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Newsletter September 2014

27 Aug 2014
Dear UN Atlas Member, The Third UN Conference on Small Island Developing States has just taken place in Samoa - the largest conference of its kind in the Pacific. With a focus on partnership dialogues, 21 Heads of State and government and 3,500 delegates attended the conference, resulting in nearly 300 partnerships between governments, businesses and civil society organizations from all over the world with the total value of these commitments at over USD $1.9 billion. Read a full overview of the SIDS Conference, including the highlight on 'Oceans, seas and biodiversity'. And to...

Newsletter August 2014

27 Jul 2014
Dear UN Atlas Member, Next month the Third UN Conference on Small Island Developing States will be taking place in Samoa. The overarching theme is ""The sustainable development of small island developing States through genuine and durable partnerships"" and will contain a series of multi-partnership dialogues, including on Oceans and Seas. Emphasizing the big role Small Island Development States play, 2014 is also the International Year of SIDS. As part of the post-2015 development agenda, UN Member States have proposed 17 Sustainable Development Goals for consideration by the UN General Assembly later this year. The...

Newsletter July 2014

26 Jun 2014
Dear Atlas Member Oceans issues were high on the global agenda this past month during a number of key events: World Oceans Day was celebrated around the globe. Focusing on Ocean Sustainability, read the statement from the UN Secretary-GeneralOur Ocean Conference, hosted by US Secretary of State John Kerry, brought together some 400 government ministers, scientists, advocates and representatives of leading institutions to discuss challenges facing our oceansThe 31st Session of the FAO Committee on Fisheries kicked off with messages from the Secretary-General of the IMO and the FAO Director-General The IMO celebrated...

Newsletter June 2014

30 May 2014
Dear Atlas Member Oceans make up 70 percent of our planet and are a valuable source of health and wealth for millions of people around the world. Every June 8th we celebrate World Oceans Day - an opportunity to raise global awareness of the current challenges faced by the international community in connection with the oceans. This year's theme is Oceans Sustainability: from lighting of the Empire State Building in New York to an international photo contest to celebrations at the United Nations, see what events are planned. As well, June 5th marks World...

Newsletter April 2014

27 Mar 2014
Dear Atlas Member This month we bring your attention to the forthcoming Global Oceans Action Summit for Food Security and Blue Growth which brings together global leaders, ocean practitioners, scientists, and representatives from government, business, civil society and international organizations to explore action-oriented partnerships, governance arrangements, investment frameworks and new financing vehicles to turn the tide on the health of oceans. Co-organized by the Government of the Netherlands, FAO, the World Bank and the governments of Grenada, Indonesia, Mauritius, Norway, the United States of America, this unique gathering will take place in The Hague, The Netherlands from...

Newsletter March 2014

24 Feb 2014
Dear Atlas Member, International Women's Day, celebrated every 8 March, focuses on the successes and challenges of women around the world. This year's theme, "Equality for women is progress for all", reminds us that by truly empowering women and girls we can help find lasting solutions to many of the world's greatest problems. Read the message from the UN Secretary General and discover what events are planned. Have a look at this month's newsletter where you will find information on new documents, recent discoveries and some latest innovations. Find out about upcoming events, such...

Newsletter February 2014

27 Jan 2014
Dear Atlas Member Earlier this month the Eighth session of the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals met to discuss oceans and seas, recognizing that healthy, productive and resilient oceans are important for poverty eradication, global food security, human health, climate regulation, and the creation of sustainable livelihoods and decent jobs, the . Learn more about the SDGs and next steps. World Wetlands Day, observed on 2 February, this year focused on the importance of wetlands and agriculture, in support of the UN International Year of Family Farming. Among many other key functions,...

Newsletter January 2014

27 Dec 2013
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Newsletter December 2013

06 Dec 2013
Dear Atlas Member As we approach the close of this year, efforts continue to help the people of the Philippines deal with the damage wrought by Typhoon Haiyan, including fishers and fish farmers. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said that this disaster was a wake up call for the international community to speed up efforts to fight climate change. Recent World Fisheries Day celebrations serve as an important reminder that we must focus on changing the way the world manages global fisheries to ensure sustainable stocks and healthy ocean ecosystems. Read about these and other news...

Newsletter September-October-November 2013

27 Oct 2013
Dear Atlas Member Earlier this month Typhoon Haiyan, thought to be one of the most powerful to ever strike land, devastated the Philippines - affecting an estimated 11 million people, including entire fishing communities. As the international community responds to assist, the Director-General of the World Meteorological Organisationpointed out that, although individual tropical cyclones cannot be directly attributed to climate change, higher sea levels are already making coastal populations more vulnerable to storm surges. Follow coverage at the UN News Centre. From recent discoveries to UN-Oceans partner happenings, you'll find a variety of latest news and...