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UNEA-2 Adopts 25 Resolutions [viewed]

unep_may1628 May 2015: The second session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-2) of the UN Environemnt Programme (UNEP) has concluded with the adoption of 25 resolutions. Some major areas of focus of the meeting included, inter alia: implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement; illegal trade in wildlife; and marine litter and debris. UNEA-2 convened under the theme, 'Delivering on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.'

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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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UNEP Publications Feature Efforts in Botswana, China, Costa Rica and Germany towards Sustainable Societies [viewed]

UNEP26 May 2016: Two reports released by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) at the second session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-2) explore China's plans to build an "ecological civilization," Bhutan's use of its Gross National Happiness Index, Germany's efforts to build a circular economy, Costa Rica's use of payments for ecosystem services and Botswana's use of Natural Capital Accounting.

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IRP Report Calls for “Resource-Smart” Food Systems [viewed]

irp25 May 2016: The latest report from the International Resource Panel (IRP) stresses that an overhaul of the global food system is urgently needed if the world is to combat hunger, use natural resources more efficiently and stem environmental damage. It identifies 12 ways to enable such achievements. The IRP (a consortium of 34 international scientists, 30 national governments and other groups hosted by the UN Environment Programme – UNEP), explains that current food systems are inefficient and unsustainable, and that they are responsible for: 60% of global terrestrial biodiversity loss; 24% of global greenhouse gas emissions; the over-fishing of 29% of commercial fish populations; and the over-exploitation of 20% of the world's aquifers.

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Event: European Development Days 2016 [viewed]

The European Development Days (EDD) 2016 will convene under the theme ‘Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Action and Implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development'. The Forum will bring together over 5,000 participants from the development community in over 120 main sessions and side events. Sessions will focus on the following topics: people (inequalities, gender, leave no one behind); planet (climate change; circular economy; sustainable consumption and production (SCP); and water-food-energy nexus); prosperity (inclusive, sustainable and resilient cities; science, technology and innovation (STI); and trade, growth and sustainable development); peace (working with fragile states; migration and refugees; inclusive and peaceful societies); and partnership (means of implementation; ensuring accountability; and engaging the private sector). A follow-up event, the EU-Africa Business Forum, will focus on sustainable energy and impact investigating, highlighting the role of the private sector in implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.  

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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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“No Scientific Voice Left Behind,” Concludes UNEA Science-Policy Forum [viewed]

UNEA-220 May 2016: The inaugural Science-Policy Forum held prior to the second session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-2) of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) discussed how to bring together diverse scientific and policy communities and citizens' voices to ensure that emerging environmental issues are highlighted and effectively addressed in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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UNEP Releases GEO-6 Regional Assessments [viewed]

GEO619 May 2016: A series of regional reports on the state of the planet's health deliver the message that environmental deterioration is occurring much faster than previously thought and action is needed now to reverse the worst trends. The ‘Global Environmental Outlook (GEO-6): Regional Assessments,' published by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), is a compilation of six reports examining environmental issues affecting the world's six regions: the Pan-European region, North America, Asia and the Pacific, West Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), and Africa.

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UNEP Releases Transboundary Water Assessment Summaries for Policy Makers [viewed]

UNEPMay 2016: In advance of the second session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-2), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released a series of summary reports for policy makers that address the management of five kinds of transboundary waters: aquifers and groundwater systems; lakes and reservoirs; river basins; large marine ecosystems (LMEs); and the open ocean.

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CSOs Respond to Zero Drafts for Habitat III, 2030 Agenda Follow-up [viewed]

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)23 May 2016: Civil society organizations (CSOs) have made recommendations on national-level implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and reacted to the zero draft of a UN General Assembly (UNGA) resolution on global-level follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, as well as the zero draft of the New Urban Agenda, in preparation for the UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III). In addition, NGOs issued reports on: international humanitarian assistance data, in advance of the World Humanitarian Summit (WHS); sustainable seafood; and updated environmental performance rankings for 180 countries.

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