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Asia-Pacific Asia-Pacific News / 24 May 2016
IPoA Review Co-Facilitators Release Draft Declaration for Endorsement
Read More: IPoA Review Co-Facilitators Release Draft Declaration for Endorsement
20_May_2016: 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. continued...
International Biodiversity Day Emphasizes Biodiversity Mainstreaming for Sustainable Development
Read More: International Biodiversity Day Emphasizes Biodiversity Mainstreaming for Sustainable Development
22_May_2016: The International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB) was celebrated globally on 22 May 2016 on the theme 'Mainstreaming Biodiversity; Sustaining People and their Livelihoods.' continued...
UNEP Identifies Emerging Environmental Issues in 'Frontiers' Report
Read More: UNEP Identifies Emerging Environmental Issues in 'Frontiers' Report
20_May_2016: 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. continued...
UNEP Releases GEO-6 Regional Assessments
Read More: UNEP Releases GEO-6 Regional Assessments
19_May_2016: A series of regional reports on the state of the planet's health deliver the message that environmental deterioration is occurring much faster than previously thought and action is needed now to reverse the worst trends. The ‘Global Environmental Outlook (GEO-6): Regional Assessments,' published by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), is a compilation of six reports examining 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. continued...
ESCAP and Japan Promote Tsunami Awareness in Asia-Pacific
Read More: ESCAP and Japan Promote Tsunami Awareness in Asia-Pacific
18_May_2016: 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. continued...
World Bank Paper Quantifies Coastal Protection Provided by Mangroves
Read More: World Bank Paper Quantifies Coastal Protection Provided by Mangroves
May_2016:_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. continued...
UNEA-2 Begins Discussion of Critical Environmental Challenges
Read More: UNEA-2 Begins Discussion of Critical Environmental Challenges
23_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. continued...
ESCAP 72 Considers STI for Sustainable Development
Read More: ESCAP 72 Considers STI for Sustainable Development
19_May_2016: During the 72nd session of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), participants discussed ways to harness science, technology and innovation (STI) for achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in the Asia-Pacific region. ESCAP adopted 12 resolutions and launched a report on harnessing STI for inclusive and sustainable development in the region. continued...
Bioversity International Coproduces Special Issue on ABS and Family Farming
Read More: Bioversity International Coproduces Special Issue on ABS and Family Farming
2_May_2016: A special issue of 'Farming Matters,' produced in collaboration with Bioversity International, shares examples of access and benefit-sharing (ABS) systems from several countries, exploring the interface between formal and informal systems, challenges, and relevance for family farmers. continued...
UNEP's 'Our Planet' Features High-level Reflections on SDG Implementation
Read More: UNEP's 'Our Planet' Features High-level Reflections on SDG Implementation
May_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. continued...
FAO Study Draws Lessons from Korean Forest Rehabilitation Plans
Read More: FAO Study Draws Lessons from Korean Forest Rehabilitation Plans
May_2016:_A working paper produced by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) in collaboration with the Korea Forest Service draws lessons learned from the Republic of Korea's experience in formulating and implementing integrated forest rehabilitation and food security policies and programmes. continued...
Zhuhai Declaration Focuses on Forests and Trees in Asia-Pacific's Urban Planning
Read More: Zhuhai Declaration Focuses on Forests and Trees in Asia-Pacific's Urban Planning
8_April_2016: The Zhuhai Declaration, adopted at the First Asia-Pacific Urban Forestry Meeting, highlights the benefits of urban forests and trees to cities and residents. The Declaration also relays challenges and priorities for urban forestry development in the Asia-Pacific region and makes a series of recommendations, including on awareness-raising, enhancing policy support, and increasing public participation and community involvement in forestry. continued...
G7 Agriculture, ICT and Science and Technology Ministers Agree on Strategic Actions in Support of SDGs, Paris Agreement
Read More: G7 Agriculture, ICT and Science and Technology Ministers Agree on Strategic Actions in Support of SDGs, Paris Agreement
16_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. continued...
Anti-Corruption Summit Agrees on Actions to Drive Out Corruption and Achieve SDG 16
Read More: Anti-Corruption Summit Agrees on Actions to Drive Out Corruption and Achieve SDG 16
12_May_2016: World leaders and representatives from business and civil society agreed on a package of practical steps to expose and drive out corruption at the ‘Anti-Corruption Summit: London 2016.' The Summit aimed to step up global action to tackle corruption across all walks of life, as part of efforts to end poverty, promote prosperity and defeat terrorism and extremism, in line with commitments under the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. In the lead up to the conference, over 60 countries met at the Foreign Office in London and agreed to form the Countering Conservation-related Corruption (3C) network, focused on ending the corruption behind wildlife crime. continued...
