Governance

UNEP Consults Stakeholders on Environment-Health Links Ahead of UNEA 2 [viewed]

uneaNovember 2015: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has launched an e-discussion to help shape a global thematic report that will be presented at the Second UN Environment Assembly (UNEA 2), in May 2016. Interested participants can provide input via ‘My UNEA,' an online platform for stakeholder participation in the work of UNEP and the UNEA.

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UN Highlights Environmental Impacts of War and Conflict [viewed]

UNEP6 November 2015 – The UN has marked the International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict, with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) highlighting the environment as a “silent victim” that is often overlooked.

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GCF Board Approves First Projects [viewed]

green-climate-fund-new6 November 2015: The Green Climate Fund (GCF) is set to fund its first projects after the Board approved eight proposals at its 11th meeting (GCFB 11). The approved funding, which is contingent on fulfillment of specified conditions for seven of the projects, totals US$168 million. At the meeting, the Board also adopted an initial monitoring and accountability framework for accredited entities, a process to develop a strategic plan, a decision on the readiness programme and an updated set of administrative guidelines on procurement.

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Silva2015 Calls for Development of Forest-Related Indicators on SDGs [viewed]

Participants at Ssilva20156 November 2015: Silva2015, the joint session of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Committee on Forests and the Forest Industry and the European Forestry Commission of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), addressed the theme 'The Value of Forests.' The session gathered representatives from 39 countries from Europe, Central Asia, the Caucasus and North America, who pledged to continue their efforts to build climate change into national forest programmes, and asked UNECE and FAO to develop global forest-related indicators related to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), building on existing indicators.

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UN Corruption Conference Urges Action on Wildlife and Forest Crime [viewed]

Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Yury Fedotov (right) and the Secretary-General of Secretary-General of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) John Scanlon. Photo: UNIS Vienna6 November 2015: Participants urged action to disrupt the criminal networks that facilitate illegal trade in wildlife and forest products at the Sixth Session of the Conference of States Parties (CoSP6) to the UN Convention against Corruption. A conference side event recognized wildlife and forest crime as a serious threat and called for preventing corruption as part of efforts to address it.

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Workshop on Illegal Trade in Cheetahs Makes Recommendations to CITES SC66 [viewed]

CITES5 November 2015: With the goal of furthering the work of the Intersessional Working Group on illegal trade in cheetahs, established at the 65th meeting of the Standing Committee of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES SC65), Kuwait, under the leadership of Shereefa Al-salem, organized a workshop to review and exchange information on the illegal trade in cheetahs, and formulate targeted recommendations to combat it, including recommendations concerning the disposal of confiscated cheetahs.

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Informal Gathering Considers Next Steps for UN Watercourses Convention [viewed]

Germany - Finland - Netherlands Flags2 November 2015: Parties to the UN Watercourses Convention on the Law of the Non-Navigational Uses of International Watercourses (the Watercourses Convention) discussed the future management of the Convention, which does not have an institutional structure, such as a Secretariat or a Conference of the Parties (COP), during an informal gathering. Parties agreed to continue discussing the Convention's organization and to encourage ratification of the Convention by other countries.

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APEC Forest Ministers Stress SFM for Long-Term Sustainable Development [viewed]

apec28 October 2015: At their meeting held from 27-29 October 2015, in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, the Ministers Responsible for Forestry of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) endorsed the Eda Statement, which highlights the importance of sustainable forest management (SFM) in achieving long-term sustainable socioeconomic development in the region.

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Gender Day at UNCCD COP 12 Explores Women's Contribution to LDN [viewed]

dryland_women_land_rights16 October 2015: Held on the sidelines of the 12th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 12) to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), this one-day event addressed gender perspectives in meeting the UNCCD goal of land degradation neutrality (LDN), and associated target 15.3 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The discussions drew on a three-part global study, titled ‘Women's Empowerment in the Drylands,' which explores issues of gender justice with respect to land rights, governance and resilience.

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FAO Publishes Guidelines for Safeguarding Land Tenure Rights in Agricultural Investments [viewed]

fao_headquartersOctober 2015: The publication, titled ‘Safeguarding Land Tenure Rights in the Context of Agricultural Investment,' aims to provide detailed guidance to government authorities and others on actions they can take to create an enabling environment for responsible and sustainable investment. The report addresses specific aspects of the 2012 Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security (VGGT) relating to agricultural investments, with a view to promoting inclusive business models that, among others, share value with local farmers “and that do not imply the transfer of large areas of land.”

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