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UNEP Calls for Resource-Efficient Growth in Asia-Pacific [viewed]

UNEP19 May 2015: During the First Forum of Ministers and Environment Authorities of Asia Pacific, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) released a report detailing patterns of resource use in the Asia-Pacific region. The report, titled 'Indicators for a Resource Efficient and Green Asia and the Pacific,' finds that wasteful use of resources is detrimental the region's future growth, but that countries in the region have great potential for low-carbon and resource-efficient growth.

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IMO MEPC 68 Adopts Environmental Provisions of Polar Code [viewed]

IMO15 May 2015: The 68th Session of the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) has adopted the environmental part of the Polar Code, which is the international code of safety for ships operating in waters surrounding the Earth's poles. MEPC also adopted the relevant amendments under the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL) to make the Code mandatory.

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Review of Natural Resource SDGs Focuses on Participatory, Country-Led Processes [viewed]

iisdrs_nr-mechanisms13 May 2015: Reviewing and strengthening weak governance institutions at the national level will be crucial to managing natural resources for the long-term, according to participants at the International High-Level Event on Follow-up and Review Mechanisms for Natural Resource Management and Governance to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The High-Level Event highlighted the importance of national review mechanisms that are effectively linked to the regional and international levels.

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Tibetan Leader Appointed Mountain Partnership Ambassador [viewed]

Mountain Partnership15 May 2015: His Holiness (HH) the Drikung Kyabgön Chetsang has been appointed as Mountain Partnership Ambassador in order to “inspire goodwill toward improving the quality of life and sustaining healthy environments in the world's mountain regions.” Eduardo Rojas-Briales, Assistant Director-General for Forestry of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), announced the appointment on 6 May 2015, at the Stimson Center in Washington, DC, US.

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Experts Call for Rights-Based Approach to Water for Food Security and Nutrition [viewed]

hlpe15 May 2015: The High-Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition (HLPE), a group convened by the Committee on World Food Security (CFS), released a report reviewing the current state of water governance, arguing for the promotion of a rights-based approach to water for food security and nutrition (FSN).

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WHO Reports Progress on Health-Related MDGs [viewed]

WHO13 May 2015: The World Health Organization (WHO) has released a report, titled 'World Health Statistics 2015,' which compiles data from 194 member States and summarizes progress made towards achieving the health-related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and associated targets. WHO reports that, by the end of 2015, the world is likely to achieve the MDGs for HIV, malaria, tuberculosis and drinking water access. However, the international community will likely fall short of achieving other health-related goals.

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ELD Assesses Economics of Sustainable Land Management in Ethiopia [viewed]

eldMay 2015: A case study undertaken by the Economics of Land Degradation (ELD) Initiative in Ethiopia developed a detailed spatial assessment of the extent of land degradation, as well as the costs and benefits of different sustainable land management (SLM) options. Covering roughly half of the country's total land area, which equates to most of Ethiopia's rainfed cropland areas, the study aimed to contribute to ELD's goal of providing tools for the total economic valuation of land degradation and SLM.

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CGIAR Report Offers Solutions to Salinity Problems in Agricultural Land [viewed]

CGIARMay 2015: The CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE) has released a report that recommends restoring, rather than abandoning, salt-affected agricultural lands, with a view to maintaining their long-term sustainability.

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GEF, World Bank Support Contaminated Site Management in China [viewed]

GEF30 April 2015: The World Bank Group's Board of Executive Directors has approved a Contaminated Site Management Project to help clean up contaminated sites and improve soil pollution management in two provinces in China. Qing Wang, World Bank, said the project will help the Government of China sustainably manage contaminated sites and reduce environmental and health risks, while contributing to China's implementation of the Stockholm Convention (SC) on the Elimination of Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs).

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Event: Sustainable Stock Exchanges Regional Dialogue Southeast Asia [viewed]

The Stock Exchange of Thailand, the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the UN Global Compact and Principles for Responsible Investment (PRAI), with support from the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), the Climate Disclosure Standards Board and other sponsors are hosting the dialogue. CEOs of stock exchanges, institutional investors, regulators and other policy makers will discuss challenges and opportunities to promote sustainable development through capital markets, including ways to promote the environmental, social and governance performance of listed companies. A high-level policy dialogue will take place in the morning, and workshops on sustainability reporting, climate disclosure standards and investor risk management in relation to water scarcity, land use and other natural resource management issues will run in parallel in the afternoon. The event is part of the Sustainable Stock Exchanges Initiative (SSEI), led by UNEP, UNCTAD, PRAI and the UN Global Compact.  

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