Governance

CSO Contributions Highlight Forestry in SDGs, Poverty-Inequality Linkages, Governance [viewed]

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)April 2016: Recent papers and articles by civil society organizations (CSOs) address: forestry in Sustainable Development Goals' (SDGs) implementation; the relationship between poverty and inequality; SDG 16 on good governance; and the indicators for the Goals. This piece highlights contributions from the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), Overseas Development Institute (ODI), Southern Voice, and Transparency International, among others.

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FAO Highlights CEDAW Recommendation, Land Reform in Europe and Asia [viewed]

fao_headquartersMarch 2016: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has highlighted a draft “General Recommendation” by the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), which draws attention to the situation of rural women and calls for improved integration with the Voluntary Guidelines and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to enhance gender mainstreaming in agricultural and rural development policies and programmes. In the latest edition of its Land Tenure Journal, FAO has also underscored efforts to reform land and property valuation and taxation in nine European and Central Asian countries.

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Event: PROFOR Advisory Board Meeting [viewed]

This meeting will focus on the theme 'Informing, Connecting and Shaping Forests,' and will consider how knowledge and tools developed under the Program on Forests (PROFOR) are influencing and improving development outcomes in the forest sector and beyond. Presentations will include an update on PROFOR's cross-sectoral programmatic activities, results from PROFOR's strengthened monitoring and evaluation program, and an overview of the proposed PROFOR portfolio for 2016 including country and regional activities.  

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Ballast Water Management Forum Addresses Research and Development, Policy Issues [viewed]

imo-glo_ballast18 March 2016: Held from 16-18 March 2016, in Montreal, Canada, an international forum organized by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the International Maritime Organization (IMO) shared knowledge and experience on treatment technologies and alternative methods for ballast water management, and discussed policy matters related to the control of invasive alien species.

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Nagoya Protocol on ABS Reaches 73 Ratifications [viewed]

CBDMarch 2016: Following recent ratifications by Togo, the UK and Senegal, 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) has reached 73 ratifications. In other news of relevance to the Nagoya Protocol, the CBD Secretariat has made available online the report of the expert group meeting on Article 10 of the Protocol, regarding a global multilateral benefit-sharing mechanism.

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Event: Electronic Consultation on Participation of Indigenous Peoples at the UN [viewed]

UN General Assembly (UNGA) President Mogens Lykketoft and the four advisers on indigenous peoples' participation at the UN are inviting concrete proposals on enabling the effective participation of indigenous peoples' representatives and institutions in UN meetings on issues affecting them, such as: procedures and modalities that will make the participation of indigenous peoples' representatives meaningful and effective; criteria for determining the eligibility of indigenous peoples' representatives for accreditation as such; nature and membership of a body to determine the eligibility of indigenous peoples' representatives for accreditation; and details of the process, including the information required to be submitted to obtain accreditation as an indigenous peoples' representative. Participants may provide submissions in English, Spanish, French or Russian. Proposals should be sent to ipadvisers@un.org. On the basis of this electronic consultation and previous UNGA resolutions and UN reports and studies on the topic, the advisers will prepare a first draft compilation for consultations with Member States and representatives of indigenous peoples, during the 15th session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (PFII) that will take place in New York, US, from 9-20 May 2016.  

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Event: Jump-starting the SDGs in Germany: Natural Resources and Sustainable Consumption and Production [viewed]

This conference will explore the challenges of implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Germany, with a particular focus on natural resources and sustainable consumption and production. Through interactive panel discussions and parallel dialogue forums, the event will assess the role of partnerships for collaboration and mutual learning to achieve the SDGs within and outside Germany, including regarding core issues such as efficient resource use, food security and nutrition, bioenergy, land use, the rural-urban continuum, and follow-up and review. The event is co-hosted by the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture, the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies e.V. (IASS), the Stockholm Environment Institute, the Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI), Germanwatch e.V. and the World Centre for Sustainable Development (RIO+Centre).  

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WMO Highlights Record Temperature, Droughts and Extremes on World Meteorological Day [viewed]

WMO23 March 2016: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) released its Statement on the Status of the Climate in 2015, ahead of the World Meteorological Day. The Statement indicates that 2015 broke records in terms of temperatures, heatwaves, rainfall, drought and tropical cyclones, and that this trend is expected to continue in 2016. The theme of World Meteorological Day 2016, which was observed on 23 March, was 'Hotter, drier, wetter. Face the Future,' in order to highlight climate challenges and the path towards climate-resilient societies.

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Event: Fourth High Level Forum on UN Global Geospatial Information Management [viewed]

Co-organized by the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), the Government of Ethiopia and the UN Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM), this event will bring together 400 geospatial experts and land management stakeholders to address the overarching theme of ‘Good land governance for the 2030 Agenda'. The discussions will cover, among other topics: land administration and management, with particular emphasis on sharing experiences, including benefits and challenges; consideration of fit-for-purpose aspects; digital land registers, cadastres, and other land data needs; practical examples of land administration success stories; and the geospatial information requirements for land administration and management in Africa. Various commercial exhibitions will showcase the latest products and services in geospatial science and technology. UN-GGIM was established in 2011 with the aim of setting the agenda for global geospatial information development and promoting the benefits of geospatial information for addressing national policy. The High-Level Forum encourages collaboration between professional bodies and experts working in land governance, including UN bodies and other international organizations, to identify and address common issues of land management and governance in support of sustainable development.  

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Arctic Council Addresses Climate Change, Resilience [viewed]

Arctic Council17 March 2016: A Senior Arctic Officials' (SAO) Meeting of the Arctic Council (AC) focused on, among other issues, two cross-cutting themes, namely climate change and resilience, and future AC's work on oil and gas. In particular, the AC considered: the potential effects of the Paris Agreement on future work of the Council; reducing emissions of short-lived climate pollutants, such as black carbon and methane (BCM), also in the oil and gas sector; and operationalizing the One Health initiative of the AC's Sustainable Development Working Group (SDWG).

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