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Turkey and UNCCD Sign Host Country Agreement for COP 12 [viewed]

UNCCD logo25 March 2015: Turkey and the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) have signed a Host Country Agreement for the 12th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 12) to the UNCCD, which will take place in October 2015 in Ankara, Turkey.

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ECE Reports Regional Trends in Achieving Global Forest Objectives [viewed]

FAO UNECE20 March 2015: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) have released a report, titled 'Forests in the ECE Region – Trends and Challenges in Achieving the Global Objectives on Forests,' which highlights a continued expansion of forest area in the region, but notes a decline in forest related jobs and income.

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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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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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‘Smart Tree-Invest' Promotes Climate-Smart, Tree-Based Agriculture in Viet Nam [viewed]

ifad_cgiar22 March 2015: Local government agencies in Viet Nam have expressed support for the 'Climate-Smart, Tree-Based, Co-Investment in Adaptation and Mitigation in Asia' (Smart Tree-Invest) project, co-funded by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the CGIAR Consortium Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry, during a visit from the regional project team from Bogor, Indonesia, that took place from 11-14 March 2014.

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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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Workshop Considers SDG 6 on Water and Sanitation [viewed]

advancing_water_and_sustainable_development25 February 2015: A capacity-building workshop on advancing water and sustainable development brought together policy makers and national practitioners from 20 developing countries and countries in transition in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Latin America and the Caribbean. Discussions addressed the proposed Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6 on "ensuring availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all," seeking to enhance capacity toward integrating water and sustainable development into developing countries' national development strategies.

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