Capacity Building & Education

UNEP FI Holds Annual General Meeting, Switzerland Pledges Funds to Natural Capital Declaration [viewed]

unep_fi12 October 2015: The UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) held its Annual General Meeting (AGM) to discuss, inter alia, the changing context for sustainable finance, with a focus on risks and impacts. The AGM also reaffirmed the partnership between the UN and the finance sector as critical for unlocking private finance in support of a sustainable economy.

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FAO Publishes Guidelines on Forest and Landscape Restoration in Drylands [viewed]

fao_headquartersOctober 2015: Published by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), 'Global Guidelines for the Restoration of Degraded Forests and Landscapes in Drylands' provides specific guidance for both policy-makers and practitioners, with recommended actions illustrated by 27 case studies demonstrating a breadth of experiences in dryland restoration.

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Antigua and Barbuda, Guinea, Niger, Oman, Uganda Submit INDCs [viewed]

UNFCCC19 October 2015: The UNFCCC Secretariat has reported that Antigua and Barbuda, Guinea, Niger, Oman and Uganda have formally submitted their intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs), bringing the total number of Parties that have made their submissions to 154.

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Event: CBD Expert Meeting on Alien Species in Wildlife Trade, Experiences in the Use of Biological Control Agents and Development of Decision Support Tools for Management of Invasive Alien Species [viewed]

This meeting, organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), will discuss: the use of bio-control agents on invasive alien species (IAS); international trade and e-commerce in wildlife; and decision support tools.  

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World Food Day 2015 Focuses on Social Protection in Ending Hunger [viewed]

world-food-day-oct1616 October 2015: World Food Day (WFD) 2015 was marked by a series of events at the Milan Expo attended by leaders of the UN and other international organizations, under the theme 'Social Protection and Agriculture: Breaking the Cycle of Rural Poverty.' The main ceremony also marked the 70th Anniversary of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), founded in 1945 to free the world of hunger and malnutrition.

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Francophone Countries Discuss Linkages Among Land, Climate and SDGs [viewed]

francophone_unccd19 October 2015: The Institut de la Francophonie pour le Développement Durable (IFDD), a subsidiary body of the International Organization of the Francophonie (IOF), under the chairmanship of Senegal and in cooperation with the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) Secretariat, organized a discussion on the topic of how to use the fight against climate change and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as leverage for soil preservation. The event took place on the sidelines of the 12th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 12) to the UNCCD.

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IWC Report Details Recommendations on Aboriginal Subsistence Whaling [viewed]

iwc15 October 2015: The International Whaling Commission (IWC) has published a report from the 'IWC Expert Workshop on Aboriginal Subsistence Whaling (ASW),' which contains a series of recommendations to support the IWC's work. The Commission will discuss the recommendations at its next meeting in Slovenia in 2016.

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CGIAR Consortium Discusses Social Protection on World Food Day [viewed]

CGIAROctober 2015: The CGIAR Consortium has made available a series of videos in which representatives of CGIAR centers, programmes and partners discuss their research in light of the theme of World Food Day 2015, 'Social Protection and Agriculture: Breaking the Cycle of Rural Poverty.'

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Event: Lomé Conference [viewed]

The Extraordinary Summit of Heads of State and Government of the African Union of Maritime Security and Development in Africa will take place in 2016 in Lomé, Togo. At the Lomé Conference, Heads of State and Government of the 54 countries in the African Union will meet with experts and leaders from the business world in order to establish a roadmap on Maritime Security in Africa, including an African strategy for protecting its oceans and seas that provides peace, security and stability. Delegates will discuss maritime strategy within the context of the 2050 Africa Integrated Maritime Strategy (2050 AIMS Strategy), including an implementation plan and roadmap for promoting a secure and sustainable blue economy. Participants will also address: maritime insecurity marked by acts of assault and piracy; illicit trafficking at sea; regional and international cooperation to safeguard marine safety; illegal fishing; and preservation of marine life. The Summit will build on the results of summits in 2013 and 2015, and aims to make maritime space the key driver of Africa's sustainable economic and social development.  

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Event: TEEB Workshop on Consumption and Lifestyle Patterns [viewed]

This Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) workshop will convene under the theme 'The Impact of Consumption on Ecosystems and Biodiversity Beyond Borders – A TEEB Perspective' and will address, inter alia: causes and factors for ecosystem degradation and loss of biodiversity as a result of unfavorable consumption patterns; useful methods to trace evidence and develop solutions to adapt demand for harmful consumer products; existing initiatives to tackle the problem; the role TEEB can play in raising awareness and instigating action; and the potential of relevant policy approaches and instruments, such as in relation to international trade, supply-chain management and food waste reduction. The workshop will provide an opportunity to discuss scientific, policy and implementation related work on these aspects and to further explore their implications and results in breakout groups and discussion sessions. The workshop is organized by the German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN), the UN Environment Programme's (UNEP) TEEB Office and the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research.  

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