Cooperation & Partnerships

OWG Co-Chairs Issue Working Document with 16 Focus Areas, 140 Targets [viewed]

owg17 April 2014: The Co-chairs of the Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have issued a revised working document in preparation for the OWG's 11th session. The new document represents the latest revision to the set of "focus areas" under consideration in the OWG. It includes 16 focus areas and 140 targets.

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WMO Commission for Agricultural Meteorology Sets Quadrennial Priorities [viewed]

WMO16 April 2014: The Commission for Agricultural Meteorology (CAgM) has determined its priorities for the upcoming four years. The Commission intends to focus on: increasing human and financial resources; building capacity; and encouraging cooperation among meteorologists and the agricultural sector.

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Event: CBD Workshop for Asia and the Pacific on Resource Mobilization [viewed]

This workshop is one of a series of regional workshops to support parties in the establishment of robust baselines and reporting frameworks, and the preparation of national financial plans for biodiversity. Its emphasis will be on exchange of national experiences and active learning, and the step-by-step development of individualized and prioritized action plans towards the development of national finance plans. It is organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and the UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC).  

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Event: Fourth Meeting of the Pacific Biosphere Reserve Network [viewed]

The Fourth Meeting of the Pacific Biosphere Reserve Network (PacMAB) will bring together managers and researchers to discuss the role of biosphere reserves in sustainable development in the Pacific. The meeting aims to assess progress and identify challenges in implementing the Madrid Action Plan in Pacific biosphere reserves. Participants will also: assess the role of biosphere reserves in contributing to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs); discuss actions for the post-2015 development agenda, such as a roadmap for contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); identify follow up actions, including possible ways to increase the number of reserves in the Pacific; share success stories for managing natural resources while fostering economic development; and consider how to improve cooperation and governance of the biosphere reserves and the network. The PacMAB includes the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), Kiribati, Palau, Papua New Guinea (PNG), Samoa and Tonga.  

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CMS Releases Draft Assessment of MOUs for Comment [viewed]

CMS16 April 2014: The Secretariat of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) has invited parties to comment on the 'Assessment of the CMS Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) and their Viability,' as called for by CMS Resolution 10.9, Annex 1, activity 5.3. 

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Pepsi and Coke Announce Support for Responsible Governance of Land Tenure [viewed]

fao-pepsi-coke15 April 2014: In a land policy that states its commitment to “doing business the right way,” PepsiCo has announced its support for the 'Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure' and its recognition of its obligations to respect and protect the rights of local people. The Guidelines, which were initiated by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), promote equitable access and secure ownership rights to fisheries, forests and land, with the aim of eradicating poverty and hunger, protecting the environment and supporting sustainable development.

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Sanitation and Water for All High-Level Meeting a Milestone in High-Level Commitments Dialogue [viewed]

SWA11 April 2014: The Sanitation and Water for All (SWA) High-Level Meeting was convened by the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) to address the theme “smart investments to achieve water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) for all.” The meeting was marked by 250 commitments pledged by 40 SWA partner countries to variously: increase and improve the use of financial resources; reduce inequality in access; build capacity of institutions delivering water and sanitation services; and coordinate resources more effectively from both governments and donor aid.

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CEO Water Mandate Conference Addresses Corporate Water Stewardship [viewed]

United Nations Global Compact10 April 2014: The UN Global Compact convened the CEO Water Mandate Conference to address corporate water stewardship, collective action and the post-2015 development agenda, particularly in relation to water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH). The meeting placed many of these issues in the local context, examining water challenges faced by the host country Peru.

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UN-Water Report Assesses Country-Level Coordination [viewed]

UN Water Logo10 April 2014: UN-Water has released a report, titled ‘Coordination of Water Actions at the Country Level: A Report of the UN-Water Task Force on Country Level Coordination,' which examines challenges within the UN system coordinating country-level projects and programmes within the water sector. The report identifies the multi-sectoral aspects of water, lack of country-level water expertise and absence of funding to scale-up succesful approaches as challenges.

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UNCCD Update April 2014 [viewed]

UNCCD logoApril 2014: During the first quarter of 2014, the Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has focused on linkages between the issues of security and land degradation, undertaken a number of activities related to the newly created Science-Policy Interface, revised its national reporting process, and considered how to engage the private sector, among other activities.

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