FAO and Google Advance Data Access for Sustainable Land and Forest Management [viewed]

fao_google15 April 2016: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and Google have agreed that the initial focus of their three-year collaborative programme will be on building national capacity to undertake forest and food crop cover assessments. Launched in December 2015, the partnership aims to make geospatial tracking and mapping products more accessible, assist countries in tackling climate change, and build the capacity of national experts to contribute to sustainable development planning.

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Latin American and Caribbean Ministers Prepare for CBD COP 13, Call for Biodiversity Mainstreaming [viewed]

ministerial_forumApril 2016: In anticipation of the thirteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 13) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), to be held in December 2016, in Cancun, Mexico, Latin American and Caribbean Ministers of Environment have agreed to promote actions to mainstream biodiversity into productive sectors, and to implement regional and sub-regional plans to support implementation efforts. The region has also focused on efforts to promote forest restoration, with a CBD capacity-building workshop held in Bogotá, Colombia, and two publications supported by the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) designed to assist in restoring coastal forests in Mexico.

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Event: UNDP Briefing on Forest Conservation and Restoration for Limiting Warming to below 2°C and Achieving Global Carbon Neutrality [viewed]

The UN Development Programme (UNDP) is bringing together UNDP Administrator Helen Clark, actor and activist Alec Baldwin, Peruvian indigenous Ashaninka leader Diana Rios, Indonesian indigenous Dayak leader Mina Setra, Center for Global Development Senior Fellow Frances Seymour, non-profit executive and philanthropist Alexander Soros, and Ford Foundation President Darren Walker for an event leading up to the 22 April Paris Agreement Signing Ceremony. The event will focus on the critical role of forests in meeting the international community's climate change objectives, particularly how secure rights to indigenous and community-held land can prevent deforestation. During the event, new research regarding the status of land rights in relation to country climate change commitments will be presented.  

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Event: Ecosystem Services Partnership Africa Conference [viewed]

The first Conference of the Regional Africa chapter of the Ecosystem Services Partnership (ESP) will convene under the theme, 'Ecosystem Services for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Africa'. Discussions will focus on Africa's contribution towards evidence on best practices for the management and restoration of ecosystem services for decision making, particularly towards the realization of sustainable development goals.  

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Event: European Forum on Urban Forestry [viewed]

This Forum will address issues related to urban forests and resilient cities, health and well-being, and governance and management. A meeting of the FAO Silva Mediterranea Working Group on Urban and Peri-urban Forestry will be held in conjunction with the Forum, on 31 May 2016.  

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African Environment Ministers Table Regional Priorities Ahead of UNEA-2 [viewed]

Amcen119 April 2016: Ministers of Environment and other high-level representatives from 45 African countries agreed to accelerate action on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Paris Agreement on Climate Change and the prevention of illegal trade in wildlife at the Sixth Special Session of the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN). Participants also finalized a set of resolutions reflecting the region's priorities to be tabled at the second session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-2) of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) in May 2016.

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Organization of Islamic Cooperation Commits to Implementing SDGs, Welcomes Paris Agreement [viewed]

oic15 April 2016: Heads of State and Government of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) welcomed the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the OIC's 13th Islamic Summit. In the Conference's Final Communiqué, participants supported actions to address climate change and implement the SDGs, among others.

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Ministerial Conference Adopts New Delhi Resolution on Tiger Conservation [viewed]

asia_ministerial_tiger14 April 2016: The third Asia Ministerial Conference on Tiger Conservation concluded with 13 Tiger Range Countries (TRCs) adopting the 'New Delhi Resolution on Tiger Conservation.'

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UNECE Publishes Environmental Performance Reviews for Belarus, Georgia [viewed]

UNECEMarch 2016: The third Environmental Performance Reviews (EPR) of Belarus and Georgia assess the countries' performance on environmental and economic targets and international environmental commitments, with the aim of guiding improvements in environmental management and integrating environmental considerations into economic sectors. The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) published the reviews, which also highlight challenges and successes in the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and provide recommendations for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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Donors, Private Sector to Double Financial Support for Crop Genetic Resource Conservation [viewed]

crop_trust15 April 2016: Governments, international organizations and members of the private sector have pledged financial contributions to the Crop Endowment Trust Fund of the Global Crop Diversity Trust (the Crop Trust) that will lead to a doubling of the Trust's resources to support international gene banks and research aiming to conserve and sustainably use the world's plant genetic resources for food and agriculture (PGRFA).

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