute to the implementation of SDG 13 (Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts) generally, they also help implement a range of other SDGs and related targets.

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G7 Declaration Supports Action on 2030 Agenda, Paris Agreement on Climate Change[viewed]

The 2016 Group of 7 (G7) Ise-Shima Summit in Japan adopted a Declaration that addresses major global economic and political challenges, and commits to making progress on development, economic and security issues to ensure global peace, security and prosperity. In the Declaration, leaders commit to efforts to implement commitments of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on climate change.

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UNEP Publications Feature Efforts in Botswana, China, Costa Rica and Germany towards Sustainable Societies[viewed]

Two reports released by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) at the second session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-2) explore China's plans to build an "ecological civilization," Bhutan's use of its Gross National Happiness Index, Germany's efforts to build a circular economy, Costa Rica's use of payments for ecosystem services and Botswana's use of Natural Capital Accounting.

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UN Secretary-General's Advisory Board Discusses Final Recommendations on Climate Change, Indigenous and Local Knowledge, Food Security[viewed]

The fifth meeting of the UN Secretary-General's Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) met to finalize the Board's recommendations to the UN Secretary-General on climate change and climate-induced risk; indigenous and local knowledge and science; science and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development; food security and health; and future scientific advice to the UN Secretary-General and the UN system. The Board is working to finalize policy briefs on each of these issues, which are expected to contain recommendations to support the timely implementation of the 2030 Agenda and focus on modalities for engaging science.

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IRP Report Calls for “Resource-Smart” Food Systems[viewed]

The latest report from the International Resource Panel (IRP) stresses that an overhaul of the global food system is urgently needed if the world is to combat hunger, use natural resources more efficiently and stem environmental damage. It identifies 12 ways to enable such achievements. The IRP (a consortium of 34 international scientists, 30 national governments and other groups hosted by the UN Environment Programme – UNEP), explains that current food systems are inefficient and unsustainable, and that they are responsible for: 60% of global terrestrial biodiversity loss; 24% of global greenhouse gas emissions; the over-fishing of 29% of commercial fish populations; and the over-exploitation of 20% of the world's aquifers.

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Draft Modalities Circulated for SDG 14 Conference[viewed]

Draft modalities for the UN Conference to Support the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14 (conserving and sustainably using the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development) have been circulated by the Co-Facilitators on the conference modalities, Jagdish Koonjul (Mauritius) and Magnus Lennartsson (Sweden). The text will be considered at the next informal consultation, on 1 June 2016.

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Event: European Development Days 2016[viewed]

The European Development Days (EDD) 2016 will convene under the theme ‘Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Action and Implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development'.

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First World Wildlife Crime Report Launched, UN Campaign Targets Illegal Wildlife Trade[viewed]

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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