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UN, NGO Event Considers Inclusive Review of Post-2015 Agenda [viewed]

iass18 May 2015: The Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), Biovision and the Millennium Institute co-sponsored a side event to build on the outcomes of the High‐level Event on Follow‐Up and Review Mechanisms for Natural Resource Management and Governance to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which took place on 12-13 May 2015.

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Review of Natural Resource SDGs Focuses on Participatory, Country-Led Processes [viewed]

iisdrs_nr-mechanisms13 May 2015: Reviewing and strengthening weak governance institutions at the national level will be crucial to managing natural resources for the long-term, according to participants at the International High-Level Event on Follow-up and Review Mechanisms for Natural Resource Management and Governance to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The High-Level Event highlighted the importance of national review mechanisms that are effectively linked to the regional and international levels.

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ITPS Working Session Endorses Inaugural Global Soil Status Report [viewed]

globalsoilpartnership22 April 2015: The 3rd Working Session of the Global Soil Partnership (GSP) Intergovernmental Technical Panel on Soils (ITPS), which took place from 13-17 April 2015, in Potsdam, Germany, finalized and endorsed the first 'Status of the World's Soil Resources Report,' which will be launched on 5 December 2015 during celebrations of the International Year of Soils 2015.

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Global Soil Week 2015: Healthy Soils and Land Justice Underpin Transformation to Sustainability [viewed]

global_soil_week24 April 2015: “A transformation towards sustainable soil management is possible if all actors are integrated in the search for solutions.” This statement was among concluding remarks made by Klaus Töpfer, Executive Director, Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) and Chair of the Third Global Soil Week. Töpfer welcomed the contribution of the Secretariats of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), noting “this sends a strong signal” of the growing shift from silos towards "a systems approach” in addressing multiple agendas.

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Global Soil Week Chair's Conclusions: “Transformation is needed – transformation is possible” [viewed]

global_soil_week23 April 2015: In his Chairman's Conclusions to the 3rd Global Soil Week, Klaus Töpfer, Executive Director of the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) Potsdam, which hosts the annual event, highlights six areas of “emerging consensus” that can help in raising the profile of “the forgotten resource, soil" on the global political agenda and ensure that soil stakeholders “engage on an equal footing with partners in the sustainability agenda.”

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IASS Policy Brief Highlights Land and Soil Linkages in Nine SDGs [viewed]

iass_global_soil_forum22 April 2015: A policy brief by the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) Potsdam, titled ‘Grounding the post-2015 Development Agenda: Options for the protection of our precious soil and land resources,' highlights the crucial roles that soils and land will play in achieving at least nine of the proposed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and suggests options for monitoring, follow-up, and review of soil- and land-related targets.

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Global Soil Week Considers Role of Soil Carbon in Uniting Post-2015 Land, Soil Science and Climate Agendas [viewed]

global_soil_unccd21 April 2015: A focus on soil carbon sequestration could offer a common entry point for improved collaboration among science-policy bodies dealing with different aspects of land management, soil science and climate change. These were among the conclusions of a joint session led by the Science-Policy Interface (SPI) of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), and the Intergovernmental Technical Panel on Soils (ITPS) on the opening day of the Third Global Soil Week.

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Beating Famine Conference Discusses Upscaling of Evergreen Agriculture in African Drylands [viewed]

beating_famine21 April 2015: The Beating Famine Southern Africa Conference, held 14-17 April 2015, in Lilongwe, Malawi, explored strategies for expanding farmer-managed natural regeneration, alongside other sustainable land management practices, to help smallholder farmers boost their productivity and resilience to climate change. The conference also discussed ways to align these strategies with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and other international aspirations, while preserving a “unique Southern African voice.”

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Rome High-Level Event Underscores Links between Land Restoration and Global Security [viewed]

UNCCD GLOBAL MECHANISM (GM)March 2015: A high-level event organized by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MFA) has emphasized the role of land restoration in reducing global threats and securing the livelihoods of communities affected by land degradation. Speaking at the event, UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) Executive Secretary Monique Barbut stressed that populations in affected areas “are simply running out of coping mechanisms locally,” and that under such circumstances “migration is one way out… extremism and conflict is another.”

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UNCCD CRIC 13 Addresses Sustainable Land Management Linkages in Post-2015, Climate Agendas [viewed]

cric_1327 March 2015: Delegates to the 13th session of the Committee for the Review of the Implementation of the Convention (CRIC 13) of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) made a critical assessment of the status of the Convention and exchanged views on how to ensure its continued relevance and effectiveness. Pointing to the continuing “implementation gap” despite the high number of submitted country reports, several delegates questioned whether “we are collecting the right information to spur further action,” and suggested that a focus on synergies with the other Rio Conventions and adopting a global target on land degradation neutrality (LDN) could enhance the Convention's impact.

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