COP23, the UN climate conference this year finished last week in Bonn, Germany. It made  steps forward to ensure global climate action through implementation of the Paris Agreement.  With nearly 200 countries at COP23, the parties made concrete progress on turning the historic 2015 agreement into action on the ground across the world, ahead of next year's UN climate conference in Katowice, Poland.  The Paris Agreement sets out a global framework for climate action and the necessary transition to a low-carbon future in order to limit global warming to well below 2°C.

The 193 member states of the United Nations have agreed on a new Sustainable Development Agenda in New York in early August. The goals will be formally ratified in September and enter into force on 1 January 2016. They will replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which were ratified in 2000 and will run out at the end of the year.

Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik, will receive the coveted United Nations Champions of the Earth prize for his policy leadership and work to promote resource efficiency and combat food waste. The prize - the UN's highest environmental accolade - is awarded to leaders from government, civil society and the private sector whose actions have had a significant and positive impact on the environment.