Science, Assessment & Monitoring

Event: Sustainable Stock Exchanges Regional Dialogue Southeast Asia [viewed]

The Stock Exchange of Thailand, the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the UN Global Compact and Principles for Responsible Investment (PRAI), with support from the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), the Climate Disclosure Standards Board and other sponsors are hosting the dialogue. CEOs of stock exchanges, institutional investors, regulators and other policy makers will discuss challenges and opportunities to promote sustainable development through capital markets, including ways to promote the environmental, social and governance performance of listed companies. A high-level policy dialogue will take place in the morning, and workshops on sustainability reporting, climate disclosure standards and investor risk management in relation to water scarcity, land use and other natural resource management issues will run in parallel in the afternoon. The event is part of the Sustainable Stock Exchanges Initiative (SSEI), led by UNEP, UNCTAD, PRAI and the UN Global Compact.  

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UNFF Side Events Consider Financing, Science and Policy [viewed]

iufro_fao_cifor_icraf6 May 2015: As the eleventh meeting of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF11) considers the future of the International Arrangement on Forests (IAF), in its margins, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) released a study on national forest funds while members of the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF) presented their work on strengthening the science-policy interface.

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Event: IUFRO ALL Division Meeting – Division 7 Forest Health [viewed]

The International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) will be holding the first global meeting of its Division on Forest Health. The meeting will be convened under the theme, ‘Global Change and Forest Health' and will consider climate change, biological invasions, air pollution, forest pathology, forest entomology, and their interactions. Proposals on sessions will be accepted until 1 May 2015.  

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Event: International High-Level Event: Follow-Up and Review Mechanisms for Natural Resources in the Post-2015 Development Agenda [viewed]

This high-level event titled 'Follow‐up and Review Mechanisms for Natural Resource Management and Governance to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)' will explore options and possible criteria for cross-cutting follow-up and review mechanisms at the national level, as well as potential synergies and trade-offs among different SDGs that relate to natural resources. The multi-stakeholder event will specifically address: a range of options for developing robust follow-up and review mechanisms that connect the global, regional and national levels; opportunities and possible criteria for the integrated follow-up and review of natural resources related SDGs; and the potential role and contribution of participatory platforms in the follow-up and review of the SDGs. Co-organized by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) in Potsdam, Germany, the Biovision Foundation in Zurich, Switzerland; and Millennium Institute in Washington DC, US, the event will bring together negotiators, national government experts and representatives from UN agencies, scientific institutions, civil society and the business sector. One of the main outcomes of the meeting will be the development of specific recommendations for the Fifth Session of the Post-2015 Intergovernmental Negotiations on Follow-up and Review, taking place from 18-22 May 2015.  

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FOREST EUROPE Progresses SFM Indicators Revision [viewed]

Fourth Session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee for a Legally-Binding Agreement on Forests in Europe (INC-Forests4)30 April 2015: FOREST EUROPE convened a workshop to update its sustainable forest management (SFM) indicators as part of the ongoing process to revise the pan-European indicator set. The workshop facilitated an exchange of experiences and an opportunity to consider proposed revised indicators.

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ITPS Working Session Endorses Inaugural Global Soil Status Report [viewed]

globalsoilpartnership22 April 2015: The 3rd Working Session of the Global Soil Partnership (GSP) Intergovernmental Technical Panel on Soils (ITPS), which took place from 13-17 April 2015, in Potsdam, Germany, finalized and endorsed the first 'Status of the World's Soil Resources Report,' which will be launched on 5 December 2015 during celebrations of the International Year of Soils 2015.

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GSP Holds African Training Workshops; Releases Online IYS Resources [viewed]

gsp_yisApril 2015: The Global Soil Partnership (GSP) has made available a number of training materials as well as awareness raising resources as part of the International Year of Soils (IYS) 2015. They include: ‘Symphony of the Soil,' a film exploring traditional knowledge as well as cutting-edge science; an infographic depicting important soil functions; and training materials on digital soil mapping used in capacity building workshops for African soil scientists.

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FAO and WWC Explore Future of Water for Agriculture [viewed]

fao_wwcApril 2015: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the World Water Council (WWC) released a "white paper" on water use in agriculture, in anticipation of increases in water demand and food production goals to 2050. The policy paper was published as an input to the High Level Panel on Water for Food Security, held during the Seventh World Water Forum (WWF 7) in April 2015.

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WAVES Highlights African and Australian NCA-Related Events and Publications [viewed]

wavesApril 2015: The World Bank recently hosted a two-day event, titled 'Advancing Natural Capital Accounting (NCA) in Government, Business, and Finance: Theory, Practice and Enabling Conditions,' as reported in the April edition of the WAVES (Wealth Accounting and Valuation of Ecosystem Services) newsletter. The meeting, which convened from 8-9 April 2015 in Washington DC, US, brought together representatives from the public, business and finance sectors to align approaches on accounting for natural capital, build consensus and establish priorities to work together.

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Saiga, Pelicans and Elephants in the CMS Spotlight [viewed]

CMSApril 2015: The Centre for Wild Animals of Kalmykia in the Russian Federation, a captive breeding center for Saiga Antelopes, has lost almost its entire stock of animals due to an unidentified disease, according to the Secretariat of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS). From a captive population of more than 90 animals, only four individuals remain, including just one adult male. A 2014 drought along with supplementary feeding may have contributed to the loss.

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