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UNGA Elects Sam Kutesa of Uganda as 69th UNGA President [viewed]

UNGA11 June 2014: The UN General Assembly elected Sam Kahamba Kutesa of Uganda as President of its 69th session. Remarking on his election, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and current UNGA President John Ashe underscored the 69th session as a critical time for the UN in elaborating the post-2015 development agenda.

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World Oceans Day Celebrated Globally [viewed]

World Oceans Day8 June 2014: The UN commemorated World Oceans Day on 8 June 2014, under the theme, 'Together we have the power to protect the ocean!' The Day also lent special attention to the designation of 2014 as the International Year of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and fell on the 20th anniversary of the entry into force of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).

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CEO Water Mandate Explores Role of Business in Water Governance [viewed]

Global CompactJune 2014: The CEO Water Mandate and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) have released a discussion paper on the role of business in water policy and development. The brief, titled ‘Shared Water Challenges and Interests: The Case for Private Sector Engagement in Water Policy and Management,' advocates a corporate water stewardship agenda and responds to critiques that such strategies subvert the public interest and invite corporate policy capture.

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WED 2014 Spotlights SIDS [viewed]

worlddayunep5 June 2014: This year's World Environment Day (WED), hosted by Barbados and celebrated under the banner ‘Raise your Voice, Not the Sea Level', focused on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and the risks and opportunities they face, particularly with respect to climate change. The Day lent an additional focus to the 2014 International Year of SIDS, as well as the Third International Conference on the Small Island Developing States, which will convene in Samoa from 1-4 September 2014. 

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Environment-focused Events in Singapore Address Urban Sustainability [viewed]

worldcities5 June 2014: Three events, the World Cities Summit (WCS), the Singapore International Water Week (SIWW) and the CleanEnviro Summit (CESS) 2014, have brought together over 20,000 participants in Singapore, including 30 Ministers and 130 mayors, to share experiences and technological innovations, create partnerships and to discuss innovative, integrated solutions for sustainable urbanization and water management.

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ICP-15 Discusses Role of Seafood in Global Food Security [viewed]

Oceans and Law of the Sea30 May 2014: The 15th meeting of the UN Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea (Consultative Process or ICP-15) brought together representatives of 80 governments, 15 intergovernmental organizations, non-governmental organizations and academic institutions to examine the role of seafood in global food security.

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UN and Sesame Street Muppet Launch Campaign to End Open Defecation [viewed]

United Nations28 May 2014: The UN Deputy Secretary General, Jan Eliasson, officially launched a campaign to help end the practice of open defecation and improve access to toilets and latrines. Over one billion people worldwide practice open defecation and 2.5 billion lack basic sanitation, with consequences for their dignity, health and security, particularly for women and girls.

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PFII Calls for Indigenous Peoples' Leadership in World Conference [viewed]

Unpfii23 May 2014: The 13th session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (PFII) concluded with a call for indigenous peoples to be "in the co-driver's seat" at the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples (WCIP) in September 2014. The meeting also addressed good governance, violence against women, indigenous children and youth, human rights, the post-2015 development agenda, and the situation of indigenous peoples in Asia. 

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International Day for Biological Diversity Celebrates Island Diversity [viewed]

International Day for Biological Diversity 201422 May 2014: The International Day for Biological Diversity was celebrated globally on 22 May under the theme 'Island Diversity,' a theme that paid tribute to the designation of 2014 as the International Year of Small Island Developing States (SIDS).

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WAVES Country and Annual Reports Released [viewed]

wavesMay 2014: The Wealth Accounting and the Valuation of Ecosystem Services (WAVES) Partnership has released its ‘Annual Report 2014,' which documents the Partnership's methodological and institutional progress on natural capital accounting (NCA) for integrating natural resources into development planning. WAVES has also released country reports for five of its eight core implementing countries: Botswana, Colombia, Costa Rica, Madagascar, and the Philippines.

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