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Argentina, Chile and Tuvalu Join ITPGR [viewed]

ITPGRMay 2016: Argentina, Chile and Tuvalu have acceded to the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR), bringing the number of Parties to 140. In other ITPGR news, an online introductory course on the Treaty has been made available through the e-learning platform of the InforMEA Portal.

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UNEP Reports Discuss Mesophotic Coral Ecosystems and Regional Oceans Governance [viewed]

UNEPMay 2016: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released two reports that present the state of knowledge on mesophotic coral ecosystems (MCEs) and regional oceans governance mechanisms.

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Event: Launch of GEO-6 Regional Assessments [viewed]

Described as “the most authoritative study that UNEP has ever published on the state of the global environment,” the sixth Global Environment Outlook (GEO-6) of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) includes six regional reports that assess environmental issues in the Pan-European region, North America, Asia and the Pacific, West Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, and Africa. The regional reports will be launched during the first-ever High-level Global Science-Policy Forum hosted by UNEP, that takes place ahead of the second UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-2) and will feed into the decision-making process of the Assembly.  

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Event: Launch of the UN System-Wide Framework of Strategies on the Environment [viewed]

The UN System-Wide Framework of Strategies on the Environment (SWFS) will be launched by the Environment Management Group (EMG) during a side event during the second session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-2), which is meeting in Nairobi, Kenya, from 23-27 May 2016. The SWFS was prepared by the EMG in order to enhance the UN system's organizational and collective capacity to help countries implement the environmental dimension of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It provides a flexible approach to achieving greater synergy, collaboration and coherence in the UN system's work on the environment, and the formulation of system-wide strategies on specific aspects of the environmental dimension of the 2030 Agenda. Launch attendees will hear a presentation of the Framework, its expected outcomes and implementation processes, as well as views and expectations from relevant stakeholders. The EMG, which was established in 2001, is a UN system-wide coordination body on environment and human settlements, and is chaired by the Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).  

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Event: 16th Global Major Groups and Stakeholder Forum (GMGSF) [viewed]

The two-day Global Major Groups and Stakeholder Forum 2016 (GMGSF 2016) will take place at the UN compound in Nairobi, Kenya, and will mobilize Major Groups and other Stakeholders to engage in a multi-stakeholders setting that will also include policymakers, learning from each other, developing partnerships and creating their input into the second United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA-2). UNEA-2 will be held from 23-27 May 2016 under the overarching theme of Delivering on the Environmental Dimension of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. On 26-27 May, a Ministerial Policy-Review Session will gather to discuss Healthy Environment, Healthy People.  

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World Migratory Bird Day Marked with Calls for Action, CMS Launches Task Force [viewed]

CMS10 May 2016: Over 280 events took place around the world to commemorate World Migratory Bird Day, which took place under the theme, “…and when the skies fall silent? Stop the Illegal Killing, Taking and Trade!” On the eve of the Day, the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) announced the creation of the Intergovernmental Task Force on Illegal Killing, Taking and Trade of Migratory Birds in the Mediterranean (MIKT).

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Good Natural Resource Governance Key in Building, Sustaining Peace, UN Study Finds [viewed]

governance_natural_resources3 May 2016: The good governance of natural resources can help bring economic development, health and peace to post-conflict countries, according to a study released by the UN and partners. The report finds that post-conflict peacebuilding and good governance of natural resources offers societies a chance to: make governance structures more effective, efficient and equitable; strengthen economies and livelihoods; support the reestablishment of basic service delivery and security; and improve cooperation and legitimacy.

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UNEP Releases 2015 Annual Report [viewed]

UNEPMay 2016: The UN Environment Programme's (UNEP) annual report for 2015 provides examples of partnerships and global outlooks deemed critical for implementing the Paris Agreement on climate change and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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Selection of Future UNEP, UNFCCC Leaders Announced [viewed]

unep_unfccc3 May 2016: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has announced his intention to appoint Patricia Espinosa (Mexico) as the next Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and Erik Solheim (Norway) as the Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).

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Countries Pursue National and Regional Actions on Land Degradation Monitoring and Restoration [viewed]

eld_fao_unep_ittoApril 2016: Capacity development efforts by the Action Against Desertification (AAD) programme in West Africa, the first-ever nationwide assessment of contaminated soil in Serbia, a handbook for community restoration of degraded coastal dune ecosystems in the Mexican state of Veracruz, and cost-benefit analyses of sustainable soil fertility management practices in Kenya are among recently-announced initiatives to boost local monitoring of land degradation and desertification as well as community-level adaptation efforts.

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