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SIDS Conference Discusses Climate Change, Resilience, Social Development, NCDs [viewed]

2sepsids2 September 2014: Small island developing States (SIDS) and development partners continued their general debate at the Third International Conference on SIDS on 2 September, in Apia, Samoa, addressing issues of debt restructuring, SIDS' resilience, waste management, climate change, sea-level rise and recovery from extreme weather events. Several SIDS speakers stressed that access to financing and operationalization of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) require the attention of the international community, in the quest for sustainable development.

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UNEP, SPREP Open First Sub-regional Office [viewed]

unep-office-samoa2 September 2014: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has opened a sub-regional office for the Pacific, based in Apia, Samoa. The Host Country Agreement was signed by Achim Steiner, UNEP Executive Director, and Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Dr. Sailele Malielegaoi, Prime Minister of Samoa, at the official opening of the office, on 2 September 2014.

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GEO SIDS Outlook Highlights Blue-Green Economy, Island Culture, Nature and Technology [viewed]

GEO-SIDS2 September 2014: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) launched the Global Environmental Outlook (GEO) Small Island Developing States (SIDS) Outlook, on the sidelines of the Third International Conference on SIDS. The report describes SIDS trends and outlooks, including challenges related to SIDS's isolation, remoteness and out-migration as well as climate change, natural disasters, water shortages and increasing food and fuel prices, among others.

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UNDP-GEF Publication Highlights SIDS as Models for Sustainable Development Solutions [viewed]

UNDP - GEF2 September 2014: Small island developing States (SIDS) can serve as models for global sustainable development solutions that promote human development, reduce poverty and build resilience, according to a report by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF). ‘Island Innovations – UNDP and GEF: Leveraging the Environment for the Sustainable Development of SIDS' highlights "whole island" approaches to sustainable development, incorporating climate change adaptation, conserving land, ocean and water resources, generating economic growth and enhancing local capacity.

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Study Predicting the Impact of Land-Use Change on Biodiversity Published [viewed]

Unep-Wcmc1 September 2014: Scientists at the UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) and the Natural History Museum, London, UK, have published a worldwide synthetic analysis of how individual species in four taxonomic groups, namely invertebrates, reptiles and amphibians, mammals and birds, respond to multiple human pressures in tropical and sub-tropical forests.

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Extinct Snail Re-discovered at UNESCO Site in Seychelles [viewed]

sif29 August 2014: The Aldabra banded snail (Rhachistia aldabrae), declared extinct in 2007, has been re-discovered at the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage Site of Aldabra Atoll, Seychelles.

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Websites Prepared for International Year of Soils 2015 [viewed]

ec-iys27 August 2014: Two websites are under way that will serve as information resources on events and activities planned for the 2015 International Year of Soils (IYS). The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has launched the IYS website that will function as the main platform for information sharing. The European Commission is working on a soil-specific website that will provide information on IYS activities in the EU.

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Event: Fourth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Carpathian Convention (COP 4) [viewed]

The Fourth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 4) to the Framework Convention on the Protection and Sustainable Development of the Carpathians (Carpathian Convention) will meet from 23-26 September in Mikulov, Czech Republic, to decide on the strategic policy direction of the Convention for the next three years. COP 4 also serves as the Meeting of the Parties to its Protocols on Conservation and Sustainable Use of Biological and Landscape Diversity, Sustainable Forest Management, and Sustainable Tourism. Participants will include environment ministers and high-level representatives of the seven Parties to the Convention. Parties are expected to, inter alia, review and decide upon a number of implementing documents, issue declarations and statements, and ratify the Protocol on Sustainable Transport to the Convention.  

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UNESCO Report Illustrates Environmental Change in Caribbean SIDS [viewed]

unesco.gentuniversity1 September 2014: Small island developing States (SIDS) are experiencing among the earliest and most severe climate change impacts, according to a report published by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the University of Ghent, Belgium. The report combines a series of 21 case studies from the Caribbean with satellite images to document environmental change in coastlines, corals, estuaries, forests and mangroves.

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UN-REDD Newsletter Highlights Processes for Participation [viewed]

unredd1 September 2014: The UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation (UN-REDD) has released the September edition of its newsletter, which highlights stakeholder engagement and the recognition of the rights of indigenous peoples in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Cote d'Ivoire.

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