Governance

UN, NGO Event Considers Inclusive Review of Post-2015 Agenda [viewed]

iass18 May 2015: The Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), Biovision and the Millennium Institute co-sponsored a side event to build on the outcomes of the High‐level Event on Follow‐Up and Review Mechanisms for Natural Resource Management and Governance to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which took place on 12-13 May 2015.

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African Leaders Issue Declaration Against Wildlife Crime [viewed]

conf-labff-brazzaMay 2015: Following a meeting on illegal trade in wild fauna and flora held in Brazzaville, the Republic of the Congo, African leaders issued a strong declaration urging coordinated regional and international action against wildlife crime.

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UNFF11 Concludes with Ministerial Declaration, Decisions on IAF [viewed]

iisdrs_unff1115 May 2015: The 11th session of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF11) was held at UN headquarters in New York from 4-15 May 2015, with the High-Level Segment taking place from 13-14 May 2015. Delegates convened to discuss, inter alia, progress, challenges and the way forward for the international arrangement on forests, including reviewing the effectiveness of the international arrangement on forests (IAF), the progress towards the achievement of the global objectives on forests and the contribution of forests and the IAF to the internationally agreed development goals.

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Global Ocean Commission Discusses Rescue Package for the Global Ocean [viewed]

iisdrs_goc18 May 2015: The 5th Meeting of the Global Ocean Commission (GOC 5) discussed the outcome of the GOC report, titled ‘From Decline to Recovery: A Rescue Package for the Global Ocean.' Twelve high-level Commissioners, including former Heads of State, and ministers and leaders in the private sector and of international organizations, met on 17 May 2015 in New York, US, to: update Commissioners on progress and developments since the report's release; solicit input into the proposed strategy contained in the report; and discuss ways by which a Global Ocean Accountability Board (GOAB – working title) could be established and managed once the Commission ceases to exist at the end of 2015.

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Mountain Partnership Reflects on Key Achievements [viewed]

Mountain Partnership18 May 2015: In its annual report, the Mountain Partnership Secretariat (MPS) reflects on its key achievements in promoting sustainable mountain development (SMD). Using mountain climbing as an analogy to facing SMD challenges, the report, titled ‘A Year-long Ascent,' describes work in advocacy, communication and knowledge management, promoting International Mountain Day, brokering joint action and leading capacity development initiatives.

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2015 Global Land Forum Focuses on Africa, Indigenous Peoples' Rights [viewed]

global_land_forum16 May 2015: The 2015 Global Land Forum (GLF), which met under the theme ‘Land governance for inclusive development, justice and sustainability: time for action,' brought together practitioners, land users, activists, policymakers and researchers from around the world to debate, share and plan joint action on people-centered land governance. The Forum aimed to contribute to international goals related to poverty reduction, food security, environmental sustainability and human well-being and dignity, including those within the context of the post-2015 development agenda.

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IMO MEPC 68 Adopts Environmental Provisions of Polar Code [viewed]

IMO15 May 2015: The 68th Session of the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) has adopted the environmental part of the Polar Code, which is the international code of safety for ships operating in waters surrounding the Earth's poles. MEPC also adopted the relevant amendments under the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL) to make the Code mandatory.

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Tibetan Leader Appointed Mountain Partnership Ambassador [viewed]

Mountain Partnership15 May 2015: His Holiness (HH) the Drikung Kyabgön Chetsang has been appointed as Mountain Partnership Ambassador in order to “inspire goodwill toward improving the quality of life and sustaining healthy environments in the world's mountain regions.” Eduardo Rojas-Briales, Assistant Director-General for Forestry of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), announced the appointment on 6 May 2015, at the Stimson Center in Washington, DC, US.

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Event: International High-Level Event: Follow-Up and Review Mechanisms for Natural Resources in the Post-2015 Development Agenda [viewed]

This high-level event titled 'Follow‐up and Review Mechanisms for Natural Resource Management and Governance to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)' will explore options and possible criteria for cross-cutting follow-up and review mechanisms at the national level, as well as potential synergies and trade-offs among different SDGs that relate to natural resources. The multi-stakeholder event will specifically address: a range of options for developing robust follow-up and review mechanisms that connect the global, regional and national levels; opportunities and possible criteria for the integrated follow-up and review of natural resources related SDGs; and the potential role and contribution of participatory platforms in the follow-up and review of the SDGs. Co-organized by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) in Potsdam, Germany, the Biovision Foundation in Zurich, Switzerland; and Millennium Institute in Washington DC, US, the event will bring together negotiators, national government experts and representatives from UN agencies, scientific institutions, civil society and the business sector. One of the main outcomes of the meeting will be the development of specific recommendations for the Fifth Session of the Post-2015 Intergovernmental Negotiations on Follow-up and Review, taking place from 18-22 May 2015.  

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April 2015 Water Finance Update [viewed]

afdb_gef_idb_gwpApril 2015: During the month of April, international financial institutions (IFIs), including the African Development Bank (AfDB), Global Environment Facility (GEF), Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and World Bank, announced financing for projects related to water resource management, sanitation services and water conflict resolution. In addition, the Global Water Partnership (GWP) undertook an initiative for climate-proofing water investment in the Caribbean.

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