Workshop Explores Climate-Ocean Linkages Ahead of Third Our Ocean Conference [viewed]

oceans_paris_agreement14 September 2016: On the eve of the opening of the Third Our Ocean Conference, the Division of Environment and Oceanic Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Chile and the National Geographic Society organized a workshop to consider the theme, "Is the Paris Agreement Good News for the Ocean?”

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IFAD Report: Inclusive Rural Development Key to Achieving SDGs [viewed]

IFAD14 September 2016: The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) launched the 2016 issue of the Rural Development Report, which analyzes lessons learned from IFAD's experiences in fostering inclusive rural transformation in over 60 countries across the world. The report, sub-titled 'Fostering Inclusive Rural Transformation,' highlights how such a transformation can contribute to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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Regions Hold Joint Preparatory Meetings in Advance of CITES and CBD COPS [viewed]

CBD CITES13 September 2016: The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) held four joint regional meetings in an effort to coordinate Parties' preparation for the Conventions' Conferences of the Parties (COP), which will take place in September and December, respectively. The joint meetings brought together over 100 countries in Africa, Asia, Central and South America and the Caribbean and Oceania, providing an opportunity for Parties to the two Conventions to prioritize topics and exchange views on CITES-CBD joint elements, such as on synergies among the biodiversity-related conventions.

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Declaration on Antimicrobial Resistance Set for Adoption [viewed]

ga-71-logo13 September 2016: UN Member States have approved a political declaration that will serve as the outcome document of the upcoming High-level Meeting on Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR), following completion of a silence procedure. The UN General Assembly (UNGA) President also released an information note and provisional programme for the one-day event, indicating that interactive panel discussions will focus on: the relevance of addressing AMR for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in particular the health-related goals; and addressing the multi-sectoral implications and implementation challenges of AMR in a comprehensive manner.

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OHRLLS Reports LDCs' Progress Towards Graduation [viewed]

UN-OHRLLS13 September 2016: The UN Office of the High Representative for Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (OHRLLS) released its 2016 report on the ‘State of Least Developed Countries' (LDCs), highlighting that at least ten countries are currently in the progress of graduating from LDC status. Titled 'Follow up of the Implementation of the Istanbul Programme of Action for the Least Developed Countries,' the 2016 report takes on the special theme of 'Coherence and Synergies between the IPoA and the 2030 Agenda.'

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UNGA 71 Opens with First-ever Oath of Office [viewed]

ga-71-logo13 September 2016: The 70th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) held its closing plenary, adopting a consensus resolution to improve the transparency and accountability of the Office of the UNGA President. UNGA 71 then opened with the incoming President, Peter Thomson of Fiji, becoming the first in UN history to take an Oath of Office.

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FAO-USAID Project Building Capacity to Measure SDG 2 [viewed]

fao_usaid7 September 2016: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the US Agency for International Development (USAID) signed an agreement to boost the capacity of developing countries to track agricultural data and progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The FAO-led project aims to design and implement agricultural integrated surveys (AGRIS), a cost-effective approach to collecting agricultural data in developing countries.

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UNSG Releases Human Rights Reports on Food, Water, Migration and Disabilities [viewed]

United Nations19 August 2016: The UN Secretary-General (UNSG) has transmitted several reports on human rights to the UN General Assembly (UNGA) ahead of its 71st session. The reports address issues related to the rights to food, drinking water, and sanitation, and the human rights of migrants and of persons with disabilities.

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PrepCom 2 Identifies Areas of Convergence and Further Discussion on BBNJ Instrument [viewed]

prepcom212 September 2016: The second session of the Preparatory Committee (PrepCom 2) on the elements of a draft text of an international legally binding instrument (ILBI) under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction (BBNJ) discussed proposals on the possible elements of an ILBI and engaged in a preliminary identification of possible areas of convergence of views and of issues requiring further discussion.

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UNGA Adopts Modalities for SDG 14 Conference [viewed]

goal_149 September 2016: UN Member States have agreed on the modalities for the high-level UN Conference to Support the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14, which calls to “Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.” By the modalities decision, which was agreed through a silence procedure on 7 September and adopted in plenary on 9 September, the Conference will take place at UN Headquarters in New York, US, on 5-9 June 2017. Fiji and Sweden will retain co-hosting responsibilities by assuming the costs of the Conference and its preparatory process.

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