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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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Event: First Global Multi-Stakeholder SIDS Partnership Dialogue[viewed]

The Small Island Developing States (SIDS) Partnership Framework, established by the UN General Assembly (UNGA) following the 2014 Third International Conference on SIDS in Samoa, mandated the UN Secretariat, in consultation with the Partnership Framework Steering Committee, to organize on an annual basis, an action-oriented, results-focused Global Multi-stakeholder SIDS Partnership Dialogue.

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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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UNEP Releases Transboundary Water Assessment Summaries for Policy Makers[viewed]

In advance of the second session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-2), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released a series of summary reports for policy makers that address the management of five kinds of transboundary waters: aquifers and groundwater systems; lakes and reservoirs; river basins; large marine ecosystems (LMEs); and the open ocean.

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UNEP's 'Our Planet' Features High-level Reflections on SDG Implementation[viewed]

A special issue of the UN Environment Programme's (UNEP) 'Our Planet' magazine explores the environmental dimensions of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including examples of national implementation and UN agency priority actions. The special issue, titled 'The Environment Dimension of the 2030 Agenda,' was released for the second meeting of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-2), which convenes in Nairobi, Kenya, from 23-27 May 2016.

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UN Compiles Second Draft of Views On Indigenous Peoples' Participation in UN Processes[viewed]

The advisers of the consultation process with UN Member States and indigenous peoples on ways to enable the participation of indigenous peoples' representatives and institutions in meetings of relevant UN bodies on issues affecting them have released a second draft compilation, as part of an intergovernmental process on enabling indigenous peoples' participation at the UN. The second draft provides a general overview of responses and proposals on the way forward and includes a discussion paper that summarizes the views with significant support and highlights some points of difference.

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Argentina, Chile and Tuvalu Join ITPGR[viewed]

Argentina, Chile and Tuvalu have acceded to the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR), bringing the number of Parties to 140. In other ITPGR news, an online introductory course on the Treaty has been made available through the e-learning platform of the InforMEA Portal.

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UNEP Reports Discuss Mesophotic Coral Ecosystems and Regional Oceans Governance[viewed]

The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released two reports that present the state of knowledge on mesophotic coral ecosystems (MCEs) and regional oceans governance mechanisms.

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IWC8 Celebrates 25 Years of GEF Investments in International Waters[viewed]

The 8th Biennial International Waters Conference (IWC8) convened under the theme, 'Scaling Up GEF IW Investments from Source to Sea and Beyond in the Context of Achieving the SDGs.' The conference highlighted the role of oceans in regulating climate, maintaining biodiversity, and promoting global food security, noting current threats to fish stocks and coral reefs.

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World Bank Provides Data to Track SDGs, Notes Limited Data for Many Targets[viewed]

“Only a few of the 169 targets in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) can currently be tracked and measured completely,” finds the 2016 edition of the World Development Indicators (WDI). The 2016 report, which provides 1,400 indicators for over 200 economies that can be used to compare development and people's lives around the globe, is one of the first World Bank publications that has begun phasing out the term “developing world,” arguing that the global focus of the SDGs means that the term is becoming less relevant.

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