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UN Leaders Urge Action in Last 500 Days of MDGs [viewed]

United Nations18 August 2014: The UN marked the 500-day milestone of time left to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), with statements and events noting both successes and challenges towards achieving the eight goals. UN leaders and others urged a final push for global action in the remaining 500 days until the end of 2015.

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SPREP Supports Eradication of IAS in Cook Islands [viewed]

SPREP15 August 2014: The ‘Prevention, control and management of invasive alien species (IAS) in the Pacific islands' project, implemented by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), led by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) and funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), is supporting the Cook Islands in the removal of IAS, with several planned activities now underway.

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International Workshop Recommends IWC Provide Scientific Information on Marine Debris Impacts [viewed]

international-whaling-comission15 August 2014: Participants discussed how the International Whaling Commission (IWC) can best use its management focus and scientific expertise to address and reduce the impacts of marine debris on cetaceans. The discussion took place at an international workshop held in advance of the 65th meeting of the IWC, which is convening in September.

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ICIMOD, GRID-Arendal Analyze Food Security, Climate Challenges in Himalayas [viewed]

icimod-grid14 August 2014: The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) and GRID-Arendal have released a report detailing the food security and agricultural situation in the Hindu Kush Himalayas (HKH). The publication considers how food security is being affected by changing socioeconomic and environmental conditions in the region, including climate change and rising global food prices.

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SIWI/UNDP WGF Discusses Indigenous Peoples' Participation in Water Management [viewed]

undp-siwiAugust 2014: The joint Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) and UN Development Programme (UNDP) Water Governance Facility (WGF) released a report, titled ‘Working with Indigenous Peoples in Rural Water and Sanitation: Recommendations for an Intercultural Approach.'

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UNEP and Norway Sign Agreement on GRID-Arendal's 25th Anniversary [viewed]

UNEP GRID Arendal14 August 2014: On the occasion of GRID-Arendal's 25th anniversary, UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Executive Director, Achim Steiner, and Olav Orheim, Chairman of the Board of Directors of GRID-Arendal, signed a Programme Cooperation Agreement in which Norway renewed its contribution to UNEP's Programme of Work for 2014. The Agreement includes a commitment of US$16 million to UNEP, including US$1 million to support action on marine plastic debris and microplastics and US$500,000 to improve fish food security in West Africa.

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UN-REDD Publication Explores Assessments of Forest Governance [viewed]

unredd-fao-proforAugust 2014: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released a report highlighting good practices on the collection of forest governance data. Titled 'Assessing Forest Governance: A Practical Guide to Data Collection, Analysis and Use,' the report addresses issues such as formal laws and policies, customary uses, and land tenure.

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CIFOR Launches Study on Impacts of Land Tenure Reform [viewed]

ifad-gef-cifor-fao-cgiar31 July 2014: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) has announced the launch of a study on the impacts of recent land tenure reform in Indonesia, Peru and Uganda. The study will focus on the impact of security of tenure and use rights on the lives and livelihood of forest-dependent communities.

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FAO's Voluntary Guidelines on Tenure Newsletter Updates on Events and Publications [viewed]

FAOJuly 2014: The July 2014 newsletter of the Voluntary Guidelines on Tenure Governance Initiative of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) includes updates on: recent events; support for the Guidelines; examples of the use of the Guidelines; technical publications and e-learning; and news on other relevant guidelines.

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Event: Biosafety Clearing-house Training and Validation Workshop [viewed]

Organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in collaboration with the 'Project for the Continued Enhancement of Building Capacity for Effective Participation in the Biosafety Clearing-house,' (UN Environment Programme-Global Environment Facility III), this workshop is being offered to CBD National Focal Points.  

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