Governance

CSOs Raise Concerns to IAEG-SDGs [viewed]

post2015-time-global-actionOctober 2015: Following the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as well as the Addis Ababa Action Agenda (AAAA), NGOs and other civil society organizations (CSOs) have raised concerns related to the Inter-Agency and Expert Group on SDG Indicators (IAEG-SDGs), requesting increased transparency on the process, and proposing indicators on children and water. Other recent CSO interventions address Africa's proactive role in the process, and propose areas of advocacy on sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR).

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Niger Basin Countries Adopt Climate Resilience Investment Plan [viewed]

wb_bassinniger27 October 2015: The countries of the Niger Basin have jointly developed a Climate Resilience Investment Plan (CRIP) that outlines 246 priority actions for building climate resilience. The nine member States of the Niger Basin Authority (NBA), Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Côte d'Ivoire, Guinea, Mali, Niger and Nigeria, collaborated on the Plan and pledged to advocate for technical and financial support to implement its priority actions.

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October 2015 Climate Finance Update [viewed]

adb_afdb_eib_ebdr_idb_cbd_wb_gcf_pmr_af_ifad_unepdtu_unfccc_un2 November 2015: During the month of October, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the African Development Bank (AfDB), the European Investment Bank (EIB), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), the World Bank, the Green Climate Fund (GCF), the Adaptation Fund and others reported on funding, project news and other climate-related finance developments. Multilateral development banks, environmental funds and UN entities also released studies, newsletters and reports on, inter alia, food security, access to finance, green bonds, black carbon and private sector climate finance.

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OHRLLS Event Addresses Resilience Building for Countries in Special Situations [viewed]

UNOHRLLS30 October 2015: Participants discussed how to enhance disaster mitigation and resilience building for the least developed countries (LDCs), Landlocked Developing Countries (LLDCs) and small island developing States (SIDS), during a side event of the UN General Assembly's (UNGA) Second Committee (Economic and Financial), organized by the UN Office of the High Representative for the LDCs, LLDCs and SIDS (OHRLLS).

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18th RRI Dialogue Focuses on Community Land Rights and the Role of Climate Finance [viewed]

RRI-logo29 October 2015: Focusing on the theme 'Status of Community Land Rights and the Role of Climate Finance on the Eve of the Paris Agreement,' the Rights and Resources Initiative's (RRI) 18th Dialogue on Forests, Governance and Climate Change explored the implications of key 2015 developments in climate change policy and financing for the rights of indigenous peoples and local communities. It highlighted that the challenge is how to ensure strong links between climate financing mechanisms and efforts to secure rights to lands, territories and resources.

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CMS Saiga MOU Meeting Addresses Conservation, Challenges of Die-Offs and Poaching [viewed]

CMS29 October 2015: Representatives of the range States of the critically endangered saiga antelope and experts from various organizations met for the Third Meeting of the Signatories (MOS3) to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) Memorandum of Understanding concerning Conservation, Restoration and Sustainable Use of the Saiga Antelopes (Saiga MOU). Participants reviewed the Overview Report on Conservation Status and MOU Implementation and adopted the Draft Medium Term International Work Programme for the Saiga Antelope (2016-2020).

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Danube Countries Strengthen Prevention of Industrial Accidents [viewed]

UNECE21 October 2015: The Republic of Moldova, Romania and Ukraine agreed to strengthen their cooperation on hazard and crisis management in the Danube Delta, during a workshop of the UN Economic Commission for Europe's (UNECE) Danube Delta Project. The three countries plan to work together to protect human health and the Delta's natural heritage from accidental water pollution.

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Event: Launch of the Global High-Level Panel on Water and Peace [viewed]

The Global High-Level Panel on Water and Peace is a collective initiative of a group of countries committed to global water issues. The Panel, to be launched by Switzerland and approximately 15 other countries during a public ministerial event, will be established for about two years, and aims to develop proposals to: strengthen the global architecture to prevent and resolve water-related conflicts; facilitate water use for building peace; and put water relations at the center of government policies. While the Panel will function outside the formal UN structure, it will work closely with relevant stakeholders, including the UN, taking into account already existing initiatives and organizations in the water sector. The panel will include eminent persons with political experience from national authorities, civil society, academia, international organizations and the private sector. The Geneva Water Hub will act as the Panel's Secretariat.  

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UNEP Launches Guide to National Legislation for Rio Principle 10 [viewed]

UNEP Logo23 October 2015: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has launched a guide to help countries improve their implementation of Principle 10 of the 1992 Rio Declaration on Environment and Development, on access to information, public participation and access to justice in environmental matters. UNEP describes the guide as “a milestone for both environmental law and sustainable development.” The publication was launched alongside the Eye on Earth Summit in early October, and later made available online.

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Slovakia Assumes FOREST EUROPE Chairmanship [viewed]

Fourth Session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee for a Legally-Binding Agreement on Forests in Europe (INC-Forests4)21 October 2015: The seventh FOREST EUROPE Ministerial Conference, which convened from 20-21 October 2015, in Madrid, Spain, marked the end of Spain's chairmanship of FOREST EUROPE, with the Slovak Republic assuming the chairmanship. The membership of the General Coordinating Committee also changed, with Sweden replacing Norway.

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