Cooperation & Partnerships

Policy Update #13: Combating Desertification through Multilateral Action [viewed]

From 12-23 October 2015, delegates who had convened for the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD COP 12) considered whether the Convention would take on a goal akin to the Aichi Targets for the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the objective of limiting temperature increases to 2˚C from pre-industrial levels for the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

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AEWA MOP6 Adopts 22 Resolutions and 6 Action Plans [viewed]

aewa_mop614 November 2015: The Sixth session of the Meeting of the Parties (MOP6) to the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA), administered by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), ended with the adoption of 22 resolutions, including action plans for seabirds and guidelines for the sustainable use of waterbirds across the African-Eurasian Flyway.

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Guest Article #53: The UNECE Water Convention's Contribution to the 2030 Agenda [viewed]

In the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development adopted in September 2015, the range of water issues receiving international attention has considerably expanded. The Millennium Development Goals monitored only access to water supply and sanitation, whereas the new agenda includes a dedicated Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) on water (Goal 6), which addresses the whole water cycle, and many water-related targets in other Goals, on poverty, hunger, health, gender, education, human settlements, ecosystems, oceans and more.

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Asia-Pacific Expert Consultation Outlines Roadmap to Implementing the 2030 Agenda [viewed]

UNESCAP10 November 2015: The UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) held an expert consultation that proposed elements of a roadmap to guide implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development at the regional level, at a two-day meeting in Bangkok, Thailand, from 9-10 November 2015.

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SPREP Supports Ecosystem-based Adaptation through Climate Change, Water and Tree Planting Projects [viewed]

SPREPNovember 2015: The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) has highlighted its Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) approach, which is contributing to climate change adaptation in Fiji, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu, ridge-to-reef management in the Solomon Islands, and tree planting in the Solomon Islands. Other SPREP activities featured on its news page include support for marine conservation through the Lui Bell scholarship.

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UNEP Consults Stakeholders on Environment-Health Links Ahead of UNEA 2 [viewed]

uneaNovember 2015: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has launched an e-discussion to help shape a global thematic report that will be presented at the Second UN Environment Assembly (UNEA 2), in May 2016. Interested participants can provide input via ‘My UNEA,' an online platform for stakeholder participation in the work of UNEP and the UNEA.

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Event: World Toilet Day [viewed]

In 2013, the United Nations General Assembly officially designated November 19 as World Toilet Day. World Toilet Day is coordinated by UN-Water in collaboration with governments and relevant stakeholders, with events taking place around the world to raise awareness. In 2015, World Toilet Day is focusing on the link between sanitation and nutrition, drawing the world's attention to the importance of toilets in supporting better nutrition and improved health. Lack of access to clean drinking water and sanitation, along with the absence of good hygiene practices, are among the underlying causes of poor nutrition.  

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Workshop on Illegal Trade in Cheetahs Makes Recommendations to CITES SC66 [viewed]

CITES5 November 2015: With the goal of furthering the work of the Intersessional Working Group on illegal trade in cheetahs, established at the 65th meeting of the Standing Committee of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES SC65), Kuwait, under the leadership of Shereefa Al-salem, organized a workshop to review and exchange information on the illegal trade in cheetahs, and formulate targeted recommendations to combat it, including recommendations concerning the disposal of confiscated cheetahs.

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APEC Forest Ministers Stress SFM for Long-Term Sustainable Development [viewed]

apec28 October 2015: At their meeting held from 27-29 October 2015, in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, the Ministers Responsible for Forestry of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) endorsed the Eda Statement, which highlights the importance of sustainable forest management (SFM) in achieving long-term sustainable socioeconomic development in the region.

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ITTO Publishes Tropical Forest Update and Newsletter on CITES Tropical Tree Listings [viewed]

IttoOctober 2015: The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) has published the latest issue of 'Tropical Forest Update,' which explores efforts to develop environmental product declarations for tropical timber as a way of providing credible data on their environmental performance and a fair basis for comparison between products performing similar functions. The Organization has also circulated the latest issue of the quarterly newsletter reporting on activities under the second phase of the ITTO-Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) Program for Implementing CITES Listings of Tropical Tree Species, covering a summary of program activities until August 2015.

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