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Global Soil Week Chair's Conclusions: “Transformation is needed – transformation is possible” [viewed]

In his Chairman's Conclusions to the 3rd Global Soil Week, Klaus Töpfer, Executive Director of the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) Potsdam, which hosts the annual event, highlights six areas of “emerging consensus” that can help in raising the profile of “the forgotten resource, soil" on the global political agenda and ensure that soil stakeholders “engage on an equal footing with partners in the sustainability agenda.”

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International Mother Earth Day Celebrated around the World[viewed]

In celebration of Earth Day, multilateral institutions and organizations worldwide held public concerts and forums, revealed a 'forest pavilion,' and released special newsletters and statements, among many other commemorative activities. The UN kicked off its Earth Day events with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaking at the Global Citizen Earth Day Concert on 18 April in Washington DC, US, where he told the crowd, "Take your passion and compassion and build a better, sustainable world."

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Seventh Summit of the Americas Addresses Climate, Energy Access, SDGs[viewed]

The Seventh Summit of the Americas met under the theme, ‘Prosperity with Equity: The Challenge of Cooperation in the Americas,' and discussed education, health, energy, environment, migration, security, citizen participation and democratic governance, among other topics. Addressing the Summit, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon commended the region's contribution to defining the post-2015 development agenda and to discussions on climate-related issues. He noted that Caribbean countries have played a particularly significant role in placing climate issues on the global agenda.

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Event: 5th Plenary Meeting of the Global Ocean Commission[viewed]

The fifth plenary meeting of the Global Ocean Commission is expected to discuss the Commission report, 'From Decline to Recovery: A Rescue Package for the Global Ocean,' and to address proposals for action from the report, including on a Global Ocean Accountability Board.

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World Bank/IMF Spring Meetings Address Climate Change, FfD and Post-2015 Development Agenda[viewed]

At their annual Spring Meetings, the World Bank Group (WBG) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) addressed a range of issues, from climate change, financing for development (FfD) and the post-2015 development agenda, to the Ebola crisis, job creation, fiscal stability, and fragility and conflict. On the sidelines of the Spring Meetings, the Development Committee held its 91st meeting.

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NAP Expo Shares Experiences and Lessons on Adaptation Plans[viewed]

Over 150 participants attended the third NAP Expo, which was organized by the Least Developed Countries Expert Group (LEG) of the UNFCCC and an advisory group that included the Adaptation Committee. Hot topics, as well as current experiences and challenges relevant to adaptation to climate change, were the focus of discussions and learning sessions at the Expo.

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WNICBR Discusses Climate Change and Sustainable Development[viewed]

At its fifth meeting, held in Attard, Malta from 24-26 March 2015, the World Network of Island and Coastal Biosphere Reserves (WNICBR) focused on ‘The Impact of Climate Change and Sustainable Development on Island and Coastal Biosphere Reserves.'

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Wreck Removal Convention Enters into Force[viewed]

The Nairobi International Convention on the Removal of Wrecks, adopted in 2007, entered into force on 14 April 2015. Under the Convention, for wrecks deemed to be a hazard by posing an impediment to navigation or expected to cause harm to the marine environment, liability is placed with the owners to locate, mark and remove wrecks.

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Event: World Education Forum[viewed]

The World Education Forum (WEF) 2015 will take place under the theme, ‘Equitable and inclusive quality education and lifelong learning for all by 2030'.

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Clean Energy Initiatives Announced at US-CARICOM Summit[viewed]

US President Barack Obama and leaders from the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) met in Kingston, Jamaica, for a US-CARICOM Summit that focused largely on energy security, affordable energy and climate change mitigation. In conjunction with the Summit, the US announced increased support for the Caribbean through a number of energy and climate initiatives.

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