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Canada, US, Mexico Forge North American Climate, Clean Energy and Environment Partnership[viewed]

The leaders of Canada, the US and Mexico have released a joint statement on a 'North American Climate, Clean Energy and Environment Partnership,' which aims to ensure a “competitive, low-carbon and sustainable” North America and includes the goal of achieving 50% clean power generation by 2025. During the North American Leaders' Summit, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, US President Barack Obama and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto agreed to align climate and energy policies in order to protect human health and help "level the playing field for our businesses, households, and workers."

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Adaptation and Loss and Damage Update: Regions Step up DRR Efforts and Resilience to El Niño, Human Mobility, Climate Change and Development Nexus Explored[viewed]

As May 2016 became the 13th consecutive month to break the global temperature records, the world's regions' need to adapt to the changing climate grew stronger. In 2015-2016, the periodic warming of the central to Eastern tropical Pacific, known as 'El Niño,' was the strongest since 1997-1998, causing some regions to receive more rain, and others to receive no precipitation. These changes impacted agriculture, food security and nutrition among the affected populations. During the past few weeks, the world's regions, States and sectors have redoubled adaptation efforts, focusing on building resilience and managing disaster risks. The news reported in this Update also demonstrate that the role of cooperation, innovation and knowledge dissemination in advancing climate change adaptation efforts cannot be underestimated.

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UNGA Elects Non-Permanent Members of UNSC[viewed]

The UN General Assembly (UNGA) elected Bolivia, Ethiopia, Kazakhstan and Sweden to serve on the UN Security Council (UNSC) for a two-year term beginning on 1 January 2017. Following five rounds of voting, Italy and the Netherlands proposed sharing the fifth open seat, with Italy serving in 2017 and the Netherlands in 2018. The UNGA is considering this proposal.

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UNICEF Report: Invest in Equity as a Strategic Imperative[viewed]

Unless the world focuses more on the most disadvantaged children, 69 million children under five will die from mostly preventable causes, 167 million children will live in poverty and 750 million women will have been married as children by 2030, according to a UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) report. ‘The State of the World's Children' 2016 highlights progress in getting children into school, alleviating poverty and halving under-five mortality rates, but it stresses that this progress has been "neither even nor fair.”

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Erik Solheim Begins Tenure as UNEP Executive Director[viewed]

Erik Solheim, former Minister of Environment and International Development, Norway, assumed his position as Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), pledging to focus his tenure on tackling environmental issues affecting human health, and environmental factors leading to conflict and migration.

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Field Perspectives Highlighted for QCPR Negotiations[viewed]

UN Member States and representatives of the UN system discussed the Delivery as One (DaO) approach, the UN Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) process, the UN Resident Coordinator (RC) system, and the simplification and the harmonization efforts for business practices, during the fourth module of the Quadrennial Comprehensive Policy Review (QCPR) Training 2016. Titled ‘Perspectives from the field,' the module discussed the operational implications of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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Event: 16th Session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues[viewed]

The 16th session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (PFII) will take place in 2017, which is the ten-year anniversary of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP).

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Event: Central and South America and the Caribbean/Latin America and the Caribbean Regional Joint Preparatory Meeting for CITES CoP 17 and CBD COP 13[viewed]

This joint preparatory meeting will discuss the agenda items of two upcoming meetings: the 17th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP17) to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), which will convene from 24 September to 5 October 2016 in South Africa; and the 13th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP 13), the eighth meeting of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (COP/MOP 8), and the second meeting of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit-sharing (COP/MOP 2), all of which will convene concurrently from 4-17 December 2016, in Cancun, Mexico.

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Co-Facilitators Issue HLM Zero Draft Declaration[viewed]

The co-facilitators of the UN General Assembly's (UNGA) High-level Meeting on Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants (HLM) have issued the zero draft of the HLM's outcome document, which takes the form of a declaration. A draft of the Global Compact on Responsibility Sharing for Refugees, envisaged as an annex to the Declaration, will be issued shortly. An informal meeting to discuss the drafts of the declaration and of the Global Compact is planned for 1 July 2016.

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Event: Meeting of the CBD Informal Advisory Committee on Communication, Education and Public Awareness[viewed]

The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) will convene a meeting of the Informal Advisory Committee on Communication, Education and Public Awareness (CEPA-IAC).

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