Governance

Event: 2015 Spring Meetings of World Bank and IMF [viewed]

The 2015 Spring Meetings of the World Bank Group (WBG) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) will bring together thousands of government officials, journalists, civil society organizations, academia and the private sector. The IMF's International Monetary and Financial Committee and the joint World Bank-IMF Development Committee will meet to discuss progress on the IMF's and the WBG's work. Seminars, regional briefings, press conferences and many other events focused on the global economy, international development and the world's financial markets will also be held.  

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Event: 2014 Annual Meetings of World Bank and IMF [viewed]

The 2014 Annual Meetings of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank Group (WBG) will bring together central bankers, ministers of finance and development, private sector executives and academics to discuss issues of global concern, including the world economic outlook, poverty eradication, economic development and aid effectiveness. Seminars, regional briefings, press conferences and other events focused on the global economy, international development and the world's financial system will be held. About 13,000 people are expected to attend this year's meetings. The Annual Meetings will open with a plenary on 10 October followed by meetings of the International Monetary and Financial Committee (IMFC) and of the Development Committee on 11 October. At the conclusion of each of these meetings, communiqués will be released providing guidance to the Executive Boards of the two institutions. A Civil Society Policy Forum will also be held, which will comprise a series of policy dialogue sessions and bring together Bank and Fund staff, civil society representatives, government officials and others.  

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UN Watercourses Convention Enters into Force [viewed]

United Nations17 August 2014: The UN Convention on the Non-Navigational Uses of International Watercourses (UN Watercourses Convention) entered into force on 17 August 2014, with the 35th ratification of the Convention by Viet Nam in May 2014. The Convention, which was adopted by the UN General Assembly (UNGA) on 21 May 1997, is the only global agreement addressing the 276 transboundary freshwater lakes and rivers worldwide.

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UN-REDD Publication Explores Assessments of Forest Governance [viewed]

unredd-fao-proforAugust 2014: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released a report highlighting good practices on the collection of forest governance data. Titled 'Assessing Forest Governance: A Practical Guide to Data Collection, Analysis and Use,' the report addresses issues such as formal laws and policies, customary uses, and land tenure.

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Forest Governance Working Group Launched in Central Africa [viewed]

comifac-cbfp31 July 2014: The Forest Governance Working Group (GTGF) of the Commission des Forets d'Afrique Centrale (COMIFAC) met the 29-30 July 2014 in order to launch the GTGF and consider its roadmap and operational plan.

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FAO's Voluntary Guidelines on Tenure Newsletter Updates on Events and Publications [viewed]

FAOJuly 2014: The July 2014 newsletter of the Voluntary Guidelines on Tenure Governance Initiative of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) includes updates on: recent events; support for the Guidelines; examples of the use of the Guidelines; technical publications and e-learning; and news on other relevant guidelines.

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World Bank, IMF Publish Guidelines for Natural Resource Administration [viewed]

worldbank_imf7 August 2014: The World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF) have jointly published a guide on the effective administration of public revenues from oil, gas, coal, minerals, and other non-renewable natural resources. The publication, titled ‘Administering Fiscal Regimes for Extractive Industries: A Handbook,' offers policymakers in developing and emerging market countries guidelines to, inter alia, address growing calls for transparency and accountability in the sector.

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GSP Highlights Second Plenary Assembly Outcomes [viewed]

Global Soil Partnership (GSP)August 2014: Following the second Plenary Assembly, held from 22-24 July in Rome, Italy, the Global Soil Partnership (GSP) Secretariat has released a special edition newsletter summarizing the meeting's outcomes. The newsletter is published in anticipation of the forthcoming report on the 2014 Plenary Assembly.

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African and US Leaders Discuss Illegal Trade in Wildlife [viewed]

us.africa.summit4 August 2014: African Heads of State and US leaders discussed best practices and future steps in a 'Dialogue on Combating Wildlife Trafficking,' which took place during the US-Africa Leaders Summit. The event aimed to build on progress made in addressing illegal trade, identify areas where the US and Africa could collaborate to combat wildlife trafficking and inspire youth to safeguard their natural heritage for future generations.

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WorldFish Report Discusses Fisheries, Food Security and Climate Change in Kiribati [viewed]

WorldFishAugust 2014: WorldFish has released a report that examines fisheries governance and livelihoods in Kiribati. The report, titled ‘Fish for the Future: Fisheries development and food security for Kiribati in an era of global climate change,' analyzes the status of Kiribati coastal and ocean fisheries resources and discusses challenges related to sustainability and climate change; population, food security and coastal fisheries management; social challenges in Kiribati fisheries; and licensing revenue and development.

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