Cooperation & Partnerships

UNESCO, Partners Disseminate Management Manual for African Biosphere Reserves [viewed]

UNESCONovember 2015: The Management Manual for UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Biosphere Reserves in Africa has been widely disseminated to staff and national committees of UNESCO's Man and the Biosphere Programme (MAB) in Africa. One of the main objectives of the manual is to build the capacity of present and future managers of Africa's 85 biosphere reserves, as well as local partners, funding agencies and other interested parties, in order to improve the effectiveness and inclusiveness of biosphere reserve management structures.

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World Toilet Day Event Focuses on Sanitation and Nutrition [viewed]

un-water19 November 2015: A panel discussion organized by UN-Water and the Permanent Mission of Singapore, on the occasion of World Toilet Day, focused on ‘Toilets and Health: Better Sanitation for Better Nutrition.' Participants highlighted that the 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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World Toilet Day 2015 Highlights WASH, Nutrition and Health Links [viewed]

World Toilet Day 201419 November 2015: On the occasion of World Toilet Day, held annually on 19 November, the UN urged people to take action on water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), focusing on the links between sanitation and nutrition and highlighting the importance of toilets to improved health.

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IECEC-2 Calls for Greater Inter-agency Collaboration to Combat Environmental Crime [viewed]

interpol_iecec217 November 2015: The 2nd INTERPOL–UN Environment Programme (UNEP) International Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Conference (IECEC-2) concluded with the adoption of a global action plan meant to strengthen environmental law enforcement and support collaborative action to combat environmental crime. The action plan focuses on four main areas: multi-agency cooperation; police and judicial training; awareness raising; and strengthening legislative and regulatory mechanisms.

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WAVES Partnership Updates on Results of Ecosystem Accounting in the Philippines [viewed]

wavesNovember 2015: The Wealth Accounting and the Valuation of Ecosystem Services (WAVES) Partnership has published an update on its activities, including information on country projects and publications from the Philippines and Australia.

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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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