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UN Calls for 'Stepping it Up' to Achieve Gender Equality, SDGs [viewed]

womenday20168 March 2016: The world must take immediate actions to close gender gaps and promote women's empowerment to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and leave no one behind, said UN leaders on the occasion of this year's International Women's Day (IWD), marked on 8 March 2016. UN agencies and other international organizations called for gender equality and women's empowerment at special events and in new publications.

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Event: African Drought Conference [viewed]

This meeting will focus on the theme, 'Enhancing resilience to drought events on the African Continent'. The Ministry of Environment and Tourism in Namibia will organize this event in follow up to its role as UNCCD COP11 President and to the outcomes of the high-level meeting on national drought policies (HMNDP) held in Geneva in 2013. The conference will focus on identifying the specific needs of African countries in the area of effective drought mitigation, with a view to developing a strategic framework for enhancing resilience to drought events on the African continent. The overall objective of the Conference is to come up with an overarching strategic framework for Africa that will enhance resilience to the impact of drought events. It is expected that the Conference will set in motion the process to develop a strategic framework for enhancing resilience to drought at the African level that will contribute to poverty alleviation, economic development and enhance environmental and human well-being. The work of the Conference will be guided by an agenda for action white paper document, which will be circulated in advance of the conference.  

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UN Special Rapporteurs Appeal to US to Prioritize Right to Safe Drinking Water [viewed]

OHCHR3 March 2016: A group of UN Special Rapporteurs has appealed to the US Government to take wide-ranging actions to address the risk of poisoning from lead-contaminated drinking water, citing existing UN human rights standards. The group of UN experts on hazardous substances, health, water and sanitation, indigenous peoples, minorities and racism described the issue of contaminated water as one of human rights, and urged the US to protect the rights of those most at risk from pollution and toxic chemicals.

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Event: UN Statistics Division Seminar on System of Environmental and Economic Accounting (SEEA) [viewed]

The UN Statistics Division is organizing this seminar, on the sidelines of the 47th Session of the UN Statistical Commission (UNSC 47), on the System of Environmental and Economic Accounting (SEEA), which was adopted as a common statistical standard in 2012. The SEEA provides the statistical framework for integrating environmental information with economic information from the System of National Accounts. Its accounting approach measures a number of indicators related to Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 12 on sustainable consumption and production (SCP), by linking physical flow information with economic information (to support decoupling analysis), providing a mechanism to assess the environmental impact of economic activities, and highlighting financing and investment for SCP. The speakers at the side event will provide concrete examples of the use of the SEEA for the definition of SDG indicators related to water, SCP and agriculture for global and national monitoring and reporting.  

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Seven Biodiversity-related Conventions Discuss Strengthening Implementation, Synergies [viewed]

seven-biodiversity-related-conventions18 February 2016: Representatives of the Parties to seven biodiversity-related conventions held a workshop to explore ways to strengthen synergies and improve efficiency among the conventions, with a view to enhancing their implementation at all levels. The options and elements for a possible roadmap elaborated during the workshop will be submitted to the first meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Implementation (SBI) of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), to be held in May 2016.

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CCAFS Details Latest Knowledge on Agriculture and Adaptation [viewed]

CGIAR CCAFS23 February 2016: The CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) has published two working papers and two associated information notes synthesizing the latest knowledge on agriculture and adaptation. The papers and notes are designed to help countries to prepare submissions to the 44th session of the UNFCCC Subsidiary Body on Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA), and will be discussed during in-session workshops on agriculture.

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IFAD Governing Council Focuses on Inclusive Investment to Address Hunger and Poverty [viewed]

IFAD19 February 2016: The Governing Council of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) has called for increased investment in smallholder agriculture to ensure food security, climate change adaptation, equitable prosperity and the prevention of conflict and migration. Holding its 39th meeting, on the theme 'Inclusive Investment: Rural people, state and business in the post-2015 agenda,' the Council discussed the role of investment in achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, as well as how to undertake such investment in order to eradicate poverty and food and nutrition insecurity, and realize rural communities' potential.

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CIAT Highlights Climate Change Impacts on Beans in Central America [viewed]

ciat_ccafs8 February 2016: Researchers from the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), under the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), have published a study, titled 'Assessing high-impact spots of climate change: spatial yield simulations with Decision Support System for Agrotechnology Transfer (DSSAT) model.' The study evaluates the effects of climate change on bean production in El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua, concluding that future climate change may threaten the production of drybeans.

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Event: IGAD-ICPAC Workshop on Flood and Drought Management in Greater Horn of Africa [viewed]

The aim of this workshop is to enhance participants' understanding of the different practices for flood and drought management and to familiarize with the new products of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Climate Prediction and Applications Centre (ICPAC), including a flood hazard map, live web-map and geoportal. The workshop aims to: create awareness about available tools, data and initiatives for flood and drought monitoring in the Greater Horn of Africa region developed through collaboration between IGAD and UN Institute for Training and Research's Operational Satellite Applications Programme (UNITAR-UNOSAT); assess specific needs and challenges in flood and drought management in ICPAC member States; illustrate potential ways to further improve national capacities based on shared experiences among participants and organizers; identify potential interest in the integration of available country-level data into IGAD-ICPAC's flood and drought monitoring system; and collaborate with national entities to establish in-country projects.  

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Joint Report: Need Tripled Financing, Strengthened Institutions to Achieve WASH Targets [viewed]

Cost_of Meeting_the_2030_SDG_water-santitation-hygiene12 February 2016: If resources are targeted to the underserved, current financing levels can cover the costs of achieving universal basic service for drinking water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) by 2030, according to a report by the World Bank. However, to achieve the "enhanced level of service" reflected in the Sustainable Development Goals' (SDGs) targets on WASH, the report finds that current investment levels will need to triple, service will need to be more efficient, and institutions will need strengthening.

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