Science, Assessment & Monitoring

FAO Highlights CEDAW Recommendation, Land Reform in Europe and Asia [viewed]

fao_headquartersMarch 2016: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has highlighted a draft “General Recommendation” by the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), which draws attention to the situation of rural women and calls for improved integration with the Voluntary Guidelines and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to enhance gender mainstreaming in agricultural and rural development policies and programmes. In the latest edition of its Land Tenure Journal, FAO has also underscored efforts to reform land and property valuation and taxation in nine European and Central Asian countries.

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Event: PROFOR Advisory Board Meeting [viewed]

This meeting will focus on the theme 'Informing, Connecting and Shaping Forests,' and will consider how knowledge and tools developed under the Program on Forests (PROFOR) are influencing and improving development outcomes in the forest sector and beyond. Presentations will include an update on PROFOR's cross-sectoral programmatic activities, results from PROFOR's strengthened monitoring and evaluation program, and an overview of the proposed PROFOR portfolio for 2016 including country and regional activities.  

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Mountain Partnership Reflects on its 2015 Sustainable Development Achievements [viewed]

Mountain Partnership25 March 2016: The publication, titled ‘Our Journey in 2015: Mountain Partnership Secretariat Annual Report,' highlights achievements in linking mountain issues to the global sustainable development agenda, noting among other successes: the adoption of three mountain-related targets under the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); increased awareness of the impact of climate change on mountains; and new data on the rise of food insecurity in mountain regions since 2000.

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Ballast Water Management Forum Addresses Research and Development, Policy Issues [viewed]

imo-glo_ballast18 March 2016: Held from 16-18 March 2016, in Montreal, Canada, an international forum organized by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the International Maritime Organization (IMO) shared knowledge and experience on treatment technologies and alternative methods for ballast water management, and discussed policy matters related to the control of invasive alien species.

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WMO Highlights Record Temperature, Droughts and Extremes on World Meteorological Day [viewed]

WMO23 March 2016: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) released its Statement on the Status of the Climate in 2015, ahead of the World Meteorological Day. The Statement indicates that 2015 broke records in terms of temperatures, heatwaves, rainfall, drought and tropical cyclones, and that this trend is expected to continue in 2016. The theme of World Meteorological Day 2016, which was observed on 23 March, was 'Hotter, drier, wetter. Face the Future,' in order to highlight climate challenges and the path towards climate-resilient societies.

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CSO Reports Discuss SDG 14, EU Implementation, Rights Linkages [viewed]

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)10 March 2016: Civil society organizations (CSOs), research institutes and foundations have published commentary on the global indicator framework, among other topics. Recent papers, letters and statements: cite priorities for continued progress on Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14; provide recommendations for the EU and Germany on implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development; and present a dashboard that allows users to identify linkages between human rights and the SDGs. Other contributions focus on national reviews, world happiness rankings, and the green economy.

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Event: Fourth High Level Forum on UN Global Geospatial Information Management [viewed]

Co-organized by the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), the Government of Ethiopia and the UN Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM), this event will bring together 400 geospatial experts and land management stakeholders to address the overarching theme of ‘Good land governance for the 2030 Agenda'. The discussions will cover, among other topics: land administration and management, with particular emphasis on sharing experiences, including benefits and challenges; consideration of fit-for-purpose aspects; digital land registers, cadastres, and other land data needs; practical examples of land administration success stories; and the geospatial information requirements for land administration and management in Africa. Various commercial exhibitions will showcase the latest products and services in geospatial science and technology. UN-GGIM was established in 2011 with the aim of setting the agenda for global geospatial information development and promoting the benefits of geospatial information for addressing national policy. The High-Level Forum encourages collaboration between professional bodies and experts working in land governance, including UN bodies and other international organizations, to identify and address common issues of land management and governance in support of sustainable development.  

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World Water Day Marked Globally, WWDR 2016 and IRP Reports Highlighted [viewed]

world_water_day22 March 2016: On the occasion of World Water Day, UN agencies highlighted water stress as a problem for economic growth and human health, and called for decoupling water use from economic growth through holistic water management plans that take into account the entire water cycle.

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WHO Assessment Finds Unhealthy Environments Contribute to 12.6 Million Deaths Annually [viewed]

WHO15 March 2016: Environmental risk factors, such as air, water and soil pollution, chemical exposures, climate change, and ultraviolet radiation contribute to more than 100 types of diseases and injuries, amounting to 12.6 million people dying each year as a result of living or working in an unhealthy environment, according to a global assessment undertaken by the World Health Organization (WHO).

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Transportation Declaration to Combat Illegal Wildlife Trade, Rhinos, Tigers and Birds the Focus of Additional Conservation Efforts [viewed]

cites_cms_itto_birdlife_iucn15 March 2016: Representatives from the transport sector came together to sign the 'United for Wildlife Transport Taskforce Buckingham Palace Declaration,' which offers commitments and measures to stop the transport of illicitly acquired wildlife products.

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