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Regions Hold Joint Preparatory Meetings in Advance of CITES and CBD COPS [viewed]

CBD CITES13 September 2016: The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) held four joint regional meetings in an effort to coordinate Parties' preparation for the Conventions' Conferences of the Parties (COP), which will take place in September and December, respectively. The joint meetings brought together over 100 countries in Africa, Asia, Central and South America and the Caribbean and Oceania, providing an opportunity for Parties to the two Conventions to prioritize topics and exchange views on CITES-CBD joint elements, such as on synergies among the biodiversity-related conventions.

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FAO-USAID Project Building Capacity to Measure SDG 2 [viewed]

fao_usaid7 September 2016: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the US Agency for International Development (USAID) signed an agreement to boost the capacity of developing countries to track agricultural data and progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The FAO-led project aims to design and implement agricultural integrated surveys (AGRIS), a cost-effective approach to collecting agricultural data in developing countries.

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UNDP, UNFPA, UNOPS Board Discusses SDG Implementation [viewed]

undp_unfpa_unops9 September 2016: The second regular session of the Executive Board of the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) and the UN Office of Project Services (UNOPS) discussed support for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Board also considered UNDP's revised Evaluation Policy, which aims to professionalize evaluation and strengthen accountability and effectiveness.

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SDG Fund, UNITAR Conference Highlights Models of Business-UN Cooperation [viewed]

sdgf_unitar8 September 2016: The UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and the Sustainable Development Goals Fund (SDG-F) held a conference on ways for business and the UN to work together to attain the SDGs. Peter Thomson, Permanent Representative of Fiji and President-elect of the 71st UN General Assembly (UNGA) said business contributions “can go well beyond philanthropy" and that the SDGs "can be turned into corporate strategies that work to everyone's advantage.”

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BWM Convention Will Enter Into Force in 2017 [viewed]

IMO8 September 2016: The International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships' Ballast Water and Sediments (BWM Convention) will enter into force on 8 September 2017. The Convention's entry into force is expected to minimize the spread of invasive aquatic species (IAS) via ships' ballast water, thereby enhancing protection of the marine environment, biodiversity conservation and standardized approaches for industry.

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UN-REDD Proposes Conceptual Framework for Country Approaches to Safeguards [viewed]

unredd12 August 2016: A technical brief published by the UN-REDD Programme Safeguards Coordination Group presents the emerging common elements of country approaches to safeguards related to reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, and the role of conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks (REDD+).

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Event: Global Landscapes Forum 2016 [viewed]

The 2016 Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) will address the theme of ‘Climate Action for Sustainable Development' and will convene on the sidelines of the 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 22) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The GLF aims to highlight integrated landscape approaches as “the most promising tool” for realizing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) as outlined under the Paris Agreement. Organized around 30 interactive sessions and exhibitions, as well as online events and a global social media campaign, the discussions will explore diverse sustainable landscape solutions, ranging from climate projects that deliver co-benefits for communities, affordable credit for smallholders, and regional commitments to large-scale restoration of degraded lands. The GLF was inaugurated at COP 19 in Warsaw, Poland, integrating the previous Forest Days and Agriculture and Rural Development Days to create a broad platform of actors involved in landscape research and policy. GLF 2016 is convened by a consortium of coordinating partners, including the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and several other research centers of the CGIAR Consortium, the World Bank, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and Credit Suisse, with funding from UKaid and CGIAR.  

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Event: UNECE/FAO Workshop on Measuring the Value of Forests in a Green Economy [viewed]

Organized by the UN Economic Commission for Europe (ECE) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) Forestry and Timber Section, this one-day expert workshop is linked to the implementation of the Rovaniemi Action Plan for the Forest Sector in a Green Economy. Participants will analyze the consistency of the present forest sector valuation systems with approaches developed by other sectors in the context of green economy and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The objective of the workshop is to identify synergies and differences between the work in green economy evaluation processes and the forest sector work in that area.  

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Event: Seed Africa Symposium 2016 [viewed]

The SEED Africa Symposium is an annual international forum for sharing experience and knowledge, developing solutions to stimulate social and eco-entrepreneurship across Africa, and establishing partnerships. The Seed Africa Symposium 2016 will focus on, ‘From Innovation to Imitation: Replicating Successful Business Models for Green Growth and Sustainable Development'. Participants will discuss how to collaboratively utilize and replicate business models to contribute to green growth and sustainable development in Africa. The Forum is expected to bring together over 500 representatives of civil society, the private sector, academia and others in panels, interactive sessions and investor dialogues.  

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Policy Update #23: Monthly Forecast: September 2016 [viewed]

As the northern summer draws to a close, the natural resources policy community has been heavily engaged in moving the sustainable development agenda forward.

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