UNEP Report Explores Nexus between Environment, Religion and Culture [viewed]

Environment Religion and Culture in the Context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable DevelopmentOctober 2016: A report, titled 'Environment, Religion and Culture in the Context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development,' published by UN Environment (UNEP) in collaboration with the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the Department of the Environment, Iran, provides examples of how culture and religion underpin environmental protection and elaborates on an integrated approach to achieving sustainable development.

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FAO Committee Considers Agriculture's Role for Sustainable Development, Climate Change [viewed]

fao_headquarters28 September 2016: The 25th session of the Committee on Agriculture (COAG) of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) endorsed the Voluntary Guidelines for Sustainable Soil Management (VGSSM) proposed by the Global Soil Partnership (GSP) and considered, among other issues: the draft Strategy for FAO's Work on Climate Change; the governance structure of the Global Agenda for Sustainable Livestock; and the World Programme for the Census of Agriculture 2020.

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APEC Adopts Declaration on Food Security [viewed]

apec27 September 2016: Participants at the Fourth Ministerial Meeting on Food Security of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) adopted the Piura Declaration on Food Security, which makes recommendations and commitments related to: enhancing regional food markets and trade; developing sustainable and resilient food systems; improving cooperation for sustainable water resource management; prioritizing rural-urban development; and investment and services for food security. The Declaration indicates ministers' intention to establish an APEC Food System by 2020.

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Event: 2016 Annual Meetings of the IMF and World Bank Group [viewed]

The Boards of Governors of the IMF and the World Bank Group normally meet once a year to discuss the work of their respective institutions. The Annual Meetings, which generally take place in September/October, have customarily been held in Washington for two consecutive years and in another member country in the third year. The Annual Meetings include meetings of the International Monetary and Financial Committee, the Development Committee, the Group of Ten, the Group of Twenty-Four, and various other constituencies. At the conclusion of their meetings, the International Monetary and Financial Committee and the Development Committee, as well as several other groups, issue communiqués. At the Annual Meetings, the Boards of Governors make decisions on how current international monetary issues should be addressed and approve corresponding resolutions. The Annual Meetings are chaired by a Governor of the IMF and the Bank, with the chairmanship rotating among the membership each year. Every two years it elects Executive Directors. Each year any new members are welcomed into the IMF and the Bank.  

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June-September 2016 NAMA Update: NAMA Facility Launches Call, Events Focus on Linking NAMAs with Support [viewed]

june_september_2016_nama30 September 2016: This update focuses on individual nationally appropriate mitigation actions (NAMAs) by developing countries, and related support, events and activities, for the period from mid-June to the end of September 2016. While this period saw slow growth in new registered projects, a major call for applications for support was launched, and several events sought to improve various aspects of NAMAs and NAMA financing in order to accelerate matching of actions with support.

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Ministerial Highlights Increased Cooperation on Arctic Science, Inclusion of Indigenous Peoples [viewed]

USA Flag29 September 2016: Science ministers from 25 countries and the European Union (EU) signed a Joint Statement on increased international cooperation on Arctic science and inclusion of indigenous peoples in Arctic science and decision-making. The Joint Statement, which was signed at the White House Arctic Science Ministerial (ASM), is expected to help inform national policies on climate change mitigation and resilience, Arctic development and stewardship, and the needs of indigenous peoples.

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GRASP and UNEP-WCMC Launch Apes Seizure Database [viewed]

grasp_unep_wcmc29 September 2016: The Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP) and the UN Environment-World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) launched the Apes Seizure Database at the 17th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP17) to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). Information in the database will support monitoring and enforcement efforts against environmental crime and inform efforts towards great ape conservation in the future.

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Event: International Seminar on Improving Collection and Use of Data on the Socioeconomic Benefits from Forests and Trees [viewed]

This seminar is organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) of the CIGAR Consortium, the International Forestry Resources and Institutions (IFRI) Network, the Living Standards Measurement Study (LSMS) team and the Program on Forests (PROFOR). It aims to bring together experts to discuss and promote ways to strengthen the collection and use of data on socioeconomic benefits from forests and trees, including technical aspects, challenges and opportunities related to collection of such information.  

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Event: UNGA 71 Second Committee General Debate [viewed]

The general debate of the Second Committee (Economic and Financial) of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) will take place from 3-5 October 2016, including a keynote address from Dambisa Moyo, global economist and author, on 3 October 2016. The Committee aims to conclude its work by 23 November 2016. In the meantime, it should consider, inter alia: operational activities for development; sustainable development; information and communications technologies for development; eradication of poverty and other development issues; globalization and interdependence; groups of countries in special situations; macroeconomic policy questions; follow-up to and implementation of the outcomes of the International Conferences on Financing for Development; agriculture development, food security and nutrition; implementation of the outcomes of the UN Conferences on Human Settlements and on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development and strengthening of the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat); and revitalisation of the work of the UNGA.  

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Stakeholders Reflect on Innovative Finance, Health SDGs, Climate Progress, Data [viewed]

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)28 September 2016: Civil society groups and the private sector have released publications, papers and blog posts on innovative financing models to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on climate change, and the importance of an integrated approach to the SDGs. The Global Burden of Disease Study (GBD) released its report on health-related SDGs, while other contributions reflect on outcomes from the UN General Assembly (UNGA) and Climate Week, welcome progress on data, and showcase private sector action on food security.

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