Africa

Asia-Pacific Countries Take Action on Forestry, Freshwater Resources, Illegal Logging and Wildlife Trade [viewed]

asian_pacificApril 2016: Countries in Asia and the Pacific have engaged in a range of recent project activities and workshops that aim to promote forestry, biodiversity and coastal wetland conservation, ensure sufficient freshwater resources and address threats from illegal trade in wildlife, illegal logging and invasive alien species (IAS).

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International Agricultural Research Community Takes Action to Align Research with SDG Implementation [viewed]

gcard38 April 2016: The 3rd Global Conference on Agricultural Research for Development (GCARD3) adopted an outcome statement to guide the work of partners and stakeholders on agricultural research and food systems and to align research activities with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as well as the priorities of countries.

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African Ministers Call for Integrated Monitoring of SDGs, Agenda 2063 [viewed]

UNECA AU5 April 2016: African ministers reaffirmed the importance of aligning Africa's Agenda 2063 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including in national development plans, at the Ninth Joint Annual African Union (AU) and UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) Conference of Ministers of Finance, Planning and Economic Development. The meeting adopted 17 resolutions that support Africa's implementation of the SDGs.

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ECA Launches Handbook on Blue Economy [viewed]

United Nations3 April 2016: With the launch of a policy handbook during African Development Week in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) is encouraging countries on the continent to implement “blue economy” policies and to make long-term investments in oceans, lakes and other bodies of water.

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CSO Contributions Highlight Forestry in SDGs, Poverty-Inequality Linkages, Governance [viewed]

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)April 2016: Recent papers and articles by civil society organizations (CSOs) address: forestry in Sustainable Development Goals' (SDGs) implementation; the relationship between poverty and inequality; SDG 16 on good governance; and the indicators for the Goals. This piece highlights contributions from the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), Overseas Development Institute (ODI), Southern Voice, and Transparency International, among others.

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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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Nagoya Protocol on ABS Reaches 73 Ratifications [viewed]

CBDMarch 2016: Following recent ratifications by Togo, the UK and Senegal, the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization (ABS) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has reached 73 ratifications. In other news of relevance to the Nagoya Protocol, the CBD Secretariat has made available online the report of the expert group meeting on Article 10 of the Protocol, regarding a global multilateral benefit-sharing mechanism.

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Event: UNEP Science-Policy Forum [viewed]

The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) presenting this two-day event in the lead-up to the Second UN Environment Assembly meeting (UNEA-2), bringing together policy-makers and advisors; the scientific and research community including citizen scientists; representatives of Member States; media and communication specialists; and Major Groups and Stakeholders engaged in supporting the delivery of the environmental dimension of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. A high-level panel will discuss challenges and opportunities at the science-policy interface to deliver on the environmental dimension of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Parallel sessions will take place on two tracks, on the topics of: sustainable consumption and production (SCP); resource efficiency; the water-food-energy nexus; forestry, mining and extractives; oceans, coastal areas and marine cosystems; natural resources; and oceans, coastal areas and marine ecosystems; and air quality, sand and dust storms. UNEP will present highlights from its sixth Global Environment Outlook (GEO-6), and other reports. UNEP will present a summary of the forum discussions to the Major Groups and Stakeholders Forum taking place from 21-22 May, and to UNEA-2, which takes place from 23-27 May 2016. The forum is organised with partners, including the UN University, Future Earth, the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS).  

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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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4th World Congress Adopts 10-year Roadmap for Biosphere Reserves, Approves 20 New Sites [viewed]

mab-unesco19 March 2015: Around 1,000 participants attending the 4th World Congress of Biosphere Reserves approved a new 10-year Action Plan for the Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), aimed at enhancing synergies with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on climate change.

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