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UNEP Report Addresses Loss and Damage and the Role of Ecosystem Services [viewed]

UNEPMay 2016: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has published a report that aims to enhance understanding of climatic stressor effects on ecosystems and possible correlations and implications for societal losses and damages. The report, titled 'Loss and Damage: The Role of Ecosystem Services,' discusses climate impacts on specific ecosystem services, including on provisioning services, regulating services, supporting services and cultural services.

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UNEP's 'Our Planet' Features High-level Reflections on SDG Implementation [viewed]

UNEPMay 2016: A special issue of the UN Environment Programme's (UNEP) 'Our Planet' magazine explores the environmental dimensions of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including examples of national implementation and UN agency priority actions. The special issue, titled 'The Environment Dimension of the 2030 Agenda,' was released for the second meeting of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-2), which convenes in Nairobi, Kenya, from 23-27 May 2016.

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PROFOR 2015 Annual Report Discusses Impacts of the Program [viewed]

PROFOR13 April 2016: The Program on Forests (PROFOR) has circulated its 2015 annual report, which provides an overview of its activities on informing forest sector investments, integrating forest-related considerations across sectors and shaping forest engagement. It also discusses communication and knowledge management, and financial and administration issues, as well as assesses the impact of the Program.

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Anti-Corruption Summit Agrees on Actions to Drive Out Corruption and Achieve SDG 16 [viewed]

anti_corruption_summit12 May 2016: World leaders and representatives from business and civil society agreed on a package of practical steps to expose and drive out corruption at the ‘Anti-Corruption Summit: London 2016.' The Summit aimed to step up global action to tackle corruption across all walks of life, as part of efforts to end poverty, promote prosperity and defeat terrorism and extremism, in line with commitments under the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. In the lead up to the conference, over 60 countries met at the Foreign Office in London and agreed to form the Countering Conservation-related Corruption (3C) network, focused on ending the corruption behind wildlife crime.

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WAVES Policy Brief Outlines Benefits of NCA for SDG Implementation and Monitoring [viewed]

waves17 May 2016: A policy brief titled 'Natural Capital Accounting (NCA) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)', released by the Wealth Accounting and the Valuation of Ecosystem Services (WAVES) partnership describes how NCA, and in particular, the System of Environmental and Economic Accounts (SEEA), can support SDG implementation by unveiling the links and trade-offs between economic, environmental and social objectives and providing important monitoring data.

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Event: Launch of GEO-6 Regional Assessments [viewed]

Described as “the most authoritative study that UNEP has ever published on the state of the global environment,” the sixth Global Environment Outlook (GEO-6) of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) includes six regional reports that assess environmental issues in the Pan-European region, North America, Asia and the Pacific, West Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, and Africa. The regional reports will be launched during the first-ever High-level Global Science-Policy Forum hosted by UNEP, that takes place ahead of the second UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-2) and will feed into the decision-making process of the Assembly.  

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IWC8 Celebrates 25 Years of GEF Investments in International Waters [viewed]

iwc815 May 2016: The 8th Biennial International Waters Conference (IWC8) convened under the theme, 'Scaling Up GEF IW Investments from Source to Sea and Beyond in the Context of Achieving the SDGs.' The conference highlighted the role of oceans in regulating climate, maintaining biodiversity, and promoting global food security, noting current threats to fish stocks and coral reefs.

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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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FAO Near East Regional Conference Stresses Importance of Peace and Stability to SDG Implementation [viewed]

fao_headquarters13 May 2016: Members of the Near East and North Africa (NENA) region of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) adopted a declaration on the importance of peace and stability for the long-term success of development efforts. In the declaration, adopted during the 33rd Regional Conference for the Near East (NERC 33), member States express their concern about the deteriorating impact that conflicts, occupation and protracted crisis have on food security and nutrition in the region, and welcome FAO's efforts to raise awareness of "the intricate link between food security, stability and peace, in the framework of the newly adopted Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development.”

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FAO Shares Stories on Implementation of the Voluntary Guidelines [viewed]

fao_headquartersMay 2016: A publication from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), titled ‘Improving Tenure, Improving Lives – 2016: Putting the Voluntary Guidelines into Action,' highlights several initiatives supported by FAO and its funding partners in 47 countries around the world, in the framework of the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security (the Voluntary Guidelines), which were adopted by the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) in 2012.

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