Global Governance Group, ASEAN Ministers Focus on Development, Climate Agreements [viewed]

g20_asean22 September 2016: The UN Global Governance Group (3G) has called on the Group of 20 (G-20) to make low-carbon, sustainable infrastructure development a cornerstone of its future work, to ensure that international climate targets and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development can be fully achieved. The 3G is an informal grouping of smaller and medium-sized UN Member States.

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African Countries, Partners, Assess Strategies for Aligning the Mining Sector to SDGs [viewed]

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September 2016: An article titled ‘Involving the Mining Sector in Achieving Land Degradation Neutrality,' which is based on a review commissioned by the Global Mechanism (GM) of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), argues that developing a certification system for land degradation neutrality (LDN) could stimulate interest in economic sectors such as mining “that have otherwise not yet centrally engaged with sustainable land management (SLM) issues at a policy level, while also helping businesses to comply with new legislation on LDN.” Target 15.3 under Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 15 (Life on land) calls for global efforts to achieve LDN.

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IUCN Report Shows Worst Decline in Elephant Populations in 25 Years [viewed]

iucn23 September 2016: The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has released the African Elephant Status Report 2016. The report finds that, between 2006 and 2015, Africa's elephant population has declined by 93,000 - 111,000 elephants, marking the worst decline in 25 years. The report further shows that while poaching was the main driver of decline during this time period, habitat loss is also increasingly threatening elephant survival.

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IvoryID Database Enables Ivory Tracing [viewed]

ivoryid23 September 2016: IvoryID, a reference database that uses forensic methods to support the identification of the age and origin of ivory, was launched at the sidelines of the 17th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES CoP17). The database allows users to differentiate legal from illegal ivory to support the fight against poaching and illegal ivory trade.

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FAO Publication Highlights How to “Leave No One Behind” in Protracted Crises [viewed]

fao_headquarters22 September 2016: A booklet published by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) titled, ‘Migration and Protracted Crises: Addressing root causes and building resilient agricultural livelihoods,' cites research indicating that more than 65 million people worldwide were displaced as a result of conflict, violence and persecution in 2015 alone, and that only 126,000 refugees – or 11% of the total in 2005, and the lowest on record in over 30 years – were able to repatriate to their areas of origin.

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Event: World Food Day 2016 [viewed]

Organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and partners, World Food Day 2016 will be celebrated under the theme 'Climate is Changing, Food and Agriculture Must too,' with a focus on raising awareness about the actions people around the world can take to mitigate and adapt to climate change. The official World Food Day Ceremony will take place at FAO headquarters in Rome, Italy on Friday, 14 October, coinciding with the Second Meeting of Mayors committed to the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact. On Sunday, 16 October, a Zero Hunger Run will take place in Rome to recall Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 2 (end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture). FAO also invites contributions to poster and video contests to illustrate the World Food Day theme. Further events will be held at different locations around the world, including a World Food Festival in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, and a Children's Poster Competition organized by the Rajshahi Education Board in Rajshahi, Bangladesh.  

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Event: High-level Workshop on Ecosystem Management Capacity Building for Lancang-Mekong Cooperation [viewed]

The High-level Workshop on Ecosystem Management Capacity Building for Lancang-Mekong Cooperation is being co-organized by the UN Environment Programme International Ecosystem Management Partnership (UNEP-IEMP) and the China-ASEAN Environmental Cooperation Center. It aims to find opportunities for further cooperation on ecosystem management capacity building for Lancang-Mekong Cooperation, and will provide an opportunity to mutually agree on a regional capacity-building framework on ecosystems and climate change among the countries of the Greater Mekong Subregion.  

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71st General Debate Concludes with Reflections on SDG Implementation, Calls for Climate Action [viewed]

ga-71-logo26 September 2016: The 71st UN General Assembly (UNGA) has concluded its general debate. In a closing address delivered on his behalf, UNGA President Peter Thomson welcomed Member States' work to implement the SDGs and their support for the UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) and the UN Conference on SDG 14. He urged all governments to include the SDGs on their country's education curricula, stressing that youth are the ones who will inherit the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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LDCs, MICs, G-77/China Ministerials Highlight South-South Cooperation [viewed]

united_nations24 September 2016: Ministers of developing countries met in several groupings on the sidelines of the 71st UN General Assembly (UNGA) to discuss development progress against international targets, highlighting the importance of support for South-South Cooperation, technology access and capacity building.

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UNCCD LDN Target-Setting Programme Celebrates 100 Countries [viewed]

unccd_gm22 September 2016: The Global Mechanism (GM) of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has announced that 100 countries – roughly half of all UNCCD signatories – have embarked on the process of establishing national targets on Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN) under the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) target 15:3 (By 2030, combat desertification, restore degraded land and soil, including land affected by desertification, drought and floods, and strive to achieve a land degradation-neutral world).

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