Event: International Workshop on Meteorology, Sand and Dust Storms: Combating Desertification and Erosion [viewed]

This workshop is organized under the auspices of the Ankara Initiative, which aims to contribute towards the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development by sharing Turkey's experience and approaches to land management and combating desertification and land degradation with other affected countries. The workshop targets decision makers, meteorologists and non-governmental organizations from the West Asia and the North Africa region involved in the management of environmental problems related to afforestation, dust and sand storms, erosion control, desertification and forestry. It will also provide an opportunity for key players from the region to collectively review and provide input to a draft policy on sand and dust storms that is currently under development. The workshop is co-organized by Turkey's Ministry of Forestry and Water Affairs, the General Directorate of Combating Desertification and Erosion (ÇEM) and the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), in collaboration with the Turkish State Meteorological Service (TSMS), the General Directorate of Forestry, and the Turkish International Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA).  

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June 2016 Climate Finance Update: Funds Meet, Non-state Actor Engagement Accelerates [viewed]

june20165 July 2016: This issue of the Climate Finance Update features recent global and regional news on climate finance activities by a variety of intergovernmental actors. Several climate funds met in June to make decisions on strategy and funding. A number of disaster recovery and resilience projects received funding in Asia and Africa. The World Bank highlighted developments in carbon pricing, and some concrete measures were taken to increase the engagement of non-state actors in climate financing.

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OECD-FAO Agricultural Outlook Projects Stable Food Prices, Highlights Need to Eradicate Hunger [viewed]

oecd_fao4 July 2016: The 'OECD-FAO Agricultural Outlook 2016-2025,' published jointly by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), forecasts relatively stable food prices over the coming decade amid slowing growth in the demand for food and continued improvements in productivity.

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CCAFS Annual Report Highlights Progress on Climate-Smart Agriculture [viewed]

CGIAR CCAFS30 June 2016: 'Change for the Better: The CCAFS 2015 Annual Report' of the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) shows how science provided by the Program and its partners informs initiatives to enhance the resilience of farmers to climate impacts while helping them to reduce emissions in support of national activities and plans under the Paris Agreement on climate change.

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UNEP Appoints External Member to Access to Information Panel [viewed]

UNEP30 June 2016: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has appointed an external member to serve on its three-person Access to Information Panel, which monitors the implementation of UNEP's revised policy on the issue. According to UNEP, the policy seeks to balance the need to grant the public maximum access to information in UNEP's possession, including environmental information, and UNEP's obligation to respect confidentiality of information regarding its member States, partners, employees and other parties.

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Parties to South Pacific Tuna Treaty Agree on Principles of Fishing Access [viewed]

us_ffa29 June 2016: Representatives of 16 Pacific Island Parties to the South Pacific Tuna Treaty and the US agreed in principle to changes to the Tuna Treaty and terms of fishing access for the US purse seine fleet to Pacific Island waters through 2022. The proposed agreement aims to establish more flexible procedures for commercial cooperation between Pacific Island Parties and US industry.

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Healthy Oceans Critical for Meeting Global Challenges, Agrees Center for Oceans Law and Policy Conference [viewed]

center_oceans_law_policy28 June 2016: Participants at the 40th annual Conference of the Center for Oceans Law and Policy underscored the role of healthy oceans in meeting pressing global challenges, such as fighting hunger and achieving food security, tackling climate change, providing clean energy and generally contributing to sustainable development.

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EU Environment Ministers Agree on Actions on Wildlife Trafficking, Circular Economy and Climate Change [viewed]

european_council23 June 2016: At a meeting of the Environment Council of the European Union (EU), Environment Ministers agreed on a number of statements and action plans related to wildlife trafficking, the circular economy and marine plastic pollution, and climate change.

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Network of Protected Areas of Central Africa Adopts Strategic Plan [viewed]

rapacJune 2016: The governing body of the Network of Protected Areas of Central Africa (RAPAC), a sub-regional coordination initiative covering 82 protected areas in eight countries of Central Africa, has proceeded with institutional reforms and has adopted a new Strategic and Action Plan.

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Government Officials Discuss SIDS Partnerships for SAMOA Pathway, SDGs [viewed]

samoa_pathway25 May 2016: High-level officials from small island developing States (SIDS), policy makers, and UN entities discussed emerging environmental issues in SIDS, and ways in which they could be solved through partnerships, during a high-level round table on 'Innovative Partnerships for addressing environmental challenges in implementation of the SAMOA Pathway and the 2030 Agenda.' The event focused on oceans-related partnerships and innovative financing.

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