Cooperation & Partnerships

Major Groups Partnership on Forests Calls for New UN Body on Forests [viewed]

major_groups_partnership_on_forestsApril 2015: The Major Groups Partnership on Forests (MGPoF) prepared three papers ahead of the eleventh meeting of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF11). The papers cover: financing for sustainable forest management (SFM), perspectives on a new UN body on forests, and expectations for the participation of Major Groups.

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IDB, IWA Launch World's First Rating Agency for the Water Sector [viewed]

idb_iwaMarch 2015: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the International Water Association (IWA) have jointly developed and established the world's first rating agency for the water sector. The agency, called AquaRating, helps water and sanitation utilities improve management and performance; establishes the international standard for assessing water and sanitation services provision; and provides an impartial and credible evaluation of performance and management practices.

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GWF Article: Wise Resource Allocation Critical to Achieve Water, Food Security SDGs [viewed]

Global Water ForumMarch 2015: Implementing smart policies related to land and water resources can help to achieve water and food security objectives within the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), according to a paper published by the Global Water Forum (GWF). The article stresses that, as long as resources are wisely allocated and managed, sufficient water will exist to achieve food production goals and sustain livelihoods.

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Global Soil Week Chair's Conclusions: “Transformation is needed – transformation is possible” [viewed]

global_soil_week23 April 2015: In his Chairman's Conclusions to the 3rd Global Soil Week, Klaus Töpfer, Executive Director of the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) Potsdam, which hosts the annual event, highlights six areas of “emerging consensus” that can help in raising the profile of “the forgotten resource, soil" on the global political agenda and ensure that soil stakeholders “engage on an equal footing with partners in the sustainability agenda.”

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IASS Policy Brief Highlights Land and Soil Linkages in Nine SDGs [viewed]

iass_global_soil_forum22 April 2015: A policy brief by the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) Potsdam, titled ‘Grounding the post-2015 Development Agenda: Options for the protection of our precious soil and land resources,' highlights the crucial roles that soils and land will play in achieving at least nine of the proposed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and suggests options for monitoring, follow-up, and review of soil- and land-related targets.

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Public and Private Sectors Progress REDD+ Implementation [viewed]

UN-REDD Programme21 April 2015: New commitments and partnerships to reduce the contribution of deforestation and forest degradation to climate change continue across the public and private sectors.

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Global Soil Week Considers Role of Soil Carbon in Uniting Post-2015 Land, Soil Science and Climate Agendas [viewed]

global_soil_unccd21 April 2015: A focus on soil carbon sequestration could offer a common entry point for improved collaboration among science-policy bodies dealing with different aspects of land management, soil science and climate change. These were among the conclusions of a joint session led by the Science-Policy Interface (SPI) of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), and the Intergovernmental Technical Panel on Soils (ITPS) on the opening day of the Third Global Soil Week.

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Beating Famine Conference Discusses Upscaling of Evergreen Agriculture in African Drylands [viewed]

beating_famine21 April 2015: The Beating Famine Southern Africa Conference, held 14-17 April 2015, in Lilongwe, Malawi, explored strategies for expanding farmer-managed natural regeneration, alongside other sustainable land management practices, to help smallholder farmers boost their productivity and resilience to climate change. The conference also discussed ways to align these strategies with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and other international aspirations, while preserving a “unique Southern African voice.”

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UNECE, FAO Cooperate to Support Land Governance in Europe [viewed]

FAO UNECE16 April 2015: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on land administration and management that aims to balance space, cost and use in order to address growing competition for land ownership, reduced availability and declining land quality in the region.

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Event: 5th Plenary Meeting of the Global Ocean Commission [viewed]

The fifth plenary meeting of the Global Ocean Commission is expected to discuss the Commission report, 'From Decline to Recovery: A Rescue Package for the Global Ocean,' and to address proposals for action from the report, including on a Global Ocean Accountability Board.  

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