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FAO's Voluntary Guidelines on Tenure Newsletter Features National Experiences [viewed]

faonewsJuly 2015: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released the July 2015 newsletter on the Voluntary Guidelines on Tenure Governance Initiative. This edition features country experiences from Cambodia, Liberia, Malawi, Myanmar, Niger, Senegal, Sierra Leone and South Africa in using the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security (Voluntary Guidelines).

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World Heritage Committee Grants Heritage Status to Biodiversity-Rich Sites in Jamaica, South Africa, Viet Nam [viewed]

world-hereditage-coonvention8 July 2015: During its 39th session, the World Heritage Committee of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) inscribed 24 new sites to UNESCO's World Heritage List and made significant modifications to the boundaries of three additional ones, including cultural, natural and mixed properties. The inscriptions include the Blue and John Crow Mountains in Jamaica, the Singapore Botanical Gardens, and extension of the boundaries of the Cape Floral Region Protected Area in South Africa and of the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park in Viet Nam, as well as many cultural sites around the globe.

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Event: 10th Meeting of AEWA Standing Committee [viewed]

The 10th Meeting of the African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbird Agreement (AEWA) Standing Committee (StC10) will consider, inter alia: preparations for the 6th ordinary session of the Meeting of the Parties (MOP6) to the AEWA to be held in Bonn, Germany, 9-14 November 2015; celebration of the 20th Anniversary of AEWA; the African Initiative for the Conservation of Migratory Waterbirds and their Habitats in Africa; and revision of the Communication Strategy. StC10 will also consider nominations for new members of the AEWA Technical Committee and the selection of winners of the AEWA Conservation Awards for presentation at MOP6.  

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Poverty, Climate, Indicators in Focus of Stakeholder Input [viewed]

post2015July 2015: Civil society and other stakeholders issued policy briefs and articles with proposals and recommendations on the post-2015 development agenda and the proposed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), addressing, inter alia: the multi-dimensional poverty index; indicators; follow-up and review; the June version of the post-2015 zero draft; and potential impacts of climate change on achieving the SDGs.

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Event: IAEG-SDGs - Second Meeting [viewed]

The second meeting of the Inter-agency and Expert Group on the Sustainable Development Goal Indicators (IAEG-SDGs) will take place in Bangkok, Thailand, organized by the UN Statistics Division and hosted by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP). The meeting objectives are to: review the list of possible global indicators; discuss the global indicator framework, interlinkages across targets and critical issues, including data disaggregation; and discuss the work plan and next steps.  

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Final MDG Report: Gains, Shortfalls Point Way to Post-2015 Success [viewed]

milenium_goals_report6 July 2015: Extreme poverty was ended for more than one billion people through efforts under the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), according to the final edition of the MDGs Report. The 2015 report highlights achievements in access to drinking water, universal primary education, child and maternal health, gender equality and eliminating hunger, among others. However, the report also underscores the need for more work as part of the post-2015 development agenda and the proposed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to ensure that the poorest and most vulnerable people are not left behind.

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IWC-POWER Begins Assessment of Bryde's Whales [viewed]

iwc1 July 2015: The International Whaling Commission (IWC) has provided an update on its Pacific Ocean Whale and Ecosystem Research (POWER) cruise, which will assess the abundance, distribution and stock structure of Bryde's whales, and contribute to entanglement response.

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CEPF Publishes Annual Report; Showcases Investment in Biodiversity Conservation [viewed]

cepfJuly 2015: The Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) has published its 2014 report showcasing projects funded around the globe and providing an overview of CEPF investments in biodiversity hotspots. CEPF provides grants to non-governmental and private sector organizations, and focuses on conservation of biodiversity hotspots in developing and transitional countries.

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June 2015 Climate Finance Update [viewed]

june2015-climatefinance11 July 2015: During the month of June, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the African Development Bank (AfDB), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the World Bank, the Adaptation Fund, the World Agroforestry Centre, the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the Green Climate Fund (GCF) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) DTU Partnership reported on climate finance projects and other related news. ADB, AfDB, GCF, the World Bank, the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the Partnership for Market Readiness (PMR), the Climate Investment Funds (CIF), the UNEP Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) launched publications.

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ITPGR Benefit-Sharing Project in India Identifies Climate-Resilient Crop Varieties [viewed]

ITPGR1 July 2015: The Benefit-Sharing Fund of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) has supported a project across several states in Northern India, with focus on screening varieties of rice and other crops for climate resilience and storing the material in newly established seed banks. The project was implemented by the civil society organization Gene Campaign, in collaboration with Bioversity International and with the participation of 25,000 farmers.

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