Africa

Heads of Eight IOs Commit to "Integrated Solutions" [viewed]

joint_action_achieve_sdg26 September 2015: Eight international organizations committed to coordinated action to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, addressing a high-level side event on the sidelines of the UN Sustainable Development Summit. The high-level event resulted in a joint call for action, in which the heads of the eight organizations say they are ready to step up collective efforts to support Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) implementation, and commit themselves to engaging in multi-stakeholder partnership approaches and working across regions and on multiple levels, from local to global.

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African Heads of State, Environmental Leaders Discuss Illegal Wildlife Trade [viewed]

unep_iccf2 October 2015: The International Conservation Caucus Foundation (ICCF) hosted a high-level event on illegal wildlife trafficking in Africa, on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) in New York, the US. Participants used the event to discuss commitments and possible partnerships to strengthen the fight against illicit trade on the continent.

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UN Joint Programme Provides Training for Land Dispute Tribunals in Somaliland [viewed]

UN-HABITAT29 September 2015: UN-Habitat, in collaboration with the Somaliland Ministry of Interior and Legal Action Worldwide (LAW), facilitated the first of a series of training workshops for members of Land Dispute Tribunals (LDTs) in Hargeisa, Somaliland, in August 2015. The Ministry envisages the LDTs as an alternative mechanism for resolving disputes over urban land in an “efficient, accessible and fair” manner.

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UNGA Debate Addresses 2030 Implementation, MOI [viewed]

unga7030 September 2015: The UN General Assembly (UNGA) continued its 70th annual general debate, with speakers addressing their country's priorities for the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development and its associated Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as well as issues related to peace and security, UN reform and the importance of responding to humanitarian crises around the world.

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UNEP: Environmental Destruction in Côte d'Ivoire is “Reversible” [viewed]

Côte d'Ivoire Post-Conflict Environmental Assessment25 September 2015: The Côte d'Ivoire Post-Conflict Environmental Assessment (PCEA), a collaboration between the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Government of Côte d'Ivoire, has concluded that massive deforestation and pollution of West Africa's largest lagoon system are “reversible” and could spur opportunities for fishing, leisure, transport and tourism “that are at present inconceivable.”

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OFAC Publishes Inaugural ‘State of Protected Areas in Central Africa' Report [viewed]

State of Protected Areas in Central Africa - 2015 Report23 September 2015: The Observatory of Central African Forests (OFAC) has published the first-ever overview of protected areas in the sub-region, which aims to provide the basis for a more comprehensive database for decision makers and contribute to the formation of a network of protected areas in the region.

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Guest Article #52: 17 SDGs, but is there a Priority SDG Target? [viewed]

In his speech to world leaders on Friday, Pope Francis listed lodging, labor and land as the bare essentials for everyone to live in dignity and to have and support a family. But access to land is also the means to secure lodging and labor – at least for a majority of the world's population. So I will be more blunt.

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UNGA Debate Highlights SDG Implementation, Special Situations [viewed]

unga7029 September 2015: The 70th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) continued its General Debate on the theme ‘The UN at 70: A new commitment to action.' Speakers on 29 September 2015 welcomed the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), noting their potential to transform the world. Speakers also focused on global security concerns, including refugees and the role of the UN Security Council.

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Six African Countries Launch CAFI Initiative on Forests [viewed]

CAFI29 September 2015: Representatives of six African nations and development partners launched the Central African Forest Initiative (CAFI) at a high-level event in New York, the US. CAFI aims to reduce deforestation and forest degradation in Central Africa through mitigating climate change, reducing poverty and contributing to sustainable development.

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UNGA General Debate Opens with Focus on SDG Implementation, Peace, Equality [viewed]

unga7028 September 2015: The 70th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) opened its General Debate, which is convening under the theme ‘The UN at 70: A new commitment to action.' Speakers welcomed the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), with many praising the focus on poverty eradication and inequality. Many speakers also addressed UN reform and peace and security, including discussion of Syria and the refugee crisis.

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