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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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Parties to South Pacific Tuna Treaty Agree on Principles of Fishing Access [viewed]

us_ffa29 June 2016: Representatives of 16 Pacific Island Parties to the South Pacific Tuna Treaty and the US agreed in principle to changes to the Tuna Treaty and terms of fishing access for the US purse seine fleet to Pacific Island waters through 2022. The proposed agreement aims to establish more flexible procedures for commercial cooperation between Pacific Island Parties and US industry.

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Government Officials Discuss SIDS Partnerships for SAMOA Pathway, SDGs [viewed]

samoa_pathway25 May 2016: High-level officials from small island developing States (SIDS), policy makers, and UN entities discussed emerging environmental issues in SIDS, and ways in which they could be solved through partnerships, during a high-level round table on 'Innovative Partnerships for addressing environmental challenges in implementation of the SAMOA Pathway and the 2030 Agenda.' The event focused on oceans-related partnerships and innovative financing.

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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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SIDS Steering Committee Updates on HLPF Event, First Global Partnerships Dialogue [viewed]

United Nations20 June 2016: The Steering Committee on Partnerships for Small Island Developing States (SIDS) held its second meeting, providing UN Member States with updates on the standardized partnership reporting template, a stocktaking event on SIDS partnerships to be held during the 2016 High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), and the first Global Multi-Stakeholder SIDS Partnerships Dialogue, which will convene in September 2016.

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Bioversity International Coordinates Efforts to Save Pacific Coconut Diversity [viewed]

Bioversity International13 June 2016: Bioversity International, a member of the CGIAR Consortium, through its International Coconut Genetic Resources Network (COGENT), has launched a project aiming to protect Pacific coconut diversity and associated livelihoods from the threat of genetic erosion through climate change and plant disease by establishing a new gene bank and germplasm collection in Papua New Guinea.

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World Oceans Day Raises Awareness on Plastic Pollution, SDG 14 [viewed]

World Oceans Day8 June 2016: The world celebrated World Oceans Day under the theme, ‘Healthy Oceans, Healthy Planet.' Events around the world aimed to promote the prevention of plastic pollution in the world's oceans, and highlighted the role of healthy oceans in implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14 calls to "Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development."

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Event: Coral Triangle Day 2016 [viewed]

The Fifth Coral Triangle Day will take place under the theme, ‘Save Coral Triangle: Stop Plastic Pollution'. The theme aims to raise awareness on the threat of plastic waste pollution in the ocean and its effects on marine ecosystems as well as to generate action to address plastic pollution, including through efforts to reduce marine debris and to reduce the use of plastic by promoting reusable bags and containers and the purchase of products that use less packaging. The Day will also include activities to cleanup coastal and marine areas and a range of local events in Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines and Solomon Islands. As part of the Day, the Coral Triangle Initiative on Coral Reefs, Fisheries, and Food Security (CTI-CFF) Regional Secretariat and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) are organizing a social media campaign #noplace4plastic, which aims to generate discussion on the need to reduce plastic waste to protect coastal and marine environments. The campaign will include a photo competition.  

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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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