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World Oceans Day Highlights Importance of Healthy Oceans [viewed]

World Oceans Day8 June 2015: The world has celebrated World Oceans Day, which took place under the theme, ‘Healthy oceans, healthy planet.' The day drew attention to the importance of protecting and sustainably managing the world's oceans as well as the central role of oceans in biodiversity, climate, hydrology and other Earth systems.

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UNEP Report Recommends Microplastics Ban [viewed]

Plastics in Cosmetics8 June 2015: On the occasion of World Oceans Day, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released a publication recommending an eventual phase-out and ban of the use of microplastics in personal care products and cosmetics (PCCP).

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CBD-WHO Report Discusses Linkages between Biodiversity and Health [viewed]

Connecting Global Priorities Biodiversity and Human Health4 June 2015: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the World Health Organization (WHO) have released a report, titled 'Connecting Global Priorities - Biodiversity and Human Health,' which reviews current knowledge on the linkages between biodiversity and human health, and the impact of a decline in biodiversity and ecosystem services on health. Based on knowledge from a wide range of scientific disciplines, this publication provides a comprehensive overview of the complex relationships between biodiversity and human health in thematic areas. It also profiles linkages to other global concerns, including climate change and to the post-2015 sustainable development agenda, including the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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Event: 51st Session of the International Tropical Timber Council [viewed]

The meeting of the International Tropical Timber Council (ITTC) will consider recommendations for tropical forest-related policies and approve financing for field-level projects. The ITTC serves as the governing body for the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO).  

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UNEP Launches Sourcebook for Enhanced Cooperation among Biodiversity-Related Conventions [viewed]

Sourcebook of Opportunities for Enhancing Cooperation among the Biodiversity-related Conventions at National and Regional Levels8 June 2015: The ‘Sourcebook of Opportunities for Enhancing Cooperation among the Biodiversity-related Conventions at National and Regional Levels' was officially launched during an event organized by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) on the sidelines of the 12th Meeting of the Conference of the Contracting Parties to the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (COP 12) in Punta del Este, Uruguay, on 8 June 2015. The Sourcebook uses 63 illustrative examples to showcase how individual countries and regional groups are realizing benefits from working collaboratively.

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World Environment Day 2015 Focuses on SCP [viewed]

WED 20155 June 2015: Celebrations and events took place around the globe on the occasion of World Environment Day (WED), which focused on the theme, ‘Seven Billion Dreams. One Planet. Consume with Care.' The theme encouraged consumers to rethink their lifestyles and decrease impacts on natural resources by making one change towards more responsible resource consumption and conscious consumer decision-making.

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ITC Publications Address Wildlife Trade and Climate Change and Agri-Food Trade [viewed]

ITC5 June 2015: International trade in wildlife can be sustainable and contribute to biodiversity conservation and local livelihoods if certain conditions are in place, according to a publication released by the International Trade Centre (ITC) on World Environment Day (WED). Also commemorating WED, ITC released a study on the perceptions of agri-exporters in Peru and Uganda on climate change.

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CBD Secretariat Seeks Input on Financial Reporting, Safeguards for Biodiversity Financing [viewed]

Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)3 June 2015: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has requested Parties and other governments to complete the financial reporting framework, and to provide information on their review of legislation and policies governing biodiversity financing mechanisms and opportunities identified for mainstreaming biodiversity and strengthening current policies and their complementary safeguards.

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GEF Reflects on Forests [viewed]

GEFJune 2015: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) released a summary of its support for forests that begins with its first project in Guyana in 1991 and culminates in the adoption of the GEF-6 forest strategy in 2014.

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UNEP-WCMC Annual Report Highlights Mapping of Global Ecosystem Assets [viewed]

Unep-WcmcJune 2015: The UN Environment Programme-World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) released its 2014 annual report, highlighting the Centre's work in support of biodiversity-related decision making, including the world's first mapping of marine and terrestrial ecosystem assets.

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