Oceans & Coasts

Event: International Coral Reef Initiative General Assembly [viewed]

This meeting of the International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI) will address the degradation of coral reefs and related ecosystems around the world, including discussion of the status of coral reefs; the impacts of climate change on coral reefs; coral bleaching; and initiatives in the Indian Ocean region. The event marks the first meeting since France and Madagascar replaced Japan and Thailand as co-chairs of the ICRI Secretariat, on 1 June 2016. The event is expected to bring together governments, international organizations, scientific bodies and civil society.  

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Event: 35th Meetings of the CCAMLR Commission and Scientific Committee [viewed]

The 35th Meeting of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) Scientific Committee will convene concurrently with the 35th Meeting of the CCAMLR Commission to discuss the conservation of Antarctic marine life. The Scientific Committee will convene from 17-21 October. The Commission meeting will take place from 17-28 October. The Scientific Committee and its subsidiary groups are the main avenue for scientific advice in CCAMLR, with the Convention requiring the Commission to take full account of the Scientific Committee's recommendations and advice. The Commission serves as CCAMLR's main decision-making body. Mark Belcher, United Kingdom, will serve as the Chair of the Scientific Committee Meeting and Dmitry Gonchar, the Russian Federation, will chair the Commission Meeting.  

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Member States Elect Peter Thomson, Fiji, as UNGA 71 President [viewed]

Fiji Flag13 June 2016: The UN General Assembly (UNGA) elected Peter Thomson, Permanent Representative of Fiji to the UN, as the President of the 71st session of the UNGA. Thomson will replace Mogens Lykketoft of Denmark, who is serving as the President of UNGA 70.

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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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STAP Reports Advise GEF Council on SLM, Sustainable Agriculture, Project Design and Source-to-Sea Continuum [viewed]

gef_stapJune 2016: As input to the 50th meeting of the Council of the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel (STAP) of the GEF produced four reports, addressing: the design of sustainable development projects; sustainable land management (SLM) and food security; indicators for assessing the sustainability of agricultural production; and a framework for managing flows in the source-to-sea continuum.

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European Green Week Adopts Urban Agenda, Agrees to Accelerate Transition to Low-Carbon Economy [viewed]

green_week3 June 2016: The 2016 edition of Green Week focused on the theme 'investing for a greener future.' Participants discussed how to promote the role of green investments in achieving sustainable development and agreed on a range of measures to advance the European Union (EU) Urban Agenda, the blue economy and the transition to a low-carbon future, among other areas.

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Mitigation Update: Climate Conference Focuses on Accelerated Action, Markets and Transport Solutions Advanced [viewed]

unfccc_iea_ccafs_nama_wb6 June 2016: Addressing the Group of Seven (G7), UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres stated on 23 May, “Today, the challenge is to translate intent into action…that does justice to the extraordinary ambition enshrined in the Paris Agreement….” Figueres attended her final intersessional meeting of the UNFCCC subsidiary bodies from 16-26 May in Bonn, Germany, where an overarching theme of 'Accelerating Implementation of the Paris Agreement' pervaded many of the special events and negotiations.

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Energy Outlook: Clean Energy Investments, RE Employment Increasing, Cities Unlock Mitigation Potential [viewed]

unfccc_wb_irena_iea2 June 2016: Energy-related news of the past few weeks reported here indicate that regional development banks' investments in clean energy are increasing. Other recent developments show that: renewables are currently firmly established as competitive, mainstream sources of energy; energy efficiency (EE) action in urban environments helps cities transition to sustainable energy systems; and employment in renewable energy (RE) is on the rise. Events, initiatives and publications described in this update contribute to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, particularly SDGs 7 (Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all), 13 (Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts) and 1 (End poverty in all its forms everywhere).

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IPoA Mid-term Review Calls for Greater Support to LDCs [viewed]

review29 May 2016: The Mid-term Review of the Istanbul Programme of Action (IPoA) for Least Developed Countries (LDCs) for the Decade 2011-2020 has closed with a call for greater support to the world's more vulnerable countries. The review focused on the 48 LDCs and their progress over the past five years, and on finding ways to accelerate their sustainable development. The conference resulted in a political declaration that had been negotiated among UN Member States in the months leading up to the review.

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