Governance

UNEP: Environmental Destruction in Côte d'Ivoire is “Reversible” [viewed]

Côte d'Ivoire Post-Conflict Environmental Assessment25 September 2015: The Côte d'Ivoire Post-Conflict Environmental Assessment (PCEA), a collaboration between the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Government of Côte d'Ivoire, has concluded that massive deforestation and pollution of West Africa's largest lagoon system are “reversible” and could spur opportunities for fishing, leisure, transport and tourism “that are at present inconceivable.”

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Guest Article #52: 17 SDGs, but is there a Priority SDG Target? [viewed]

In his speech to world leaders on Friday, Pope Francis listed lodging, labor and land as the bare essentials for everyone to live in dignity and to have and support a family. But access to land is also the means to secure lodging and labor – at least for a majority of the world's population. So I will be more blunt.

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UNGA Debate Highlights SDG Implementation, Special Situations [viewed]

unga7029 September 2015: The 70th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) continued its General Debate on the theme ‘The UN at 70: A new commitment to action.' Speakers on 29 September 2015 welcomed the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), noting their potential to transform the world. Speakers also focused on global security concerns, including refugees and the role of the UN Security Council.

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COMIFAC Circulates Quarterly Summary of Activities [viewed]

COMIFACSeptember 2015: The Secretariat of the Central African Forest Commission (COMIFAC) has recently published a quarterly summary report of operations, which provides an overview of implementation activities from April to June 2015.

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Nagoya Protocol on ABS Reaches 66 Ratifications [viewed]

CBD28 September 2015: Eleven countries have ratified the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization (ABS) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) since its entry into force on 12 October 2014. The Protocol currently counts 66 ratifications.

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GEF Event Examines SDGs and Planetary Boundaries [viewed]

post2015_iisdrs_sideevents27 September 2015: Protecting the Earth's shared natural resources in the context of population's accelerated growth was the focus of a high-level event organized by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) on the margins of the UN Sustainable Development Summit.

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UN Leaders, Member States Reconfirm Commitment to Fight Illicit Trade in Wildlife [viewed]

UNDP, UNODC, CITES, World Bank and WCS27 September 2015: At a high-level stakeholder dialogue hosted by the Governments of Gabon and Germany and held on the sidelines of the UN Sustainable Development Summit, heads of UN agencies, ministers of UN Member States and leaders from the private sector reaffirmed their political commitment to fight illegal trade in wildlife.

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China and US Agree to Ban Ivory Import and Export [viewed]

china_us_flag25 September 2015: The Governments of China and the United States said they would enact nearly complete bans on the import and export of ivory as part of efforts to end the global trade in ivory and combat wildlife trafficking, according to a White House press release.

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Central African Indigenous Networks Discuss Land Security, Conservation and Climate Priorities [viewed]

CBFPSeptember 2015: A sub-regional symposium organized by the Network of Indigenous and Local Communities for the Sustainable Management of Forest Ecosystems in Central Africa (REPALEAC) highlighted indigenous communities' perspectives on the governance of protected areas and ongoing land reform processes in the region, and agreed on key messages to Central African Heads of State and the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

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Heads of State and Government Adopt 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development [viewed]

post2015_summit27 September 2015: The UN General Assembly (UNGA) formally adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development including the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at a summit of heads of State and Government, with many speakers calling the agreement a historic moment in forging a sustainable pathway for people and the planet.

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