UNEP Appoints External Member to Access to Information Panel [viewed]

UNEP30 June 2016: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has appointed an external member to serve on its three-person Access to Information Panel, which monitors the implementation of UNEP's revised policy on the issue. According to UNEP, the policy seeks to balance the need to grant the public maximum access to information in UNEP's possession, including environmental information, and UNEP's obligation to respect confidentiality of information regarding its member States, partners, employees and other parties.

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Parties to South Pacific Tuna Treaty Agree on Principles of Fishing Access [viewed]

us_ffa29 June 2016: Representatives of 16 Pacific Island Parties to the South Pacific Tuna Treaty and the US agreed in principle to changes to the Tuna Treaty and terms of fishing access for the US purse seine fleet to Pacific Island waters through 2022. The proposed agreement aims to establish more flexible procedures for commercial cooperation between Pacific Island Parties and US industry.

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Healthy Oceans Critical for Meeting Global Challenges, Agrees Center for Oceans Law and Policy Conference [viewed]

center_oceans_law_policy28 June 2016: Participants at the 40th annual Conference of the Center for Oceans Law and Policy underscored the role of healthy oceans in meeting pressing global challenges, such as fighting hunger and achieving food security, tackling climate change, providing clean energy and generally contributing to sustainable development.

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EU Environment Ministers Agree on Actions on Wildlife Trafficking, Circular Economy and Climate Change [viewed]

european_council23 June 2016: At a meeting of the Environment Council of the European Union (EU), Environment Ministers agreed on a number of statements and action plans related to wildlife trafficking, the circular economy and marine plastic pollution, and climate change.

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Network of Protected Areas of Central Africa Adopts Strategic Plan [viewed]

rapacJune 2016: The governing body of the Network of Protected Areas of Central Africa (RAPAC), a sub-regional coordination initiative covering 82 protected areas in eight countries of Central Africa, has proceeded with institutional reforms and has adopted a new Strategic and Action Plan.

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Government Officials Discuss SIDS Partnerships for SAMOA Pathway, SDGs [viewed]

samoa_pathway25 May 2016: High-level officials from small island developing States (SIDS), policy makers, and UN entities discussed emerging environmental issues in SIDS, and ways in which they could be solved through partnerships, during a high-level round table on 'Innovative Partnerships for addressing environmental challenges in implementation of the SAMOA Pathway and the 2030 Agenda.' The event focused on oceans-related partnerships and innovative financing.

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Event: World Water Week 2016 [viewed]

World Water Week 2016 will focus on 'Water for Sustainable Growth,' and will include over 140 events on subjects such as finance, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, integrity, gender issues, climate change, energy, sanitation, food, conflict resolution and water management. Following on from the UN's theme of 'Water and Jobs' at World Water Day on 22 March 2016, Water Week considers this theme in the context of sustainable growth, in relation to Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 8 to “promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all.” Water Week will also follow up on implementation of the water-related SDGs and the Paris Agreement on climate change. Online registrations are open till 27 August. World Water Week takes place in Stockholm, Sweden, every year, and is organized by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI). In 2015, over 3,000 individuals and close to 300 convening organizations from 130 countries participated in the Week.  

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Event: International Symposium on Capacity Building for Sustainable Oceans [viewed]

This symposium will feature organizations and communities from around the world that are increasing cooperation, learning and skills to pass on healthy oceans to future generations. It will include a series of high-level keynote speeches and sessions on fisheries management, protection of the marine environment, science for decision-making, resilience to climate change and issues related to building global ocean capacity, such as youth and community programs, cross-sectoral education and training; and global and regional multi-stakeholder engagement. The Nippon Foundation and the Government of Japan are hosting the Symposium in collaboration with The Nature Conservancy.  

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Event: ELD Southeast Asia - Interim Report Meeting [viewed]

This meeting, organized by the Economics of Land Degradation (ELD) Initiative, will bring together stakeholders and representatives from different Southeast Asian countries to present and discuss insights from partial data analysis undertaken for a regional study on ELD. Topics to be covered at the workshop include, inter alia: the global context of the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 15 Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN) target and the contribution of research undertaken by the ELD Initiative; the land degradation situation in South East Asia; the links between sustainable land management (SLM) and LDN; the role of the private sector in promoting or impeding SLM; and how to promote LDN through national and local legislation.  

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Policy Update #21: July 2016 Monthly Forecast [viewed]

In July 2016, the UN High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) will hold its first meeting since governments adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). All eyes will be on its discussions regarding follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and the presentations of the first governments to volunteer for national reviews of their progress in implementing the SDGs.

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