Latin America and the Caribbean

Panama and Costa Rica Highlight LDN Public-Private Partnerships [viewed]

gm_unccdSeptember 2015: In the lead up to the UN Sustainable Development Summit and the 12th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 12) to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), public and private sector leaders from Panama and Costa Rica met to exchange experiences in implementing Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN) projects, and explore additional actions needed to meet the LDN target. Panama and Costa Rica are among the first countries in the world to embrace the UNCCD's LDN target at the national level.

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UNGA Debate Addresses 2030 Implementation, MOI [viewed]

unga7030 September 2015: The UN General Assembly (UNGA) continued its 70th annual general debate, with speakers addressing their country's priorities for the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development and its associated Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as well as issues related to peace and security, UN reform and the importance of responding to humanitarian crises around the world.

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UNGA Debate Highlights SDG Implementation, Special Situations [viewed]

unga7029 September 2015: The 70th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) continued its General Debate on the theme ‘The UN at 70: A new commitment to action.' Speakers on 29 September 2015 welcomed the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), noting their potential to transform the world. Speakers also focused on global security concerns, including refugees and the role of the UN Security Council.

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Six African Countries Launch CAFI Initiative on Forests [viewed]

CAFI29 September 2015: Representatives of six African nations and development partners launched the Central African Forest Initiative (CAFI) at a high-level event in New York, the US. CAFI aims to reduce deforestation and forest degradation in Central Africa through mitigating climate change, reducing poverty and contributing to sustainable development.

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Bioversity International Researches Andean Chili Pepper Diversity [viewed]

Biodiversity International29 September 2015: A scientific study published by researchers of Bioversity International and partners reports the results of a project that screened the genetic diversity and analyzed the market value of chili (capsicum) varieties in Andean communities of Bolivia and Peru. The study showed that differences in capsicum diversity and local context led to distinct outcomes with regard to attributes and their valuation in local markets.

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UNGA General Debate Opens with Focus on SDG Implementation, Peace, Equality [viewed]

unga7028 September 2015: The 70th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) opened its General Debate, which is convening under the theme ‘The UN at 70: A new commitment to action.' Speakers welcomed the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), with many praising the focus on poverty eradication and inequality. Many speakers also addressed UN reform and peace and security, including discussion of Syria and the refugee crisis.

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Nagoya Protocol on ABS Reaches 66 Ratifications [viewed]

CBD28 September 2015: Eleven countries have ratified the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization (ABS) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) since its entry into force on 12 October 2014. The Protocol currently counts 66 ratifications.

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Five Environmental Leaders Receive Champions of the Earth Award [viewed]

champions_of_the_earth27 September 2015: Five environmental leaders received the UN's Champions of the Earth Award for their roles in policy leadership, science and innovation, entrepreneurial vision and inspiration and action. The award ceremony took place at the end of the UN Sustainable Development Summit.

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Private Sector Forum Commits to Support Achievement of SDGs [viewed]

United Nations Global Compact26 September 2015: The Private Sector Forum resulted in more than 35 corporate commitments to contribute to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including through investments in low-carbon infrastructure and solutions to make clean energy affordable and accessible. Also at the Forum, the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), the UN Global Compact and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) launched ‘the SDG compass,' a tool for helping companies to maximize their contributions to the Global Goals.

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Equator Prize Announces 2015 Winners [viewed]

equatorinitiative21 September 2015: The 21 winning initiatives of the 2015 Equator Prize include a indigenous group in Brazil that inspired the film 'Avatar'; a conservation group in Indonesia that is saving sea turtles; a movement for pygmy rights in the Democratic Republic of Congo; and a community-based organization in the poorest region of Afghanistan that is restoring areas affected by conflict and creating new jobs. The prize is the "flagship programme" of the Equator Initiative, a partnership that brings together the UN, governments, civil society, businesses and grassroots organizations to advance sustainable development solutions.

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