Science, Assessment & Monitoring

Ballast Water Management Forum Addresses Research and Development, Policy Issues [viewed]

imo-glo_ballast18 March 2016: Held from 16-18 March 2016, in Montreal, Canada, an international forum organized by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the International Maritime Organization (IMO) shared knowledge and experience on treatment technologies and alternative methods for ballast water management, and discussed policy matters related to the control of invasive alien species.

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Event: UNEP Science-Policy Forum [viewed]

The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) presenting this two-day event in the lead-up to the Second UN Environment Assembly meeting (UNEA-2), bringing together policy-makers and advisors; the scientific and research community including citizen scientists; representatives of Member States; media and communication specialists; and Major Groups and Stakeholders engaged in supporting the delivery of the environmental dimension of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. A high-level panel will discuss challenges and opportunities at the science-policy interface to deliver on the environmental dimension of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Parallel sessions will take place on two tracks, on the topics of: sustainable consumption and production (SCP); resource efficiency; the water-food-energy nexus; forestry, mining and extractives; oceans, coastal areas and marine cosystems; natural resources; and oceans, coastal areas and marine ecosystems; and air quality, sand and dust storms. UNEP will present highlights from its sixth Global Environment Outlook (GEO-6), and other reports. UNEP will present a summary of the forum discussions to the Major Groups and Stakeholders Forum taking place from 21-22 May, and to UNEA-2, which takes place from 23-27 May 2016. The forum is organised with partners, including the UN University, Future Earth, the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS).  

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WMO Highlights Record Temperature, Droughts and Extremes on World Meteorological Day [viewed]

WMO23 March 2016: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) released its Statement on the Status of the Climate in 2015, ahead of the World Meteorological Day. The Statement indicates that 2015 broke records in terms of temperatures, heatwaves, rainfall, drought and tropical cyclones, and that this trend is expected to continue in 2016. The theme of World Meteorological Day 2016, which was observed on 23 March, was 'Hotter, drier, wetter. Face the Future,' in order to highlight climate challenges and the path towards climate-resilient societies.

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CSO Reports Discuss SDG 14, EU Implementation, Rights Linkages [viewed]

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)10 March 2016: Civil society organizations (CSOs), research institutes and foundations have published commentary on the global indicator framework, among other topics. Recent papers, letters and statements: cite priorities for continued progress on Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14; provide recommendations for the EU and Germany on implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development; and present a dashboard that allows users to identify linkages between human rights and the SDGs. Other contributions focus on national reviews, world happiness rankings, and the green economy.

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Event: Fourth High Level Forum on UN Global Geospatial Information Management [viewed]

Co-organized by the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), the Government of Ethiopia and the UN Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM), this event will bring together 400 geospatial experts and land management stakeholders to address the overarching theme of ‘Good land governance for the 2030 Agenda'. The discussions will cover, among other topics: land administration and management, with particular emphasis on sharing experiences, including benefits and challenges; consideration of fit-for-purpose aspects; digital land registers, cadastres, and other land data needs; practical examples of land administration success stories; and the geospatial information requirements for land administration and management in Africa. Various commercial exhibitions will showcase the latest products and services in geospatial science and technology. UN-GGIM was established in 2011 with the aim of setting the agenda for global geospatial information development and promoting the benefits of geospatial information for addressing national policy. The High-Level Forum encourages collaboration between professional bodies and experts working in land governance, including UN bodies and other international organizations, to identify and address common issues of land management and governance in support of sustainable development.  

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World Water Day Marked Globally, WWDR 2016 and IRP Reports Highlighted [viewed]

world_water_day22 March 2016: On the occasion of World Water Day, UN agencies highlighted water stress as a problem for economic growth and human health, and called for decoupling water use from economic growth through holistic water management plans that take into account the entire water cycle.

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WHO Assessment Finds Unhealthy Environments Contribute to 12.6 Million Deaths Annually [viewed]

WHO15 March 2016: Environmental risk factors, such as air, water and soil pollution, chemical exposures, climate change, and ultraviolet radiation contribute to more than 100 types of diseases and injuries, amounting to 12.6 million people dying each year as a result of living or working in an unhealthy environment, according to a global assessment undertaken by the World Health Organization (WHO).

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Transportation Declaration to Combat Illegal Wildlife Trade, Rhinos, Tigers and Birds the Focus of Additional Conservation Efforts [viewed]

cites_cms_itto_birdlife_iucn15 March 2016: Representatives from the transport sector came together to sign the 'United for Wildlife Transport Taskforce Buckingham Palace Declaration,' which offers commitments and measures to stop the transport of illicitly acquired wildlife products.

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WAVES Policy Briefing Discusses NCA for PES Design, Workshop Links Biodiversity to National Accounting [viewed]

wavesMarch 2016: The Wealth Accounting and the Valuation of Ecosystem Services (WAVES) has highlighted a February 2016 workshop that brought together experts to develop methods to link biodiversity and economics. Participants at the event, which was hosted by the UN Environment Programme - World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) in Cambridge, UK, agreed that biodiversity accounts should include species diversity and trends that channel into ecosystem services, which people value in both biophysical and monetary terms, such as crop pollinators, wildlife and wild-caught fish and game.

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Event: Fourth Annual Conference of the Green Growth Knowledge Platform [viewed]

This conference will meet under the theme ‘Transforming Development through Inclusive Green Growth' and is being convened as part of Global Green Growth Week 2016, to be held from 5-9 September 2016 in Jeju Island, Republic of Korea. It will highlight research and policy considerations affecting pro-poor inclusive green growth and strengthen the Green Growth Knowledge Platform's (GGKP) objective of delivering pro-poor, socially inclusive green growth through best policy practices and strategically aligned efforts by international organizations. The conference will focus on links to policy outcomes and practical applications for delivering inclusive green growth in developing countries and emerging economies. It will bring together researchers, practitioners and policymakers in plenary and parallel sessions to: discuss the latest findings on policies and practices that stimulate inclusive green growth; identify priorities for action by stakeholders to pursue the most promising policies and practices; and build practitioner skills and define future research, knowledge sharing and collaboration opportunities. More specifically, sub-themes and session topics will address: strategy and policy, including distributional impacts from transitioning to green growth, inclusive green growth strategies, the informal economy, and tracking progress with green growth metrics and indicators; participation and empowerment, such as gender-balanced participation in green growth initiatives, skills and capacities for transitioning to green growth, green social enterprises, and information and communication technologies as catalysts for green growth; fiscal policy and finance, including fiscal reform, inclusive finance and impact investing, and insurance solutions; and sectors, including pro-poor natural resources and land use management, green cities as green growth drivers, investments for green energy access, and inclusive water management and governance.  

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