Publication

Asia-Pacific Agencies Call for Investing in Youth [viewed]

switched-on28 March 2016: A thematic working group including 12 UN agencies, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) launched a joint report on the region's youth. The report emphasizes that investing in youth, who make up 60% of the global population of 15- to 24-year olds, will be crucial for successful implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Young people around the region contributed to the report, which was released in December 2015.

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Mountain Partnership Reflects on its 2015 Sustainable Development Achievements [viewed]

Mountain Partnership25 March 2016: The publication, titled ‘Our Journey in 2015: Mountain Partnership Secretariat Annual Report,' highlights achievements in linking mountain issues to the global sustainable development agenda, noting among other successes: the adoption of three mountain-related targets under the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); increased awareness of the impact of climate change on mountains; and new data on the rise of food insecurity in mountain regions since 2000.

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UNFCCC Reports on Technical Assessment Process for Forest Reference Levels [viewed]

UNFCCC23 March 2016: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released a synthesis report, titled 'Technical assessment process for proposed forest reference emission levels and/or forest reference levels submitted by developing country Parties' (FCCC/SBSTA/2016/INF.2), which outlines challenges faced by the Secretariat in organizing and coordinating the annual technical assessment sessions, as well as steps taken to overcome them.

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WMO Highlights Record Temperature, Droughts and Extremes on World Meteorological Day [viewed]

WMO23 March 2016: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) released its Statement on the Status of the Climate in 2015, ahead of the World Meteorological Day. The Statement indicates that 2015 broke records in terms of temperatures, heatwaves, rainfall, drought and tropical cyclones, and that this trend is expected to continue in 2016. The theme of World Meteorological Day 2016, which was observed on 23 March, was 'Hotter, drier, wetter. Face the Future,' in order to highlight climate challenges and the path towards climate-resilient societies.

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CSO Reports Discuss SDG 14, EU Implementation, Rights Linkages [viewed]

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)10 March 2016: Civil society organizations (CSOs), research institutes and foundations have published commentary on the global indicator framework, among other topics. Recent papers, letters and statements: cite priorities for continued progress on Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14; provide recommendations for the EU and Germany on implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development; and present a dashboard that allows users to identify linkages between human rights and the SDGs. Other contributions focus on national reviews, world happiness rankings, and the green economy.

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World Water Day Marked Globally, WWDR 2016 and IRP Reports Highlighted [viewed]

world_water_day22 March 2016: On the occasion of World Water Day, UN agencies highlighted water stress as a problem for economic growth and human health, and called for decoupling water use from economic growth through holistic water management plans that take into account the entire water cycle.

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WHO Assessment Finds Unhealthy Environments Contribute to 12.6 Million Deaths Annually [viewed]

WHO15 March 2016: Environmental risk factors, such as air, water and soil pollution, chemical exposures, climate change, and ultraviolet radiation contribute to more than 100 types of diseases and injuries, amounting to 12.6 million people dying each year as a result of living or working in an unhealthy environment, according to a global assessment undertaken by the World Health Organization (WHO).

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WAVES Policy Briefing Discusses NCA for PES Design, Workshop Links Biodiversity to National Accounting [viewed]

wavesMarch 2016: The Wealth Accounting and the Valuation of Ecosystem Services (WAVES) has highlighted a February 2016 workshop that brought together experts to develop methods to link biodiversity and economics. Participants at the event, which was hosted by the UN Environment Programme - World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) in Cambridge, UK, agreed that biodiversity accounts should include species diversity and trends that channel into ecosystem services, which people value in both biophysical and monetary terms, such as crop pollinators, wildlife and wild-caught fish and game.

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Report Highlights Climate Change Impacts on Arctic Freshwater System [viewed]

amap_wcrp_iasc15 March 2016: The World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) Climate and Cryosphere (CliC) Project, the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP) and the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC) have released a summary report, titled 'The Arctic Freshwater System in a Changing Climate,' which outlines the effects of the changing Arctic atmosphere on the region and beyond.

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UNESCO Advances SDG Monitoring of Water Cooperation, Management [viewed]

unep-ihg-usg15 March 2016: Indicators for the water-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) should address both integrated water resources management (IWRM) and transboundary water cooperation, argues a paper from the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization's (UNESCO) International Hydrological Programme (IHP) and the Strathclyde Centre for Environmental Law and Governance (SCELG). The paper underscores the importance of transboundary water cooperation to achieve other SDGs and targets, including ones on environment, energy and food.

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