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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Independent Report Evaluates FLEGT, EU and Indonesia Agree to Licensing Scheme [viewed]

eu_indonesiaMay 2016: An independent evaluation report has concluded that the EU Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade Action Plan (FLEGT) has been effective in raising awareness of illegal logging particularly in partner producer countries, and has contributed to reducing demand for illegal timber in the EU. The report also concludes that FLEGT needs to address new challenges, in particular with regard to deforestation and forest conversion. In other news, the EU and Indonesia have announced their readiness to start the first-ever FLEGT licensing scheme.

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UNEP Reports Discuss Mesophotic Coral Ecosystems and Regional Oceans Governance [viewed]

UNEPMay 2016: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released two reports that present the state of knowledge on mesophotic coral ecosystems (MCEs) and regional oceans governance mechanisms.

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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 European Regional Conference Discusses Role of Agricultural Development in SDG Implementation [viewed]

fao_headquarters6 May, 2016: A ministerial roundtable of European and Central Asian members of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) discussed the implications of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for agriculture and rural development in their region.

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G7 Environment, Education Ministers Showcase SDG Implementation [viewed]

g7_201616 May 2016: Environment ministers from the Group of 7 (G7) gathered ahead of the 2016 G7 Summit to share their domestic actions to implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and called for action under the Paris Agreement on climate change and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR). Also in advance of the Summit, education ministers convened for the first G7 Education Ministers' meeting, and issued a declaration reaffirming commitments to quality education. The G7 Ise-Shima Summit will take place from 26-27 May 2016, in Ise-Shima, Japan.

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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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APEC Agrees on Measures to Prevent, Manage and Raise Awareness on Marine Debris [viewed]

apec10 May 2016: Oceans and fisheries officials from 21 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) member economies agreed on measures to prevent and manage marine debris and microplastics in Asia-Pacific at a meeting of the APEC Oceans and Fisheries Working Group (OFWG) in Arequipa, Peru.

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