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Event: Climate Action and Sustainable Land Use in Forestry and Agriculture[viewed]

This event will address the theme, 'Climate Action and Sustainable Land Use in Forestry and Agriculture: A High-Level Forum on Jurisdictional Leadership for Climate-Positive Land Use'.

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UNGA Releases Documents on Poverty Eradication, Literacy, Marine Biological Diversity, Others[viewed]

The UN General Assembly (UNGA) has released a compilation of documents in advance of its 71st regular session. The documents address and make recommendations on, inter alia: poverty eradication, including in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development; budgetary implications for a UNGA meeting on refugees and migrants; literacy for life; and the programme of work on an international legally binding instrument under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction (ABNJ).

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US President Expands Papahānaumokuākea to Create World's Largest MPA[viewed]

US President Barack Obama created the world's largest marine protected area (MPA) by expanding the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument to protect and preserve the marine area of the Northwestern Hawaiian islands. The designation will provide protection for over 7,000 marine species, including the endangered Hawaiian monk seal, the threatened green sea turtle, endangered and threatened whale and dolphin species, yellowfin and bigeye tuna, and black coral that is 4,500 years old.

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IPBES Releases Final Summaries of Assessments on Pollinators, Biodiversity Scenarios and Modelling[viewed]

The Secretariat of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) has released the final, laid-out versions of the Summaries for Policymakers (SPMs) of the Platform's first two assessments adopted at the fourth Session of the IPBES Plenary in February 2016.

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CITES Provides Recommendations on CoP17 Proposals[viewed]

The Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) presented its recommendations on the proposals to amend the Appendices of the Convention. Parties will draw upon these evaluations and recommendations to make their own decisions about which proposals should be adopted or rejected at the 17th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP17). The CITES Secretariat has also commented on the 45 documents submitted by Parties ahead of CoP17.

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Heads of Biodiversity Conventions Discuss Synergies, SDG Implementation[viewed]

The 11th regular meeting of the Liaison Group of Biodiversity-related Conventions (BLG) took stock of the second meeting of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-2) and discussed the preparation and possible outcomes of upcoming international environmental meetings. The BLG aims to enhance coordination and synergies and share information across the seven global biodiversity-related conventions.

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Event: 1st International River Summit 2016[viewed]

This conference, organized by the River Water User Association (India), will convene under the theme, 'Global Threat to Water Security and Biodiversity'.

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Event: 16th Meeting of Congo Basin Forest Partnership[viewed]

The Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP) coordinates efforts to sustain forest resources, enhance natural resource management and improve the standard of living in the Congo Basin.

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World Bank Approves Environmental and Social Framework Inclusive of Ten Safeguards[viewed]

An Environmental and Social Framework (ESF) meant to expand the protection of people and the environment in World Bank-financed investment projects has been approved by the World Bank's Board of Executive Directors following almost four years of review.

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Event: Senior Officials Meeting of UN Environment Management Group (SOM 22)[viewed]

The 22nd Senior Officials Meeting of the UN Environment Management Group (EMG) will take place on 22 September 2016, in New York, US.

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