Event: Launch of the UN System-Wide Framework of Strategies on the Environment [viewed]

The UN System-Wide Framework of Strategies on the Environment (SWFS) will be launched by the Environment Management Group (EMG) during a side event during the second session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-2), which is meeting in Nairobi, Kenya, from 23-27 May 2016. The SWFS was prepared by the EMG in order to enhance the UN system's organizational and collective capacity to help countries implement the environmental dimension of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It provides a flexible approach to achieving greater synergy, collaboration and coherence in the UN system's work on the environment, and the formulation of system-wide strategies on specific aspects of the environmental dimension of the 2030 Agenda. Launch attendees will hear a presentation of the Framework, its expected outcomes and implementation processes, as well as views and expectations from relevant stakeholders. The EMG, which was established in 2001, is a UN system-wide coordination body on environment and human settlements, and is chaired by the Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).  

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Event: CMS COP 12 [viewed]

The 12th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP12) to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) will take place in Manila, the Philippines.  

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Event: 16th Global Major Groups and Stakeholder Forum (GMGSF) [viewed]

The two-day Global Major Groups and Stakeholder Forum 2016 (GMGSF 2016) will take place at the UN compound in Nairobi, Kenya, and will mobilize Major Groups and other Stakeholders to engage in a multi-stakeholders setting that will also include policymakers, learning from each other, developing partnerships and creating their input into the second United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA-2). UNEA-2 will be held from 23-27 May 2016 under the overarching theme of Delivering on the Environmental Dimension of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. On 26-27 May, a Ministerial Policy-Review Session will gather to discuss Healthy Environment, Healthy People.  

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World Migratory Bird Day Marked with Calls for Action, CMS Launches Task Force [viewed]

CMS10 May 2016: Over 280 events took place around the world to commemorate World Migratory Bird Day, which took place under the theme, “…and when the skies fall silent? Stop the Illegal Killing, Taking and Trade!” On the eve of the Day, the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) announced the creation of the Intergovernmental Task Force on Illegal Killing, Taking and Trade of Migratory Birds in the Mediterranean (MIKT).

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Event: Sixth Annual WAVES Partnership Meeting [viewed]

The sixth annual meeting of the Wealth Accounting and the Valuation of Ecosystem Services (WAVES) partnership will bring together WAVES countries, UN agencies, donors, civil society organizations, and other institutions supporting natural capital accounting (NCA). WAVES countries will showcase results from their work on constructing water, forest, minerals and ecosystem accounts. The meeting will provide the opportunity for discussions on how to move from having accounts to using them in policy and decision making. The meeting will include a panel discussion on how NCA can support the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement on climate change, and participants will hear more on WAVES+, the next phase of the partnership. WAVES is a World Bank-led partnership that aims to promote sustainable development by ensuring that natural resources accounting is mainstreamed in development planning and national economic accounting.  

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Event: SDG on Water: Business as Usual in Brussels? [viewed]

This conference aims to highlight the importance of the water-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for the European Union, with a particular focus on SDG 6 (To ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all). It will provide examples of SDG implementation that go beyond business as usual and bring about transformational change. Participants will also discuss: a roadmap to achieve the SDG on water; existing tools for meeting the SDGs in Europe, including sustainability standards; strengthening water governance in cities; and collective action in agriculture.  

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Event: Second Consultation on Compilation of Submissions on Indigenous Peoples' Participation in UN Processes [viewed]

UN General Assembly (UNGA) resolution 70/486, 'Rights of Indigenous Peoples,' adopted on 1 December 2015, requests the Assembly President to conduct consultations with Member States, indigenous peoples' representatives and UN mechanisms on measures to enable the participation of indigenous peoples' representatives and institutions in UN processes on issues affecting them. An online consultation took place in March and April 2016. The second of two face-to-face consultations will take place on the sidelines of the 15th session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (PFII). This consultation will discuss the revised compilation of views issued on 16 May, which will include views expressed at the first face-to-face consultation on 11 May.  

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Event: ELD Strategy Workshop: Developing a Roadmap for Future Action [viewed]

Following the conclusion of the first two phases of the Economics of Land Degradation (ELD) Initiative, this workshop aims to bring together various ELD partners and stakeholders to critically reflect on achievements, challenges and lessons learned so far. The meeting will develop a roadmap towards the next implementation phase of the Initiative, which will seek to further enhance the integration of economic cost-benefit analyses of land degradation within national and international policy strategies and decision making, and increase the capacity of technical experts and policy makers to use ELD data and methodologies. The meeting also aims to identify new research projects to supplement the international debate on the economic benefits of land and land-based ecosystems.  

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CBD SBI Adopts Recommendations on Actions to Enhance Implementation [viewed]

CBD8 May 2016: The first meeting of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Subsidiary Body on Implementation (SBI) adopted 13 recommendations related to: review of progress in implementation; strategic actions to enhance implementation; strengthening support for implementation; and improving the efficiency of the structures and processes of the CBD and its protocols.

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Climate Action 2016 Event Builds Momentum to Implement Paris Agreement [viewed]

climate_action20166 May 2016: Two weeks after the Paris Agreement on climate change was opened for signature, an estimated 700 representatives from intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations, national governments and the private sector gathered in Washington, DC, for “Climate Action 2016,” to continue building momentum and partnerships for global action to address climate change. The two-day event involved keynote speeches and round table discussions in which participants discussed the challenges and opportunities to turn the “intended” nationally determined contributions (INDCs) developed under the context of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) into “implemented” NDCs.

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