July 2016 Climate Finance Update: Meetings Call for Access, Mobilization, Scaling Up [viewed]

july2016_finance1 August 2016: During the month of July, a number of high-level meetings highlighted the need for enhanced focus on climate finance. Resilience and disaster recovery projects in Asia and Africa received new financing. Climate funds launched calls for readiness and private sector support projects, and a number of entities reported on lessons learned from climate finance in agriculture, forests, gender mainstreaming and regional resilience investment planning.

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First International Day of Mangroves Celebrated [viewed]

UNESCO26 July 2016: The first International Day for the Conservation of the Mangrove Ecosystem was celebrated on 26 July 2016, to mark the critical importance of mangroves for food security, coastal protection, and mitigation of the impacts of climate change.

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23rd Session of FAO COFO Supports 'New Agenda for Forests' [viewed]

cofo2325 July 2016: Participants of the 23rd session of the Committee on Forestry (COFO) of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), which convened in conjunction with the 5th World Forest Week, involved a series of discussions, events and publication launches under the theme, 'Shaping a new agenda for forests.'

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UNCCD Rolls Out Regional Capacity Building Programme on LDN Target-Setting [viewed]

unccd_gm2 August 2016: The fourth in a series of regional inception workshops bringing together 15 Latin American and the Caribbean (LAC) countries discussed the establishment of national monitoring frameworks for Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) target 15.3 (By 2030, combat desertification, restore degraded land and soil, including land affected by desertification, drought and floods, and strive to achieve a land degradation-neutral world). The workshop, which took place in Buenos Aires, Argentina, from 20-21 July 2016, follows similar events for the Asia-Pacific, Africa, and Central Europe and Central Asia regions. It convened under the framework of the Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN) Target Setting Programme coordinated by the Global Mechanism of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD).

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Event: International Training Course on Combating Desertification for Central Asia and the Balkans [viewed]

Organized annually by Turkey's General Directorate of Combating Desertification and Erosion, with support from the Turkish International Cooperation and Coordination Agency, this year's training workshop will bring together policy makers and experts from Central Asia and the Balkans that are involved in the management of environmental problems related to desertification, land degradation, afforestation, erosion control and forestry. The training course will address diverse technical issues, including: the causes of desertification and land degradation; seed and seedling production; afforestation; erosion control; and participatory approaches. It will also aim to enhance collaboration and the exchange of experiences among the countries of the region. The training workshop is organized under the auspices of the Ankara Initiative, which aims to strengthen implementation of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) for the period of 2016 to 2019. The Initiative supports the global sustainable development agenda and seeks to leverage the lessons learned from Turkey's past experience and approaches to land management.  

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UNCTAD to Play "Central Role" in Achieving SDGs [viewed]

unctad1425 July 2016: Delegates agreed to give the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) a central role in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), by adopting a framework that will guide UNCTAD's work over the next four years, and that is primarily focused on realizing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The 14th session of UNCTAD (UNCTAD 14) resulted in a political declaration and the ‘Nairobi Consensus,' on providing technical assistance to ensure that globalization and trade benefit people in developing countries.

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CBD Analysis Shows More Efforts Needed to Achieve Aichi Biodiversity Targets [viewed]

CBD20 July 2016: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has released a document titled 'Updated Analysis of the Contribution of Targets Established by Parties and Progress Towards the Aichi Biodiversity Targets.' According to the publication, while CBD Parties have made efforts to adopt national targets in line with the Convention's Aichi Biodiversity Targets and have taken national action in support of the Targets, current progress and commitments are insufficient to achieve the Targets by 2020.

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UNEP-IRP Warns Against Rising Natural Resource Use [viewed]

unep_irp20 July 2016: Increasing consumption intensified by a growing middle class has tripled primary materials extraction over the last 40 years, with the richest countries consuming around ten times as much as the poorest countries, according to a report published by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP)-hosted International Resource Panel (IRP).

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Event: High Level Symposium on SDG 6 and Targets [viewed]

The ‘High-Level Symposium on SDG 6 and Targets: Ensuring that No One Is Left Behind in Access to Water and Sanitation' aims to discuss policy measures, actions and means of implementation (MOI) to fast-track implementation of SDG 6 (Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all) and its related targets. Participants will discuss: country experiences in advancing integrated water resource management (IWRM); and lessons learned in improving access to water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), increasing water use efficiency, reducing water pollution, and protecting water basins and ecosystems. The Symposium will address opportunities for fostering regional and multilateral cooperation and launch specific partnerships related to SDG 6. The Government of Tajikistan is organizing the Symposium in cooperation with the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) and other partners.  

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Terrestrial Ecosystems Finance Update: GEF Council Approves Work Program and Projects, Forest Finance in Focus [viewed]

terrestial_ecosystem_finance19 July 2016: Over recent months, the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council and the governing bodies of the Climate Investment Funds (CIFs) met, adopting forest-related initiatives, including some of relevance to reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries (REDD+). This Update covers these and other meetings related to the financing of activities on terrestrial ecosystems, as well as recent projects and publications in this area.

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