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Event: Third Meeting of the UN Environment Assembly[viewed]

The third meeting of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA 3), will be held, on an exceptional basis, from 4-6 December 2017, with the high-level segment taking place on 5-6 December, and the Open Ended Committee of Permanent Representatives from 29 November to 1 December.

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UN Strengthens Response to Global Health Crises[viewed]

The UN General Assembly (UNGA) held a briefing on strengthening the global health architecture, hearing updates on multilateral responses to global health crises such as Ebola and other pandemics. UNGA President Mogens Lykketoft told delegates that implementation of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 3 (Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages) will require a shift from addressing single issues to taking a systems approach.

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Event: First Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Minamata Convention on Mercury[viewed]

The First Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Minamata Convention on Mercury (COP1) of the Minamata Convention will be held within one year of entry into force of the Convention, and is thus expected to take place in September 2017.

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Mitigation Update: Solar and Wind Prices Plummet as Temperatures and Sea Levels Rise[viewed]

The first five months of 2016 have served as a reminder of the urgency of mitigating climate change as each month, January-May, has set global temperature records, according to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). On 17 June, the WMO announced May's record, saying combined average temperature over land and ocean surfaces was 0.87°C above the 20th century average of 14.8°C. May is the 13th consecutive month to set a global temperature high.

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Event: 7th Petersberg Climate Dialogue[viewed]

The Dialogue is hosted by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB).

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Event: First Alliances and Coalitions Global Forum[viewed]

The Forum is being organized by the incoming Moroccan Presidency of the 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 22) in collaboration with the French Presidency of COP 21, the UN Secretary-General, the UNFCCC and Peru.

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CSOs Address SDG Progress in Asia-Pacific, Reflect on Partnerships and UNDS[viewed]

Civil society organizations (CSOs) reflect on the Asia-Pacific region's progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and present a global SDG Index and Dashboard. Two reports by Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) analyze the term "partnership" in the context of aspirations under the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and reflect on the UN Development System (UNDS), respectively. Another contribution focuses on finance and the urban agenda.

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CIF Discuss Future Strategy, Share Experiences in Forest Management[viewed]

The governing bodies of the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) met to make decisions on the Funds' future strategy. The meetings attracted the participation of over 150 experts from approximately 50 developing and donor countries, as well as international organizations and civil society. Following the official opening of the governing body meetings, on 12 June, the joint Clean Technology Fund (CTF) and Strategic Climate Fund (SCF) Trust Fund Committees met on 15 June. This meeting was followed by the CTF Trust Fund Committee Meeting on 16 June.

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Oslo REDD Exchange Discusses Implementation, Cross-Cutting Themes[viewed]

The Oslo REDD Exchange 2016 shared ideas, experiences and perspectives among professionals and leaders working on reducing deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries (REDD+). Discussions focused on REDD+ implementation at national and subnational levels in light of the Paris Agreement, and cross-cutting themes, including on financing options, corporate supply chain commitments, indigenous peoples and monitoring technologies.

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Bioversity International Coordinates Efforts to Save Pacific Coconut Diversity[viewed]

Bioversity International, a member of the CGIAR Consortium, through its International Coconut Genetic Resources Network (COGENT), has launched a project aiming to protect Pacific coconut diversity and associated livelihoods from the threat of genetic erosion through climate change and plant disease by establishing a new gene bank and germplasm collection in Papua New Guinea.

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