Freshwater

Event: Land Day at UNFCCC COP 21 [viewed]

This one-day event will take place on the sidelines of the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC, and will address the overall theme of ‘Land Degradation Neutrality as a solution to climate change'. A series of panel discussions will explore interlinkages between the achievement of land degradation neutrality (LDN) targets under the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the mitigation of and adaptation to climate change. Specific sessions will address, among other topics: ecosystem based adaptation; evergreen agriculture and land restoration; ecological rainfall infrastructure: a new perspective on how forests and trees matter for climate; and ‘Desertification, Land degradation and Climate Change - Time to Act!' The event will also explore civil society contributions to LDN, including through the ‘4 per mill' initiative to spur a transition towards agroecology.  

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MOP7 Marks Global Opening of UNECE Water Convention, Adopts Reporting Mechanism [viewed]

United Nations19 November 2015: The seventh Meeting of the Parties (MOP7) to the 1992 Helsinki Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes marked the global opening of the Convention to countries beyond the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) region, adopted a reporting mechanism, and endorsed a policy guidance note on assessing the benefits of transboundary cooperation on water issues.

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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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UN High-Level Events Address Water, Sanitation and DRR; UNSGAB Launches Concluding Report [viewed]

un_sanitation_day19 November 2015: The UN addressed the role of disaster risk reduction (DRR) and water management in ensuring food security, increasing access to energy and tackling urbanization challenges at the Second UN Special Thematic Session on Water and Disasters. The Session convened as part of a series of coordinated events for the UN High-Level Water and Sanitation Days 2015, which included World Toilet Day and culminated with the final meeting of the UN Secretary-General's Special Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation (UNSGAB).

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UNEP Presents Methodology for Valuing Wastewater Treatment [viewed]

UNEPNovember 2015: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released a report that presents municipalities with a valuation methodology for pricing the costs and benefits of wastewater treatment.

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CCAFS Outlines Six Steps to Climate-Smart Agriculture [viewed]

CCAFSNovember 2015: The CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) has pubished a booklet on six steps needed to achieve climate resilience in agriculture while also reducing agricultural emissions. Using examples from five years of CCAFS research, the booklet lays out how actions on disseminating technology, promoting insurance, delivering climate forecasts, enhancing national enabling environments, informing global policies and processes, and scaling up investments in climate smart-agriculture contribute to making the world's poorest farmers more climate resilient.

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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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