Africa

WED 2016 Focuses on Prevention of Wildlife Crime [viewed]

wed5 June 2016: UN and world leaders called for zero tolerance for illegal trade in wildlife on World Environment Day (WED), which was celebrated globally under the theme, 'Go wild for life.' Statements on the Day stressed achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development's Target 15.7, which calls for "urgent action to end poaching and trafficking of protected species of flora and fauna and address both demand and supply of illegal wildlife products."

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GSP Plenary Assembly Endorses Voluntary Guidelines on Sustainable Soil Management [viewed]

Global Soil Partnership (GSP)27 May 2016: The 4th Plenary Assembly of the Global Soil Partnership (GSP) of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) endorsed the Voluntary Guidelines for Sustainable Soil Management (VGSSM). Held from 23-25 May 2016 at FAO Headquarters in Rome, Italy, the GSP Plenary Assembly also endorsed the establishment of the Glinka World Soil Prize, named after the pioneering Russian scientist Konstantin D. Glinka.

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UNCCD Executive Secretary Briefs UN Security Council [viewed]

UNCCD logo​26 May 2016: While not offering a silver bullet, a land-based approach involving increased investment in land rehabilitation for frontline villages and communities would be “cheaper and more effective than investing in walls, wars and relief,” stressed UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) Executive Secretary Monique Barbut at a UN Security Council briefing in New York, US on 26 May 2016. The briefing aimed to enhance understanding of the security implications of climate change in the Sahel and was addressed by representatives of more than 15 countries, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations.

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ELD Study Analyzes Links Between Land Degradation and Poverty [viewed]

eld23 May 2016: The Economics of Land Degradation (ELD) Initiative has published the results of a global study, titled ‘Does Land Degradation Increase Poverty in Developing Countries?' The study describes the distribution of rural populations on degrading agricultural land as an “overwhelmingly developing country problem,” and concludes that the associated spatial distributions of rural populations could impact significantly on future poverty reduction efforts.

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Range States Release Communiqué on African Lion Conservation [viewed]

CITES/CMS1 June 2016: Twenty-eight African lion Range States came together to discuss the status of the species and set a conservation agenda that recognizes the role of community-based natural resource management, partnerships and transboundary collaboration. In a Communiqué agreed to at the meeting, countries recognize the main threats to lion populations and relay steps to improve conservation of the species and its habitat.

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Advisers Release Third Draft on Indigenous Peoples' Participation at UN [viewed]

UNGA 2nd Committee - Economic and Financial27 May 2016: The advisers for consultations on indigenous peoples' participation at the UN have released the third compilation of views on the topic. The text is based on consultations held in March, April and May 2016, and will be the basis for a meeting on 30 June 2016. The third draft reflects on: suggested categories and venues of participation; participation modalities; method of accreditation; additional relevant factors for indigenous peoples' representative institutions to qualify for a new category of participation; and comments on resources with respect to enhanced participation.

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May 2016 Climate Finance Update: Calls for Adaptation Funding, Attention to Climate Risk [viewed]

may2016_climate_finance31 May 2016: A number of international meetings that convened in May 2016 included a focus on climate finance. Carbon pricing continued to receive attention, alongside climate change planning and financing in Africa. Calls were also made to pay increased attention to the growing 'adaptation finance gap,' and climate and disaster risks, including in investments. A number of resilience projects received funding, and development banks and climate funds organized readiness workshops.

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Adaptation and Loss and Damage Update: Bonn Talks Focus on Adaptation Planning, Reporting, Implementation, Support [viewed]

who_wmo_ecosoc_fao31 May 2016: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, with its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and accompanying targets, has made it clear that climate change and sustainable development are inextricably linked. May 2016 news relating to adaptation and loss and damage brought out some of those interlinkages with particular prominence. Not only do events, publications and initiatives reported here contribute to the implementation of SDG 13 (Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts) generally, they also help implement a range of other SDGs and related targets.

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G7 Declaration Supports Action on 2030 Agenda, Paris Agreement on Climate Change [viewed]

g7_201627 May 2016: The 2016 Group of 7 (G7) Ise-Shima Summit in Japan adopted a Declaration that addresses major global economic and political challenges, and commits to making progress on development, economic and security issues to ensure global peace, security and prosperity. In the Declaration, leaders commit to efforts to implement commitments of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on climate change.

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UNEP Publications Feature Efforts in Botswana, China, Costa Rica and Germany towards Sustainable Societies [viewed]

UNEP26 May 2016: Two reports released by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) at the second session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-2) explore China's plans to build an "ecological civilization," Bhutan's use of its Gross National Happiness Index, Germany's efforts to build a circular economy, Costa Rica's use of payments for ecosystem services and Botswana's use of Natural Capital Accounting.

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