Event: 11th Annual High Level Forum: Connecting Water to Climate, Economic Growth and Development within the Post-2015 Development Agenda [viewed]

As part of the Caribbean Water and Wastewater Association's (CWWA's) 24th Annual Conference and Exhibition, the 11th High Level Forum (HLF) on Connecting Water to Climate, Economic Growth and Development within the Post-2015 Development Agenda will discuss and seek collaboration on water and climate matters to help shape the sustainable development agenda of the Caribbean. Co-organized by the CWWA and the Global Water Partnership-Caribbean (GWP-C) in collaboration with the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the Forum seeks to produce concrete outcomes and harmonized recommendations to guide national and regional efforts in operationalizing water, wastewater, and climate goals and targets for sustainable development. Some outcomes of the Forum should also feed into the contribution of the Caribbean Small Island Developing States (SIDS) at the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP) of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in December. The Forum is expected to bring together Caribbean Ministers in charge of water resources and management from more than ten countries, and representatives from regional and international organizations.  

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Event: 18th RRI Dialogue on Forests, Governance and Climate Change [viewed]

This dialogue of the Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) will convene under the theme 'Challenges and Opportunities of Climate and REDD+ Milestones for Forest Communities'. It will explore implications for the rights and livelihoods of indigenous peoples and local communities of developments in international efforts to combat climate change, namely negotiations towards a global climate agreement in Paris in December 2015, and the further development of international climate and REDD+ funding frameworks and proposals. The Dialogue will provide a platform for taking stock of climate policy and financing developments, such as: the issue of including language on human rights principles and safeguards in the climate agreement; non-carbon benefits of REDD+ and joint mitigation and adaptation measures; and the status of safeguards, grievance mechanisms, full and effective participation of indigenous peoples in decision making and implementation, and direct access to the Green Climate Fund (GCF). The Dialogue is expected to identify priorities to ensure that the rights of Indigenous Peoples and other local communities are enhanced and safeguarded.  

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Event: Solutions Summit [viewed]

On the sidelines of the three-day UN Summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda, the Solutions Summit will seek to highlight "exceptional innovators" (technologists, engineers, scientists, and others) who are developing solutions that address one or more of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and also seek to catalyze a grassroots effort, where communities scout and convene resources around solution-makers. During the event, a group of 17-20 global innovators will be invited to give a 'lightning talk outlining their breakthrough efforts' to senior policymakers, investors, and industry leaders. The Solutions Summit is led by the UN Foundation, Project Everyone, and the UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS), in collaboration with the US' White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, the Brazilian Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, the Kenyan Ministry of Information Communications and Technology, and the Estonian Information System Authority, with an open invitation for other governments and collaborators to join.  

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Research Shows Wastewater Irrigation Is Safe and Economically Viable [viewed]

gpa13 August 2015: Using treated wastewater for irrigation can produce crops that are both economically viable and safe for human consumption, according to research conducted in Gerga, in the Sohag Governorate of Egypt.

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Bioversity Annual Report Highlights Work on Healthy Diets, Resilience and Genetic Resource Conservation [viewed]

Bioversity InternationalAugust 2015: Bioversity International's 2014 Annual Report highlights research on the contribution of agricultural and tree genetic diversity to healthy diets and the resilience of farms and forests, as well as work towards effective genetic resources conservation and use.

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IMO Addresses Sensitive Marine Areas, Regulation of Waste at Sea [viewed]

sprep-imoAugust 2015: The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has worked to advance the health of the world's oceans and seas through workshops focused on regulating marine pollution and identifying Particularly Sensitive Sea Areas (PSSAs) that need special protection given ecological, scientific or socio-economic circumstances, but that may be vulnerable to damage from international maritime activities.

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UN Secretary-General Reports to UNGA 70 on SD, Environmental Issues [viewed]

United NationsAugust 2015: The UN Secretary-General has issued reports to be considered by the UN General Assembly's (UNGA) Second Committee (Economic and Financial), during the 70th UNGA session. UNGA 70 opens on 15 September 2015, at UN Headquarters in New York, US. The Second Committee is expected to begin its work in October.

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Event: Second Our Oceans Conference [viewed]

The Second Our Oceans Conference aims to promote voluntary governmental and institutional commitments to care for the ocean. Participants will discuss solutions to topics such as illegal fishing, marine plastic pollution, and ocean acidification and climate change. The Conference will also encourage the creation of marine protected areas. Over 400 political, academic and civil society figures, including the US Secretary of State and Prince Albert of Monaco, are expected to attend. The first Our Oceans Conference held in June 2014 resulted in more than US$800 million in government and private sector commitments to conserve the ocean and its resources.  

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UNGA President Circulates Amended 2030 Agenda [viewed]

post201512 August 2015: The President of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), Sam Kutesa, circulated the outcome document of the UN Summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda, agreed by consensus at the conclusion of the intergovernmental negotiation process on 2 August 2015. Kutesa informed Member States that he will convene a plenary meeting of the Assembly in early September to take action on a draft resolution that will transmit the outcome document to the UNGA's 70th session for consideration and adoption during the Summit.

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Scientists Investigate Scale of Plastic Trash in Southern Indian Ocean [viewed]

fao_headquarters11 August 2015: Scientists from eight countries aboard the Dr. Fridtjof Nansen, a research vessel operated by the Norwegian Institute of Marine Research (IMR) in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), are assessing the scale and nature of industrial trash, including plastics and micro-plastics, in remote parts of the southern Indian Ocean. FAO notes that the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans both have floating islands of trash twice the size of Texas, but the extent and impact of trash and plastic in the southern Indian Ocean is not yet known. The research mission aims to fill this information gap.

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