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Event: Third Meeting of the GRASP Council [viewed]

The third meeting of the Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP) Council will address climate change, sustainable palm oil and illegal trade, as well as a proposal to add gibbons to the GRASP mandate. Governments, research institutions, conservation organizations, UN agencies and the private sector will attend the meeting. The Convention on Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) will hold the Third Meeting of Parties to the Gorilla Agreement (GA MOP3) in parallel with the GRASP Council, so that the two organizations can streamline efforts to conserve gorillas in Africa. GRASP is comprised of 105 partners, and the Council meets every four years to set global priorities and targets for the conservation of chimpanzees, gorillas, bonobos and orangutans and their habitats in Asia and Africa. GRASP's six priorities areas include: political advocacy, illegal trade, green economy, disease monitoring, conflict sensitive conservation and habitat protection. GRASP was founded in 2001 to ensure the long-term survival of great apes, all of which are either endangered or critically endangered. The GRASP Secretariat is co-hosted by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).  

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Event: September 2016 CCAC Working Group Meeting [viewed]

This Working Group Meeting of the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) will convene at UNESCO headquarters in Paris, France, on 20-21 September 2016. The focus of this Working Group meeting will be on learning more about the progress and impact of the CCAC initiatives through interactive sessions. It will also involve discussion and agreement on changes to the CCAC partnership and governance following the work of the Task Team, including changes to streamline the funding process. Preparations for the High Level Assembly (HLA) in Marrakesh, Morocco, on the margins of the 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 22) to the UNFCCC will also be discussed.  

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IOC-UNESCO Assesses Status of LMEs and Open Oceans [viewed]

UNESCO IOC13 July 2016: Fifty percent of all fish stocks in large marine ecosystems (LMEs) are overexploited and 60% of the world's coral reefs are threatened by local activities, according to the findings of a series of assessments by the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (IOC-UNESCO). The Transboundary Waters Assessment Programme (TWAP) carried out the global assessments of transboundary water systems around the world in LMEs and the open ocean.

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GCOS Implementation Plan 2016 to Open for Public Review [viewed]

GCOS WCRP logosJuly 2016: The Global Climate Observing System (GCOS) Programme's Implementation Plan will be open for public review from 25 July to 5 September 2016. The 2016 Plan, which is being prepared in consultation with the global climate scientific and observing community, will be presented to the Steering Committee for final endorsement and submitted to the UNFCCC Secretariat on 10 October 2016. The GCOS Implementation Plan 2016 will then be submitted to the 45th session of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA 45) under the UNFCCC in Marrakech, Morocco, in November 2016.

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European Development Days Focus on SDG Implementation [viewed]

edd16 June 2016: Participants at the European Development Days (EDD 2016) underscored the role of partnerships in implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The tenth anniversary of the EDD, which was organized by the European Commission (EC), focused on 15 topics related to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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Event: 49th Session of the IOC Executive Council [viewed]

The 49th Session of UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization's Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission's (UNESCO-IOC) Executive Council will review the Commission's work plans within the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Paris Agreement on climate change, the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and the SAMOA Pathway. The Council meets once per biennium.  

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World Oceans Day Raises Awareness on Plastic Pollution, SDG 14 [viewed]

World Oceans Day8 June 2016: The world celebrated World Oceans Day under the theme, ‘Healthy Oceans, Healthy Planet.' Events around the world aimed to promote the prevention of plastic pollution in the world's oceans, and highlighted the role of healthy oceans in implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14 calls to "Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development."

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Trondheim Conference Addresses Linkages between Biodiversity and Agriculture [viewed]

trondheim6 June 2016: Participants at the eighth Trondheim Conference on Biodiversity recognized biodiversity and ecosystem services as essential in supporting agriculture in multiple ways and at all levels, stressing their integration into other sectors as essential in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Conference focused on the interlinkages between biodiversity and agriculture to develop food systems for a sustainable future.

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Adaptation and Loss and Damage Update: Bonn Talks Focus on Adaptation Planning, Reporting, Implementation, Support [viewed]

who_wmo_ecosoc_fao31 May 2016: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, with its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and accompanying targets, has made it clear that climate change and sustainable development are inextricably linked. May 2016 news relating to adaptation and loss and damage brought out some of those interlinkages with particular prominence. Not only do events, publications and initiatives reported here contribute to the implementation of SDG 13 (Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts) generally, they also help implement a range of other SDGs and related targets.

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Climate Change Threatens World Heritage Sites, Says UN Report [viewed]

uneso_unep_ucs26 May 2016: According to a report published by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Union of Concerned Scientists, climate change threatens World Heritage sites. The report, titled 'World Heritage and Tourism in a Changing Climate,' provides an overview of the increasing vulnerability of World Heritage sites to climate impacts and the consequences for global tourism, examines the relationship between World Heritage and tourism, and how climate change is likely to exacerbate problems caused by unplanned tourism development, and explains the positive role that tourism can play in securing the future of World Heritage sites.

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