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Five Environmental Leaders Receive Champions of the Earth Award [viewed]

champions_of_the_earth27 September 2015: Five environmental leaders received the UN's Champions of the Earth Award for their roles in policy leadership, science and innovation, entrepreneurial vision and inspiration and action. The award ceremony took place at the end of the UN Sustainable Development Summit.

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Heads of State and Government Adopt 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development [viewed]

post2015_summit27 September 2015: The UN General Assembly (UNGA) formally adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development including the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at a summit of heads of State and Government, with many speakers calling the agreement a historic moment in forging a sustainable pathway for people and the planet.

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Private Sector Forum Commits to Support Achievement of SDGs [viewed]

United Nations Global Compact26 September 2015: The Private Sector Forum resulted in more than 35 corporate commitments to contribute to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including through investments in low-carbon infrastructure and solutions to make clean energy affordable and accessible. Also at the Forum, the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), the UN Global Compact and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) launched ‘the SDG compass,' a tool for helping companies to maximize their contributions to the Global Goals.

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UNCCD, UNEP Release Infographic and Video to Welcome Adoption of SDG Target on LDN [viewed]

unep-unccd25 September 2015: The UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) have come together in celebration of the UN's adoption of the '2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development' to launch an infographic brochure and video on the importance of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) target 15.3 “to achieve a Land Degradation Neutral World.”

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WMO Reports on 2015 Arctic Sea Ice Extent, Global Mean Temperatures [viewed]

WMO22 September 2015: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has reported on the issuance by the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) of a preliminary announcement stating that Arctic sea ice reached its minimum extent for 2015 on 11 September at 4.41 million square kilometers (1.70 million square miles), the fourth lowest minimum since satellite records began at the end of the 1970s. According to WMO, this reinforces a long-term downward trend in Arctic ice extent, while in the Antarctic, sea ice extent is average, in contrast with recent years when Antarctic winter extents reached record high levels.

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UNEP-Backed Seminar Focuses on Financial Institutions in the Green Economy [viewed]

financial_system_seminar21 September 2015: The 'International Seminar – the Financial System, the Green Economy and Climate Change' focused on issues relevant for financial institutions to manage their business and socio-environmental risks, and therefore channel more private capital to finance the green economy and the climate change agenda. The seminar was organized by the Brazilian Federation of Banks (FEBRABAN), with support from the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), Inquiry: Design of a Sustainable Financial System and the Center for Studies in Sustainability of the Getúlio Vargas Foundation (GVces).

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Equator Prize Announces 2015 Winners [viewed]

equatorinitiative21 September 2015: The 21 winning initiatives of the 2015 Equator Prize include a indigenous group in Brazil that inspired the film 'Avatar'; a conservation group in Indonesia that is saving sea turtles; a movement for pygmy rights in the Democratic Republic of Congo; and a community-based organization in the poorest region of Afghanistan that is restoring areas affected by conflict and creating new jobs. The prize is the "flagship programme" of the Equator Initiative, a partnership that brings together the UN, governments, civil society, businesses and grassroots organizations to advance sustainable development solutions.

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Working Papers Assess CDM's Sustainable Development Tool [viewed]

unep-dtu15 September 2015: The Wuppertal Institute and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) DTU Partnership have published three working papers on the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Executive Board (EB)'s Sustainable Development Tool.

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SDGs Present Opportunity for Sustainable Urbanization: UNDP Director [viewed]

UNDP21 September 2015: Urbanization presents an opportunity to formulate a "global socio-economic development path that is equitable, inclusive, risk-informed and just,” writes Magdy Martínez-Solimán, Director, Bureau for Policy and Programme Support, UN Development Programme (UNDP). In a post on the UNDP blog, Martínez-Solimán welcomes Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 11 on urban resilience and outlines key components of sustainable urban development.

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IAEA Conference Highlights Links with SDGs [viewed]

IAEA18 September 2015: Delegates to the International Atomic Energy Agency's (IAEA) 59th annual General Conference recognized clear linkages between the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Agency's work, also adopting resolutions on strengthening IAEA's work on nuclear science and technology, safety, security, safeguards and technical cooperation, and approving the IAEA budget for 2016-2017.

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