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IFAD Promotes Discussion of Land Governance and Indigenous Rights [viewed]

IFAD24 September 2014: The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) with the International Land Coalition (ILC) and other partners organized a side event on ‘Indigenous Peoples' Rights to Lands, Territories and Resources,' at the margins of the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples (WCIP) in New York, US.

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69th General Debate Continues Discussion of Post-2015 Agenda, Highlights Biodiversity, SIDS Issues [viewed]

unga6925 September 2015: During the second day of the general debate for the 69th UN General Assembly (UNGA), speakers focused on the post-2015 development agenda and climate change, as well as issues related to international security and UN reform. Several speakers identified development enablers, with many emphasizing that sustainable development cannot be achieved without peace and security.

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FAO Seeks to Strengthen SFM Criteria and Indicators [viewed]

Forest Europe FAOSeptember 2014: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) announced the launch of a project to develop and harmonize criteria and indicators (C&I) for sustainable forest management (SFM). The project will focus, in particular, on developing socio-economic and governance indicators.

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ITTO Update Discusses Role of Forests in Livelihoods [viewed]

IttoSeptember 2014: The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) released a 'Tropical Forest Update' focusing on the role of forests in livelihoods. The update features a discussion on how communities can earn more from forests through the sustainable use of different revenue streams, including timber and non-timber forest products. The update also reviews the socio-economic benefits of forests, building on the 'State of the World's Forest' report published by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO).

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UN Climate Summit Catalyzes Action [viewed]

climate-summit-iisdrs23 September 2014: Climate Summit 2014 has concluded with countries committing to domestic action on climate change and pledging a total of US$2.3 billion to the Green Climate Fund (GCF).

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World Conference Reaffirms Commitment to Indigenous Peoples' Rights [viewed]

wcip23 September 2014: Delegates at the first World Conference on Indigenous Peoples (WCIP) adopted an outcome document calling for the appointment of a high-level UN official on indigenous peoples, and for UN system-wide coherence of efforts to bring about the full realization of indigenous peoples' rights. The conference outcome urges all concerned to address the needs of indigenous women, youth, persons with disabilities, and older people.

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Eleven Sites Added to UNESCO Global Geoparks Network [viewed]

global geoparts23 September 2014: The Global Network of Geoparks has grown to 111 sites, with the addition of 11 new sites at the sixth International UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Conference on Global Geoparks, held from 19-22 September, in Saint John Brunswick, Canada.

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New York Declaration on Forests Pledges to Halt Natural Forest Loss by 2030 [viewed]

United Nations23 September 2014: The 'New York Declaration on Forests', as announced at the Climate Summit 2014, pledges to halve the rate of deforestation by 2020, halt the loss of natural forests by 2030, and restore 350 million hectares of degraded areas. Twenty-seven developed and developing countries, 34 companies, 16 indigenous peoples' organizations, and 45 non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and civil society organizations (CSOs) have endorsed the Declaration.

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CFF Report Evaluates Geographical Indications and Support for Traditional Crops [viewed]

cirad.publication20 September 2014: A recent report, titled 'Geographical Indications, Biodiversity and Poor Communities,' explores how geographical indications (GIs) can support the conservation and sustainable use of traditional crop varieties through enhancing pro-poor value chains in developing countries.

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UN Report Reviews Efforts to "Deliver as One" on Climate Change [viewed]

United Nations22 September 2014: Ahead of the Climate Summit 2014, the UN released a report, titled 'How the United Nations System Supports Ambitious Action on Climate Change: The United Nations System Delivering as One on Climate Change and Sustainable Development.'

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