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UN Finalizes 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development[viewed]

The final version of the draft post-2015 development agenda, titled ‘Transforming our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development,' was adopted by acclamation at the conclusion of an informal plenary of intergovernmental negotiations. The adoption came at the end of a two-week session and concluded a seven-month process to agree on the UN's development agenda to follow up on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and seek to achieve sustainable development.

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UNEP Conference Establishes Pan-African Institution on Ecosystem Based Adaptation for Food Security[viewed]

Africa has a new regional institution, the Ecosystem Based Adaptation for Food Security Assembly (EBAFOSA), dedicated to promoting ecosystem-based adaptation (EBA) as a tool to address chronic food insecurity in Africa, while contributing to sustainable agricultural production and rural livelihoods. The Assembly was formally established during the closing session of the 2nd EBA for Food Security Conference (EBAFOSC 2), which took place from 30-31 July 2015 at the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya.

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July 2015 Climate Finance Update[viewed]

During the month of July, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the World Bank, the Adaptation Fund, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the Nordic Environment Finance Corporation (NEFCO) reported on climate finance developments. ADB, the European Investment Bank (EIB), IDB, the World Bank, the Adaptation Fund, the Climate Investment Funds (CIF), the Green Climate Fund (GCF), the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the UN Environment Programme DTU Partnership (UDP) released climate finance-related publications, articles and videos. The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), CIF, GCF and the World Bank published news on climate-related events.

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ITPGR Secretariat Publishes Booklet to Support Implementation of Multilateral System and SMTA[viewed]

The Secretariat of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) has published an online booklet, titled 'Opinions and Advice of the Ad Hoc Technical Advisory Committee on the Multilateral System and the Standard Material Transfer Agreement (SMTA).' The publication seeks to provide guidance to Contracting Parties in implementing their obligations under the Treaty.

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UN General Assembly Adopts Resolution on Combating Illegal Wildlife Trade[viewed]

The UN General Assembly has adopted a resolution urging Member States to take decisive steps at the national level to prevent, combat and eradicate both the supply of and demand for illegal trade in wildlife.

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FAO: Ratification of Agreement on IUU Fishing Gains Momentum[viewed]

The ‘Agreement on Port States Measures to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing' is moving closer to entering into force, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO). The agreement aims to address Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing by strengthening control procedures and inspections at ports and on vessels. It will enable improved compliance with the 1995 FAO Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries, which promotes long-term sustainability of the fisheries sector.

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5th Kubuqi Forum Develops 10-Year Global Action Plan, Unveils 2015 UNCCD Land for Life Winners[viewed]

The 5th Kubuqi International Desert Forum, which convened in Erdos, Inner Mongolia, China, under the theme ‘Desert Ecological Civilization and Co-Building Silk Roads,' developed the 10-year Kubuqi Action Plan of Global Desertification Control and unveiled the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) 2015 Land for Life Awards winners.

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UN Report Discusses Possible Extinction of Bornean Orangutan[viewed]

Extensive deforestation and the conversion of Borneo's forests, particularly for oil palm production, are threatening endangered orangutans with extinction, according to a report titled 'The Future of the Bornean Orangutan.' A collaborator on the publication, the Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP), had indicated that over 80% of the orangutan's remaining habitat in Borneo could be lost by the year 2080 under the island's current land-use scenario.

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AU Launches Decade of African Seas and Oceans[viewed]

Africa celebrated the African Day of Seas and Oceans, ‘Harnessing the Blue Economy in Achieving the African Union Agenda 2063' and launched the 2015-2025 Decade of African Seas and Oceans on 25 July. The events took place as the 22nd Ordinary Session of Heads of States and Governments concluded in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia at the African Union (AU) headquarters.

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Caribbean, Pacific Regions Focus on Advancing PA Networks[viewed]

Participants from the Caribbean and Pacific regions considered ways to advance protected area (PA) networks through a series of workshops and trainings held in July. The meetings offered PA managers and regional partners and organizations such as the Biodiversity and Protected Areas Management Programme (BIOPAMA), International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) the opportunity to collaborate and share ideas.

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