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UN Finalizes 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development[viewed]

The final version of the draft post-2015 development agenda, titled ‘Transforming our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development,' was adopted by acclamation at the conclusion of an informal plenary of intergovernmental negotiations. The adoption came at the end of a two-week session and concluded a seven-month process to agree on the UN's development agenda to follow up on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and seek to achieve sustainable development.

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July 2015 Climate Finance Update[viewed]

During the month of July, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the World Bank, the Adaptation Fund, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the Nordic Environment Finance Corporation (NEFCO) reported on climate finance developments. ADB, the European Investment Bank (EIB), IDB, the World Bank, the Adaptation Fund, the Climate Investment Funds (CIF), the Green Climate Fund (GCF), the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the UN Environment Programme DTU Partnership (UDP) released climate finance-related publications, articles and videos. The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), CIF, GCF and the World Bank published news on climate-related events.

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July 2015 Sustainable Energy Finance Update[viewed]

During the month of July, the African Development Bank (AfDB), the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the European Investment Bank (EIB), the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the World Bank announced sustainable energy project funding and initiatives. The Asian Development Bank (ADB), AfDB, the European Commission, EIB and the World Bank also released publications on financing and deploying clean energy.

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UN General Assembly Adopts Resolution on Combating Illegal Wildlife Trade[viewed]

The UN General Assembly has adopted a resolution urging Member States to take decisive steps at the national level to prevent, combat and eradicate both the supply of and demand for illegal trade in wildlife.

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FAO: Ratification of Agreement on IUU Fishing Gains Momentum[viewed]

The ‘Agreement on Port States Measures to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing' is moving closer to entering into force, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO). The agreement aims to address Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing by strengthening control procedures and inspections at ports and on vessels. It will enable improved compliance with the 1995 FAO Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries, which promotes long-term sustainability of the fisheries sector.

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UN Report: Population Growth Presents Challenges to Poverty Eradication[viewed]

“Population growth in the poorest countries will make it harder for those governments to eradicate poverty and inequality, combat hunger and malnutrition, expand education enrollment and health services, improve the provision of basic services and implement other elements of a sustainable development agenda to ensure that no one is left behind,” cautions the World Population Prospects (WPP): 2015 Revision. The report, which is the 24th edition of the UN's official population estimates and projections, projects that the world population will reach 8.5 billion by 2030, reach 9.7 billion by 2050 and exceed 11 billion in 2100.

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Caribbean, Pacific Regions Focus on Advancing PA Networks[viewed]

Participants from the Caribbean and Pacific regions considered ways to advance protected area (PA) networks through a series of workshops and trainings held in July. The meetings offered PA managers and regional partners and organizations such as the Biodiversity and Protected Areas Management Programme (BIOPAMA), International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) the opportunity to collaborate and share ideas.

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Event: GEO-XII Plenary and Mexico City Ministerial Summit[viewed]

The twelfth Plenary Session of the Group on Earth Observations (GEO-XII) will convene from 11-12 November 2015, followed by the GEO 2015 Mexico City Ministerial Summit, which will take place on 13 November.

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ECLAC Projects Economic Slowdown in LAC Region[viewed]

The UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) has released projections indicating that the countries of the region will grow 0.5% on average in 2015. The projections are contained in ECLAC's annual report, titled ‘Economic Survey of Latin America and the Caribbean 2015,' which was released during a press conference in Santiago, Chile.

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ITTO Releases 2014 Annual Report[viewed]

The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) has published its annual report, highlighting progress achieved in 2014 through field projects, policy work and research. The publication summarizes such activities as the adoption of the Voluntary Guidelines for the Sustainable Management of Natural Tropical Forest, the release of the 'Rewarding the Service Providers' policy brief, and the organization of the International Forum on Payments for Environmental Services of Tropical Forests.

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