UN Programme, Agency or Fund

UNEP Appoints External Member to Access to Information Panel [viewed]

UNEP30 June 2016: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has appointed an external member to serve on its three-person Access to Information Panel, which monitors the implementation of UNEP's revised policy on the issue. According to UNEP, the policy seeks to balance the need to grant the public maximum access to information in UNEP's possession, including environmental information, and UNEP's obligation to respect confidentiality of information regarding its member States, partners, employees and other parties.

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Government Officials Discuss SIDS Partnerships for SAMOA Pathway, SDGs [viewed]

samoa_pathway25 May 2016: High-level officials from small island developing States (SIDS), policy makers, and UN entities discussed emerging environmental issues in SIDS, and ways in which they could be solved through partnerships, during a high-level round table on 'Innovative Partnerships for addressing environmental challenges in implementation of the SAMOA Pathway and the 2030 Agenda.' The event focused on oceans-related partnerships and innovative financing.

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Policy Update #21: July 2016 Monthly Forecast [viewed]

In July 2016, the UN High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) will hold its first meeting since governments adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). All eyes will be on its discussions regarding follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and the presentations of the first governments to volunteer for national reviews of their progress in implementing the SDGs.

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Adaptation and Loss and Damage Update: Regions Step up DRR Efforts and Resilience to El Niño, Human Mobility, Climate Change and Development Nexus Explored [viewed]

Adaptation_loss_and_damage30 June 2016: As May 2016 became the 13th consecutive month to break the global temperature records, the world's regions' need to adapt to the changing climate grew stronger. In 2015-2016, the periodic warming of the central to Eastern tropical Pacific, known as 'El Niño,' was the strongest since 1997-1998, causing some regions to receive more rain, and others to receive no precipitation. These changes impacted agriculture, food security and nutrition among the affected populations. During the past few weeks, the world's regions, States and sectors have redoubled adaptation efforts, focusing on building resilience and managing disaster risks. The news reported in this Update also demonstrate that the role of cooperation, innovation and knowledge dissemination in advancing climate change adaptation efforts cannot be underestimated.

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Erik Solheim Begins Tenure as UNEP Executive Director [viewed]

UNEP27 June 2016: Erik Solheim, former Minister of Environment and International Development, Norway, assumed his position as Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), pledging to focus his tenure on tackling environmental issues affecting human health, and environmental factors leading to conflict and migration.

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Event: African Economic Conference 2016 [viewed]

Jointly organized by the African Development Bank (AfDB), the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the African Economic Conference (AEC) 2016 will convene under the theme, 'Feeding Africa: Towards Agro-Allied Industrialization for Inclusive Growth'. Participants will consider the latest empirical evidence on Africa's agricultural transformation and discuss how to leverage agro-industrialization for food security and inclusive growth in Africa. The conference aims to provide a platform for critical thinking on how policy-makers, development partners, the private sector, civil society organizations and the academia should support the planning and implementation of these industrialization strategies.  

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UNEP-WCMC and SANBI Release Guide on Low-cost Biodiversity Mapping [viewed]

Unep-Wcmc23 June 2016: The UN Environment Program-World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) and the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) have released a guide providing a practical, science-based approach to spatial biodiversity assessment and its prioritization meant to inform policy, strategy development and action planning.

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FAO Report Assesses Impacts of Drought on Food Security in the Caribbean [viewed]

fao_headquarters22 June 2016: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has published a report titled, ‘Drought Characteristics and Management in the Caribbean,' which estimates that between 1970 and 2000, the Caribbean region suffered direct and indirect losses of between US$700 million and US$3.3 billion due to natural disasters associated with weather and climate events.

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Event: Addressing the Intersection between the Nagoya Protocol, Access and Benefit Sharing Rules, and BioTrade [viewed]

Organized by the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) in cooperation with other partners, the objective of this workshop is to provide a broader understanding of the intersection between access and benefit-sharing (ABS) and BioTrade for policy makers, regulators and interested businesses in Viet Nam. It immediately follows an UNCTAD workshop on the identification of barriers to the trade of biodiversity-based and BioTrade products from Viet Nam to be held the 23-24 June 2016.  

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CFS OEWG Finalizes Proposal on Engagement with 2030 Agenda [viewed]

CFS22 June 2016: The fourth meeting of the Open Ended Working Group (OEWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) finalized a proposal on CFS engagement in advancing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The proposal will be submitted to CFS' 43rd plenary session in October 2016, along with a draft decision.

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