Health

UNEP Consults Stakeholders on Environment-Health Links Ahead of UNEA 2 [viewed]

uneaNovember 2015: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has launched an e-discussion to help shape a global thematic report that will be presented at the Second UN Environment Assembly (UNEA 2), in May 2016. Interested participants can provide input via ‘My UNEA,' an online platform for stakeholder participation in the work of UNEP and the UNEA.

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Event: World Toilet Day [viewed]

In 2013, the United Nations General Assembly officially designated November 19 as World Toilet Day. World Toilet Day is coordinated by UN-Water in collaboration with governments and relevant stakeholders, with events taking place around the world to raise awareness. In 2015, World Toilet Day is focusing on the link between sanitation and nutrition, drawing the world's attention to the importance of toilets in supporting better nutrition and improved health. Lack of access to clean drinking water and sanitation, along with the absence of good hygiene practices, are among the underlying causes of poor nutrition.  

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Indonesia Burning: Update [viewed]

Indonesia BurningNovember 2015: As fires continue to burn across millions of hectares in Central Kalimantan, Indonesia, the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) of the CGIAR Consortium has produced a series of stories and videos based on research from its on-site scientists. The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has also expressed deep concern, underscoring the need to address the issue through a long-term integrated approach.

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Event: Agricultural Biodiversity for Healthy Soils and People [viewed]

Convened under the auspices of the International Year of Soils (IYS) 2015, this meeting is co-organized by the Permanent Representation of Italy to UN, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and Bioversity International.  

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DSD Highlights 17 Partnerships for SDGs [viewed]

UNDESANovember 2015: The UN Division for Sustainable Development (DESA-DSD) has released a compilation of partnerships supporting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The publication, titled '17 Sustainable Development Goals, 17 Partnerships,' highlights 17 partnerships established through the ‘Partnerships for SDGs' online platform, which was launched ahead of the UN Sustainable Development Summit in September 2015. The platform contains 1,901 partnerships, as of 4 November 2015.

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CSOs Raise Concerns to IAEG-SDGs [viewed]

post2015-time-global-actionOctober 2015: Following the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as well as the Addis Ababa Action Agenda (AAAA), NGOs and other civil society organizations (CSOs) have raised concerns related to the Inter-Agency and Expert Group on SDG Indicators (IAEG-SDGs), requesting increased transparency on the process, and proposing indicators on children and water. Other recent CSO interventions address Africa's proactive role in the process, and propose areas of advocacy on sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR).

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CBD SBSTTA 19 and 9th Meeting of Working Group on Article 8(j) to Address Series of Scientific and Traditional Knowledge-Related Issues [viewed]

CBD2 November 2015: The nineteenth meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) opened on 2 November in Montreal, Canada, and will continue until 5 November 2015, to address, among other items, strategic, scientific and technical issues related to the implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020. Organized concurrently, the ninth meeting of the CBD Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group on Article 8(j) and Related Provisions will convene from 4-7 November 2015 to address issues related to the implementation of CBD Article 8(j) on traditional knowledge.

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October 2015 Climate Finance Update [viewed]

adb_afdb_eib_ebdr_idb_cbd_wb_gcf_pmr_af_ifad_unepdtu_unfccc_un2 November 2015: During the month of October, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the African Development Bank (AfDB), the European Investment Bank (EIB), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), the World Bank, the Green Climate Fund (GCF), the Adaptation Fund and others reported on funding, project news and other climate-related finance developments. Multilateral development banks, environmental funds and UN entities also released studies, newsletters and reports on, inter alia, food security, access to finance, green bonds, black carbon and private sector climate finance.

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OECD Publishes 2015 Indicators Report 'Environment at a Glance' [viewed]

OECD_NEW26 October 2015: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has released its 'Environment at a Glance 2015,' which updates environmental, socio-economic and sectoral indicators for OECD countries. The publication, which provides an overview of OECD country progress on major environmental issues, is intended to inform policy development and evaluation.

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Commission Details Links between Environmental Degradation, Human Health [viewed]

the_economist_planetary_healthOctober 2015: The degradation of ecological systems and natural resources combined with unsustainable consumption and production are jeopardizing the health and well-being of future generations, according to a Rockefeller Foundation-Lancet Commission on Planetary Health report. The report establishes clear linkages between human health and changing environmental conditions, such as increased carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, ocean acidification and increased fertilizer use in agriculture, particularly in Africa.

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