UN Programme, Agency or Fund

African Soil Experts Consolidate Regional Soil Partnership (IYS 2015) [viewed]

international year of soils22 May 2015: The African Soil Partnership consultation workshop that took place in Elmina, Ghana, from 20-22 May 2015, established a steering committee and finalized an implementation plan to guide the network's activities for the coming five years. Convened under the auspices of the International Year of Soils (IYS) 2015, the workshop aimed to further consolidate the regional network in order to contribute to the objectives of the Global Soil Partnership (GSP).

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UN-REDD Policy Board Welcomes Progress on 2016-2020 Strategic Framework [viewed]

UN-REDD Programme22 May 2015: The UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (UN-REDD) completed the fourteenth meeting of its Policy Board, reaffirming support for the development of the 2016 – 2020 Strategic Framework and welcoming progress from Chile, Myanmar and Peru.

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FAO Publications Address Forest Management to Protect Soil and Water [viewed]

fao_headquartersMay 2015: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released two related publications on forest management for soil and water protection. The first publication, titled ‘Field guide for rapid assessment of forest protective function for soil and water,' presents a “scientifically sound, cost-effective and easy-to-apply method” for collecting data to promote forest management for soil and water protection.

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Africa Rising Conference Focuses on Biodiversity Data for Sustainable Development [viewed]

africa-rising25 May 2015: The ‘Africa Rising: Mobilising Biodiversity Data for Sustainable Development' conference brought together over 100 delegates, including data managers, scientists, researchers and policymakers from Africa and beyond, as well as representatives of civil society, international organizations, UN agencies and private foundations.

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UN-Habitat Meeting Addresses Land-Based Finance [viewed]

UN-HABITAT25 May 2015: The UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) has brought together experts in municipal finance, governance and capacity development to review its ‘Land-Based Finance Training Package,' which is designed to: build the capacity of local and national leaders to utilize land-based financing as an important element within municipal finance; help government agencies broaden their understanding regarding potential land-based revenue tools; and facilitate critical thinking regarding requirements to implement or improve each tool.

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ILC Reflects on Experience Since 2011 Adoption of Tirana Declaration [viewed]

ILC22 May 2015: ‘From Tirana to Dakar: A Report (2011-2015)' highlights the achievements of the International Land Coalition (ILC) in the five years between the adoption of the Tirana Declaration in 2011 and the 2015 Land Forum in Dakar, Senegal. It notes that, while global understanding of land rights and land governance are "closer to the vision of our members,” more needs to be done to turn this vision into reality.

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International Biodiversity Day Celebrates Biodiversity and Sustainable Development [viewed]

international_day_biological_biodiv22 May 2015: The 2015 International Day for Biological Diversity convened under the theme, ‘Biodiversity and Sustainable Development,' reflecting the importance of efforts made to establish a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the relevance of biodiversity for achieving sustainable development. The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) organized several events to mark the occasion on 22 May 2015, including one at UN Headquarters in New York, US.

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FAO Names Two Special Ambassadors for IYS 2015 [viewed]

international year of soils13 May 2015: FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva has appointed Claire Chenu, a French biodiversity and soil sciences expert, and Tekalign Mamo, an Ethiopian soil management expert, as Special Ambassadors for the International Year of Soils (IYS) 2015.

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FAO Holding Discussion on Social Protection and Forestry [viewed]

fao_headquartersMay 2015: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) launched an online discussion on the role of social protection in ensuring the livelihoods of forest-dependent people. The discussion will run until 4 June 2015 and the results will be presented during the XIV World Forestry Congress (WFC).

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Stakeholder Launch of Sustainable Innovation Forum 2015 Held at Climate Week Paris [viewed]

climate_action_parisweek21 May 2015: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and Climate Action held a Stakeholder Launch of the Sustainable Innovation Forum 2015 (SIF15) at Climate Week Paris, 200 days ahead of the SIF event to be held at the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC in December 2015. UNEP and Climate Action partner to host the SIF, which is the largest business-focused event at each COP session.

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