Governance

UNDP Partners Promote Human Rights Approach to Water Management [viewed]

undp_water_lex25 August 2015: The UN Development Programme (UNDP), in collaboration with partners, has produced a manual describing a human-rights-based approach to integrated water resources management (IWRM). The publication was launched during World Water Week in Stockholm, Sweden.

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CITES AC28 Opens in Israel [viewed]

cites30 August 2015: The twenty-eighth meeting of the Animals Committee (AC28) of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) has commenced in Tel Aviv, Israel. Avi Gabbay, Minister of Environmental Protection, Israel, welcomed participants, highlighting that this was the first time a CITES body had met in Israel.

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Event: Sixth MEP and Bureau Meeting of IPBES [viewed]

The sixth meeting of the Multidisciplinary Expert Panel (MEP) of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) and Bureau meeting will be held in Bonn, Germany.  

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Event: FAO Technical Meeting on the Green Negotiated Territorial Development Approach (GreeNTD) [viewed]

This meeting will bring together staff from various Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) Units and a small group of external experts to discuss a proposed analytical framework on Green Negotiated Territorial Development (GreeNTD) and how it can be applied to support bottom-up, negotiated approaches to enhance equitable and sustainable access, use and management of natural resources. The GreeNTD approach introduces the concept of ecological security to ensure that decision makers pay sufficient attention to the growing competition for natural resources, while enhancing the sustainable use of ecosystems and resilience of vulnerable communities. In addition to critically reviewing the different elements of the proposed framework, the meeting will explore possible synergies between GreeNTD and other governance approaches, notably, disaster risk management, the FAO Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure, and existing regional initiatives.  

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Event: Launch Workshop of the Global GEF/FAO Project on Decision Support for Scaling Up and Mainstreaming Sustainable Land Management [viewed]

The workshop will introduce the main technical concepts and approaches underpinning the project, which is coordinated by the World Overview of Conservation Approaches and Technologies (WOCAT) Secretariat. The three interrelated dimensions are: national and local decision-support on combating desertification land degradation and drought (DLDD) and promoting mainstreaming and upscaling best practices in sustainable land management (SLM); a global DLDD and SLM knowledge management and decision-support platform; and monitoring and evaluation, impact assessment and dissemination of project results. Representatives of 15 countries in Asia, Latin America, Africa and Eastern Europe that are participating in the project will provide an overview of their SLM status, as well as proposed strategies, actions and co-financing arrangements for the project. Participants will also review required support through mobilizing additional resources at the regional level. On the final day of the workshop, the project steering committee will convene its first meeting on operational and coordination issues.  

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Event: FAO Technical Meeting on Land Governance and Social Protection [viewed]

This meeting will bring together staff from various Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) Units and a small group of external experts to review two scoping papers addressing complementary dimensions of land governance and social protection. The first scoping document compares the impact of investing in rights-based approaches to natural resources or social protection schemes, in terms of achieving the overall objective of reducing vulnerability and food insecurity. The second document explores the linkages between gender, social protection and natural resources management from a global poverty perspective.  

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FCPF, UN-REDD Provide Guidance on Grievance Redress Mechanisms [viewed]

unredd-fcpf17 August 2015: The UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (UN-REDD) and the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) have developed a joint guidance note that proposes an approach to strengthening in-country capacity for grievance resolution activities to be carried out during the readiness phase of projects on reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, including the role of conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks (REDD+).

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COMIFAC, Rainforest Alliance Review VPA/FLEGT Process in Congo Basin [viewed]

comifac_rainforest_alliance16 August 2015: The Central African Forest Commission (COMIFAC) and the Rainforest Alliance have published a review of forest law enforcement, governance and trade (FLEGT) and voluntary partnership agreements (VPAs) concluded between Congo Basin countries and the EU, highlighting achievements and remaining challenges.

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Event: Meeting of Senior Government Officials Expert in Environmental Law on the Midterm Review of the Montevideo Programme IV [viewed]

The meeting of senior government officials expert in environmental law on the midterm review of the fourth Programme for the Development and Periodic Review of Environmental Law (Montevideo Programme IV), which is being convened by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), will bring together experts in the field of environmental law from governments, as well as various organizations. The meeting is expected to address, among other things: the midterm review of the implementation and effectiveness of the Montevideo Programme IV; emerging issues in the field of environmental law, in particular in the Montevideo Programme IV programme areas; and priority areas for action in the field of environmental law for the period up to 2020, taking into account the Montevideo Programme IV.

The mid-term review, carried out in a consultative and participatory manner, is expected to assess progress in delivering the Montevideo Programme, as well as shortcomings, gaps and expected future developments. It will also provide an opportunity to: reassess further development and implementation of environmental law in light of new developments and emerging trends; highlight opportunities for improving synergies and coherence of policies and actions across the international community in the field of environmental law; and provide a platform for sharing experiences and facilitating a coordinated approach among a range of actors to facilitate the implementation of internationally agreed environmental objectives and goals through actions in environmental law. The outcomes of the meeting and the review will be reported to the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA) at its second session in 2016.

The UNEP Governing Council (since transformed into the UNEA) adopted he Montevideo Programme IV in February 2009, as a strategy for the international law community and UNEP in formulating activities in the environmental law field for the decade commencing in 2010.  

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Event: 21st Senior Officials Meeting of the EMG [viewed]

The 21st senior officials meeting of the Environmental Management Group (EMG) (SOM-21) will be held in conjunction with the 70th Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) and the UN Sustainable Development Summit 2015. The meeting is intended to provide an opportunity to strategize and come up with a common message on how the UN system intends to support countries in achieving the environmental sustainability dimension of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are expected to be adopted at the Summit. In a note regarding the Meeting, Achim Steiner, UNEP Executive Director and EMG Chair, proposed that the EMG discuss, among other things: UN system wide strategies so that the UN system can contribute to the environmental sustainability dimension of the SDGs; maximizing the EMG's effectiveness to be fit for purpose in the context of the post-2015 development agenda; and the EMG's role in coordinating UN system wide support for implementing the SDGs, including monitoring and reviewing progress of the environmental dimension. He also proposed the following modalities for the meeting's organization, including a technical preparatory segment and a senior officials segment, with the technical segment expected to meet twice prior to SOM-21 on 9 September by audio conference and on 21 September in person in New York. Also in preparation for SOM-21, the second mid-term technical segment meeting of senior EMG officials convened on 6 May 2015, with the aim of providing an update on progress made by the EMG since SOM20, and initiating a discussion on strategic and possible future issues for consideration and inclusion in the EMG 2016-2017 Programme of Work. SOM-21 will be hosted by the UN Development Programme (UNDP). The meeting will be devoted to a strategic dialogue conducted through two panel discussions moderated by designated senior officials. This will based on the follow up and implementation of the environmental dimension of the SDGs and role and contribution of the EMG with the following issues being addressed specifically: 1. Main implementation challenges associated with responding to the Environmental Sustainability dimensions; 2. How effectively handle the nexus issues that cut across institutional boundaries (such as environment and health; environment and land management; environment and energy, etc.); 3. A System Wide Framework of Strategies on the Environment to enhance coherence in the UN system in responding to the SDGs; and 4. Role and contribution of the EMG in the follow up of the post-2015 development agenda and ways of maximizing its effectiveness.  

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