Oceans & Coasts

GSDR 2015: Improved Science Needed for Sustainable Development Decision-Making [viewed]

global-sustainable-development1 July 2015: The 2015 Global Sustainable Development Report (GSDR) underscores the importance of science in guiding policy decisions for sustainable development. The report, called for by the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), provides a survey of scientific findings on oceans and livelihoods, sustainable consumption and production (SCP), disaster risk reduction (DRR), industrialization and the use of big data in Africa, among other issues.

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UN-HABITAT Report Explores Climate Change, Urbanization in SIDS [viewed]

urbanization_climate_sidsMay 2015: A small island developing States (SIDS) urban agenda must reflect the cultural, economic and geographic characteristics of SIDS, in order to address sustainable urbanization in SIDS, according to a publication by the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT). The report provides an overview of current trends in climate change and urbanization, describes the impact of climate change on cities in SIDS, and explores the role of urban planning and design as a tool for addressing the challenges and opportunities of climate change in relation to human settlements in SIDS.

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Climate Change Should Be Top Foreign Policy Priority: G7-backed Report [viewed]

a_new_climate_for_peace25 June 2015: An independent report, titled ‘A New Climate for Peace: Taking Action on Climate and Fragility Risks,' commissioned by members of the Group of Seven (G7), has identified seven compound climate-fragility risks that pose serious threats to the stability of States and societies in the decades to come.

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Nairobi Convention COP 8 Focuses on Western Indian Ocean's Marine and Coastal Environment Conservation [viewed]

UNEPnairobi-convention24 June 2015: The 8th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 8) to the Nairobi Convention for the Protection, Management and Development of the Marine and Coastal Environment of the Eastern African Region convened under the theme, ‘Conserving the Marine and Coastal Environment for the Western Indian Ocean for the next 30 Years.'

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Papal Encyclical Highlights Climate Change as Critical ‘Moral Issue' [viewed]

vatican18 June 2015: Pope Francis has released his encyclical, which calls on the Catholic world and "all men and women of good will” to address global environmental deterioration. The papal letter, titled ‘Laudato Si' or ‘Praised Be' (a reference to a prayer from the Pope's namesake St. Francis, the patron saint of ecology), declares that climate change is one of the principal challenges facing humanity and that the science of climate change is clear. Pope Francis adds that the Catholic Church views climate change as a moral issue that must be addressed in order to protect the Earth, "our common home."

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Event: Oceans Day at UNFCCC COP 21 [viewed]

Oceans Day will be held on the sidelines of the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). It aims to advance the oceans and climate change agenda at COP 21 and beyond. Activities undertaken for the Day will: report on the science of oceans and climate change; showcase successful efforts in policies on oceans and climate, such as on ocean acidification and linkages among biodiversity, climate change and fisheries, among others; identify key actions on oceans and climate change to be addressed through the UNFCCC process; identify what the oceans community can do to advance the oceans and climate change agenda outside of the UNFCCC process; and mobilize resources.

Oceans Day at COP 21 is expected to result in a strategic action plan for the oceans and climate change agenda for the next five years.  

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WMO Congress Agrees on Post-2015 Priorities, Appoints New Secretary-General [viewed]

WMO12 June 2015: The 17th session of the World Meteorological Congress agreed on priorities for 2016-2019, adopting a new strategic plan and related budget. The Congress also appointed a new Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). WMO Secretary-General Michel Jarraud, who will remain ‘Secretary-General emeritus,' reiterated that high-impact weather and climate extremes are likely to occur with greater frequency and intensity due to climate change, noting that while a window of opportunity still exists “to act and prevent irreversible damage,” it is closing fast.

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Ramsar COP 12 Adopts Declaration of Punta del Este, 16 Resolutions [viewed]

ramsar_cop129 June 2015: The 12th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (COP 12) agreed on four strategic priorities that link the wise use of wetlands to solving pressing issues, such as climate change and food and water security. Noting the loss of 64% of global wetlands since 1900, the final declaration calls for strengthening partnerships “beyond those responsible for the operation and maintenance of Ramsar Sites and important wetlands,” to enhance the Convention's implementation.

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Event: 51st Meeting of the GEF Council [viewed]

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council meets twice a year to approve new projects with global environmental benefits in the GEF's focal areas of biodiversity, climate change mitigation, chemicals and waste, international waters, land degradation, and sustainable forest management; and in the GEF's integrated approach programs on sustainable cities, taking deforestation out of commodity chains, and sustainability and resilience for food security in Sub-Saharan Africa. The Council also provides guidance to the GEF Secretariat and Agencies. The 25-27 October GEF Council meeting will be preceded on 24 October by a consultation with civil society organizations (CSOs) at the same location. On 27 October the Council will convene as the 21st meeting of the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF) and Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF) also at the same location.  

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Event: 50th Meeting of the GEF Council [viewed]

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council meets twice a year to approve new projects with global environmental benefits in the GEF's focal areas of biodiversity, climate change mitigation, chemicals and waste, international waters, land degradation, and sustainable forest management; and in the GEF's integrated approach programs on sustainable cities, taking deforestation out of commodity chains, and sustainability and resilience for food security in Sub-Saharan Africa. The Council also provides guidance to the GEF Secretariat and Agencies. The GEF Council meeting will be preceded on 6 June by a consultation with civil society organizations (CSOs) at the same location. On 9 June the Council will convene as the 20th meeting of the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF) and Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF), also at the same location.  

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