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UN General Debate Opens with Focus on SDG Implementation, Paris Agreement Ratification [viewed]

ga-71-logo20 September 2016: The 71st session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) opened its general debate, which is taking place on the theme, 'The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): a universal push to transform our world.' Many countries expressed support for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on climate change, with Heads of State and Government describing their countries' implementation efforts, highlighting challenges and calling for action on issues ranging from gender equality to ocean conservation.

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2016 Our Ocean Conference Generates 136 Initiatives on Oceans, with US$5.24 Billion in Support [viewed]

our_oceans16 September 2016: Participants at the third Our Ocean Conference announced over 136 initiatives on protecting ocean areas, promoting sustainable fisheries, reducing marine pollution, addressing climate and the ocean, building capacity, supporting coastal communities, and mapping and further understanding the ocean. Financial commitments included more than US$5.24 billion in support and commitments to protect nearly four million square kilometers of the ocean.

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Event: Conference on Vulnerable States and Territories: Special Session on the Blue Economy [viewed]

This event is taking place in advance of the 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 22) to the UNFCCC and will focus on climate change and oceans and the blue economy.  

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Ahead of COP 22, African Ministers Stress Climate-Smart Ocean Economies [viewed]

worldbank_mauritius2 September 2016: African Ministers have adopted a communiqué that emphasizes the importance of building climate-smart ocean economies for sustaining the lives of millions of Africans. The Mauritius Communiqué was agreed at the conclusion of the conference 'Towards COP 22: African Ministerial Conference on Ocean Economies and Climate Change.'

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IUCN Warns: Ocean Warming May Be the 'Greatest Hidden Challenge' [viewed]

IUCN5 September 2016: The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has released a review on ocean warming that suggests it may “be the greatest hidden challenge of our generation." The review, launched at IUCN's World Conservation Congress (WCC) in Honolulu, Hawai'i, US, stresses the extent and scale of ocean warming on the world's ecosystems and human well-being, from direct and indirect effects on fish stocks to increased risk to water-borne diseases and extreme weather events.

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IUCN WCC Showcases Commitments to Ocean Conservation, Considers Motions on MPAs, ABNJ [viewed]

word_conservation_congress4 September 2016: The Pacific Ocean Summit and a High-level session on 'Actions for a Sustainable Ocean' brought the conservation of the world's oceans and marine resources into focus at the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Conservation Congress (WCC). The Congress is expected to agree on motions to increase marine protected area (MPA) coverage and advance the conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity in marine areas beyond national jurisdiction (ABNJ).

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US Meets with India, Pacific Islands on Paris Agreement Implementation [viewed]

us_india_pifs2 September 2016: US leaders, including President Barack Obama, Secretary of State John Kerry and Special Envoy for Climate Change Jonathan Pershing, attended a number of meetings related to climate change in the past week, engaging with their counterparts at the second US-India Strategic and Commercial Dialogue (S&CD) and at the 10th Pacific Islands Conference of Leaders meeting.

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US President Expands Papahānaumokuākea to Create World's Largest MPA [viewed]

USA Flag26 August 2016: US President Barack Obama created the world's largest marine protected area (MPA) by expanding the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument to protect and preserve the marine area of the Northwestern Hawaiian islands. The designation will provide protection for over 7,000 marine species, including the endangered Hawaiian monk seal, the threatened green sea turtle, endangered and threatened whale and dolphin species, yellowfin and bigeye tuna, and black coral that is 4,500 years old.

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UNESCO Committee Adds 12 Sites to World Heritage List [viewed]

UNESCO17 July 2016: The 40th session of the World Heritage Committee adopted the Istanbul Declaration on the Protection of World Heritage, which invites States Parties to take measures and act together against the destruction of common heritage of humankind in cooperation with the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Participants also added 12 sites of special cultural or physical significance to the World Heritage List.

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HLPF Considers National Monitoring, Countries in Special Situations [viewed]

hlpf201615 July 2016: Everyone is responsible for implementing the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development, participants stressed throughout the first week of discussions of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF). Key messages emerging from these discussions highlighted social inclusion as critical for sustainable development, and the importance of addressing inclusion in education, labor and political institutions and policies.

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