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IOM and UNCCD Sign Memorandum of Understanding [viewed]

UNCCD logo26 November 2014: The International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at the 105th session of the IOM Council. The meeting took place on 25-27 November 2014 in Geneva, Switzerland.

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Participants at Voluntary Meeting on REDD+ Exchange Views on Future Meetings [viewed]

UNFCCCCOP20-49-tn8 December 2014: Antonio Garcia Revilla, COP 20/CMP 10 Presidency, and Tomasz Chruszczow, COP 19/CMP 9 Presidency, co-facilitated the first annual voluntary meeting on the coordination of support for the implementation of REDD+ activities in developing countries, which took place alongside UNFCCC COP 20.

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Ministers Discuss Sustainable Mountain Development at XIII Alpine Conference [viewed]

Mountain Partnership28 November 2014: Ministers from eight Alpine countries, Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Slovenia and Switzerland, along with the EU and observer organizations, met in Turin, Italy to discuss the sustainable development of the Alps and the protection of the Alpine Environment. The XIII Alpine Conference took place on 21 November 2014.

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Arctic Biodiversity Congress Discusses Arctic Biodiversity Assessment, Climate Change [viewed]

arctic4 December 2014: Participants at the Arctic Biodiversity Congress addressed the conservation and sustainable use of Arctic biodiversity through three main themes: Arctic change, resilience and adaptation; mainstreaming biodiversity and linking Arctic ecosystems to society; and understanding cumulative effects and managing impacts.

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FAO, World Bank Quantify Benefits of No-till Agriculture in Ukraine [viewed]

fao-worldbank5 December 2014: The national annual benefits from no-till conservation agriculture in Ukraine could counterbalance natural capital depletion caused by soil erosion, according to an analysis by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the World Bank. Their report, titled ‘Ukraine: Soil Fertility to Strengthen Climate Resilience,' provides recommendations on addressing soil erosion, climate change impacts and excessive land tillage in Ukraine.

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UN Launches International Year of Soils on World Soil Day [viewed]

international year of soils5 December 2014: On World Soil Day, commemorated on 5 December, the UN launched the International Year of Soils (IYS) under the theme, ‘Soils, a foundation for family farming.' Events to mark the Day took place in Santiago, Chile; Rome, Italy; Bangkok, Thailand; and New York, US.

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IFAD, Montpellier Panel Urges Actions to Reverse Land Degradation in Africa [viewed]

IFAD4 December 2014: The state of Africa's soils represent an obstacle to achieving the region's development and food security goals, according to a report by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the Montpellier Panel. The report, titled ‘No Ordinary Matter: Conserving, Restoring and Enhancing Africa's Soils,' analyzes land management in Africa and provides recommendations for governments and donors looking to conserve, restore and enhance African soils.

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EU Parliament Outlines Priorities for Post-2015 Development Agenda [viewed]

europeanparliament27 November 2014: The European Parliament has adopted a resolution defining its collective priorities for the post-2015 development agenda. Priorities include ending poverty and fighting inequalities, a human rights-based approach, and a variety of social, economic, and environmental development issues.

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CIFOR and CIRAD Identify Conditions for Participatory MRV [viewed]

cifor-cirad2 December 2014: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and Agricultural Research for Development (CIRAD) released a "perspective climate change" brief on the involvement of local people in measurement, reporting and verification (MRV) for REDD+. The brief concludes that the feasibility of local participation in MRV is tied to capacity, relevance to communities, and the strength of MRV structures.

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UN-REDD Newsletter Highlights Discussions on REDD+ Post-2015 Vision [viewed]

unredd2 December 2014: The UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation (UN-REDD) has released the December 2014 edition of its newsletter highlighting planned discussions on the post-2015 vision for REDD+ and UN-REDD. High-level discussions will be held with UN agencies, national governments and indigenous peoples at the margins of the 20th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 20) to the UNFCCC.

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