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Environmental Degradation Leading Cause of Deaths Globally, Says UN Report[viewed]

Environmental degradation and pollution cause almost a quarter of all deaths, up to 234 times as many premature deaths as occur in conflicts annually and the deaths of more than 25% of all children under the age of five, according to a UN report released to coincide with the second session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-2). The report, ‘Healthy Environment, Healthy People,' emphasizes the importance of a healthy environment to achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and addresses dangers posed by air pollution, chemicals, climate change and other issues linking environmental quality to health.

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“No Scientific Voice Left Behind,” Concludes UNEA Science-Policy Forum[viewed]

The inaugural Science-Policy Forum held prior to the second session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-2) of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) discussed how to bring together diverse scientific and policy communities and citizens' voices to ensure that emerging environmental issues are highlighted and effectively addressed in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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Countries Submit Summaries of National Voluntary Reports for HLPF[viewed]

The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) has established an online platform to compile inputs from countries participating in the national voluntary reviews of the 2016 session of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF). So far, eight countries have submitted summaries of their national reports on implementation. The platform also includes inputs from intergovernmental bodies and fora, Major Groups and other stakeholders, and partnerships and voluntary commitments.

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Event: 3rd Arab Forum for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency[viewed]

The third Arab Forum for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency is a high-level ministerial international/political/technical forum held every two years under the patronage of Secretary-General of the League of Arab States (LAS).

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IPoA Review Co-Facilitators Release Draft Declaration for Endorsement[viewed]

A draft political declaration has been released for endorsement during the midterm review of the implementation of the Istanbul Programme of Action (IPoA) for the Least Developed Countries (LDCs). The text was negotiated by UN Member States in informal meetings led by the co-facilitators of the intergovernmental consultations on the preparatory process, Benedicte Frankinet, Permanent Representative of Belgium and Jean-Francis Regis Zinsou, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Benin, and agreed ad referendum. The declaration is under "silent procedure" until 24 May 2016, at 12 pm EST.

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International Biodiversity Day Emphasizes Biodiversity Mainstreaming for Sustainable Development[viewed]

The International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB) was celebrated globally on 22 May 2016 on the theme 'Mainstreaming Biodiversity; Sustaining People and their Livelihoods.'

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UNEP Identifies Emerging Environmental Issues in 'Frontiers' Report[viewed]

The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) identifies six "emerging issues of environmental concern" in its 2016 Frontiers Report, released to coincide with the second session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-2). For each issue, the report provides examples of ways to address it, including through innovating and rethinking policy interventions, devising new solutions and adapting existing practices. UNEA-2 is convening in Nairobi, Kenya, from 23-27 May 2016.

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UNEP Releases GEO-6 Regional Assessments[viewed]

That environmental deterioration is occurring much faster than previously thought and action is needed now to reverse the worst trends, is a central message from a series of reports released by the UN on the state of the planet's health. The ‘Global Environmental Outlook (GEO-6): Regional Assessments,' published by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), is a compilation of six reports examining the environmental issues affecting the world's six regions: the Pan-European region, North America, Asia and the Pacific, West Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), and Africa.

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ESCAP and Japan Promote Tsunami Awareness in Asia-Pacific[viewed]

The Government of Japan and the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) cooperated to present a side event promoting awareness of tsunami risk in the Asia-Pacific region, on the margins of the 72nd Commission session of ESCAP.

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World Bank Paper Quantifies Coastal Protection Provided by Mangroves[viewed]

The World Bank Group has published a working paper that quantifies the coastal protection provided by mangroves in 42 developing countries under the current climate scenario and a future climate change scenario with a one-meter sea-level rise and 10% intensification of storms. The findings show that although sea-level rise and increased storm intensity would put infrastructure at risk, the greatest impact is the expected loss of mangroves.

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