Cooperation & Partnerships

Pacific Invasives Partnership Highlights GEF Proposal, Learning Network at Annual Meeting [viewed]

SPREP24 February 2014: The Pacific Invasives Partnership held its annual meeting to coordinate planning and share expertise among regional and international agencies working to curb the growing negative impact of invasive species in the region. Key discussions at the meeting included a proposal endorsed by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) to secure funding from the 6th replenishment of the Global Environment Facility (GEF).

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Event: WAVES Fourth Partnership Meeting [viewed]

The fourth partnership meeting of the Wealth Accounting and the Valuation of Ecosystem Services (WAVES) program will bring together WAVES countries and partners to share successes and challenges, with a focus on water and ecosystem accounts. It will feature presentations from UN and private sector partners and panel discussions on how natural capital accounts (NCA) support wider development goals. WAVES is a global partnership that aims to promote sustainable development by ensuring that natural resources are mainstreamed in national economic accounts and development planning. The partnership includes UN agencies, governments, international institutes, NGOs and academics. The core implementing countries are Botswana, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Indonesia, Madagascar, the Philippines and Rwanda. WAVES was launched at the 2010 Convention on Biological Diversity meeting in Nagoya, Japan.  

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FAO NENA Conference Pledges Cooperation on Water, Food Waste [viewed]

FAO28 February 2014: The 32nd UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) regional conference for the Near East and North Africa (NENA) saw the adoption by country delegates of a regional strategy on food security and nutrition, expansion of the FAO regional Initiative on Water Scarcity.

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UNECE, UNDP Facilitate Water Cooperation in Chu and Talas River Basins [viewed]

UNDP UNECE27 February 2014: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and Kyrgyz authorities have organized meetings aimed at promoting water cooperation between Kyrgyzstan and Kazakstan in the transboundary Chu and Talas Rivers.

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INTERPOL Releases Report Addressing Law Enforcement on Ivory Trafficking and Poaching [viewed]

INTERPOL25 February 2014: INTERPOL has released a report, titled 'Elephant Poaching and Ivory Trafficking in East Africa: Assessment for an effective law enforcement response,' which emphasizes the need for greater information sharing to enable more proactive and effective law enforcement against trafficking syndicates. 

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Launch Report of GSP in Eastern and Southern Africa Released [viewed]

globalsoilpartnershipFebruary 2014: The Global Soil Partnership (GSP) has released a report from the 2013 launch of its Eastern and Southern African regional partnership.

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UN Launches International Year of SIDS [viewed]

iy24 February 2014: At the global launch of the International Year of Small Island Developing States (SIDS), to be celebrated throughout 2014, Ronald Jumeau, Ambassador of Climate Change and SIDS, Seychelles, who served as Master of Ceremonies, noted that the occasion marks the first time the UN has dedicated an International Year to a particular category of countries.

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World Bank Announces Finance for Indonesian Coral Reef Conservation [viewed]

World Bank - GEF21 February 2014: The World Bank has announced a US$47.38 million project loan focused on the rehabilitation of Indonesia's coral reefs. This financing is the last tranche of a three-phase program that began in 1998. The loan is supplemented by a US$10 million grant from the Global Environment Facility (GEF). Indonesia has also pledged US$5.74 million for the 5-year project. 

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Event: 2014 Forest Communicators Network Meeting [viewed]

The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) are convening a meeting of the team of specialists on forest communication to discuss the Forest Communicators Network (FCN) mandate. The meeting will also consider opportunities and challenges with regard to communication on forests, including forests in the green economy, learning from best practices, and global and regional trends and connections.  

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Event: Nexus 2014: Water, Food, Climate and Energy Conference [viewed]

The Water Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and collaborators will host the Nexus 2014: Water, Food, Climate and Energy Conference from 5-8 March 2014. The Conference will bring together scientists and practitioners working in government, civil society and business, and other stakeholders focusing on the questions of how and why the nexus approach is, and can be, used on international and local levels. One of the primary goals of the Nexus 2014: Water, Food, Climate and Energy Conference is to provide input to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) process. The event is expected to develop a Nexus Declaration.  

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