Governance

African Union Summit Reviews Progress on Gender Equality, Women's Land Rights [viewed]

au_eca_afdb17 July 2016: The 27th African Union (AU) Summit, which convened on the theme 'Women's Rights, Human Rights,' recognized Algeria, Rwanda, South Africa and Tunisia as the best-performing countries in promoting women's rights and gender equality across the political, social and economic arenas. On the sidelines of the Summit, the Land Policy Initiative launched a campaign to achieve 30% documented allocation of land by African women by 2025.

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Capacity Building and Technology Update: TEC Highlights 20 Years of Technological Assistance; Capacity-Building Activities Focus on DRR, Combating Desertification [viewed]

technologyupdate15 July 2016: The past weeks' activities under and outside the UNFCCC sought to build developing countries' capacity on climate change adaptation, disaster risk management (DRM) and other climate change-related issues, and to identify additional opportunities with regard to capacity building, and technology development and transfer.

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HLPF Considers National Monitoring, Countries in Special Situations [viewed]

hlpf201615 July 2016: Everyone is responsible for implementing the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development, participants stressed throughout the first week of discussions of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF). Key messages emerging from these discussions highlighted social inclusion as critical for sustainable development, and the importance of addressing inclusion in education, labor and political institutions and policies.

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COFI 32 Concludes, Discusses Aquaculture and Blue Growth [viewed]

fao_headquarters15 July 2016: The 32nd session of the Committee on Fisheries (COFI) has concluded with participants welcoming the entry into force of the Agreement of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) on Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing (PSMA). The meeting also featured discussions on aquaculture, food security and blue growth, among other issues.

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EC Adopts First-Ever EU List of Invasive Alien Species [viewed]

EU-SE4ALL13 July 2016: The European Commission (EC) has adopted, for the first time, a list of invasive alien species (IAS) that identifies 37 non-native plants and animals that threaten the EU's environment. Species on the list will be subject to the restrictions and measures set out in the EU Regulation on IAS. EU member countries now have three years to implement control measures for species on the list.

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CGIAR Consortium Announces New Leadership, Moves Forward with Governance Reform [viewed]

CGIAR12 July 2016: The CGIAR System Council held its inaugural meeting and appointed Juergen Voegele, Senior Director, World Bank Agriculture Global Practice, as Chair of the Council. The CGIAR System Council, a central element of CGIAR's new governance structure, provides leadership and guidance on issues such as: CGIAR's vision, strategic direction, and advocacy governance; partnership engagement and resource mobilization; performance evaluation; and impact assessment.

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Event: Restoring the Socio-Ecological and Socio-Economic Relationships in the Miombo Woodlands [viewed]

This meeting will seek to create an action plan for the miombo woodlands for the next three years focused on: drivers of land-use change; restoration; adaptation to climate change; socio-ecological relationships; and forest governance. The miombo woodlands are the most extensive warm dry forest type in southern Africa, covering 2.7 million square kilometers that span seven countries. They play a critical ecological, economic and social role, supporting, for example, the livelihoods of more than 65 million people in the region. The meeting is being convened by the Miombo Network, along with the Eduardo Mondlane University, the Global Observation of Forest and Land Cover Dynamics (GOFC-GOLD), the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the Program on Forests (PROFOR), the Global Change System for Analysis, Research and Training, and the World Bank. The Miombo Network fosters collaborative efforts in land cover monitoring and management.  

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IWC Scientific Committee Warns of Vaquita Extinction [viewed]

iwc8 July 2016: “The choice is simple and stark: either gillnetting in the Upper Gulf ends or the vaquita will be gone, the second entirely preventable cetacean extinction that the Committee will have witnessed in the last ten years,” according to the International Whaling Commission's (IWC) Scientific Committee (SC). The SC issued this warning in a report released following its 66th meeting, which discussed a range of items related to the conservation and management of cetaceans, including bycatch and entanglement, and a review of special permit whaling.

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ECOSOC Releases Synthesis of Intergovernmental Submissions [viewed]

ecosoc7022 June 2016: The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) has released a ‘Synthesis of voluntary submissions by functional commission of the Economic and Social Council and other intergovernmental bodies and forums (E/HLPF/2016/5),' which highlights the bodies' contributions to implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development so far. The synthesis serves as a substantive input to the 2016 session of the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF).

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IASS-led Events Highlight Need for Integrated, Inclusive Thematic Reviews [viewed]

iass_fmfa_fnr11 July 2016: Two events organized by the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) and partners discussed “why” and “how” thematic reviews should be conducted, to ensure they can support the integrated and inclusive implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). During a two-day high-level event and a subsequent side event to the 2016 session of the High-level Political Forum on sustainable development (HLPF), participants developed key messages and recommendations to support the 2030 Agenda follow-up and review process.

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