UNEA-2 Begins Discussion of Critical Environmental Challenges [viewed]

UNEA-223 May 2016: The second UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-2) of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) opened on 23 May 2016 in Nairobi, Kenya, to address the overarching theme of 'Delivering on the environmental dimension of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.' The UNEA-2 outcome will include a global call to action to address critical environmental challenges, which will be conveyed to the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) set to meet in July 2016 in New York, US.

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World Cities Report Highlights Impacts of Planning [viewed]

UN-HABITAT18 May 2016: Two-thirds of the global population is expected to live in cities by 2030 and produce as much as 80% of global GDP, according to a UN-Habitat report released ahead of the UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III). The ‘World Cities Report 2016, Urbanization and Development: Emerging Futures' finds that while cities have become platforms for production and innovation, and lifted millions out of poverty through better jobs and improved quality of life, urbanization has also led to overcrowding, increased inequalities, and environmental and health challenges.

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IRP, OECD Resource Efficiency Publications Cite Role in Cutting GHG Emissions, Growing Economy [viewed]

Policy Guidance on Resource Efficency Resource Efficiency15 May 2016: Ambitious action on climate change and more efficient natural resource use could achieve significant cuts in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and increase economic growth, according to a report released by the International Resource Panel (IRP) in the lead up to the Group of 7 (G7) leaders meeting in Japan. The report assesses prospects and solutions for resource efficiency and considers how more efficient resource use can contribute to economic growth, employment and development and reduce use of materials, energy, biomass and water. Also requested by G7 leaders and released recently is an Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) publication, titled ‘Policy Guidance on Resource Efficiency.'

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First Great Green Wall Global Conference Reaffirms Commitments to Restore Africa's Drylands [viewed]

GGWSSI13 May 2016: The first Global Conference on the Great Green Wall for the Sahara and Sahel Initiative (GGWSSI) issued the ‘Dakar Declaration,' which aims to reverse land degradation and improve economic opportunities for populations across the Sahel and Sahara belt. Convened from 5-7 May 2016, in Dakar, Senegal, the Conference sought to build on the momentum generated at a High Level Summit on the GGWSSI held on the sidelines of the Paris Climate Conference, where US$4 billion was pledged to step up implementation of the Initiative over the next five years.

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UNEP Report Addresses Loss and Damage and the Role of Ecosystem Services [viewed]

UNEPMay 2016: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has published a report that aims to enhance understanding of climatic stressor effects on ecosystems and possible correlations and implications for societal losses and damages. The report, titled 'Loss and Damage: The Role of Ecosystem Services,' discusses climate impacts on specific ecosystem services, including on provisioning services, regulating services, supporting services and cultural services.

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UNEP's 'Our Planet' Features High-level Reflections on SDG Implementation [viewed]

UNEPMay 2016: A special issue of the UN Environment Programme's (UNEP) 'Our Planet' magazine explores the environmental dimensions of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including examples of national implementation and UN agency priority actions. The special issue, titled 'The Environment Dimension of the 2030 Agenda,' was released for the second meeting of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-2), which convenes in Nairobi, Kenya, from 23-27 May 2016.

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CIFOR Presents Research Findings on REDD+ Performance, Results-Based Payments, Adaptation-Mitigation Synergies in Land Sector [viewed]

CIFORMay 2016: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) of the CIGAR Consortium has shared research findings on REDD+ performance at different scales, as well as mechanisms for benefit-sharing, multi-level governance and land-use incentives. The Center has also circulated briefs on results-based payments for REDD+ and on adaptation-mitigation synergies in the land sector.

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G7 Agriculture, ICT and Science and Technology Ministers Agree on Strategic Actions in Support of SDGs, Paris Agreement [viewed]

g7_201616 May 2016: Group of 7 (G7) Ministers of Agriculture, Information and Communications Technology (ICT), and Science and Technology gathered ahead of the 2016 G7 Summit for a series of ministerial meetings held throughout Japan. Each group of ministers agreed on a Communiqué or Declaration for the consideration of G7 leaders from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, UK, and the US at the G7 Ise-Shima Summit, which will take place from 26-27 May 2016, in Ise-Shima, Japan.

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US, Nordic Countries Pledge to Ratify Paris Agreement, Protect the Arctic [viewed]

us_nordic_countries13 May 2016: Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, and the US have released a joint statement pledging enhanced cooperation on climate, energy and the Arctic, as well as on economic growth and global development.

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GFDRR Report Calls for Transformative Approach to Assessing Risk [viewed]

risker_future_gfdrr16 May 2016: The world is unprepared for an increasing rise in disasters, resulting from climate change, rising populations and greater vulnerability of those living in big cities and unregulated housing, according to a report by the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR). The report calls for a radical new approach to assessing risk that accounts for rapid changes in global disaster risk.

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