Africa

Panel Identifies Priorities for Oceans SDG [viewed]

ocean_sdg24 March 2015: The Permanent Mission of Fiji, Permanent Mission of Sweden and the Global Ocean Commission (GOC) held a panel discussion on the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) on oceans, seas and marine resources, and the importance of these resources' in the post-2015 development agenda.

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Voluntary Guidelines Newsletter Reports on Implementation Workshops [viewed]

FAOMarch 2015: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has published the ‘Voluntary Guidelines on Tenure Governance Initiative' newsletter for March 2015. The newsletter highlights stories from the field, using the ‘Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security' in Kasese, Uganda, where tenure security is being improved, especially for the poor, vulnerable and marginalized groups, with a specific focus on women, girls and youth.

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UNCCD Secretariat Publishes Independent Evaluation of Integrated Investment Frameworks [viewed]

UNCCD logo24 March 2015: The UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has published an 'Independent evaluation of the effectiveness of the Integrated Investment Frameworks,' which aims to assess the effectiveness of IIFs in supporting resource mobilization for sustainable land management (SLM). Cambodia, Ethiopia, Honduras and Senegal were chosen as case studies for the evaluation.

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UN Urges Improved Water Governance and Action on World Water Day [viewed]

un-water22 March 2015: On World Water Day, UN leaders and others called for urgent cooperation to ensure access to safe drinking water and sanitation. The 2015 World Water Development Report (WWDR), which the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) launched for the Day, recommends a dedicated Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) on water, which the report says would contribute to poverty alleviation and improvements in the environment, health and food and energy production.

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Great Green Wall Countries Discuss Resilience Strategies [viewed]

sawap19 March 2015: The proceedings and main outcomes of the second regional conference and associated technical training workshops for members of the Sahel and West Africa Programme (SAWAP) in Support of the Great Green Wall Initiative (GGWI) have been published. Among other issues, participants discussed experiences from several countries on how to optimize geographic information systems (GIS) and remote sensing data for improved drought monitoring and best practices for directing funds towards participatory sustainable land and water management activities at the local level.

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International Day Sharpens Focus on Forest-Climate Links [viewed]

international_forests_day_21_march21 March 2015: Under the theme 'Forests | Climate | Change,' the family of United Nations organizations commemorated the International Day of Forests with a number of events, announcements and reports, many of which emphasized the important role of forests in climate mitigation and adaptation.

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Bonn Challenge Welcomes Restoration Pledges [viewed]

bonn_challenge_conference21 March 2015: On the occasion of the International Day of Forests, the Second International Conference on the Bonn Challenge resulted in a number of forest restoration commitments by national governments, bringing the total area to be restored to more than 59 million hectares.

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UN Marks International Day of Forests with Special Session [viewed]

international_forests_day_21_march21 March 2015: The UN celebrated the annual International Day of Forests on 21 March with a special event at Headquarters in New York, US. The theme of the celebration, 'Create a Climate Smart Future,' focused on the intersection of forests with resilience, adaptation, mitigation and the global climate and development discussions.

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WAVES Announces NCA Capacity-Building Project in Madagascar, Mauritius and Morocco [viewed]

waves12 March 2015: The Wealth Accounting and the Valuation of Ecosystem Services (WAVES) partnership has announced the recent launch of a one-year research project to complement existing initiatives in natural capital accounting (NCA) in Madagascar, Mauritius and Morocco. WAVES also held its first Knowledge Exchange Workshop on Ecosystem Accounting in the Philippines from 23-27 February 2015, and is supporting an ecosystem accounts update in Guatemala.

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UNU-INWEH Report Discusses Sustainable Development in Water Sector [viewed]

unu-inwehMarch 2015: It is possible to close "the gap between promise and practice" in management global water resources, with enabling environments to finance and implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), according to a report by the UN Office for Sustainable Development (UNOSD) and the UN University Institute for Water, Environment and Health (UNU-INWEH). The report explores the role that water, including sanitation and wastewater management, plays in sustainable development, discusses "disconnects" between the proposed SDGs and national development plans, and highlights opportunities for achieving sustainable development through water management.

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