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SIDS SIDS News / 18 May 2016
IWC8 Celebrates 25 Years of GEF Investments in International Waters
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15_May_2016: 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. continued...
World Bank Provides Data to Track SDGs, Notes Limited Data for Many Targets
Read More: World Bank Provides Data to Track SDGs, Notes Limited Data for Many Targets
15_April_2016: “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. continued...
FAO IUU Agreement Set to Enter into Force, CMS, World Bank, Others Promote Action on Sustainable Fisheries
Read More: FAO IUU Agreement Set to Enter into Force, CMS, World Bank, Others Promote Action on Sustainable Fisheries
16_May_2016: Twenty-nine countries and the European Union (EU) have deposited their instruments of adherence to the Port State Measurement Agreement (PSMA) with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO). The entry into force of the PSMA, on 5 June, marks the world's first binding international agreement on illegal, unregulated, and unreported (IUU) fishing and is expected to support efforts to ensure responsible fish stock management and sustainable fisheries. continued...
Energy Actors Showcase Innovative Sustainable Energy Tools, Resources, Technologies and Business Models
Read More: Energy Actors Showcase Innovative Sustainable Energy Tools, Resources, Technologies and Business Models
13_May_2016: The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), which seeks to support countries in their transition to sustainable energy, has concluded its '2016 Innovation Week' following a series of activities that addressed the theme ‘The Age of Renewable Power.' IRENA's work on energy innovation aims, in part, to support Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 7 (Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all). In addition to IRENA, many other actors have made recent announcements that are expected to contribute to SDG 7. The following update shares some of the latest news on renewable energy, energy efficiency and energy access tools, resources, technologies and initiatives stemming from intergovernmental efforts. continued...
APEC Agrees on Measures to Prevent, Manage and Raise Awareness on Marine Debris
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10_May_2016: Oceans and fisheries officials from 21 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) member economies agreed on measures to prevent and manage marine debris and microplastics in Asia-Pacific at a meeting of the APEC Oceans and Fisheries Working Group (OFWG) in Arequipa, Peru. continued...
Capacity Building and Technology Update: TEC, CTCN Board Meet, Capacity-Building Initiatives Focus on Renewables, Subsidiary Bodies Prepare for Bonn Session
Read More: Capacity Building and Technology Update: TEC, CTCN Board Meet, Capacity-Building Initiatives Focus on Renewables, Subsidiary Bodies Prepare for Bonn Session
11_May_2016: Under the international climate regime, industrialized countries provide developing States, in particular small island developing States (SIDS) and Least Developed Countries (LDCs), with financial, technical and capacity-building support to help them implement mitigation and adaptation actions. A number of key meetings related to technology issues took place over the past few weeks, including the twelfth meeting of the Technology Executive Committee (TEC) and the seventh meeting of the Advisory Board of the Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN), which set the course for the years ahead. The CTCN Advisory Board recently received its 100th request for assistance and kicked off its series of 2016 Stakeholder Engagement Forums. Some of the capacity-building activities that took place over the past month focused on renewables, while others traced linkages among climate change, disaster risk reduction (DRR) and sustainable development. continued...
SIDS SIDS Policy & Practice Calendar: Current & Upcoming Events
15th Session of Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues New York City, US 9 May - 20 May
72nd Session of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific Bangkok (Krung Thep), Thailand 15 May - 19 May
Women Deliver 2016 Copenhagen, Kobenhavn, Denmark 16 May - 19 May
44th Sessions of the UNFCCC Subsidiary Bodies Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany 16 May - 26 May
Capacity Development to Improve Management of ABNJ Workshop During Blue Week Grenada 2016 Saint George's, Saint George, Grenada 18 May - 21 May
UNEP Science-Policy Forum Nairobi, Kenya 19 May - 20 May
16th Global Major Groups and Stakeholder Forum (GMGSF) Nairobi, Kenya 21 May - 22 May
International Day for Biological Diversity 2016 worldwide 22 May
World Humanitarian Summit Istanbul, Turkey 23 May - 24 May
Resumed Review Conference on the UN Fish Stocks Agreement New York City, US 23 May - 27 May
Second Meeting of the UN Environment Assembly Nairobi, Kenya 23 May - 27 May
Thirty-sixth Session of ECLAC Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico 23 May - 27 May
Fifth Meeting of the HLG for Partnership, Coordination and Capacity Building for Statistics for the 2030 Agenda Budapest, Hungary 25 May - 26 May
Least Developed Country (LDC) Civil Society Forum Antalya, Turkey 26 May - 28 May
Midterm Review of Istanbul Programme of Action Antalya, Turkey 27 May - 29 May
 
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