Governance

Andes Governments Form Regional Coordination Mechanism [viewed]

Mountain Partnership11 September 2014: Six Andean countries, in collaboration with the Mountain Partnership Secretariat of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), are developing a regional coordination mechanism to support sustainable mountain development in the region. Based on the principle of integrated management, the mechanism will seek to protect the region's ecosystems while improving residents' quality of life.

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Event: Steering Committee Meeting of the Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean Soil Partnership [viewed]

This meeting of the Steering Committee of the Regional Soil Partnership of Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean will finalize an Implementation Plan for the region. The meeting follows the endorsement of four Plans of Action at the Second Global Soil Partnership (GSP) Plenary Assembly, which took place from 22-24 July 2014.  

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CITES Protections Come into Effect for Sharks and Manta Rays [viewed]

CITES14 September 2014: Stronger shark and manta rays protections have come into force. International trade in specimens of five shark species and all manta ray species, including their meat, gills and fins, will need to be accompanied by Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) permits and certificates confirming that they have been harvested sustainably and legally.

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Event: Conference on Land Policy in Africa [viewed]

The inaugural Conference on Land Policy in Africa, co-hosted by the Land Policy Initiative (LPI) and the Forum on Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA), will convene under the theme 'The next Decade of Land Policy in Africa: Ensuring Agricultural Development and Inclusive Growth,' in support of the 2014 African Union (AU) Year of Agriculture and Food Security. The conference, which will be held biennially, aims to create a continental land policy platform for presenting research and drawing stakeholder attention to the issues and status of land policy in Africa. The conference will include plenary and parallel sessions, side events, panel discussions and exhibitions, and will focus on six sub-themes: inclusive agricultural growth; land governance frameworks; women's land rights; land rights under different tenure regimes; experiences and best practices in land policies; and land administration.  

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SIDS Discuss GOC Proposals for Ocean Recovery [viewed]

goc5 September 2014: The conservation and sustainable use of the ocean is critical to the future of small island developing States (SIDS), according to a series of events organized by the Global Ocean Commission (GOC) at the Third International Conference on SIDS. SIDS and their development partners discussed recommendations from the GOC report, titled 'From Decline to Recovery: A Rescue Package for the Global Ocean,' which makes eight proposals on restoring and protecting natural capital and services.

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SADC Workshop Details Conservation Guidelines for Extractive Industries [viewed]

logo_biopama_colorsafe_793374 September 2014: A regional workshop hosted by the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Secretariat, and convened in collaboration with the Biodiversity and Protected Areas Management (BIOPAMA) programme and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), has resulted in the elaboration of a framework for regional best practice guidelines for facilitating biodiversity conservation during the exploitation of mineral and hydrocarbon resources.

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Event: Dresden Nexus Conference 2015 [viewed]

The Dresden Nexus Conference (DNC) 2015 will convene under the theme 'Global Change, Sustainable Development Goals and the Nexus Approach,' and include participants from UN organizations, UN University (UNU) institutes, governments, international organizations, as well as individual researchers and representatives of non-governmental organizations (NGOs). Focusing on the contributions of a nexus approach to the management of water, soil and waste, the DNC 2015 will address the following issues: maintaining and enhancing environmental resources under global change; facilitating efficient and sustainable use of limited natural resources; engaging international development partners in the promotion of the nexus approach; and facilitating a transition to a green economy, especially with regard to agriculture. The DNC 2015 is organized by the UNU Institute for Integrated Management of Material Fluxes and of Resources (UNU-FLORES) as a follow-up to its workshop 'Advancing a Nexus Approach to the Sustainable Management of Water, Soil and Waste,' held from 11-12 November 2013 in Dresden, Germany.  

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World Water Week Calls for Water Goal in Post-2015 Development Agenda [viewed]

SIWI5 September 2014: World Water Week, which convened this year on the theme 'Energy and Water,' closed with a call for inclusion of a standalone water target in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) under the post-2015 development agenda.

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UNDP Executive Board Briefed on Post-2015 Agenda, Accountability [viewed]

UNDP5 September 2014: At the second regular session of the UN Development Programme (UNDP) Executive Board, UNDP Administrator Helen Clark discussed: UNDP responses to current crises; UNDP's support for global development processes; implementation of UNDP's Strategic Plan; UNDP resources; and transparency and accountability. The UN development system is "determined to be fit for purpose for the post-2015 agenda,” Clark said, and the UN Development Group (UNDG) is assessing ways to ensure its members work together in a coherent, results-oriented and strategic manner.

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SIDS Conference Concludes with 297 Partnerships, Adoption of Outcome Document [viewed]

Samoa Partnerships Commitment4 September 2014: The Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) took place from 1-4 September 2014, in Apia, Samoa, on the theme of ‘The Sustainable Development of SIDS Through Genuine and Durable Partnerships.' The Conference produced an outcome document, titled ‘SIDS Accelerated Modalities of Action (SAMOA) Pathway,' which was negotiated during the preparatory process at UN Headquarters in New York, US, and adopted during the closing plenary.

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