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UN Leaders Urge Action in Last 500 Days of MDGs [viewed]

United Nations18 August 2014: The UN marked the 500-day milestone of time left to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), with statements and events noting both successes and challenges towards achieving the eight goals. UN leaders and others urged a final push for global action in the remaining 500 days until the end of 2015.

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ITTO TTM Reports on Objections to Indonesia Export Ban [viewed]

ITTO logo16 August 2014: The 1-15 August issue of the Tropical Timber Market (TTM) Report of the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) highlights an industry appeal to allow log exports in Indonesia. According to the article, because of the existing ban, Indonesian domestic log prices are half of the international market price.

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UNEP and Norway Sign Agreement on GRID-Arendal's 25th Anniversary [viewed]

UNEP GRID Arendal14 August 2014: On the occasion of GRID-Arendal's 25th anniversary, UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Executive Director, Achim Steiner, and Olav Orheim, Chairman of the Board of Directors of GRID-Arendal, signed a Programme Cooperation Agreement in which Norway renewed its contribution to UNEP's Programme of Work for 2014. The Agreement includes a commitment of US$16 million to UNEP, including US$1 million to support action on marine plastic debris and microplastics and US$500,000 to improve fish food security in West Africa.

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COMIFAC Ministers Discuss Finance [viewed]

comifac-cbfpAugust 2014: The Commission des Forets d'Afrique Centrale (COMIFAC) convened a technical expert meeting as well as the extraordinary session of the Council of Ministers of Environment and Forestry of COMIFAC countries on 17-18 July 2014. The meetings focused largely on finance.

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FAO's Voluntary Guidelines on Tenure Newsletter Updates on Events and Publications [viewed]

FAOJuly 2014: The July 2014 newsletter of the Voluntary Guidelines on Tenure Governance Initiative of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) includes updates on: recent events; support for the Guidelines; examples of the use of the Guidelines; technical publications and e-learning; and news on other relevant guidelines.

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Event: 26th Conference of the Danubian Countries on Hydrological Forecasting and Hydrological Bases of Water Management [viewed]

The 26th Danube Conference, part of a series of biennial conferences hosted alternately by the countries of the river Danube, is being hosted by Germany, in Deggendorf. The Conference aims to share methodologies and case studies on hydrological basic information, hydrological forecasting and parameters, disaster management, the role of hydrological and biotic processes in aquatic systems, and linking different fields of science. Conference topics include: basis of hydrology; hydrological data management; hydrological modeling and forecasting; disaster events; administrative structures for water management; river basin and water management; and ecohydrology. The Conference is co-organized by: the German National Committee for the International Hydrological Programme (IHP) of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), and of the Hydrology and Water Resources Programme (HWRP) of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO); the Bavarian Environment Agency; and the Deggendorf Institute of Technology.  

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EEA Updates Climate Change Indicators [viewed]

EEA6 August 2014: The European Environment Agency (EEA) has published 13 climate change indicators, updating information included in its 2012 assessment 'Climate Change, Impacts and Vulnerability in Europe.' According to EEA, the period 2004-2013 was Europe's warmest decade on record, and many global trends, such as sea level rise, warming oceans, and shrinking snow cover, are having significant impacts on the continent.

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UNCCD IWG Discusses LDN, Regional Conference Discusses Economics of Land Degradation [viewed]

UNCCD logoAugust 2014: The Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has released summaries from recent meetings of the Convention's Inter-Governmental Working Group (IWG) on the follow-up to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) and a regional conference on the economics of land degradation.

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UNECE, UNEP and FAO Consider Forest PES within a Green Economy [viewed]

FAO UNECEUNEPAugust 2014: The UN has released a report on the role of payments for forest ecosystem services (PES) in a green economy. The report makes use of 14 case studies to identify the implications of PES, their potential use in a green economy and alternative options when PES may not be appropriate.

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GSP Welcomes Establishment of Healthy Soils Facility [viewed]

Global Soil Partnership (GSP)31 July 2014: The second Plenary Assembly of the Global Soil Partnership (GSP) welcomed the establishment of the Healthy Soils Facility. The Facility, intended to constitute a major operational arm of the GSP, will accelerate momentum for action and cooperation on soils through a multi-partner platform meant to align resource partners and maintain the visibility of approved projects.

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