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Governments Reviewing "Final Draft" Resolution on 2030 Follow-up[viewed]

The co-facilitators for consultations on the follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development at the global level issued a "final draft" UN General Assembly (UNGA) resolution for discussion by Member States, beginning with informal-informal consultations on 27 May 2016. The latest text was circulated in a letter from co-facilitators Lois Young, Permanent Representative of Belize, and Ib Petersen, Permanent Representative of Denmark, who note that it takes into account views expressed by delegations during informal-informal consultations held from 24-25 May 2016.

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World Humanitarian Summit Launches Commitments to Take Action[viewed]

During the first-ever World Humanitarian Summit (WHS), approximatively 1,500 commitments were made, including on education, the inclusion of persons with disabilities, global preparedness, preventing conflicts, delivering crisis responses and building resilience. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who initiated the Summit, said he will report to the UN General Assembly (UNGA) on the Summit's achievements in September 2016, and will propose ways to take commitments forward. He announced that an annual update will review progress in implementing the Summit's commitments.

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First World Wildlife Crime Report Launched, UN Campaign Targets Illegal Wildlife Trade[viewed]

Launched by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the first World Wildlife Crime Report highlights how the poaching and illegal trade of wildlife not only present real environmental dangers, but ultimately undermine the rule of law. An unprecedented campaign against illegal wildlife trade was launched during the second session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-2), backed by several celebrities in their role as UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Goodwill Ambassadors.

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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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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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High-Level Climate Change Appointments Announced[viewed]

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has announced three high-level appointments in the field of climate change: Patricia Espinosa Cantellano (Mexico) as the next Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC; and Mary Robinson (Ireland) and Macharia Kamau (Kenya) as Special Envoys of the Secretary-General on El Niño and Climate.

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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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