Northern America

Birding Goes With Wastewater Treatment in UNEP Good Practice E-Book [viewed]

gpa26 August 2015: The Global Wastewater Initiative launched a compilation of best practices in wastewater treatment around the world, introducing innovations such as the development of artificial wetlands that have become a birdwatchers' haven, in combination with wastewater treatment ponds.

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Event: Conference on Global Leadership in the Arctic: Cooperation, Innovation, Engagement and Resilience (GLACIER) [viewed]

The US Department of State is hosting the Conference on Global Leadership in the Arctic: Cooperation, Innovation, Engagement and Resilience (GLACIER) to highlight the most urgent issues facing the Arctic, as well as innovative approaches at the local, national and international levels to addressing the region's challenges. Foreign ministers and other key stakeholders will gather at the conference to define the most crucial challenges and to raise awareness about climate change impacts in the Arctic. Representatives from Canada, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, India, Italy, Japan, the Republic of Korea, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, the Russian Federation, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, the UK and the EU have been invited to participate in GLACIER, alongside policymakers, indigenous leaders, and public and private sector representatives from Alaska and the Arctic region. US President Barack Obama is expected to address the conference. Along with plenaries, a social media blitz, and outside events leading up to, during and after GLACIER, parallel panel sessions during the conference will address: climate change in the Arctic and beyond; strengthening emergency response; preventing unregulated Arctic high seas fisheries; renewable energy; science cooperation; and household innovations that promote economic efficiency and community health.  

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Event: Solutions Summit [viewed]

On the sidelines of the three-day UN Summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda, the Solutions Summit will seek to highlight "exceptional innovators" (technologists, engineers, scientists, and others) who are developing solutions that address one or more of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and also seek to catalyze a grassroots effort, where communities scout and convene resources around solution-makers. During the event, a group of 17-20 global innovators will be invited to give a 'lightning talk outlining their breakthrough efforts' to senior policymakers, investors, and industry leaders. The Solutions Summit is led by the UN Foundation, Project Everyone, and the UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS), in collaboration with the US' White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, the Brazilian Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, the Kenyan Ministry of Information Communications and Technology, and the Estonian Information System Authority, with an open invitation for other governments and collaborators to join.  

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FAO, NACD Develop Educational Series on Importance of Healthy Soils [viewed]

fao_headquarters24 July 2015: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) have developed a series of educational materials to teach children the importance of healthy soils for food, the environment, livelihoods and general well-being. The series, which is called ‘DIG IT! The Secrets of Soil,' was developed as part of the 2015 International Year of Soils (IYS 2015).

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IPBES Newsletter Highlights IPBES-4 and Regional Assessments [viewed]

ipbesJuly 2015: The first issue of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) electronic newsletter highlights that invitations to the fourth session of the IPBES Plenary (IPBES-4) have been issued together with a draft agenda.

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IWC-POWER Begins Assessment of Bryde's Whales [viewed]

iwc1 July 2015: The International Whaling Commission (IWC) has provided an update on its Pacific Ocean Whale and Ecosystem Research (POWER) cruise, which will assess the abundance, distribution and stock structure of Bryde's whales, and contribute to entanglement response.

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US-Brazil Intensify Collaboration on Climate Change [viewed]

us-brazil30 June 2015: During an official visit to Washington DC, US, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff agreed with US President Barack Obama to intensify the collaboration between the two countries, both bilaterally and under the UNFCCC. They issued a Joint US-Brazil Statement on Climate Change that addresses: leadership on the road to the Paris Climate Change Conference in December 2015; ambitious climate action; the launch of a Brazil-US Joint Initiative on Climate Change; cooperation on sustainable land use; and cooperation on clean energy and on climate change adaptation.

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Operation COBRA III Highlights Success of International Cooperation in Combatting Wildlife Crime [viewed]

europol18 June 2015: Operation COBRA III, an international law enforcement operation undertaken in May 2015 with the aim of combating wildlife crime and bringing criminals to justice, resulted in 139 arrests and more than 247 seizures, including of elephant ivory, medicinal plants, rhinoceros horns, pangolins, rosewood and tortoises.

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AEWA Celebrates 20th Anniversary, Action Against Elephant Poaching Increased [viewed]

cites-aewa-cmsJune 2015: This month, the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) marked its 20th anniversary. On this occasion, AEWA Executive Secretary Jacques Trouvilliez emphasized that through AEWA, the international community has built an effective tool to work together to conserve migratory waterbirds along their flyways.

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G7 Schloss Elmau Declaration Affirms Copenhagen Accord on US$100 Billion for Climate [viewed]

G7 Germany8 June 2015: G7 leaders issued a wide-ranging outcome document, the Schloss Elmau Declaration, at the close of their two-day meeting in Germany, in which they affirmed the 2009 Copenhagen Accord agreement to raise US$100 billion in annual climate financing from public and private sources, committed to make the Green Climate Fund fully operational in 2015, and promised action on the post-2015 sustainable development goals (SDGs), resource efficiency, marine litter and renewable energy.

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