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CCAFS Details Latest Knowledge on Agriculture and Adaptation [viewed]

CGIAR CCAFS23 February 2016: The CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) has published two working papers and two associated information notes synthesizing the latest knowledge on agriculture and adaptation. The papers and notes are designed to help countries to prepare submissions to the 44th session of the UNFCCC Subsidiary Body on Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA), and will be discussed during in-session workshops on agriculture.

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IFAD Governing Council Focuses on Inclusive Investment to Address Hunger and Poverty [viewed]

IFAD19 February 2016: The Governing Council of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) has called for increased investment in smallholder agriculture to ensure food security, climate change adaptation, equitable prosperity and the prevention of conflict and migration. Holding its 39th meeting, on the theme 'Inclusive Investment: Rural people, state and business in the post-2015 agenda,' the Council discussed the role of investment in achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, as well as how to undertake such investment in order to eradicate poverty and food and nutrition insecurity, and realize rural communities' potential.

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UNEP OECPR-2 Addresses Implementation, Environmental Dimensions of Agenda 2030 [viewed]

oecpr19 February 2016: The second meeting of the Open-Ended Committee of Permanent Representatives (OECPR-2) to the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) advanced preparations for the upcoming second UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-2), which will address the theme of 'Delivering on the Environmental Dimension of Agenda 2030.'

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Event: UNEP Special Session on Environment and Human Health [viewed]

At this special session, UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Executive Director Achim Steiner will introduce the report, ‘Healthy Environment, Healthy People,' on the sidelines of the 2nd Open-ended Meeting of the Committee of Permanent Representatives (OECPR) to UNEP, to be held 15-19 February 2016. The 2nd OECPR to UNEP is focused on furthering the environmental dimension of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and addressing the environment-health nexus. The report will be formally launched at the 2nd UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-2) to be held in May 2016.  

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IUCN Project Assesses Microplastics in the Arctic [viewed]

iucn_kopri_gesamp 29 January 2016: The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has launched a research project to examine the origin of microplastics in the Arctic Ocean and the effects of these microplastics on ecosystems and human health. IUCN will then make recommendations on the development and implementation of sustainable waste policies and legislation for governments, industries, civil society and other stakeholders.

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UN Boosts Water Monitoring Efforts on SDG 6, Launches High-Level Panel with World Bank [viewed]

wb_united21 January 2016: UN Water has published a guide on 'Monitoring Water and Sanitation in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development,' while UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and World Bank President Jim Yong Kim have launched a high-level panel to promote financing and implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 6 (SDG 6) on water and sanitation. The panel, co-chaired by the Presidents of Mauritius and Mexico, seeks to promote dialogue, innovative financing and implementation strategies for SDG 6, while the publication provides a framework for monitoring the eight targets under the Goal.

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GFFA 2016 Highlights Agriculture and Food Security for SDGs, Climate [viewed]

gffa16 January 2016: The 2016 Global Forum for Food and Agriculture (GFFA) resulted in a Communiqué from the agriculture ministers of 65 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, and Latin America. The ministers call for ensuring food security for cities and rural areas through: sustainable, productive and profitable agriculture; efficient, reliable supply and value chains; and vibrant rural areas.

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Event: ASEAN Conference on Biodiversity 2016: Biodiversity for Sustainable Development [viewed]

The ASEAN Conference on Biodiversity 2016 will focus on the theme, ‘Biodiversity for Sustainable Development'. The conference will discuss the Association of Southeast Asian Nations' (ASEAN) progress on implementing their National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs) and the Aichi Biodiversity Targets, including identification of areas where additional efforts are needed to achieve the Aichi Targets. Over 500 participants are expected to share their experiences in meeting the targets and showcase innovative policies and practices. The meeting will also discuss: access and benefit sharing (ABS); climate change and biodiversity; health and biodiversity; and financing for biodiversity conservation in the ASEAN region, including through the ASEAN Biodiversity Fund. It will include a soft launch of the Second Edition of the ASEAN Biodiversity Outlook, which will provide a mid-term report on the progress of ASEAN member States on the Aichi Biodiversity Targets. The conference will also include a ‘Business and Biodiversity Forum' with representatives from the private sector discussing the link between business and biodiversity.  

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COP 21 Considers Revised Draft Outcome [viewed]

cop219 December: Delegates at COP 21 discussed a revised version of the Paris outcome during an evening session of the Comité de Paris. Introducing the revised draft, COP 21 President Laurent Fabius informed parties that the text: is “inspired” by the ADP draft Paris outcome from Saturday, 5 December; incorporates ministerial facilitators' recommendations; and draws from ADP co-facilitators' suggestions and experience. He explained that the 29-page text, which contains three-fourths fewer brackets than the previous draft, aims to provide an overview of progress made and identify clear options on three cross-cutting issues still to be settled at the political level.

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Paris Climate Change Conference Negotiations Continue; Side Events Consider Renewable Energy and Cities [viewed]

cop213 December 2015: On Thursday, 3 December, the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP 2-12) contact group continued consideration of the negotiating text of the agreement and associated decisions. Spin-off groups, contact groups and informal consultations continued throughout the day.

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