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Environmental Degradation Leading Cause of Deaths Globally, Says UN Report[viewed]

Environmental degradation and pollution cause almost a quarter of all deaths, up to 234 times as many premature deaths as occur in conflicts annually and the deaths of more than 25% of all children under the age of five, according to a UN report released to coincide with the second session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-2). The report, ‘Healthy Environment, Healthy People,' emphasizes the importance of a healthy environment to achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and addresses dangers posed by air pollution, chemicals, climate change and other issues linking environmental quality to health.

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“No Scientific Voice Left Behind,” Concludes UNEA Science-Policy Forum[viewed]

The inaugural Science-Policy Forum held prior to the second session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-2) of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) discussed how to bring together diverse scientific and policy communities and citizens' voices to ensure that emerging environmental issues are highlighted and effectively addressed in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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High-Level Climate Change Appointments Announced[viewed]

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has announced three high-level appointments in the field of climate change: Patricia Espinosa Cantellano (Mexico) as the next Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC; and Mary Robinson (Ireland) and Macharia Kamau (Kenya) as Special Envoys of the Secretary-General on El Niño and Climate.

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UNEP Identifies Emerging Environmental Issues in 'Frontiers' Report[viewed]

The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) identifies six "emerging issues of environmental concern" in its 2016 Frontiers Report, released to coincide with the second session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-2). For each issue, the report provides examples of ways to address it, including through innovating and rethinking policy interventions, devising new solutions and adapting existing practices. UNEA-2 is convening in Nairobi, Kenya, from 23-27 May 2016.

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UNEP Releases GEO-6 Regional Assessments[viewed]

That environmental deterioration is occurring much faster than previously thought and action is needed now to reverse the worst trends, is a central message from a series of reports released by the UN on the state of the planet's health. The ‘Global Environmental Outlook (GEO-6): Regional Assessments,' published by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), is a compilation of six reports examining the environmental issues affecting the world's six regions: the Pan-European region, North America, Asia and the Pacific, West Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), and Africa.

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Countries Discuss Role of IPCC in Global Stocktake under UNFCCC [viewed]

Governments have requested additional reports from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and decided to incorporate the latest science as part of the Paris Agreement's global stocktake process, which will take place every five years in order to strengthen implementation of the Paris Agreement.

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Publication Explores Climate Change-Land Degradation Nexus[viewed]

The authors of a UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) scientific assessment of the climate-land degradation nexus have published their findings in a book titled ‘Land Degradation, Desertification and Climate Change: Anticipating, Assessing and Adapting to Future Change.' The results will feed into the work of the UNCCD's Science-Policy Interface (SPI) and its first Global Land Outlook, due to be published in June 2017, as well as contributing to analyses by the Economics of Land Degradation (ELD) Initiative on the costs and benefits of action, or inaction, against land degradation.

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GFOI Web Application to Help Countries Develop National Forest Monitoring Systems[viewed]

The Global Forest Observations Initiative (GFOI), an initiative of the Group on Earth Observations (GEO), has launched REDDcompass, a web application to help countries develop national forest monitoring systems and procedures to measure, report and verify associated greenhouse gas emissions.

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UNEA-2 Begins Discussion of Critical Environmental Challenges[viewed]

The second UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-2) of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) opened on 23 May 2016 in Nairobi, Kenya, to address the overarching theme of 'Delivering on the environmental dimension of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.' The UNEA-2 outcome will include a global call to action to address critical environmental challenges, which will be conveyed to the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) set to meet in July 2016 in New York, US.

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World Cities Report Highlights Impacts of Planning[viewed]

Two-thirds of the global population is expected to live in cities by 2030 and produce as much as 80% of global GDP, according to a UN-Habitat report released ahead of the UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III). The ‘World Cities Report 2016, Urbanization and Development: Emerging Futures' finds that while cities have become platforms for production and innovation, and lifted millions out of poverty through better jobs and improved quality of life, urbanization has also led to overcrowding, increased inequalities, and environmental and health challenges.

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