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IUCN Report Shows Worst Decline in Elephant Populations in 25 Years[viewed]

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has released the African Elephant Status Report 2016. The report finds that between 2006 and 2015, Africa's elephant population has declined by 93,000 - 111,000 elephants, marking the worst decline in 25 years. The report further shows that while poaching was the main driver of decline during this time period, habitat loss is also increasingly threatening elephant survival.

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IvoryID Database Enables Ivory Tracing [viewed]

IvoryID, a reference database that uses forensic methods to support the identification of the age and origin of ivory, was launched at the sidelines of the 17th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES CoP17). The database allows users to differentiate legal from illegal ivory to support the fight against poaching and illegal ivory trade.

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FAO Publication Highlights How to “Leave No One Behind” in Protracted Crises[viewed]

A booklet published by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) titled, ‘Migration and Protracted Crises: Addressing the root causes and building resilient agricultural livelihoods' cites research indicating that more than 65 million people worldwide were displaced as a result of conflict, violence and persecution in 2015 alone, and that only 126,000 refugees – or 11% of the total in 2005, and the lowest on record in over 30 years – were able to repatriate to their areas of origin.

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Event: World Food Day 2016[viewed]

Organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and partners, World Food Day 2016 will be celebrated under the theme 'Climate is Changing, Food and Agriculture Must too,' with a focus on raising awareness about the actions people around the world can take to mitigate and adapt to climate change.

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Event: High-level Workshop on Ecosystem Management Capacity Building for Lancang-Mekong Cooperation[viewed]

The High-level Workshop on Ecosystem Management Capacity Building for Lancang-Mekong Cooperation is being co-organized by the UN Environment Programme International Ecosystem Management Partnership (UNEP-IEMP) and the China-ASEAN Environmental Cooperation Center.

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71st General Debate Concludes with Reflections on SDG Implementation, Calls for Climate Action[viewed]

The 71st UN General Assembly (UNGA) has concluded its general debate. In a closing address delivered on his behalf, UNGA President Peter Thomson welcomed Member States' work to implement the SDGs and their support for the UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) and the UN Conference on SDG 14. He urged all governments to include the SDGs on their country's education curricula, stressing that youth are the ones who will inherit the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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LDCs, MICs, G-77/China Ministerials Highlight South-South Cooperation[viewed]

Ministers of developing countries met in several groupings on the sidelines of the 71st UN General Assembly (UNGA) to discuss development progress against international targets, highlighting the importance of support for South-South Cooperation, technology access and capacity building.

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UNCCD LDN Target-Setting Programme Celebrates 100 Countries[viewed]

The Global Mechanism (GM) of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has announced that 100 countries – roughly half of all UNCCD signatories – have embarked on the process of establishing national targets on Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN) under the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) target 15:3 (By 2030, combat desertification, restore degraded land and soil, including land affected by desertification, drought and floods, and strive to achieve a land degradation-neutral world).

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September 2016 Climate Finance Update: Readiness and Access Get a Boost, Stranded Assets Get under the Spotlight[viewed]

During the month of September, climate finance was highlighted at the highest level, during the Group of Twenty (G20) Summit and the UN General Assembly (UNGA). Readiness and access support received a major boost through the establishment of two major initiatives, underpinned by millions of US$ in funding. The UNFCCC released several reports in the run-up to the UN Climate Change Conference in Marrakech. Studies by an investor coalition and a regional development bank explored climate risk in investments and stranded assets.

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On Penultimate Day, UNGA Annual Debate Addresses, SDGs, Climate, Countries in Special Situations[viewed]

On the penultimate day of the 71st session of the UN General Assembly's (UNGA) annual general debate, countries continued to highlight implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and ratification of the Paris Agreement on climate change. Countries also described challenges related to graduation from least developed country (LDC) status and access to concessional financing. The debate, which closes on 26 September, is focusing on the theme, 'The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): a universal push to transform our world,' at UN Headquarters in New York, the US.

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