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UNGA Adopts Political Declaration on Antimicrobial Resistance, Discusses Links with SDGs [viewed]

ga-71-logo21 September 2016: During a high-level meeting convened by the President of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) on the sidelines of the 71st General Debate, UN Member States adopted a political declaration on antimicrobial resistance (AMR). They also called for action, and outlined initiatives carried out nationally to address AMR.

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Event: High-Level Meeting on Antimicrobial Resistance [viewed]

The President of the UN General Assembly is convening this one-day, high-level meeting for Member States, civil society, the private sector and academic institutions, to highlight the global public health threat of antimicrobial resistance (AMR), and to strengthen political commitment to addressing the issue. The meeting will emphasize the role and the responsibilities of governments and intergovernmental organizations, particularly the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) in undertaking a "One Health" approach in the areas of human and veterinary medicine, agriculture, finance and consumer action. The meeting is being convened in accordance with UNGA resolutions 70/183 of 17 December 2015 and 70/297 of 25 July 2016. The meeting will include an opening and a closing segment (in the Trusteeship Council Chamber), a plenary segment for general discussions (in the Trusteeship Council Chamber) and two interactive hour-long thematic panels (in the ECOSOC Chamber).  

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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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Adaptation and Loss and Damage Update: Bonn Talks Focus on Adaptation Planning, Reporting, Implementation, Support [viewed]

who_wmo_ecosoc_fao31 May 2016: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, with its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and accompanying targets, has made it clear that climate change and sustainable development are inextricably linked. May 2016 news relating to adaptation and loss and damage brought out some of those interlinkages with particular prominence. Not only do events, publications and initiatives reported here contribute to the implementation of SDG 13 (Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts) generally, they also help implement a range of other SDGs and related targets.

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Environmental Degradation Leading Cause of Deaths Globally, Says UN Report [viewed]

Healthy Environment - Healthy People23 May 2016: Environmental degradation and pollution cause almost a quarter of all deaths, up to 234 times as many premature deaths as occur in conflicts annually and the deaths of more than 25% of all children under the age of five, according to a UN report released to coincide with the second session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-2). The report, titled ‘Healthy Environment, Healthy People,' emphasizes the importance of a healthy environment to achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and addresses dangers posed by air pollution, chemicals, climate change and other issues linking environmental quality to health.

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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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Joint Report: Need Tripled Financing, Strengthened Institutions to Achieve WASH Targets [viewed]

Cost_of Meeting_the_2030_SDG_water-santitation-hygiene12 February 2016: If resources are targeted to the underserved, current financing levels can cover the costs of achieving universal basic service for drinking water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) by 2030, according to a report by the World Bank. However, to achieve the "enhanced level of service" reflected in the Sustainable Development Goals' (SDGs) targets on WASH, the report finds that current investment levels will need to triple, service will need to be more efficient, and institutions will need strengthening.

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UN Secretary-General Launches Climate Resilience Initiative [viewed]

cop2130 November 2015: At the opening of the Paris Climate Change Conference, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced the launch of an initiative to build the resilience of the world's most vulnerable populations against impacts of climate change and natural disasters. Led by the Ban in collaboration with 13 UN entities, the initiative will enhance vulnerable populations' capacities to anticipate hazards, absorb shocks and reshape development to reduce risks.

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World Toilet Day 2015 Highlights WASH, Nutrition and Health Links [viewed]

World Toilet Day 201419 November 2015: On the occasion of World Toilet Day, held annually on 19 November, the UN urged people to take action on water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), focusing on the links between sanitation and nutrition and highlighting the importance of toilets to improved health.

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UN Agencies, MDBs React to Adoption of 2030 Agenda [viewed]

United Nations Sustainable Development Summit 2015October 2015: Since the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), UN agencies, Regional Commissions, multilateral development banks (MDBs), the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and others have welcomed and responded to the Agenda's adoption.

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