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Event: Solutions Summit [viewed]

On the sidelines of the three-day UN Summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda, the Solutions Summit will seek to highlight "exceptional innovators" (technologists, engineers, scientists, and others) who are developing solutions that address one or more of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and also seek to catalyze a grassroots effort, where communities scout and convene resources around solution-makers. During the event, a group of 17-20 global innovators will be invited to give a 'lightning talk outlining their breakthrough efforts' to senior policymakers, investors, and industry leaders. The Solutions Summit is led by the UN Foundation, Project Everyone, and the UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS), in collaboration with the US' White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, the Brazilian Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, the Kenyan Ministry of Information Communications and Technology, and the Estonian Information System Authority, with an open invitation for other governments and collaborators to join.  

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Research Shows Wastewater Irrigation Is Safe and Economically Viable [viewed]

gpa13 August 2015: Using treated wastewater for irrigation can produce crops that are both economically viable and safe for human consumption, according to research conducted in Gerga, in the Sohag Governorate of Egypt.

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Bioversity Annual Report Highlights Work on Healthy Diets, Resilience and Genetic Resource Conservation [viewed]

Bioversity InternationalAugust 2015: Bioversity International's 2014 Annual Report highlights research on the contribution of agricultural and tree genetic diversity to healthy diets and the resilience of farms and forests, as well as work towards effective genetic resources conservation and use.

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IMO Addresses Sensitive Marine Areas, Regulation of Waste at Sea [viewed]

sprep-imoAugust 2015: The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has worked to advance the health of the world's oceans and seas through workshops focused on regulating marine pollution and identifying Particularly Sensitive Sea Areas (PSSAs) that need special protection given ecological, scientific or socio-economic circumstances, but that may be vulnerable to damage from international maritime activities.

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Scientists Investigate Scale of Plastic Trash in Southern Indian Ocean [viewed]

fao_headquarters11 August 2015: Scientists from eight countries aboard the Dr. Fridtjof Nansen, a research vessel operated by the Norwegian Institute of Marine Research (IMR) in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), are assessing the scale and nature of industrial trash, including plastics and micro-plastics, in remote parts of the southern Indian Ocean. FAO notes that the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans both have floating islands of trash twice the size of Texas, but the extent and impact of trash and plastic in the southern Indian Ocean is not yet known. The research mission aims to fill this information gap.

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Symposium Highlights Resilience and Food Security Potential of Rainwater Harvesting [viewed]

rain_ifad_icraf17 July 2015: An international symposium of organizations involved in agriculture, land and water management called for scaling up rainwater harvesting practices, highlighting its benefits for food security and climate resilience.

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International Day Spotlights Indigenous Peoples' Health, Wellbeing [viewed]

international_day_worlds_indigenous-peoples10 August 2015: The UN marked the 2015 International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples with a call for improving access to healthcare services. It also launched a publication focusing on health-related needs for indigenous peoples in Asia, Africa and Latin America. The 2015 Day was organized on the theme, 'Post-2015 Agenda: Ensuring indigenous peoples' health and wellbeing.'

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OECD Highlights Benefits of Integrating Climate, Development Financing [viewed]

OECD_NEWJuly 2015: Integrating financing for climate change and development can help maximize low-carbon, climate-resilient and environmental sustainable pathways to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), according to a brief by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

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UN-REDD Highlights Technical Support for UNFCCC REDD+ Implementation [viewed]

unredd3 August 2015: Efforts to prepare forest countries to implement the UNFCCC REDD+ guidelines are highlighted in the August/September 2015 edition of 'The REDD+ Resource,' the newsletter of the UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (UN-REDD). The newsletter also features the UN-REDD Programme's publications, as well as expert insights on upcoming events, such as the World Forestry Congress and the Paris Climate Change Conference.

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CGIAR Releases 2014 FTA Annual Report [viewed]

CGIARAugust 2015: The 2014 Annual Report of the CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry (FTA) features, among other achievements: follow-up to the first-ever full independent evaluation of a CGIAR Research Program; critical analyses of green economy policies in several South East Asian countries; and contributions to the first State of the World's Forest Genetic Resources of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), and its associated Global Plan of Action.

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