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World Water Day Highlights Connections between Water and Energy [viewed]

unido-water22 March 2014: Global commemoration of World Water Day (WWD) 2014, convened by UN-Water and the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), addressed the theme 'Water and Energy.' Celebrations included the presentation of the ‘Water for Life' UN-Water Best Practices Award and the launch of the World Water Development Report (WWDR) 2014 on water and energy.

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World Water Development Report 2014 Highlights Water and Energy Challenges [viewed]

WWAP21 March 2013: The World Water Development Report (WWDR) 2014 ‘Water and Energy,' produced by the World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP), which is hosted by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), highlights that those people lacking access to improved sanitation and drinking water are often the same as those not connected to an electric power grid, and examines the close interconnections between water and energy.

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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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UN Agencies Launch Tourism Focused Campaign Against Illegal Wildlife Trade [viewed]

unodc-unesco-wto5 March 2014: Three UN agencies have joined hands in the fight against illegal trade by launching a new campaign to raise awareness among travelers and the tourism industry on making ethical choices and reducing demand for illegal products. The campaign was presented at the International Tourism Bourse (ITB) in Berlin, Germany.

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Event: IPBES Third Full MEP and Bureau Meeting [viewed]

The third full Multidisciplinary Expert Panel (MEP) and Bureau meeting of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) will be held with support from Germany. The objective of this meeting is to implement Decisions IPBES-2/1 to IPBES-2/9, as requested by the IPBES Plenary at its second session.  

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World Ocean Summit Focuses on Governance and Sustainability [viewed]

world-ocean-summit26 February 2014: The second World Ocean Summit, hosted by The Economist in partnership with National Geographic, brought together over 250 leaders from business, government, academia, international institutions, and NGOs to address growing concerns about the unsustainable impact of humans on the world's oceans.

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GWF Calls for Demand-side Solutions to Water Scarcity [viewed]

Global Water Forum25 February 2014: The Global Water Forum (GWF) has published a discussion paper that argues that water scarcity is mainly a problem of poor governance and not of resource depletion or population growth, as is commonly believed. 

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GWF Argues for Investment in US-Mexico Border Water Infrastructure [viewed]

Global Water Forum17 February 2013: The Global Water Forum (GWF) published a discussion paper that describes the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Mexico's National Water Commission ‘Mexico Border Water Infrastructure Program,' which has provided grants to construct water and wastewater treatment plants in rural, small cities on the US-Mexico border that are “under-served from a water and wastewater perspective.”

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UNESCO Outlines SIDS 2006-2013 Activities [viewed]

UNESCO13 February 2014: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has released a 40-page booklet, titled 'Islands of the Future – Building resilience in a changing world,' which outlines UNESCO's activities in small island developing States (SIDS), covering the period from 2006-2013.

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Policy Update #3: International Wildlife Crime: An IISD Overview of Recent Events [viewed]

In recent months, as headlines and reporting in the biodiversity sphere have increasingly focused on the waning status of flagship species of rhinoceros[1], elephants[2] and apes[3], a number of international actors have undertaken a flurry of activity and first-ever steps to address the issue of wildlife crime.

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