Asia

Eye on Earth Receives 120 SDG Project Submissions [viewed]

eye_on_earth16 September 2015: The Eye on Earth partnership has received 120 project proposals ahead of its Abu Dhabi summit, taking place from 6-8 October 2015. The partnership highlighted that all of the projects seek to support the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including action on sustainable cities, climate change, land degradation and oceans.

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Mountain Partnership Publishes Outcomes of First Regional Forum of Mountain Countries in Central Asia [viewed]

water_mountains11 September 2015: The Central Asia Hub of the Mountain Partnership has published the report of the 2015 Forum of Mountain Countries, which convened on 8 June 2015 in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, under the theme ‘Agriculture and Food Security under Changing Climate in Central Asian Mountains: Integrated Watershed Management as a Viable Solution for Coping with and Adapting to Change.' The Forum was co-organized by the Mountain Partnership Central Asia Hub and Tajikistan's State Committee on Environmental Protection, with funding from the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation.

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ITTA, 2006 Membership Reaches 72 Parties [viewed]

IttoSeptember 2015: Belgium, Croatia and Thailand have recently ratified the International Tropical Timber Agreement, 2006, bringing the number of Parties to 72.

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First Phase of ELD Research Culminates in Synthesis Report on the Value of Land [viewed]

ELD-pm-report15 September 2015: The Economics of Land Degradation (ELD) Initiative launched a synthesis report, titled ‘Value for Land: Prosperous lands and positive rewards through sustainable land management,' as well as an accompanying summary for policy and decision makers at a special event in Brussels, Belgium, on 15 September 2015. The reports draw on ELD case studies carried out in five African and Middle Eastern countries, as well as regional and global analyses.

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FAO/RECOFTC Report Assesses Gender Mainstreaming in Forest Policies in Asia and the Pacific [viewed]

january_2015_mainstreaming_gender_into_forest.pngSeptember 2015: Launched at the fourteenth World Forestry Congress, which convened from 7-11 September 2015, in Durban, South Africa, a report prepared by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the Center for People and Forests (RECOFTC) documents key findings of a regional initiative on mainstreaming gender into forest policies in Asia and the Pacific, based on studies in Cambodia, Fiji, Indonesia, Nepal, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Viet Nam.

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CTI-CFF Promotes Sustainable Fisheries Management, Marine Tourism and Regional Collaboration [viewed]

Coral Triangle InitiativeSeptember 2015: During the month of August, the Coral Triangle Initiative on Coral Reefs, Fisheries, and Food Security (CTI-CFF) signed an agreement on an ecosystem approach to fisheries management (EAFM), held a Regional Business Forum and signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Coral Triangle Center.

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UNCCD African Focal Points Highlight COP 12-SDG Links [viewed]

african_unccd9 September 2015: African Focal Points to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) have formulated regional positions for the 12th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 12) to the UNCCD. Noting that some items on the COP 12 agenda fall outside "the normal trend of the African agenda and … will determine the future of this Convention,” the meeting paid particular attention to proposed strategies for integrating targets for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) within UNCCD implementation.

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Afghanistan Joins CMS; Workshops Held on Central Asian Wildlife Crossings and Malaysian Marine Turtles [viewed]

CMSSeptember 2015: The Secretariat of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) has announced that Afghanistan is the 121st party to join the Convention. It is inhabited by snow leopard, argali, Bukhara deer and the imperial eagle, all of which are listed under CMS Appendices.

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UNECE and FAO Release Forest Products Annual Market Review [viewed]

unece_fao4 September 2015: Produced by the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the 'Forest Products Annual Market Review 2014-2015' provides general and statistical information on forest products markets in 2014 and early 2015 in the UNECE region, as well as market influences from outside the region. It finds that the general condition of forest product markets continued to improve in North America and Europe in 2014, driven by positive economic developments, upward trends in housing and construction, and increasing consumption of roundwood and wood products.

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Co-Chairs Announced for Post-2015 Summit Interactive Dialogues [viewed]

post2015_summit31 August 2015: UN General Assembly (UNGA) President Sam Kutesa has announced the Heads of State and Government who will serve as Co-Chairs of each interactive dialogue session during the UN summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda (Sustainable Development Summit), taking place on 25-27 September 2015. In his letter accompanying the list, Kutesa indicates that the selection of Co-Chairs was based on submissions as well as consultations with the regional groups of Member States.

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