Health

Event: High-Level Meeting on Antimicrobial Resistance [viewed]

The President of the UN General Assembly is convening this one-day, high-level meeting for Member States, civil society, the private sector and academic institutions, to highlight the global public health threat of antimicrobial resistance (AMR), and to strengthen political commitment to addressing the issue. The meeting will emphasize the role and the responsibilities of governments and intergovernmental organizations, particularly the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) in undertaking a "One Health" approach in the areas of human and veterinary medicine, agriculture, finance and consumer action. The meeting is being convened in accordance with UNGA resolutions 70/183 of 17 December 2015 and 70/297 of 25 July 2016. The meeting will include an opening and a closing segment (in the Trusteeship Council Chamber), a plenary segment for general discussions (in the Trusteeship Council Chamber) and two interactive hour-long thematic panels (in the ECOSOC Chamber).  

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Event: High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) 2017 [viewed]

The fifth High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), convening under the auspices of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), will take place from 10-19 July 2017, including a three-day ministerial meeting of the Forum on 17-19 July. The theme of the 2017 session will be 'Eradicating poverty and promoting prosperity in a changing world,' as decided in UN General Assembly (UNGA) resolution A/70/299. The set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to be reviewed in depth will be: Goal 1 (End poverty in all its forms everywhere); Goal 2 (End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture); Goal 3 (Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages); Goal 5 (Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls); Goal 9 (Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation); Goal 14 (Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development); and Goal 17 (Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development), which will be considered each year.  

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EC Adopts First-Ever EU List of Invasive Alien Species [viewed]

EU-SE4ALL13 July 2016: The European Commission (EC) has adopted, for the first time, a list of invasive alien species (IAS) that identifies 37 non-native plants and animals that threaten the EU's environment. Species on the list will be subject to the restrictions and measures set out in the EU Regulation on IAS. EU member countries now have three years to implement control measures for species on the list.

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African Stakeholders Call for Prioritizing Water at COP 22 [viewed]

conference_international_d'eau12 July 2016: In preparation for the 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC (COP 22), 650 decision makers, researchers, technical experts, financiers and civil society members from 40 countries came together for an International Conference on Water and Climate. Organized under the theme 'Water Security for Climate Justice,' the conference resulted in a ministerial call from 22 African countries emphasizing the importance of implementing and funding water initiatives in Africa, both in the context of the COP 21 outcomes and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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GEO-6 Regional Assessment: Addressing Vulnerability Key for Asia and the Pacific [viewed]

GEO6July 2016: Addressing increasing vulnerability is a key priority for the Asia and Pacific region, according to the UN Environment Programme's (UNEP) 'Sixth Global Environment Outlook (GEO-6): Regional Assessment for Asia and the Pacific.' The report's analysis of air, land, biota and ecosystems, freshwater, coasts and oceans, and waste in the region finds increasing environmental degradation and negative impacts on human well-being.

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OECD-FAO Agricultural Outlook Projects Stable Food Prices, Highlights Need to Eradicate Hunger [viewed]

oecd_fao4 July 2016: The 'OECD-FAO Agricultural Outlook 2016-2025,' published jointly by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), forecasts relatively stable food prices over the coming decade amid slowing growth in the demand for food and continued improvements in productivity.

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Adaptation and Loss and Damage Update: Regions Step up DRR Efforts and Resilience to El Niño, Human Mobility, Climate Change and Development Nexus Explored [viewed]

Adaptation_loss_and_damage30 June 2016: As May 2016 became the 13th consecutive month to break the global temperature records, the world's regions' need to adapt to the changing climate grew stronger. In 2015-2016, the periodic warming of the central to Eastern tropical Pacific, known as 'El Niño,' was the strongest since 1997-1998, causing some regions to receive more rain, and others to receive no precipitation. These changes impacted agriculture, food security and nutrition among the affected populations. During the past few weeks, the world's regions, States and sectors have redoubled adaptation efforts, focusing on building resilience and managing disaster risks. The news reported in this Update also demonstrate that the role of cooperation, innovation and knowledge dissemination in advancing climate change adaptation efforts cannot be underestimated.

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Erik Solheim Begins Tenure as UNEP Executive Director [viewed]

UNEP27 June 2016: Erik Solheim, former Minister of Environment and International Development, Norway, assumed his position as Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), pledging to focus his tenure on tackling environmental issues affecting human health, and environmental factors leading to conflict and migration.

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ICP-17 Discusses Marine Debris, Plastics, Microplastics and Role in SDG 14 Review [viewed]

icp17_chair17 June 2016: The seventeenth meeting of the UN Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea (Consultative Process or ICP-17) convened under the theme, 'Marine debris, plastics and microplastics.' Meeting participants representing governments, intergovernmental organizations, non-governmental organizations and academia, discussed, inter alia, the impacts of plastics and microplastics (MDPMs) on the health and environment as well the ICP's relationship with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the possibility of the ICP serving as a forum for review of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14 to "Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development."

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FOREST EUROPE Expert Meeting Adopts Work Programme [viewed]

Fourth Session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee for a Legally-Binding Agreement on Forests in Europe (INC-Forests4)11 May 2016: Held from 11-12 May 2016, in Bratislava, Slovakia, a FOREST EUROPE Expert Level Meeting discussed and adopted a new work programme for cooperation on forests and forestry in Europe for the time frame of 2016 to 2020.

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