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Meeting Discusses Prevention and Elimination of Plastic Waste from Marine Environment[viewed]

The Prince's Charities International Sustainability Unit (established by HRH The Prince of Wales) and the Global Ocean Commission convened a meeting titled 'Marine Plastic Waste and the Circular Economy: Building Long-term Solutions to Immediate Challenges' on 18 March 2015, in Washington, DC, US. Taking place at the Hay-Adams Hotel, one block from the White House, the event gathered approximately 90 representatives from business and industry, governments and civil society. In addition to statements, panel presentations and round-table dialogues, a high-level session convened in the afternoon to hear from HRH The Prince of Wales and Co-Chairs of the Global Ocean Commission David Miliband and José María Figueres.

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World Meteorological Day 2015 Highlights Climate Knowledge for Climate Action[viewed]

The 2015 edition of the World Meteorological Day was celebrated around the theme ‘Climate Knowledge for Climate Action,' in order to: highlight recent advances in climate science and the need for decisive measures to limit climate change; and provide an opportunity to take stock of climate knowledge garnered over the last few decades to support more ambitious action.

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Event: Marine Plastic Waste and the Circular Economy: Building Long-term Solutions to Immediate Challenges[viewed]

The Prince's Charities International Sustainability Unit (established by HRH The Prince of Wales) and the Global Ocean Commission are convening a meeting titled “Marine Plastic Waste and the Circular Economy: Building Long-term Solutions to Immediate Challenges,” on 18 March 2015, in Washington, DC, US.

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EU Submits INDC, Reports on State of Europe's Environment[viewed]

The EU has submitted its intended nationally determined contribution (INDC) to the UNFCCC Secretariat, making it the second party to do so. The contribution, approved by the Environment Council, states that the EU intends to achieve at least a 40% domestic reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions below 1990 levels by 2030, in line with the EU 2030 Climate and Energy Framework, which was agreed by the European Council in October 2014.

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SOER 2015 Highlights Challenges in Achieving European Environment Goals[viewed]

“The level of ambition of existing environmental policy may be inadequate to achieve Europe's long-term environmental goals,” according to ‘The European environment - state and outlook 2015 - synthesis report' (SOER 2015). The report finds that the region faces substantial challenges in protecting its natural capital, stimulating resource-efficient, low carbon economic and social development, and safeguarding its population from environmental health risks. The European Environment Agency (EEA) produces the SOER every five years.

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UNEP Seeks Comments on Access-to-Information Policy[viewed]

The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) is requesting comments on its Access-to-Information-Policy, which contains the principles and procedures governing access to information at UNEP. The policy was issued on 6 June 2014 and is currently in a pilot phase. According to UNEP, it seeks to make accessible the information concerning UNEP's work and the information it generates, in a manner consistent with the relevant policies and practices of the UN Secretariat.

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Event: World Water Day 2015[viewed]

In 1993, the United Nations General Assembly designated 22 March as the first World Water Day.

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UNEP Partnership Urges Lower Nitrogen, Phosphorus Inputs[viewed]

The UN Environment Programme's (UNEP) Global Partnership on Nutrient Management (GPNM) is working to reduce the amount of nutrients in the environment without limiting global development. The Partnership provides a platform for governments, scientists, UN agencies, the private sector and other stakeholders to develop a common agenda on nutrient management, conduct integrated environmental assessments and mainstream best practices in the efficient use of nitrogen and phosphorous.

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Governments Advance Revision of Mediterranean Sustainable Development Strategy[viewed]

The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the France-based NGO Plan Bleu supported a regional conference in Malta, in which stakeholders and Parties to the Barcelona Convention reviewed a revised sustainable development strategy for the Mediterranean region. articipants considered six thematic areas of the revised Mediterranean Strategy for Sustainable Development (MSSD): seas and coasts; natural resources; rural development and food; climate; sustainable cities; transition towards a green economy; and governance.

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Member States Seek to "Break with the Past" in Post-2015 Declaration[viewed]

The second session of the intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda focused on the declaration component of the outcome that will be adopted at the Summit of Heads of State and Government on the post-2015 development agenda in September 2015. A summary of the discussion will be produced by the Secretariat, for reference, while the “discussion document” circulated and discussed during the meeting remains “a document without status” but will assist in creating the zero draft of the Summit outcome, according to the Co-Facilitators.

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