Islands

Draft Modalities Circulated for SDG 14 Conference [viewed]

goal1424 May 2016: Draft modalities for the UN Conference to Support the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14 (conserving and sustainably using the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development) have been circulated by the Co-Facilitators on the conference modalities, Jagdish Koonjul (Mauritius) and Magnus Lennartsson (Sweden). The text will be considered at the next informal consultation, on 1 June 2016.

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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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FAO IUU Agreement Set to Enter into Force, CMS, World Bank, Others Promote Action on Sustainable Fisheries [viewed]

fao_cms_wb16 May 2016: Twenty-nine countries and the European Union (EU) have deposited their instruments of adherence to the Port State Measurement Agreement (PSMA) with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO). The entry into force of the PSMA, on 5 June, marks the world's first binding international agreement on illegal, unregulated, and unreported (IUU) fishing and is expected to support efforts to ensure responsible fish stock management and sustainable fisheries.

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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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Asia-Pacific Countries Take Action on Forestry, Freshwater Resources, Illegal Logging and Wildlife Trade [viewed]

asian_pacificApril 2016: Countries in Asia and the Pacific have engaged in a range of recent project activities and workshops that aim to promote forestry, biodiversity and coastal wetland conservation, ensure sufficient freshwater resources and address threats from illegal trade in wildlife, illegal logging and invasive alien species (IAS).

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UNEP Report Describes Benefits of Blue Economy [viewed]

UNEP LogoFebruary 2016: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has published a report highlighting six case studies that: reflect the diversity and flexibility of the ‘blue economy' concept; illustrate how economic indicators and development strategies can better reflect the true value of ocean benefits; and demonstrate practical applications that can be implemented at the regional, country and community levels. In the forward to the report, titled ‘Blue Economy: Sharing Success Stories to Inspire Change,' UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner expressed that "ocean related issues are integral to most of the Sustainable Development Goals and to the transition towards the inclusive green economy."

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UN Releases First World Ocean Assessment [viewed]

United Nations26 January 2016: The UN has published the First Global Integrated Marine Assessment, also known as the 'First World Ocean Assessment.' The assessment is expected to provide a scientific basis for consideration of ocean issues, including Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14 (Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development).

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IWC Showcases Work on Entanglement and Aboriginal Whaling [viewed]

iwc21 January 2016: The January 2016 International Whaling Commission (IWC) Bulletin highlights IWC's efforts to address entanglement response and mass strandings, as well as to promote sustainable whalewatching in Indian Ocean rim countries. The Bulletin also provides an update on IWC's planned engagement with the Arctic Council and the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in 2016.

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Blue Economy Summit Discusses Implementation of SDGs, Paris Agreement [viewed]

blue_economy_summit23 January 2016: Participants at the Second Blue Economy Summit adopted the Abu Dhabi 2016 Blue Economy Declaration, which urges States, international agencies and donors to take action and facilitate the application of the blue economy to realize the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the implementation of the Paris Agreement on climate change.

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GEF-UNEP-SPREP Pacific Project Considers Roadmap for Future Island Biodiversity Activities [viewed]

GEF UNEP30 November 2015: Participants discussed a roadmap for integrating project results into national and community-level planning processes at the final review meeting of the Global Environment Facility's Pacific Alliance for Sustainability (GEFPAS) Integrated Island Biodiversity (IIB) project. The project, which included activities in the Cook Islands, Nauru, Tonga and Tuvalu, is scheduled to officially close in June 2016.

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