Capacity Building & Education

Event: World Environment Day 2015 [viewed]

The 2015 World Environment Day (WED) global celebrations will convene under the theme resource efficiency and sustainable consumption and production (SCP) within the context of the planet's regenerative capacity. The slogan, ‘Seven Billion Dreams. One Planet. Consume with Care,” was chosen through voting on social media.

Italy will serve as the host of WED 2015 and the global WED celebrations will be organized at the Milan Expo. Celebrations at the Milan Expo will complement the Expo's theme, ‘Feeding the Planet—Energy for Life,' which will showcase ideas, solutions and technology to help ensure healthy, safe and sufficient food for all while respecting the planet and its carrying capacity.

The WED 2015 programme at the Milan Expo will also involve activities with partners such as the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization's (UNESCO) World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP), Slow Food, WWF Italy and the Green Film Network.

WED is celebrated annually on 5 June as a day for positive environmental action.  

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Event: Second Meeting of the ITPGR Technical Committee on Sustainable Use of PGRFA [viewed]

The Committee will provide advice to the Secretary of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) on the coordination of the programme of work on sustainable use of plant genetic resources for food and agriculture (PGRFA), cooperation with the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and other relevant processes, and the development of a toolbox on the sustainable use of PGRFA.  

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Event: 3rd Urban Nature Congress [viewed]

The 3rd Urban Nature Congress will take place at the ICLEI World Congress and provide a platform to share information, showcase good case studies, encourage interactive discussion, and offer inspiration for cities.  

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Event: Sustainable Land Management Week [viewed]

Events held during Sustainable Land Management Week (SLM) will incorporate the needs and priorities of land administration in the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) region in support of the post-2015 development agenda and the proposed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). A workshop on ‘Promoting Inclusive, Safe, Resilient and Sustainable Cities and Human Settlements through Designing and Managing Public Spaces' will take place on Tuesday, 24 February, in order to discuss how sound urban public areas promote democracy, inclusiveness and openness, and enhance social cohesion. A workshop organized by the Working Party on Land Administration (WPLA) will convene on Wednesday, 25 February, and will address challenges posed by illegal and unplanned urban growth in the region and tools available to governments to improve livelihoods. On Thursday and Friday, 26-27 February, the ninth session of the WPLA on ‘Land and SDGs' will meet, providing an international platform for a high-level exchange on issues related to land administration and management. Representatives of UNECE member States will review the WPLA's work in 2014 and 2015 and discuss how the UNECE can continue to work to improve land management and land administration practices in the UNECE region. The Second Meeting of International Organizations/Agencies will meet on Friday, 27 February to provide an opportunity to discuss how to work together to improve land management and administration in Europe and the UNECE region.  

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CGRFA Finalizes State of the World's Animal Genetic Resources Report; Agrees on Guidelines on ABS and Genetic Diversity for Climate Adaptation [viewed]

cgrfa1526 January 2015: The fifteenth session of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN's (FAO) Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA 15) addressed a series of sectoral and cross-sectoral issues, including: animal, forest and plant genetic resources; access and benefit-sharing (ABS) for genetic resources for food and agriculture (GRFA); biodiversity and nutrition; and climate change and GRFA. The session was held from 19-23 January 2015, in Rome, Italy.

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UNEP Manual Provides Guidance on Valuing SIDS' Ecosystem Services [viewed]

UNEP Logo26 January 2015: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) launched a manual on calculating the value of ecosystems in small island developing States (SIDS), with the aim of supporting a transition to a green economy. The manual underscores the importance of accounting for the contribution of ecosystem services to human well-being in order to quantify and value these benefits.

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FAO Convenes Global Meeting of Criteria and Indicators Experts [viewed]

FAO16 January 2015: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) convened an expert meeting on criteria and indicators (C&I) for sustainable forest management (SFM) to discuss progress in the implementation of the project, ‘Strengthening criteria and indicators for sustainable forest management in policy and practice.'

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UNFF Launches Website to Support Financing for SFM [viewed]

UnffJanuary 2015: The UN Forum on Forests (UNFF) launched a website to support the ongoing Facilitative Process adopted to assist developing countries in identifying and accessing financing for sustainable forest management (SFM). The Facilitative Process is based on the tenants of a bottom-up approach that takes into account the multiple uses and values of forests as well as the range of ecosystem services they provide.

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Event: Second Training Workshop on Digital Soil Mapping for Eastern and Southern Africa [viewed]

This is the second of two events organized by the Global Soil Partnership (GSP), with the support of the European Commission, to follow up on priorities identified during launch workshops for the African Soil Partnership held in Accra, Ghana and Nairobi, Kenya in 2013. One of the common gaps identified during the workshops was the need to improve the availability of updated soil data and information for supporting decision taking in relation to soil management. Capacity development in this area was therefore identified as a priority in the region. This event is being organized as part of the International Year of Soils 2015.  

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Event: Ninth World Urban Forum [viewed]

The ninth World Urban Forum (WUF9), convened by the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), will bring together thousands of stakeholders to share practices and knowledge on how cities are built, planned and managed. WUF9 participants will include representatives of: national, regional and local governments; non-governmental organizations; community-based organizations; research institutions and academies; the private sector; development finance institutions; foundations; the media; and UN organizations and other international agencies. The WUF's key objectives include: advocating for and raising awareness on sustainable urban development; advancing knowledge on sustainable urbanization through debates, and exchange of experiences and best practices; and coordinating and cooperating within and between different constituencies towards advancing and implementing the Habitat Agenda. WUF is the biggest major international event to address human settlements, including rapid urbanization and its impact on cities, communities, economies, climate change and policies. It meets every two years, and participation has increased to around 22,000 attendees from all over the world. WUF9 will be the first Forum to meet after the post-2015 development agenda process and the UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development – Habitat III in 2016.  

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