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International Conference on Illegal Wildlife Trade Adopts Kasane Statement[viewed]

A little over a year after 46 States adopted the 'London Declaration' on illegal wildlife trade, the 2015 African Elephant Summit and the Kasane Conference on Illegal Wildlife Trade convened to take stock of progress and challenges, and determine ways forward with regard to stemming wildlife crime, trafficking and poaching. The Conference adopted the Kasane Statement on Illegal Wildlife Trade.

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Panel Identifies Priorities for Oceans SDG[viewed]

The Permanent Mission of Fiji, Permanent Mission of Sweden and the Global Ocean Commission (GOC) held a panel discussion on the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) on oceans, seas and marine resources, and these resources' importance in the post-2015 development agenda.

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ECE Reports Regional Trends in Achieving Global Forest Objectives[viewed]

The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) have released a report, 'Forests in the ECE Region – Trends and Challenges in Achieving the Global Objectives on Forests' that highlights a continued expansion of forest area in the region, but notes a decline in forest related jobs and income.

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UN Urges Improved Water Governance and Action on World Water Day[viewed]

On World Water Day, UN leaders and others called for urgent cooperation to ensure access to safe drinking water and sanitation. The 2015 World Water Development Report (WWDR), which the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) launched for the Day, recommends a dedicated Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) on water, which the report says would contribute to poverty alleviation and improvements in the environment, health and food and energy production.

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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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International Day Sharpens Focus on Forest-Climate Links[viewed]

Under the theme 'Forests | Climate | Change,' the family of United Nations organizations commemorated the International Day of Forests with a number of events, announcements and reports, many of which emphasized the important role of forests in climate mitigation and adaptation.

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Bonn Challenge Welcomes Restoration Pledges[viewed]

On the occasion of the International Day of Forests, the Second International Conference on the Bonn Challenge resulted in a number of forest restoration commitments by national governments, bringing the total area to be restored to more than 59 million hectares.

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UN Marks International Day of Forests with Special Session[viewed]

The UN celebrated the annual International Day of Forests on 21 March with a special event at Headquarters in New York, US. The theme of the celebration, 'Create a Climate Smart Future,' focused on the intersection of forests with resilience, adaptation, mitigation and the global climate and development discussions.

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WAVES Announces NCA Capacity-Building Project in Madagascar, Mauritius and Morocco[viewed]

The Wealth Accounting and the Valuation of Ecosystem Services (WAVES) partnership has announced the recent launch of a one-year research project to complement existing initiatives in natural capital accounting (NCA) in Madagascar, Mauritius and Morocco. WAVES also held its first Knowledge Exchange Workshop on Ecosystem Accounting in the Philippines from 23-27 February 2015, and is supporting an ecosystem accounts update in Guatemala.

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UNEP 'Our Planet' 2015 Focuses on SDGs[viewed]

An integrated, universal approach to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the post-2015 development agenda is essential, according to the 2015 issue of ‘Our Planet,' a publication from the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).

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