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'Targets Tracker' Highlights Gaps Between SDGs and National Priorities [viewed]

post2015-odi16 June 2015: Post 2015.org has released the ‘Targets Tracker,' an online database that allows users to view country goals alongside the proposed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and targets to compare the gap between existing national targets and SDG ambition. Analysis on these gaps is presented in a report by the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), ‘Mind the Gap? A Comparison of international and national targets for the SDG agenda.'

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High-Level Conference Reviews UN ‘Water for Life' Decade [viewed]

water_Tajikistan11 June 2015: The High Level International Conference on the Implementation of the International Decade for Action on ‘Water for Life' concluded with the adoption of a declaration encouraging action to promote the sustainable management of water resources, in particular in relation to adaptation to climate change.

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Ramsar COP 12 Adopts Declaration of Punta del Este, 16 Resolutions [viewed]

ramsar_cop129 June 2015: The 12th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (COP 12) agreed on four strategic priorities that link the wise use of wetlands to solving pressing issues, such as climate change and food and water security. Noting the loss of 64% of global wetlands since 1900, the final declaration calls for strengthening partnerships “beyond those responsible for the operation and maintenance of Ramsar Sites and important wetlands,” to enhance the Convention's implementation.

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UNESCO Designates 20 New Biosphere Reserves [viewed]

mab-unesco9 June 2015: The International Co-ordinating Council of the Man and the Biosphere Programme (MAB) of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has designated 20 new sites to the World Network of Biosphere Reserves, bringing the total number to 651 sites in 120 countries, including 15 transboundary reserves. The list includes Inlay Lake, the first biosphere reserve in Myanmar.

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Event: 49th Meeting of the GEF Council [viewed]

The GEF Council meets twice a year to approve new projects with global environmental benefits in the GEF's focal areas (biodiversity, climate change mitigation, chemicals and waste, international waters, land degradation, sustainable forest management) and integrated approach pilots (sustainable cities, taking deforestation out of commodity chains, and sustainability and resilience for food security in Sub-Saharan Africa), and provide guidance to the GEF Secretariat and Agencies. A CSO Consultation will take place the day before the Council meeting.  

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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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GEF Council Approves Largest Proposed Work Program in History of GEF Financing [viewed]

Participants at the 48th meeting of the GEF Council 4 June 2015: The 48th meeting of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council adopted the largest proposed Work Program in the history of GEF financing, involving a total of US$709 million of GEF Trust Fund resources, plus an indicative amount of US$4.81 billion in co-financing. The Work Program encompasses Integrated Approach Pilots (IAPs) on sustainable cities, food security in sub-Saharan Africa, and taking deforestation out of commodity supply chains, as well as other projects and programs.

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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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Manhole Cover Campaign Seeks to Raise Profile of Water Operators as ‘Unsung Heroes' [viewed]

gwopaMay 2015: The Global Water Operators' Partnerships Alliance (GWOPA), hosted at UN-Habitat, has launched a campaign to raise the profile of water utility operators as the “unsung heroes” who provide safe drinking water and sanitation.

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AfDB/WWF Report Examines What Africa's Economic Success Means for its “Ecological Future” [viewed]

african_ecological_futures27 May 2015: As part of events marking the 50th anniversary of the African Development Bank (AfDB), AfDB and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) launched the 'African Ecological Futures Report 2015,' in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire, on 26 May 2015. The report opens with the observation that with many countries sustaining high economic growth over the past 15 years, “the narrative is rightly beginning to question the extent to which Africa's growth is sustainably transforming livelihoods while lifting millions from abject poverty.”

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