Oceans & Coasts

World Conservation Congress Opens, Focus on Scaling up Action on SDGs [viewed]

word_conservation_congress1 September 2016: The International Union for the Conservation of Nature's (IUCN) World Conservation Congress (WCC), 'Planet at the Crossroads,' opened on 1 September in Honolulu, Hawai'i, the US. The WCC will focus on the challenge of attaining the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) over the next 15 years. Over 6,000 participants from around the world are expected to attend the WCC, making it the largest gathering of environmental policymakers since the Paris Agreement on Climate Change and agreement on the SDGs.

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Event: Second Annual Solutions Summit [viewed]

The Second Annual Solutions Summit will highlight projects and exceptional innovators that are working to develop solutions to one or more of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Summit will showcase actions and projects that advance the objectives of upcoming UN global Summits and Conferences on climate change, the new urban agenda, urbanization, oceans, refugees and migrants, and partnerships. The Summit will convene during the 71st UN General Assembly's (UNGA) high-level week. The UN Foundation, the UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS), and the Global Innovation Exchange are organizing the Summit in collaboration with the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and the Global Entrepreneurship Council.  

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Event: 6th Session of the Africa Regional Platform and 5th High-Level Meeting of Disaster Risk Reduction [viewed]

The 6th Session of the African Regional Platform and the 5th High-Level Meeting of Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) will: review progress made domestically in implementing the Sendai Framework for DRR; discuss and agree on follow-up actions to accelerate implementation; and focus on aligning the Programme of Action for implementation of the Africa Regional Strategy with the Sendai Framework. Participants will discuss: monitoring and reviewing progress in implementation; opportunities for learning and exchanging experiences, successes and challenges in applying disaster risk management (DRM) of risk knowledge; progress made on preparedness, recovery and reconstruction under the 'build-back- better' approach; and risk-informed development. Outcomes will include: the Africa Programme of Action to implement the Sendai Framework in Africa; the Mauritius Declaration on implementation of the Africa Programme of Action; and an 'Africa Position' that will be presented at the 5th session of the Global Platform for DRR, which will convene from 22-26 May 2017, in Cancun, Mexico. Outcomes will also be submitted to the African Union (AU) Policy Organs for consideration and adoption during the AU Summit in January 2017. This meeting will also commemorate the first-ever World Tsunami Awareness Day. Representatives of African countries, stakeholder groups and development and humanitarian partners will attend the meeting. This event is being organized by the AU Commission, with support from the UN Office for DRR (UNISDR), and hosted by the Government Mauritius with support from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Secretariat.  

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Policy Update #35: Monthly Forecast: August 2016 [viewed]

The month of August will involve fewer face-to-face meetings than the first half of the year, as the UN transitions from one working session to the next. Preparations will be underway, however, for a number of key events that will take place during the final quarter of 2016.

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Event: High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) 2017 [viewed]

The fifth High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), convening under the auspices of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), will take place from 10-19 July 2017, including a three-day ministerial meeting of the Forum on 17-19 July. The theme of the 2017 session will be 'Eradicating poverty and promoting prosperity in a changing world,' as decided in UN General Assembly (UNGA) resolution A/70/299. The set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to be reviewed in depth will be: Goal 1 (End poverty in all its forms everywhere); Goal 2 (End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture); Goal 3 (Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages); Goal 5 (Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls); Goal 9 (Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation); Goal 14 (Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development); and Goal 17 (Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development), which will be considered each year.  

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UNCTAD to Play "Central Role" in Achieving SDGs [viewed]

unctad1425 July 2016: Delegates agreed to give the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) a central role in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), by adopting a framework that will guide UNCTAD's work over the next four years, and that is primarily focused on realizing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The 14th session of UNCTAD (UNCTAD 14) resulted in a political declaration and the ‘Nairobi Consensus,' on providing technical assistance to ensure that globalization and trade benefit people in developing countries.

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HLPF Considers National Monitoring, Countries in Special Situations [viewed]

hlpf201615 July 2016: Everyone is responsible for implementing the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development, participants stressed throughout the first week of discussions of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF). Key messages emerging from these discussions highlighted social inclusion as critical for sustainable development, and the importance of addressing inclusion in education, labor and political institutions and policies.

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COFI 32 Concludes, Discusses Aquaculture and Blue Growth [viewed]

fao_headquarters15 July 2016: The 32nd session of the Committee on Fisheries (COFI) has concluded with participants welcoming the entry into force of the Agreement of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) on Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing (PSMA). The meeting also featured discussions on aquaculture, food security and blue growth, among other issues.

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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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GEO-6 Regional Assessment: Addressing Vulnerability Key for Asia and the Pacific [viewed]

GEO6July 2016: Addressing increasing vulnerability is a key priority for the Asia and Pacific region, according to the UN Environment Programme's (UNEP) 'Sixth Global Environment Outlook (GEO-6): Regional Assessment for Asia and the Pacific.' The report's analysis of air, land, biota and ecosystems, freshwater, coasts and oceans, and waste in the region finds increasing environmental degradation and negative impacts on human well-being.

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