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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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Event: Budapest Water Summit 2016[viewed]

The Budapest Water Summit 2016 will build on the results of the Budapest Water Summit 2013, the Paris Climate Change Conference and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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APEC Senior Officials Discuss Actions Addressing Illegal Timber, Environmental Crime[viewed]

Senior officials and technical experts from 21 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) member economies discussed policy measures to address illegal logging, fishing, land development and mining at APEC's Third Senior Officials Meeting (SOM). Participants called for increased cooperation to ensure environmental sustainability and agreed on a timber legality guidance template.

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Inaugural African Drought Conference Issues Windhoek Declaration, Adopts Strategic Framework[viewed]

The High-Level Meeting of the inaugural African Drought Conference, comprising African member States and Parties to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), adopted an overarching Strategic Framework to enhance resilience to the impact of drought events in Africa, issued the 'The Windhoek Declaration,' and underscored the importance of drought resilience in achieving Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN) under the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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Mitigation Update: Sustainable Energy Systems Examined, Mexico to Launch ETS Pilot[viewed]

Recent weeks have brought news about our energy system as it grows and changes. A report on integrating solar and wind into the grid calls for taking whole system value into account. Kenya's counties are preparing and planning for sustainable energy systems, and solutions in the information and communications technology (ICT) sector are being highlighted. This Update also includes news on two approaches to mitigating greenhouse gases (GHGs) – through emissions trading in Mexico and peatlands in Mongolia.

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Event: Third Meeting of Parties to the CMS Gorilla Agreement[viewed]

The Convention on Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) will hold the Third Meeting of Parties to the Gorilla Agreement (GA MOP3) in parallel with the GRASP Council, so that the two organizations can streamline efforts to conserve gorillas in Africa.

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