Health

Scientists Call for Recognition of Biodiversity in Climate Negotiations [viewed]

cbd-iai5 December 2014: A declaration prepared by a group of scientists calls for better integration of biodiversity concerns into climate change politics and negotiations. Scientists and policymakers presented the declaration to Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, Peru's Environment Minister and president of the 20th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 20) to the UNFCCC. The declaration asks climate change policymakers to take biodiversity into account while also recognizing the role scientists must play in providing timely information to policymakers.

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CMS/FAO Task Force Releases Statement on H5N8 Avian Influenza [viewed]

fao-cms3 December 2014: The Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) released a Scientific Task Force on Avian Influenza and Wild Birds statement on H5N8 Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) in poultry and wild birds.

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UN Secretary-General's Synthesis Report Proposes 6 Elements for Post-2015 Agenda [viewed]

syntesis-proposal4 December 2014: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has released an advance version of his synthesis report on the post-2015 development agenda, titled ‘The Road to Dignity by 2030: Ending Poverty, Transforming All Lives and Protecting the Planet.' In the report, Ban proposes an integrated set of six essential elements: dignity; people; prosperity; planet; justice; and partnership.

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EU Parliament Outlines Priorities for Post-2015 Development Agenda [viewed]

europeanparliament27 November 2014: The European Parliament has adopted a resolution defining its collective priorities for the post-2015 development agenda. Priorities include ending poverty and fighting inequalities, a human rights-based approach, and a variety of social, economic, and environmental development issues.

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FAO and CPW Explore Wild Meat Markets and Consumption [viewed]

FAO1 December 2014: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) released a second fact sheet from the Collaborative Partnership on Sustainable Wildlife Management (CPW) focusing on wild meat. The fact sheet outlines the importance of wild meat for food and nutrition security while noting that many issues remain with regard to its harvesting, safe handling and marketing.

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CCAFS, CTA, CARE Brief Discusses Food Security in a Changing Climate [viewed]

ccfs-cta-care13 November 2014: The CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) and CARE Denmark have released an issue brief on six issues to address in a changing climate to prevent additional loss and damage and promote the long-term viability of smallholder farmers. The brief emphasizes the importance of advancing food security and nutrition through major agreements expected in 2015 on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), climate change and disaster risk reduction (DRR).

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CBD Holds Final Consultations on State of Knowledge on Biodiversity and Human Health [viewed]

WHO CBDNovember 2014: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has conducted the final consultation for the publication, ‘Connecting Global Priorities: Biodiversity and Human Health: A State of Knowledge Review.' The consultation took place at the International Union for Conservation of Nature's (IUCN) World Parks Congress, which convened in Sydney, Australia, from 12-19 November 2014. The publication will be the culmination of a joint CBD and World Health Organization (WHO) work program on biodiversity and human health.

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IUCN World Parks Congress 2014 Concludes with 'The Promise of Sydney' [viewed]

IUCN WPC 201420 November 2014: The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Parks Congress (WPC) 2014 has concluded in Sydney, Australia, with the release of ‘The Promise of Sydney' outcome. The outcome sets out an agenda for the protection of the earth's natural assets over the next decade, and positions protected areas (PAs) as effective and efficient solutions to some of the world's key development challenges.

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World Toilet Day Links Gender-Based Violence and Sanitation [viewed]

World Toilet Day 201419 November 2014: World Toilet Day brought attention to the theme “Equality, Dignity and the Link Between Gender-Based Violence and Sanitation” and the issue of open defecation with the tagline #WeCantWait. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon emphasized the “moral imperative to end open defecation and a duty to ensure women and girls are not at risk to assault and rape simply because they lack a sanitation facility.”

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WHO, UN-Water Report Finds Investing US$1 in WASH Delivers US$4.3 Return [viewed]

WHO - UN-Water19 November 2014: Every dollar invested in water and sanitation returns US$4.3 and an estimated gain of 1.5% of global gross domestic product (GDP) through reduced health care costs, as well as providing benefits such as reduced pollution, greater workplace productivity, increased school attendance and greater dignity, privacy and safety, according to a report released by the World Health Organization (WHO) on behalf of UN-Water. Despite increasing momentum and financial commitments to increase access to water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), the report finds serious gaps in funding continue to hinder progress.

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