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UN Women, WSSCC Partner to Improve Sanitation and Hygiene Access in Africa [viewed]

un-water-wsscc9 March 2014: UN Women and the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) launched a partnership to strengthen policies in health, hygiene and sanitation, with the aim of improving living conditions for women and girls in West and Central Africa. The partnership will directly affect women, who are the main users and managers of water and sanitation in sub-Saharan Africa.

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UNU-INWEH Annual Report Highlights Work on Post-2015 Agenda [viewed]

unu-inwehMarch 2014: The UN University Institute for Water, Environment and Health (UNU-INWEH) contributed to efforts to define the post-2015 development agenda in four key ways in 2013, according to its 2013 Annual Report. To address the growing global water crisis, the report recommends a holistic ecosystem approach encompassing cultural, economic, physical and socio-economic factors.

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Event: Forests for Fashion-Fashion for Forests [viewed]

The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) Forestry and Timber Section, in collaboration with the Governments of Italy, the Russian Federation and Switzerland and other partners, will launch the Forests for Fashion initiative on the occasion of the International Day of Forests. The initiative aims to promote sustainable fashion through building awareness and changing perceptions concerning sustainable consumption and production patterns and the role of forests in a green economy. The event will include an art performance, a conference on forests and a fashion exhibit.  

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Event: Collaborative Partnership on Sustainable Wildlife Management Meeting [viewed]

The Collaborative Partnership on Sustainable Wildlife Management (CPW) will meet on the sidelines of the 61st International Council for Game and Wildlife Conservation (CIC) General Assembly. CPW was established in March 2013, to help generate better understanding of critical wildlife management issues and their linkages to human-wildlife-conflict, food security, sustainable livelihoods and good governance.  

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UNWTO, UNODC and African Ministers Join to Fight Illegal Wildlife Trade [viewed]

unodv-unwto10 March 2014: On the occasion of the Internationale Tourismus-Börse (ITB) in Berlin, Germany, the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), and African Tourism Ministers from Ghana, Guinea, Mauritius, Seychelles, South Africa, Tanzania, and Zimbabwe committed, in response to the growth in illegal wildlife trade, to join hands in finding a means to stop it.

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CMS Releases Second Draft of Strategic Plan 2015-2023 [viewed]

CMSMarch 2014: The Secretariat of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) has released the second draft of the Strategic Plan for Migratory Species 2015-2023. Prepared by the CMS Parties' Inter-sessional Strategic Plan Working Group, it has now been released for comments, which are due by 30 June 2014. 

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On International Women's Day, UN Entities Emphasize Equality for All [viewed]

international-women-day-20148 March 2014: The world celebrated International Women's Day in 2014 under the theme, 'Equality for women is progress for all.' To mark the occasion, several organizations and individuals underscored the role of women's empowerment in sustainable development, including UN General Assembly (UNGA) President John Ashe, who also emphasized women's roles in eradicating poverty.

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Achim Steiner to Head UNEP until June 2016 [viewed]

Achim Steiner7 March 2014: The UN General Assembly (UNGA) has re-elected Achim Steiner to an additional two-year term as Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), following a nomination by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on 25 February 2014 (A/68/770). 

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Kyrgyzstan Joins CMS as 120th Member State [viewed]

CMS7 March 2014: The Secretariat of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) announced that Kyrgyzstan has deposited the instrument of accession to the Convention. The accession will be effective 1 May 2014. 

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Event: World Environment Day 2014 [viewed]

The UN General Assembly declared 2014 as the International Year of Small Island Developing States (SIDS). World Environment Day (WED) 2014 will be celebrated under the theme of SIDS, with the goal of raising awareness of their unique development challenges and successes regarding a range of environmental problems, including climate change, waste management, unsustainable consumption, degradation of natural resources, and extreme natural disasters. UNEP is also soliciting votes for the 2014 WED slogan through 5 March 2014. The winning slogan will be used to call on the global WED community to take action for islands.  

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