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International Mother Earth Day Celebrated around the World [viewed]

ban_ki_moon_concert22 April 2015: In celebration of Earth Day, multilateral institutions and organizations worldwide held public concerts and forums, revealed a 'forest pavilion,' and released special newsletters and statements, among many other commemorative activities. The UN kicked off its Earth Day events with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaking at the Global Citizen Earth Day Concert on 18 April in Washington DC, US, where he told the crowd, "Take your passion and compassion and build a better, sustainable world."

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WNICBR Discusses Climate Change and Sustainable Development [viewed]

UNESCO13 April 2015: At its fifth meeting, held in Attard, Malta, from 24-26 March 2015, the World Network of Island and Coastal Biosphere Reserves (WNICBR) focused on ‘The Impact of Climate Change and Sustainable Development on Island and Coastal Biosphere Reserves.'

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US Department of Navy Announces Regional Biosecurity Plan [viewed]

university_guam_spc9 April 2015: The US Department of the Navy has announced the completion of the Regional Biosecurity Plan (RBP) for the Federated States of Micronesia and Hawaii, which is the first plan of its kind.

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ICP-16 Expresses Support for Oceans SDG, Discusses Integration of Sustainable Development [viewed]

ICP_16_iisdrs_coverage10 April 2015: The 16th Meeting of the UN Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea (ICP-16) discussed proposed Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14 on oceans and seas and its implementation, and reflected on the utility of the Consultative Process in the evolution of the international oceans agenda. ICP-16 resulted in a Co-Chairs' summary of discussions.

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Race for Water Odyssey, UNEP Event Spotlight Marine Litter [viewed]

unep_race 9 April 2015: Crew members of the 'Race for Water Odyssey (R4WO),' an expedition that is conducting the first global assessment of plastic pollution in the ocean, participated in a series of outreach events on marine litter in New York, the US, a stopover after crossing the Atlantic. These events included a plenary session on the Global Partnership on Marine Litter (GPML), which highlighted the need to clean up beaches, seas and oceans while also preventing new plastics and micro-plastics from entering the marine environment.

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Event: G7 Summit [viewed]

In addition to standing agenda items on the global economy and foreign, security and development policy, the heads of state and government of the Group of Seven (G7) will consider: protection of the marine environment, marine governance and resource efficiency; antibiotic resistance, neglected and poverty-related diseases, and Ebola; retail and supply chain standards; and empowering self-employed women and women in vocational training. On development policy, the G7 will address in particular the post-2015 development agenda, as well as other conferences taking place in 2015, such as the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC. The Group will also continue its work on the Rome G7 Energy Initiative for Energy Security. On the second day of the Summit, G7 leaders will hold a dialogue with leaders from African nations. The G7 members are Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK and the US.  

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Event: Twelfth Meeting of the Compliance Committee of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety [viewed]

Organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), this meeting will review the status of compliance of Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, address cases of non-compliance and provide advice and assistance to improve compliance.  

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UNESCO-IHP Highlights Climate Change Impacts on Water Security [viewed]

UNESCOMarch 2015: The inception meeting of the project ‘Addressing Water Security: Climate Impacts and Adaptation responses in Africa, the Americas, Asia and Europe,' organized by the International Hydrological Programme of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO-IHP), launched a discussion on water security building on the existing networks, know-how and experiences of effective adaptation strategies.

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ECE Reports Regional Trends in Achieving Global Forest Objectives [viewed]

FAO UNECE20 March 2015: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) have released a report, titled 'Forests in the ECE Region – Trends and Challenges in Achieving the Global Objectives on Forests,' which highlights a continued expansion of forest area in the region, but notes a decline in forest related jobs and income.

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UNU-INWEH Report Discusses Sustainable Development in Water Sector [viewed]

unu-inwehMarch 2015: It is possible to close "the gap between promise and practice" in management global water resources, with enabling environments to finance and implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), according to a report by the UN Office for Sustainable Development (UNOSD) and the UN University Institute for Water, Environment and Health (UNU-INWEH). The report explores the role that water, including sanitation and wastewater management, plays in sustainable development, discusses "disconnects" between the proposed SDGs and national development plans, and highlights opportunities for achieving sustainable development through water management.

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