Africa

InforMEA Seeks Feedback on Effectiveness [viewed]

InforMEAMarch 2016: The United National Information Portal on Multilateral Environment Agreements (MEAs) (InforMEA) has launched a survey seeking input from stakeholders on the effectiveness and usefulness of InforMEA, and seeking input on how it may be improved. Responses are requested by 23 March 2016.

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African Parliamentarians Discuss Strategies to Enhance Women's Access to Land [viewed]

Pan African Parliament1 March 2016: A workshop on 'Strengthening women's rights to land access: a parliamentarian response to close the gender gap for economic development through agriculture,' aimed to assess progress in implementing the Maputo Protocol to the African Charter on Human and People's Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa, and to strengthen parliamentarians' capacity to advocate for women's land rights.

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FAO Showcases Community-Based Forestry for Sustainable Development [viewed]

fao_headquarters23 February 2016: A report by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) released during the Asia-Pacific Forestry Week highlights that community-based forestry regimes show great promise as engines for sustainable development, but require greater support by governments through policy reforms and other measures to unlock their true potential.

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UN Calls for 'Stepping it Up' to Achieve Gender Equality, SDGs [viewed]

womenday20168 March 2016: The world must take immediate actions to close gender gaps and promote women's empowerment to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and leave no one behind, said UN leaders on the occasion of this year's International Women's Day (IWD), marked on 8 March 2016. UN agencies and other international organizations called for gender equality and women's empowerment at special events and in new publications.

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Event: International Conference on Pulses for Health, Nutrition and Sustainable Agriculture in Drylands [viewed]

Held on the occasion of the 2016 International Year of Pulses, this conference will provide a platform for scientists, policy-makers, extension workers, traders, entrepreneurs and other stakeholders to consider the contributions of pulses to food and nutritional security and ecosystem health. Among other issues, the conference will address the following themes: global scenarios on pulses production, consumption and trade; innovative techniques for pulses improvement and adaptation; diversification and sustainable intensification of agri-food systems through pulses; seed systems, input markets and mechanization; nutrition, fortification, health and food security; and social, economic and policy issues. The conference will also include a knowledge-sharing event to exchange success stories and lessons learnt and to discuss challenges.

The conference is co-organized by the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) - a member of the CGIAR Consortium, the Moroccan section of the French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), in partnership with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the OCP Foundation and the CGIAR Consortium and its Research Program on Grain Legumes.  

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Event: African Drought Conference [viewed]

This meeting will focus on the theme, 'Enhancing resilience to drought events on the African Continent'. The Ministry of Environment and Tourism in Namibia will organize this event in follow up to its role as UNCCD COP11 President and to the outcomes of the high-level meeting on national drought policies (HMNDP) held in Geneva in 2013. The conference will focus on identifying the specific needs of African countries in the area of effective drought mitigation, with a view to developing a strategic framework for enhancing resilience to drought events on the African continent. The overall objective of the Conference is to come up with an overarching strategic framework for Africa that will enhance resilience to the impact of drought events. It is expected that the Conference will set in motion the process to develop a strategic framework for enhancing resilience to drought at the African level that will contribute to poverty alleviation, economic development and enhance environmental and human well-being. The work of the Conference will be guided by an agenda for action white paper document, which will be circulated in advance of the conference.  

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Consultations Begin on Indigenous Peoples' Participation at UN [viewed]

United Nations7 March 2016: The advisers for consultations on the participation of indigenous peoples at the UN presented a road map for the consultation process, which begins on 8 March 2016 with an electronic consultation. The advisers encouraged all Member States and indigenous peoples' representatives to participate.

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World Wildlife Day 2016 Focuses on Illicit Trafficking, Poaching [viewed]

wildlifeday3 March 2016: In celebration of the World Wildlife Day 2016, organized around the theme “The future of wildlife is in our hands,” UN Member States, UN agencies and stakeholders discussed illicit trafficking in wildlife. Participants in the discussion stressed the need for: enhancing governance; taking individual responsibility; involving all relevant stakeholders; strengthening law enforcement; addressing corruption; engaging and empowering the communities that live in the proximity where wildlife lives; and addressing the lack of staff and capacity. The sub-theme of the Day was "The future of elephants is in our hands," to draw special attention to African and Asian elephants.

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UNCCD Aligns Reporting Templates with New Progress Indicators, SDG Target 15.3 [viewed]

UNCCD logoFebruary 2016: The UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) released revised reporting templates with which countries can report on progress during the 2014-2015 reporting period. The template revision follows a decision of the 12th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 12) to the UNCCD, which met in October 2015. The decision called for new guidance on aligning the reporting framework with new progress indicators as well as the Sustainable Development Goals' (SDG) target on land degradation neutrality (LDN), which was adopted in September 2015.

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CSOs Address 'No One Left Behind', Follow-Up and Review, Development Financing [viewed]

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)March 2016: Civil society groups and researchers are examining the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development's focus on leaving no one behind, with some stressing its importance for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and calling for incorporating human rights principles into follow-up and review mechanisms. Other recent publications provide recommendations for the High-Level Political Forum's (HLPF) national reviews, address the changing actors and politics of development financing, and provide guidance on migration concerns in conservation.

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