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Stakeholders Reflect on Innovative Finance, Health SDGs, Climate Progress, Data[viewed]

Civil society groups and the private sector have released publications, papers and blog posts on: innovative financing models to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on climate change; and the importance of an integrated approach to the SDGs. The Global Burden of Disease Study (GBD) released its report on health-related SDGs, while other contributions reflect on outcomes from the UN General Assembly (UNGA) and Climate Week, welcome progress on data, and showcase private sector action on food security.

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Event: WTO Public Forum 2016[viewed]

Under the theme 'Inclusive Trade,' the 2016 World Trade Organization (WTO) Public Forum will be an opportunity to discuss how a wider range of individuals and businesses can participate in the trading system and how the rules of the WTO can help to ensure everyone benefits from trade.

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POPRC-12 Recommends SCCPs, c-decaBDE for Stockholm Convention Listing[viewed]

The 12th meeting of the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee (POPRC-12) of the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants adopted decisions recommending to the Conference of Parties (COP) to eliminate short-chain chlorinated paraffins (SCCPs) and decabromodiphenyl ether (commercial mixture, c-decaBDE) under the Convention, and adopted risk profiles on two other chemicals.

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UNGA Debate Highlights SDG, Climate, Environmental Priorities[viewed]

Speakers at the 71st UN General Assembly's (UNGA) general debate highlighted their efforts to implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and galvanize climate action, including through the Paris Agreement on climate change. The theme for the 71st annual debate is ‘The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): a universal push to transform our world.' It is taking place at UN Headquarters in New York, US, from 20-26 September 2016.

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Coalition Calls for Ambitious HFC Amendment to the Montreal Protocol[viewed]

Leaders from over 100 countries announced the formation of a coalition and issued a statement calling for the adoption of an ambitious amendment on hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) to the Montreal Protocol when the Protocol's Meeting of the Parties (MOP) is held in Kigali, Rwanda from 10-14 October 2016.

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UN Senior Environment Officials Discuss Next Steps, SDGs Support[viewed]

During the 22nd Senior Officials Meeting (SOM22) of the UN Environment Management Group (EMG), participants considered EMG's progress and future activities related to environmental sustainability, UN system support in delivering on the environmental dimensions of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and EMG's strategic role in that regard.

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UNGA Debate Speakers Cite Actions to Implement SDGs, Paris Agreement[viewed]

UN Member States highlighted national actions to implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement on climate change, as the 71st session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) entered the third day of its general debate at UN Headquarters in New York, US, on 22 September 2016. The debate is focusing on the theme 'The SDGs: a universal push to transform our world.'

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Secretary-General's Board Advises on Future of Science in UN System[viewed]

Science "deserves to be valued more highly, employed more widely, and used more effectively by decision-makers at all levels,” stresses the final report of the UN Secretary-General's Scientific Advisory Board. The authors urge all nations to invest more in science, technology and innovation (STI), saying they “can be a game changer" in dealing with "nearly all the most pressing global challenges” and that STI should play a key role in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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UNEP Marine Litter Toolkit Provides Overview of Legislation, Recommendations for Preventing Waste[viewed]

The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) released, ‘Marine Litter Legislation: A Toolkit for Policymakers,' which describes legislation used by countries to address marine litter. The toolkit recommends reducing the overall production of marine litter through a circular economy approach that prevents the generation of waste products.

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2016 Our Ocean Conference Generates 136 Initiatives on Oceans, with US$5.24 Billion in Support[viewed]

Participants at the third Our Ocean Conference announced over 136 initiatives on protecting ocean areas, promoting sustainable fisheries, reducing marine pollution, addressing climate and oceans, building capacity, supporting coastal communities, and mapping and further understanding the ocean. Financial commitments included more than US$5.24 billion in support and commitments to protect nearly four million square kilometers of the ocean.

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