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UNEP Annual Report 2014 Highlights “Crucial Crossroads” for Sustainable Development [viewed]

UNEPMay 2015: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) released its annual report for 2014, highlighting its policy and research work in support of decision making on sustainable development. The year's work included analyses of: emissions cuts required to limit global temperature rise to two degrees Celcius (2°C); financing needs for adaptation to climate change; and ecosystems as drivers of economic growth.

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EU State of Nature Report Calls for Greater Conservation Efforts to Reverse Species Decline [viewed]

EU-SE4ALLMay 2015: The European Environment Agency (EEA) has released a technical report, titled 'State of Nature in the EU: Results from reporting under the nature directives 2007–2012,' which draws on the reports from Member States under the Birds and the Habitats directives and on subsequent assessments at EU or EU biogeographical levels.

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UNEP Calls for Resource-Efficient Growth in Asia-Pacific [viewed]

UNEP19 May 2015: During the First Forum of Ministers and Environment Authorities of Asia Pacific, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) released a report detailing patterns of resource use in the Asia-Pacific region. The report, titled 'Indicators for a Resource Efficient and Green Asia and the Pacific,' finds that wasteful use of resources is detrimental the region's future growth, but that countries in the region have great potential for low-carbon and resource-efficient growth.

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Mountain Partnership Reflects on Key Achievements [viewed]

Mountain Partnership18 May 2015: In its annual report, the Mountain Partnership Secretariat (MPS) reflects on its key achievements in promoting sustainable mountain development (SMD). Using mountain climbing as an analogy to facing SMD challenges, the report, titled ‘A Year-long Ascent,' describes work in advocacy, communication and knowledge management, promoting International Mountain Day, brokering joint action and leading capacity development initiatives.

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Bioversity International Publishes Global Review of Research on Community Seed Banks [viewed]

Bioversity International13 May 2015: Bioversity International has released an edited volume that reviews research and case studies on the development of community seed banks. The book shows that over their 30 year history, community seed banks, which are mostly informal and locally governed organizations to maintain seeds for local use, have become an important tool for enhancing the resilience of farming communities and helping them adapt to climate change.

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IPBES Secretariat Seeks Reviewers for Deliverable 3c [viewed]

ipbes12 May 2015: The Secretariat of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) announced that the report on 'policy support tools and methodologies for scenario analysis and modelling of biodiversity and ecosystem services' (Deliverable 3c) is in its second phase of development.

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Experts Call for Rights-Based Approach to Water for Food Security and Nutrition [viewed]

hlpe15 May 2015: The High-Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition (HLPE), a group convened by the Committee on World Food Security (CFS), released a report reviewing the current state of water governance, arguing for the promotion of a rights-based approach to water for food security and nutrition (FSN).

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WHO Reports Progress on Health-Related MDGs [viewed]

WHO13 May 2015: The World Health Organization (WHO) has released a report, titled 'World Health Statistics 2015,' which compiles data from 194 member States and summarizes progress made towards achieving the health-related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and associated targets. WHO reports that, by the end of 2015, the world is likely to achieve the MDGs for HIV, malaria, tuberculosis and drinking water access. However, the international community will likely fall short of achieving other health-related goals.

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UN CC:Learn Releases REDD+ Learning Guide [viewed]

Unitar13 May 2015: The UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) One UN Climate Change Learning Partnership (UN CC:Learn) released a resource guide on REDD+ developed with support from UN-REDD and the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF). The guide is intended to facilitate access to the most relevant and recent learning and training material on REDD+.

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Europe's Forests Featured at Margins of UNFF11 [viewed]

forest_fao_unece_itto13 May 2015: A pair of side events held at the margins of the eleventh meeting of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF11) highlighted the state of Europe's forests as well as progress in sustainable forest management (SFM) in the region.

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