UN Programme, Agency or Fund

UNESCAP, UN-HABITAT Workshop Discusses Decentralized Wastewater Management [viewed]

unescap-unhabitat21 March 2014: Improving sanitation and wastewater management benefits poor communities, especially women, and improves ecosystem and human health, according to participants at the Regional Policy Workshop of Stakeholders on Decentralized Waste Water Treatment Systems (DEWATS) in Southeast Asia.

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UNEP Releases Study on Water in Post-Conflict Situations [viewed]

UNEP18 March 2014: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) released a study, titled ‘Water and Post-Conflict Peacebuilding,' which examines the role of clean water delivery in peace-building operations. The study highlights the impacts of conflict on water management and infrastructure, noting that failure to provide access to clean water post conflict causes health problems, limits livelihoods and weakens state legitimacy.

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Women's World Summit Foundation Prize Goes to Community Trainer for Work in Moroccan Rangelands [viewed]

gef-unido-ifad-wwsfMarch 2014: The Women's World Summit Foundation (WWSF) has awarded a 2013 Prize for Women's Creativity in Rural Life to Aziza Jebbari for her efforts to increase the incomes and improve the living conditions of poor herders in rural Morocco as part of a project co-financed by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Global Environment Facility (GEF), and the Moroccan Government, and implemented by UNIDO.

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Workshop Discusses Land Indicators for Post-2015 Agenda [viewed]

IFAD27 February 2014: Land indicators and targets enjoy wide support and are feasible assessment mechanisms, participants noted at a ‘Workshop on Land Indicators.' The workshop discussed land-related indicators and targets for the post-2015 development agenda and considered preliminary results from the Global Land Indicator Initiatives (GLII).

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CPF Meeting Stresses SDG Links to Existing Targets [viewed]

5 February 2014: The Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF) has released the report of its meeting held 5 February 2015 focusing on the consideration of forests by the Open Working Group (OWG) on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Overall, the meeting reiterated the importance of developing forest-related targets within the SDGs that are clearly linked to existing goals and targets.

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IRP, UN-REDD Report Highlights Role of REDD+ in the Green Economy [viewed]

UNEP20 March 2014: The International Resource Panel (IRP) and the UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation (UN-REDD) have released a report on the role of REDD+ in transitioning to a green economy. The report, titled 'Building National Capital - How REDD+ can support a Green Economy,' highlights the urgent need for US$30 billion in funding to ensure REDD+ implementation and to contribute to green economy transformations, noting that this is less than 7 percent of annual fossil fuel subsidies.

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ITPGR Launches Third Call for Proposals Under Benefit-sharing Fund [viewed]

ITPGR7 March 2014: The International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) has launched its third call for project proposals under its Benefit-sharing Fund. The focus of the call is to provide financial resources for targeted projects that support farmers' activities for climate change adaptation, as well as the co-development and transfer of technologies.

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Event: WIPO IGC 27 [viewed]

At its 27th meeting, the Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore (IGC) of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is expected to hold a 10-day, text-based negotiating session focusing on traditional knowledge and traditional cultural expressions.  

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CMS, ASCOBANS Event Focuses on Marine Debris and Migratory Whales and Dolphins [viewed]

cms-ascobans18 March 2014: The Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) and the Agreement on the Conservation of Small Cetaceans of the Baltic, North East Atlantic, Irish and North Seas (ASCOBANS) sponsored, with support from Defra, UK, WhaleFest 2014, to celebrate whales and dolphins. The main theme of the event focused on the issue of marine debris. 

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FAO InFO News Discusses Forests in the Near East [viewed]

FAO18 March 2014: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has published the eighteenth edition of InFO News, which highlights the importance of addressing water scarcity and climate change in forest management in the Near East. 

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