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Global Donor Working Group on Land Brief Supports Land Targets and Indicators [viewed]

globaldonorplataform22 April 2014: The Global Donor Working Group on Land has released an update to their policy brief, titled ‘Land in a post-2015 framework.' The update, ‘Policy brief No. 10: Land target and indicators for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs),' reflects the latest developments on a proposed land target and indicators, and stresses the responsible governance of tenure of land and natural resources as essential for achieving poverty eradication and sustainable development.

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Expert Meeting Proposes Land Target for Post-2015 Agenda [viewed]

Global Land Indicator Initiative28 March 2014: Participants at an Expert Group Meeting on Land Indicators, organized by the Global Land Indicator Initiative (GLII), agreed on a Communiqué on land indicators. The Communiqué proposes a land target and two indicators for inclusion in the post-2015 development agenda.

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Event: Expert Group Meeting on Land Indicators [viewed]

The Global Land Indicator Initiative (GLII) will hold an Expert Group Meeting on Land Indicators as part of its ongoing work to advance the harmonization of global land indicators through a multi-stakeholder process. The meeting is expected to address the development of land indicators within the context of the post-2015 development agenda and existing frameworks, including the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance on Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests (VGGTs). The meeting will be held in conjunction with the 15th annual Conference on Land and Poverty, which will address the theme, 'Integrating Land Governance into the Post-2015 Agenda: Harnessing Synergies for Implementation and Monitoring Impact'.  

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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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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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Event: e-Debate on Retooling 'Cities for Life': New Approaches to Urban Infrastructure and Service Provision [viewed]

The conversation on ‘Retooling "Cities for Life": New approaches to urban infrastructure and service provision' is part of three e-Debates on urban equity in development that URB.im is hosting in advance of the Seventh World Urban Forum (WUF 7), which will take place under the theme, ‘Urban Equity in Development—Cities for Life'. This discussion will consider how to promote an equity-driven approach to urban infrastructure development to ensure access to energy, housing, transportation, and water and sanitation. Participants will discuss key actors who should participate in inclusive, sustainable service delivery, including governments, the private sector, civil society and academia, and how these actors can complement and coordinate efforts. The discussion will also consider how to deliver goods while meeting goals of inclusion, justice and urban sustainability. Six panelists will participate in the discussion: Clarisse Linke, Institute for Transportation and Development Policy; Nithya Raman, Transparent Chennai; John Taylor, Yayasan Kota Kita; Charlton Ziervogel, CORC/SDI Secretariat; Wura Ladipo-Ajayi, Lagos Community Manager, URB.im; and Tariq Toffa, Cape Town and Johannesburg Community Manager, URB.im.  

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UN-HABITAT, UNDP, FAO Pilot Land Management for Conflict Resolution in the Congo [viewed]

fao-undp-unhabitat11 December 2013: The UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and the Food and Agricultural Organization of the UN (FAO) have jointly initiated a pilot program in the Democratic Republic of the Congo to test integrated land tenure as a means to advance peace and social cohesion in the country.

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Event: Global WOPs Congress and GWOPA General Assembly [viewed]

The Global Water Operators' Partnerships Alliance (GWOPA) will hold its Second Global WOPs Congress and GWOPA General Assembly under the theme ‘Fostering Cooperation between Water Operators'. GWOPA's bi-annual global forum aims to share information and experience on WOPs and bring together WOPs practitioners, utilities, donors, knowledge institutions and other stakeholders to advance knowledge and initiate action on WOPs. The forum includes plenary sessions, high level panels on utilities and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), roundtables on WOPs and finance, capacity development for water management, risk reduction and regional issues, and a networking fair. The GWOPA General Assembly will be held on the third day of the Congress to renew GWOPA's Steering Committee. WOPs are peer-support exchanges between water or sanitation operators that aim to strengthen capacity. The UN Secretary General's Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation (UNSGAB) coined the term WOPs in its 2006 Hashimoto Action Plan, which called for scaling up WOPs globally.  

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New Assessment Calls for Urban Areas to Take Stewardship of Ecosystem Services [viewed]

unhabitat-cbd--src-iclei4 October 2013: An assessment, titled 'Cities and Biodiversity Outlook (CBO),' underscores the need and the opportunity for cities to take ownership of critical ecosystem services to enhance biodiversity conservation and food security, in addition to reducing the overall ecological footprint of urban areas. 

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Global Donor Working Group on Land Launched [viewed]

globaldonorplataform30 July 2013: Following through on a commitment made at a Donor Roundtable meeting on the sidelines of the annual World Bank Land Conference in 2013, a Global Donor Working Group on Land has been established.

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