Economics, Trade & Investment

UN-Habitat Meeting Addresses Land-Based Finance [viewed]

UN-HABITAT25 May 2015: The UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) has brought together experts in municipal finance, governance and capacity development to review its ‘Land-Based Finance Training Package,' which is designed to: build the capacity of local and national leaders to utilize land-based financing as an important element within municipal finance; help government agencies broaden their understanding regarding potential land-based revenue tools; and facilitate critical thinking regarding requirements to implement or improve each tool.

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International Biodiversity Day Celebrates Biodiversity and Sustainable Development [viewed]

international_day_biological_biodiv22 May 2015: The 2015 International Day for Biological Diversity convened under the theme, ‘Biodiversity and Sustainable Development,' reflecting the importance of efforts made to establish a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the relevance of biodiversity for achieving sustainable development. The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) organized several events to mark the occasion on 22 May 2015, including one at UN Headquarters in New York, US.

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Event: CBD Dialogue Workshop on Assessment of Collective Action of Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities in Biodiversity Conservation and Resource Mobilization [viewed]

Organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), this workshop will be held back-to-back with the Training Workshop on Community-based Monitoring and Indicators on Traditional Knowledge and the Expert Meeting on Repatriation of Traditional Knowledge.  

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Stakeholder Launch of Sustainable Innovation Forum 2015 Held at Climate Week Paris [viewed]

climate_action_parisweek21 May 2015: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and Climate Action held a Stakeholder Launch of the Sustainable Innovation Forum 2015 (SIF15) at Climate Week Paris, 200 days ahead of the SIF event to be held at the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC in December 2015. UNEP and Climate Action partner to host the SIF, which is the largest business-focused event at each COP session.

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AEEA Recognizes Environmental Crime Fighters in Asia Pacific [viewed]

environmental_crime fighters21 May 2015: Five enforcement officers and eight organizations working on addressing illegal trade in wildlife, chemicals and waste in the Asia Pacific region received the Asia Environmental Enforcement Award (AEEA). This award is a joint initiative of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and Freeland, funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) and USAID.

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Saiga Die-Off Continues in Kazakhstan [viewed]

CMS21 May 2015: The Secretariat of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) sent an expert mission to Kazakhstan, as per the country's request, to strengthen work to identify the cause of the current saiga die-off. Latest official reports confirm that 85,000 saiga antelopes have died in the Betpak-dala population, as well as another part of the Betpak-dala population towards the west in Aktobe oblast in Kazakhstan.

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GEF Highlights SFM Support in Report to UNFF11 [viewed]

GEF20 May 2015: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) presented its report to the eleventh session of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF11), highlighting its support for sustainable forest management (SFM) through the GEF-5 SFM/REDD+ Incentive Mechanism, and its provision of over US$700 million in grant support in 80 countries for a range of SFM-related projects.

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UNEP Annual Report 2014 Highlights “Crucial Crossroads” for Sustainable Development [viewed]

UNEPMay 2015: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) released its annual report for 2014, highlighting its policy and research work in support of decision making on sustainable development. The year's work included analyses of: emissions cuts required to limit global temperature rise to two degrees Celcius (2°C); financing needs for adaptation to climate change; and ecosystems as drivers of economic growth.

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SE4ALL Launches Sustainable Bioenergy Initiative [viewed]

SE4ALL20 May 2015: A multi-stakeholder coalition has been launched, co-chaired by the Food and Agricultural Organization of the UN (FAO) and the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB), to scale up the development and deployment of sustainable bioenergy solutions in order to meet global sustainable energy needs and contribute to the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) goals of doubling global renewable energy use and ensuring universal energy access by 2030.

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Southwest Pacific Ministers Focus on Climate-Smart Agriculture [viewed]

Southwest Pacific Ministers of Agriculture14 May 2015: The Eleventh Meeting of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) Southwest Pacific Ministers for Agriculture convened under the theme 'Climate-Smart Agriculture.' After hearing a presentation on the vulnerability of Pacific agriculture and forestry to climate change, ministers noted the importance of a “climate and economically smart” agriculture approach that can strengthen production and processing of staple food crops.

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