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IUCN Report: Sustainable Tourism Can Conserve Protected Areas [viewed]

IUCN14 November 2014: An International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) report says that increasing the number of visitors to protected areas can be an effective tool for conservation and community development, as long as well-functioning management systems are in place. The report, titled ‘Tourism and Visitor Management in Protected Areas: Guidelines for Sustainability,' was launched during the IUCN World Parks Congress in Sydney, Australia.

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Sixth IUCN World Parks Congress Opens [viewed]

logo_wpc201412 November 2014: The sixth International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Parks Congress (WPC) opened on 12 November, in Sydney, Australia, with a ceremony that transitioned the role of Congress host from South Africa to Australia. The eight-day event is expected to attract 5,000 participants from more than 160 countries, and culminate in the ‘Promise of Sydney Vision,' a document highlighting the importance of protected areas (PAs), listing promises made during the WPC, and proposing steps for its fulfillment.

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CGIAR Launches Ecosystem Services and Resilience Framework [viewed]

CGIAR11 November 2014: The CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE) has launched the Ecosystem Services and Resilience (ESR) Framework for using ecosystem service and resilience concepts to improve human well-being and food and livelihood security in agricultural landscapes.

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APEC Ministers Address Wildlife, Energy, Oceans and Disaster Management [viewed]

apec10 November 2014: The 26th Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Ministerial Meeting released a Joint Statement addressing the advancement of economic integration; promotion of innovative development, economic reform and growth; and strengthened comprehensive connectivity and infrastructure development, among other issues.

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October 2014 Water Finance Update [viewed]

World Bank-AfDB-ADB-IDB-EBRD-GEFOctober 2014: International financial institutions (IFIs), including the World Bank, Global Environment Facility (GEF), African Development Bank (AfDB), Asian Development Bank (ADB), Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), undertook a number of activities in October, focusing lending efforts on water-related disaster risk reduction (DRR) and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services.

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World Bank Presents Case of WASH in Papua New Guinea [viewed]

Worldbanklogo.big1 October 2014: The World Bank released a report, titled ‘Papua New Guinea: Sanitation, Water Supply and Hygiene (WASH) in Urban Informal Settlements,' in their Social Research Findings and Recommendations series.

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World Bank Report Highlights Links between Water Quality and Education Level [viewed]

Worldbanklogo.big1 October 2014: A World Bank working paper, titled ‘Water Quality, Brawn and Education: The Rural Drinking Water Program in China,' assesses the impact of water treatment programmes on education levels and finds that the implementation of such programmes in China during the 1980s increased the average grade of education completed by 1.08 years.

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Event: 14th Session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (PFII 14) [viewed]

The Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (PFII) will follow up on the outcome of the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples (WCIP) and discuss the post-2015 development agenda. The 14th session will include discussions on youth self-harm and suicide, indigenous issues in the Pacific region, and the possibility of an optional protocol to the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). Other issues to be addressed include implementation of UNDRIP, and the future work of the PFII.  

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Chairs Summarize Six Multi-Stakeholder Partnership Dialogues on SIDS [viewed]

sids-conference-20148 October 2014: The Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) included six multi-stakeholder partnership dialogues aimed at launching new partnerships, sharing successes, and documenting progress on key issues important to SIDS' sustainable development. Summaries from the dialogues' Chairs, issued as a UN General Assembly document of 8 October 2014, highlight the array of partnerships committed to at the conference.

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Senior Arctic Officials Prepare for Arctic Council Ministerial Meeting [viewed]

Arctic Council23 October 2014: The Senior Arctic Officials (SAOs) and Heads of Delegation of Indigenous Permanent Participant organizations of the Arctic Council met to assess overall progress toward the priorities set under the Canadian Chairmanship. SAO Chair, Vincent Rigby, noted that the productive meeting would yield a "rich set of recommendations" for the Arctic Council Ministers to consider. Notably, SAOs approved a report outlining concrete recommendations for reducing woodstove black carbon emissions.

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