UNGA Adopts Political Declaration on Antimicrobial Resistance, Discusses Links with SDGs [viewed]

ga-71-logo21 September 2016: During a high-level meeting convened by the President of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) on the sidelines of the 71st General Debate, UN Member States adopted a political declaration on antimicrobial resistance (AMR). They also called for action, and outlined initiatives carried out nationally to address AMR.

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UN General Debate Opens with Focus on SDG Implementation, Paris Agreement Ratification [viewed]

ga-71-logo20 September 2016: The 71st session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) opened its general debate, which is taking place on the theme, 'The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): a universal push to transform our world.' Many countries expressed support for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on climate change, with Heads of State and Government describing their countries' implementation efforts, highlighting challenges and calling for action on issues ranging from gender equality to ocean conservation.

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Urban Food Systems Affect Almost All 17 SDGs: EATx UNGA 2016 [viewed]

eatX201620 September 2016: A high-level event on nutritional challenges in urban settings illuminated challenges with urban food systems, and linkages with racial and economic injustice, advertising, climate change, and rural communities. Johan Rockström, Executive Director of the Stockholm Resilience Centre, who moderated the panel discussion during the event, said sustainable urban food systems are a sine qua non for the 2030 Agenda, and without them the world will not be able to deliver on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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COMIFAC 2015 Annual Report Overviews Achievements and Challenges [viewed]

COMIFACSeptember 2016: The Central African Forests Commission (COMIFAC) has published its annual report for 2015, which highlights achievements including partnerships with development partners, as well as an unprecedented funding crisis.

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ITTO Showcases Community Forest Management Efforts [viewed]

IttoSeptember 2016: The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) is highlighting the outcomes of projects in Colombia, Indonesia and Panama as part of the growing evidence that local communities can be excellent forest managers, to the extent that policies on land tenure, markets and other factors allow.

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Event: IUFRO Regional Congress for Asia and Oceania 2016 [viewed]

Held under the theme 'Forests for Sustainable Development: The Role of Research,' this regional congress of the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) will aim to reach a common understanding of the status and trends of forests and the consequent research needs towards sustainable forestry development under such changes. It will also seek to generate research synergies in support of well-informed policy and decision making to meet the forest governance and management demands in such a transition period.  

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Secretary-General's Board Advises on Future of Science in UN System [viewed]

united_nations18 September 2016: Science "deserves to be valued more highly, employed more widely, and used more effectively by decision-makers at all levels,” stresses the summary report of the UN Secretary-General's Scientific Advisory Board. The authors urge all nations to invest more in science, technology and innovation (STI), saying they “can be a game changer" in dealing with "nearly all the most pressing global challenges” and that STI should play a key role in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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World Bank Report Reveals Cost of Inaction on Antimicrobial Resistance [viewed]

world_bank_new18 September 2016: The World Bank has released a draft report examining the economic and development consequences of antimicrobial resistance (AMR). The report finds that drug-resistant infections could cause economic damage ranging from 1.1% of global gross domestic product (GDP) in a low impact scenario, and up to 3.5% of global GDP in a high impact scenario, with middle- and low- income countries losing up to 5% of GDP.

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UNEP Marine Litter Toolkit Provides Overview of Legislation, Recommendations for Preventing Waste [viewed]

UNEPSeptember 2016: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released a toolkit, titled ‘Marine Litter Legislation: A Toolkit for Policymakers,' which describes legislation used by countries to address marine litter. The toolkit recommends reducing the overall production of marine litter through a circular economy approach that prevents the generation of waste products.

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Event: Fifth Mediterranean Forest Week [viewed]

The Fifth Mediterranean Forest Week is dedicated to forests and landscape restoration in the Mediterranean basin. It aims to strengthen exchanges and synergies between global stakeholders in the restoration of Mediterranean forests and landscapes, to help achieve Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 15 (Life on Land) and other globally agreed targets related to forest restoration, and facilitate the adaptation of Mediterranean forest landscapes to climate change. It is hosted by Morocco and co-organized by the Committee on Mediterranean Forestry Questions - Silva Mediterranea of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the Global Mechanism of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), the World Bank, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and other partners.  

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