Science, Assessment & Monitoring

STAP Reports Advise GEF Council on SLM, Sustainable Agriculture, Project Design and Source-to-Sea Continuum [viewed]

gef_stapJune 2016: As input to the 50th meeting of the Council of the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel (STAP) of the GEF produced four reports, addressing: the design of sustainable development projects; sustainable land management (SLM) and food security; indicators for assessing the sustainability of agricultural production; and a framework for managing flows in the source-to-sea continuum.

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African Countries Accelerate Efforts to Optimize Value from Extractive Sector [viewed]

uneca_amv6 June 2016: More than 30 private sector institutions operating in 15 countries agreed to contribute to the African Mining Vision (AMV) compact, as part of efforts to ensure that the mineral resources sector plays a transformative role in achieving sustainable development on the continent. The compact was launched at an event co-hosted by the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and the African Union Commission (AUC), held from 1-2 June 2016, in Kigali, Rwanda.

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Event: Coordinating Meeting on African Geological and Minerals Information System [viewed]

The objective of this meeting is to develop a continent-wide Geological and Minerals Information System (GMIS) to collate and store geodata provided by mining companies to their respective national geo-survey entities in a single repository. In addition to clarifying the organizational structure of the GMIS Steering Committee, the event will identify strategic partners and priority issues for the implementation of the strategy. The meeting takes place under the auspices of the African Mining Vision, which was adopted by African heads of state in 2009 to ensure the transparent, equitable and optimal exploitation of mineral resources in order to support broad-based sustainable growth and socio-economic development in Africa.  

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GSP Plenary Assembly Endorses Voluntary Guidelines on Sustainable Soil Management [viewed]

Global Soil Partnership (GSP)27 May 2016: The 4th Plenary Assembly of the Global Soil Partnership (GSP) of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) endorsed the Voluntary Guidelines for Sustainable Soil Management (VGSSM). Held from 23-25 May 2016 at FAO Headquarters in Rome, Italy, the GSP Plenary Assembly also endorsed the establishment of the Glinka World Soil Prize, named after the pioneering Russian scientist Konstantin D. Glinka.

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ELD Study Analyzes Links Between Land Degradation and Poverty [viewed]

eld23 May 2016: The Economics of Land Degradation (ELD) Initiative has published the results of a global study, titled ‘Does Land Degradation Increase Poverty in Developing Countries?' The study describes the distribution of rural populations on degrading agricultural land as an “overwhelmingly developing country problem,” and concludes that the associated spatial distributions of rural populations could impact significantly on future poverty reduction efforts.

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Range States Release Communiqué on African Lion Conservation [viewed]

CITES/CMS1 June 2016: Twenty-eight African lion Range States came together to discuss the status of the species and set a conservation agenda that recognizes the role of community-based natural resource management, partnerships and transboundary collaboration. In a Communiqué agreed to at the meeting, countries recognize the main threats to lion populations and relay steps to improve conservation of the species and its habitat.

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UNEA-2 Discusses Implementation of 2030 Agenda, Paris Agreement [viewed]

unep_may1628 May 2015: The second session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-2) of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has concluded with the adoption of 24 resolutions as well as decisions about UNEA-3. Some major areas of focus of the meeting included, inter alia: implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement; illegal trade in wildlife; and marine litter and debris. UNEA-2 convened under the theme, 'Delivering on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.'

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Adaptation and Loss and Damage Update: Bonn Talks Focus on Adaptation Planning, Reporting, Implementation, Support [viewed]

who_wmo_ecosoc_fao31 May 2016: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, with its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and accompanying targets, has made it clear that climate change and sustainable development are inextricably linked. May 2016 news relating to adaptation and loss and damage brought out some of those interlinkages with particular prominence. Not only do events, publications and initiatives reported here contribute to the implementation of SDG 13 (Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts) generally, they also help implement a range of other SDGs and related targets.

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UN Secretary-General's Advisory Board Discusses Final Recommendations on Climate Change, Indigenous and Local Knowledge, Food Security [viewed]

United Nations25 May 2016: The fifth meeting of the UN Secretary-General's Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) met to finalize the Board's recommendations to the UN Secretary-General on climate change and climate-induced risk, indigenous and local knowledge and science, science and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, food security and health, and future scientific advice to the UN Secretary-General and the UN system. The Board is working to finalize policy briefs on each of these issues, which are expected to contain recommendations to support the timely implementation of the 2030 Agenda and focus on modalities for engaging science.

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UNEP Releases Tool to Support Coral Reef Conservation [viewed]

UNEP25 May 2016: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has launched a data-based tool and a report that support the protection of coral reefs threatened by climate change, and prioritize reef management. Both were launched at the second session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-2), meeting in Nairobi, Kenya, from 23-27 May 2016.

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