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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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WAVES Policy Brief Outlines Benefits of NCA for SDG Implementation and Monitoring [viewed]

waves17 May 2016: A policy brief titled 'Natural Capital Accounting (NCA) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)', released by the Wealth Accounting and the Valuation of Ecosystem Services (WAVES) partnership describes how NCA, and in particular, the System of Environmental and Economic Accounts (SEEA), can support SDG implementation by unveiling the links and trade-offs between economic, environmental and social objectives and providing important monitoring data.

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IWC8 Celebrates 25 Years of GEF Investments in International Waters [viewed]

iwc815 May 2016: The 8th Biennial International Waters Conference (IWC8) convened under the theme, 'Scaling Up GEF IW Investments from Source to Sea and Beyond in the Context of Achieving the SDGs.' The conference highlighted the role of oceans in regulating climate, maintaining biodiversity, and promoting global food security, noting current threats to fish stocks and coral reefs.

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Event: SDG on Water: Business as Usual in Brussels? [viewed]

This conference aims to highlight the importance of the water-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for the European Union, with a particular focus on SDG 6 (To ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all). It will provide examples of SDG implementation that go beyond business as usual and bring about transformational change. Participants will also discuss: a roadmap to achieve the SDG on water; existing tools for meeting the SDGs in Europe, including sustainability standards; strengthening water governance in cities; and collective action in agriculture.  

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Climate Action 2016 Event Builds Momentum to Implement Paris Agreement [viewed]

climate_action20166 May 2016: Two weeks after the Paris Agreement on climate change was opened for signature, an estimated 700 representatives from intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations, national governments and the private sector gathered in Washington, DC, for “Climate Action 2016,” to continue building momentum and partnerships for global action to address climate change. The two-day event involved keynote speeches and round table discussions in which participants discussed the challenges and opportunities to turn the “intended” nationally determined contributions (INDCs) developed under the context of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) into “implemented” NDCs.

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CFS Consultation Focuses on Connecting Smallholder Farmers to Markets [viewed]

CFS2 May 2016: Held under the auspices of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS), an informal consultation addressed the zero draft of a set of recommendations on connecting smallholders to markets, in preparation for the Open-Ended Working Group (OEWG) taking place from 8-9 June 2016, at the headquarters of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), in Rome, Italy.

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UNESCO-IHE, Netherlands Launch SIDS Fellowship in Water Education [viewed]

unesco_ihe_netherlands28 April 2016: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)-Institute for Water Education (IHE) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands jointly launched a fellowship project to strengthen the capacity of decision makers and other professionals to improve water management and climate change adaptation in small island developing States (SIDS). The project will build individual capacity to address climate, water and other challenges through educational and training opportunities. UNESCO-IHE is the largest international graduate water education facility in the world.

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CSOs Make Recommendations for HLPF, Reflect on National Reviews, Climate Synergies, Wetlands, FfD Forum [viewed]

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)3 May 2016: A group of NGOs made recommendations for the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) and a multi-level review system. Other recent contributions from civil society organizations and researchers include: the results of Together 2030's Perceptions Survey; a brief on the synergies between development goals and climate action; a report on wetlands and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); and a critique of the inaugural UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Forum on Financing for Development (FfD) follow-up (FfD Forum).

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April 2016 Climate Finance Update: Key Meetings Mobilize Action, Adaptation Put under the Spotlight [viewed]

climate_finance_april_20161 May 2016: In the Paris Agreement, agreed upon by 195 UN Member States in December 2015, countries agreed to make “finance flows consistent with a pathway towards low greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and climate-resilient development.” Developing countries will receive financial resources for both mitigation and adaptation actions, while developed countries are expected to continue to lead in mobilizing climate finance from a variety of sources, with public funds playing a significant role in reaching the previously agreed US$100 billion annual target by 2020. Monthly IIDS RS Climate Finance Updates aim to help track multilateral financing to support the finance goal agreed under the UNFCCC, which will in turn contribute to the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 13 (Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts).

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