UN Compiles Second Draft of Views On Indigenous Peoples' Participation in UN Processes
Read More: UN Compiles Second Draft of Views On Indigenous Peoples' Participation in UN Processes
16_May_2016: The advisers of the consultation process with UN Member States and indigenous peoples on ways to enable the participation of indigenous peoples' representatives and institutions in meetings of relevant UN bodies on issues affecting them have released a second draft compilation, as part of an intergovernmental process on enabling indigenous peoples' participation at the UN. The second draft provides a general overview of responses and proposals on the way forward and includes a discussion paper that summarizes the views with significant support and highlights some points of difference. continued...
Argentina, Chile and Tuvalu Join ITPGR
Read More: Argentina, Chile and Tuvalu Join ITPGR
May_2016:_Argentina, Chile and Tuvalu have acceded to the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR), bringing the number of Parties to 140. In other ITPGR news, an online introductory course on the Treaty has been made available through the e-learning platform of the InforMEA Portal. continued...
SDG 1 in Jeopardy without More Decent Jobs, Warns ILO Report
Read More: SDG 1 in Jeopardy without More Decent Jobs, Warns ILO Report
18_May_2016: A global deficit in decent, quality jobs and declining economic conditions in several regions has the potential to undo decades of progress in poverty reduction, cautions a report by the International Labour Organization (ILO). The report concludes that more and better jobs are necessary to eradicate moderate and extreme poverty globally by 2030. continued...
Independent Report Evaluates FLEGT, EU and Indonesia Agree to Licensing Scheme
Read More: Independent Report Evaluates FLEGT, EU and Indonesia Agree to Licensing Scheme
May_2016:_An independent evaluation report has concluded that the EU Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade Action Plan (FLEGT) has been effective in raising awareness of illegal logging particularly in partner producer countries, and has contributed to reducing demand for illegal timber in the EU. The report also concludes that FLEGT needs to address new challenges, in particular with regard to deforestation and forest conversion. In other news, the EU and Indonesia have announced their readiness to start the first-ever FLEGT licensing scheme. continued...
IWC8 Celebrates 25 Years of GEF Investments in International Waters
Read More: IWC8 Celebrates 25 Years of GEF Investments in International Waters
15_May_2016: The 8th Biennial International Waters Conference (IWC8) convened under the theme, 'Scaling Up GEF IW Investments from Source to Sea and Beyond in the Context of Achieving the SDGs.' The conference highlighted the role of oceans in regulating climate, maintaining biodiversity, and promoting global food security, noting current threats to fish stocks and coral reefs. continued...
FAO European Regional Conference Discusses Role of Agricultural Development in SDG Implementation
Read More: FAO European Regional Conference Discusses Role of Agricultural Development in SDG Implementation
6_May,_2016: A ministerial roundtable of European and Central Asian members of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) discussed the implications of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for agriculture and rural development in their region. continued...
World Bank Provides Data to Track SDGs, Notes Limited Data for Many Targets
Read More: World Bank Provides Data to Track SDGs, Notes Limited Data for Many Targets
15_April_2016: “Only a few of the 169 targets in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) can currently be tracked and measured completely,” finds the 2016 edition of the World Development Indicators (WDI). The 2016 report, which provides 1,400 indicators for over 200 economies that can be used to compare development and people's lives around the globe, is one of the first World Bank publications that has begun phasing out the term “developing world,” arguing that the global focus of the SDGs means that the term is becoming less relevant. continued...
Asia-Pacific Asia-Pacific Regional Coverage Calendar: Current & Upcoming Events
44th Sessions of the UNFCCC Subsidiary Bodies Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany 16 May - 26 May
World Humanitarian Summit Istanbul, Turkey 23 May - 24 May
Resumed Review Conference on the UN Fish Stocks Agreement New York City, US 23 May - 27 May
Second Meeting of the UN Environment Assembly Nairobi, Kenya 23 May - 27 May
Fifth Meeting of the HLG for Partnership, Coordination and Capacity Building for Statistics for the 2030 Agenda Budapest, Hungary 25 May - 26 May
G7 Summit 2016 Ise-Shima Summit in Mie Prefecture, Japan 26 May - 27 May
Least Developed Country (LDC) Civil Society Forum Antalya, Turkey 26 May - 28 May
Midterm Review of Istanbul Programme of Action Antalya, Turkey 27 May - 29 May
Third Session of the Arab Forum on Sustainable Development (AFSD) Amman, Jordan 29 May - 30 May
66th UN DPI/NGO Conference on Education for Global Citizenship: Achieving the SDGs Together Gyeongju, North Gyeongsang (Kyongsang-Bukto), Republic of Korea 30 May - 1 Jun
Tenth Meeting of Open-ended Working Group of Basel Convention (OEWG 10) Nairobi, Kenya 30 May - 2 Jun
International Training Course on Combating Desertification Konya, Nigde, Turkey 30 May - 5 Jun
Sixth Annual WAVES Partnership Meeting San Jose, Costa Rica 31 May - 1 Jun
3rd Arab Forum for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Cairo, Al Qahirah, Egypt 1 Jun - 2 Jun
Seventh Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM7) San Francisco, CA, US 1 Jun - 2 Jun
 
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