Event: Ocean Economy and Trade: Sustainable Fisheries, Transport and Tourism [viewed]

The UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the Commonwealth Secretariat and the International Ocean Institute are hosting this seminar to discuss how international trade in goods and services can support the advancement of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14 (To conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development) and other related goals. The seminar also aims to enhance understanding of the oceans economy concept and its links to trade. The meeting will underscore the interdependencies of ocean-based sectors like fisheries, coastal tourism and maritime transport. Participants will also discuss: global oceans challenges and policy responses, including climate change and the implications of sea level rise; ocean biodiversity, large marine ecosystems (LMEs) and marine genetic resources (MGR); illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing; and the role of fisheries in graduating from Least Developed Country (LDC) status.  

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Good Natural Resource Governance Key in Building, Sustaining Peace, UN Study Finds [viewed]

governance_natural_resources3 May 2016: The good governance of natural resources can help bring economic development, health and peace to post-conflict countries, according to a study released by the UN and partners. The report finds that post-conflict peacebuilding and good governance of natural resources offers societies a chance to: make governance structures more effective, efficient and equitable; strengthen economies and livelihoods; support the reestablishment of basic service delivery and security; and improve cooperation and legitimacy.

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UNEP Releases 2015 Annual Report [viewed]

UNEPMay 2016: The UN Environment Programme's (UNEP) annual report for 2015 provides examples of partnerships and global outlooks deemed critical for implementing the Paris Agreement on climate change and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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Food Security Working Group Discusses Contribution to 2030 Agenda [viewed]

CFS29 April 2016: The third meeting of the Open Ended Working Group (OEWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) focused on a zero-draft proposal on CFS engagement in advancing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Discussing the zero draft, participants addressed the CFS contribution to the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) and the role of the CFS High-Level Panel of Experts.

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UNESCO-IHE, Netherlands Launch SIDS Fellowship in Water Education [viewed]

unesco_ihe_netherlands28 April 2016: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)-Institute for Water Education (IHE) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands jointly launched a fellowship project to strengthen the capacity of decision makers and other professionals to improve water management and climate change adaptation in small island developing States (SIDS). The project will build individual capacity to address climate, water and other challenges through educational and training opportunities. UNESCO-IHE is the largest international graduate water education facility in the world.

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Geospatial Forum Calls for “Fit-for-Purpose” Land Information Systems to Guide SDG Implementation [viewed]

uneca_unggim22 April 2016: More than 300 geospatial experts and representatives of governments and other interested parties attending the 4th High-Level Forum on UN Global Geospatial Information Management adopted the 'Addis Ababa Declaration,' in which they committed themselves to “advocate for and increase political awareness and value of geospatial information in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the 2063 African Union Agenda as a collective vision and roadmap to secure land and property rights for all.”

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Selection of Future UNEP, UNFCCC Leaders Announced [viewed]

unep_unfccc3 May 2016: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has announced his intention to appoint Patricia Espinosa (Mexico) as the next Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and Erik Solheim (Norway) as the Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).

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Event: 2016 Caux Dialogue on Land and Security [viewed]

Coinciding with the 70th anniversary of the Caux-Initiatives of Change Foundation, the fourth Caux Dialogue will address the theme of ‘Realizing the potential of land restoration to mitigate migration'. According to research by the Economics of Land Degradation (ELD) Initiative, around 25% of the world's productive lands and 10-20% of drylands are currently degraded, which contributes to increased migration and conflicts over natural resources. Drawing on the experiences of “pioneers” from around the world who are developing solutions based on trust-building and agro-ecological insights to boost land restoration, the conference will explore how innovative governance and sustainable land management can contribute to “a durable peace” in these environments. The conference is co-organized by Caux-Initiatives for Change, the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and will include keynote addresses by William Lacy Swing, Director-General of the International Organization of Migration, and Mario Gattiker, State Secretary in the Swiss Federal Office of Immigration, Integration and Emigration. The conference will also feature the launch of the book, ‘Land restoration: Reclaiming landscapes for a sustainable future'.  

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CSOs Make Recommendations for HLPF, Reflect on National Reviews, Climate Synergies, Wetlands, FfD Forum [viewed]

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)3 May 2016: A group of NGOs made recommendations for the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) and a multi-level review system. Other recent contributions from civil society organizations and researchers include: the results of Together 2030's Perceptions Survey; a brief on the synergies between development goals and climate action; a report on wetlands and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); and a critique of the inaugural UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Forum on Financing for Development (FfD) follow-up (FfD Forum).

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CBD SBSTTA 20 Adopts Recommendations on Mainstreaming Biodiversity, Ecosystem Restoration and EBSAs [viewed]

sbstta2030 April 2016: Delegates at the 20th meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) adopted 15 recommendations.

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