National Action

APEC Agrees on Measures to Prevent, Manage and Raise Awareness on Marine Debris [viewed]

apec10 May 2016: Oceans and fisheries officials from 21 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) member economies agreed on measures to prevent and manage marine debris and microplastics in Asia-Pacific at a meeting of the APEC Oceans and Fisheries Working Group (OFWG) in Arequipa, Peru.

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FAO Shares Stories on Implementation of the Voluntary Guidelines [viewed]

fao_headquartersMay 2016: A publication from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), titled ‘Improving Tenure, Improving Lives – 2016: Putting the Voluntary Guidelines into Action,' highlights several initiatives supported by FAO and its funding partners in 47 countries around the world, in the framework of the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security (the Voluntary Guidelines), which were adopted by the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) in 2012.

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World Migratory Bird Day Marked with Calls for Action, CMS Launches Task Force [viewed]

CMS10 May 2016: Over 280 events took place around the world to commemorate World Migratory Bird Day, which took place under the theme, “…and when the skies fall silent? Stop the Illegal Killing, Taking and Trade!” On the eve of the Day, the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) announced the creation of the Intergovernmental Task Force on Illegal Killing, Taking and Trade of Migratory Birds in the Mediterranean (MIKT).

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Conference Calls on Governments to "Act Now" on SDGs, Paris Agreement [viewed]

sdgs_germany5 May 2016: A conference on 'Jump-starting the SDGs in Germany: Natural Resources and Sustainable Consumption and Production' addressed the challenges and opportunities of implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Germany and worldwide. It focused on natural resources and sustainable consumption and production (SCP) patterns, taking into consideration Germany's role as a major consumer of natural resources in a globalized world. Participants also focused on the potential role of partnerships in supporting effective implementation of the SDGs.

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Event: 2016 Caux Dialogue on Land and Security [viewed]

Coinciding with the 70th anniversary of the Caux-Initiatives of Change Foundation, the fourth Caux Dialogue will address the theme of ‘Realizing the potential of land restoration to mitigate migration'. According to research by the Economics of Land Degradation (ELD) Initiative, around 25% of the world's productive lands and 10-20% of drylands are currently degraded, which contributes to increased migration and conflicts over natural resources. Drawing on the experiences of “pioneers” from around the world who are developing solutions based on trust-building and agro-ecological insights to boost land restoration, the conference will explore how innovative governance and sustainable land management can contribute to “a durable peace” in these environments. The conference is co-organized by Caux-Initiatives for Change, the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and will include keynote addresses by William Lacy Swing, Director-General of the International Organization of Migration, and Mario Gattiker, State Secretary in the Swiss Federal Office of Immigration, Integration and Emigration. The conference will also feature the launch of the book, ‘Land restoration: Reclaiming landscapes for a sustainable future'.  

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CSOs Make Recommendations for HLPF, Reflect on National Reviews, Climate Synergies, Wetlands, FfD Forum [viewed]

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)3 May 2016: A group of NGOs made recommendations for the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) and a multi-level review system. Other recent contributions from civil society organizations and researchers include: the results of Together 2030's Perceptions Survey; a brief on the synergies between development goals and climate action; a report on wetlands and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); and a critique of the inaugural UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Forum on Financing for Development (FfD) follow-up (FfD Forum).

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GDWGL Proposes Monitoring Framework for Voluntary Land Tenure Guidelines [viewed]

globaldonorplataformApril 2016: The Global Donor Working Group on Land (GDWGL) has published a policy brief highlighting the experiences of platform members in implementing the Voluntary Guidelines for the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries, and Forests in the Context of National Food Security (VGGT). Titled ‘Donor Land Group's Position on Taking Stock of VGGT Implementation,' the brief aims to contribute to a planned stocktaking exercise by the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) at its 43rd Plenary Meeting in October 2016.

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Host of CBD COP 13 Releases Non-paper Supporting a Declaration on Biodiversity Mainstreaming [viewed]

mexico_cbd22 April 2016: Mexico intends to highlight the importance of biodiversity mainstreaming for the achievement of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in its role as the host of the 13th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 13) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), with the aim of facilitating the adoption of a ‘Cancun Declaration.' Mexico has prepared a non-paper outlining possible elements of the declaration.

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Countries Pursue National and Regional Actions on Land Degradation Monitoring and Restoration [viewed]

eld_fao_unep_ittoApril 2016: Capacity development efforts by the Action Against Desertification (AAD) programme in West Africa, the first-ever nationwide assessment of contaminated soil in Serbia, a handbook for community restoration of degraded coastal dune ecosystems in the Mexican state of Veracruz, and cost-benefit analyses of sustainable soil fertility management practices in Kenya are among recently-announced initiatives to boost local monitoring of land degradation and desertification as well as community-level adaptation efforts.

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175 Parties Sign Paris Agreement, 15 Ratify Agreement on Earth Day [viewed]

iisdrs_paris_agreement22 April 2016: During the High-Level Signature Ceremony for the Paris Agreement on Climate Change held at the UN Headquarters in New York, US, on 22 April 2016, 175 Parties to the UNFCCC signed the Paris Agreement (174 countries and the EU), the largest ever number of first-day signatures to an international agreement. Of the 175 Parties that participated in the ceremony, 15 States deposited instruments of ratification. The signature ceremony was preceded, on 21 April, by the High-Level Thematic Debate on Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which highlighted the interlinkages among the actions necessary to address climate change and foster sustainable development, and a briefing on forest conservation and restoration that discussed the implications of the formal signing of the Paris Agreement.

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