Cooperation & Partnerships

Co-Chairs Announced for Post-2015 Summit Interactive Dialogues [viewed]

post2015_summit31 August 2015: UN General Assembly (UNGA) President Sam Kutesa has announced the Heads of State and Government who will serve as Co-Chairs of each interactive dialogue session during the UN summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda (Sustainable Development Summit), taking place on 25-27 September 2015. In his letter accompanying the list, Kutesa indicates that the selection of Co-Chairs was based on submissions as well as consultations with the regional groups of Member States.

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Indigenous Potato Seeds Safeguarded for Future Generations in Arctic Seed Vault [viewed]

fao_headquarters27 August 2015: Indigenous Andean communities managing the Potato Park, in Cusco, Peru, have deposited 750 potato seeds in the Global Seed Vault in Svalbard, Norway, to be safely stored for future generations. The seeds are the result of benefit-sharing projects supported by the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR).

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World Forestry Congress Opens with Launch of Global Forest Resources Assessment Report [viewed]

WFC_XIV7 September 2015: The 14th World Forestry Congress (WFC XIV) opened on 7 September 2015, in Durban, South Africa, convening on the theme 'Forests and People: Investing in a Sustainable Future.' The opening was marked by the launch of the 'Global Forest Resources Assessment 2015,' the most comprehensive forest review to date, produced by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO). It was preceded by a high-level event of the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF), aiming to define CPF's vision for forests and forestry in the post-2015 era.

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WHO Unveils Five-Year WASH Plan to Tackle Neglected Tropical Diseases [viewed]

World Health Organization (WHO)27 August 2015: The World Health Organization (WHO) announced a five-year plan to improve water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services, aiming to accelerate progress in tackling neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). According to a WHO press release, NTDs affect more than one billion of the world's poorest people, and 16 out of 17 NTDs can be addressed effectively through improvements in WASH services, in conjunction with other measures.

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Event: WBCSD SLM Business Forum at UNCCD COP 12 [viewed]

The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) is convening a two-day Sustainable Land Management (SLM) Business Forum at the 12th Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 12) to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD). Co-organized with Turkey's Ministry of Forestry and Water Affairs and the Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey (TOBB), the Business Forum aims to profile companies' work in SLM and facilitate joint learning as well as new partnerships with civil society organizations and governments. The Forum will conclude with a high level dialogue session where ministers and CEOs will assess the role of the private sector in addressing land degradation and examine what is needed in terms of evidence, policy, legislation and incentives to encourage more businesses to adopt targets on SLM and Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN). The SLM Business Forum will produce a 'Business Ankara Declaration' for adoption by the UNCCD.  

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FAO, UNDP Raise Profile of Agriculture in Climate Change Adaptation Planning [viewed]

fao_headquarters1 September 2015: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) have launched a four-year 'Integrating Agriculture in National Adaptation Plans' (NAPs) programme, which aims to incorporate eight developing countries' agricultural sectors into NAPs in order to safeguard livelihoods, raise agricultural production and boost food security.

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UNDP Partners Promote Human Rights Approach to Water Management [viewed]

undp_water_lex25 August 2015: The UN Development Programme (UNDP), in collaboration with partners, has produced a manual describing a human-rights-based approach to integrated water resources management (IWRM). The publication was launched during World Water Week in Stockholm, Sweden.

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August 2015 Climate Finance Update [viewed]

August 2015 Climate1 September 2015: During August 2015, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the African Development Bank (AfDB), the Climate Investment Funds (CIF), the World Bank, the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the Green Climate Fund (GCF) and the Adaptation Fund reported on climate finance developments, including new funding, project lessons and institutional developments. The World Bank, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) DTU Partnership (UDP) and the Partnership for Market Readiness (PMR) released publications and event news.

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World Water Week Closes with Calls to “Hydrate” Global Climate Agreement [viewed]

siwi_www28 August 2015: At the close of World Water Week in Stockholm, Sweden, world leaders called on climate negotiators to ensure that water issues are paid due attention in the global climate agreement to be concluded in December 2015 in Paris, France.

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Event: Sixth MEP and Bureau Meeting of IPBES [viewed]

The sixth meeting of the Multidisciplinary Expert Panel (MEP) of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) and Bureau meeting will be held in Bonn, Germany.  

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