ELD, PROFOR and UNCCD Marshall Evidence in Support of Land Restoration [viewed]

eld_cgiar_unccd_proforJuly 2016: Partners of the Economics of Land Degradation (ELD) Initiative are fine-tuning a joint roadmap for the next phase of the Initiative, which aims to increase awareness raising and engage key stakeholders to scale up efforts to promote sustainable land management (SLM). Some recent studies bolstering the case for large-scale land restoration initiatives include: the ELD synthesis report, 'The Value of Land'; the forthcoming Global Land Outlook, to be published by the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) in 2017; and an article by the Program on Forests (PROFOR), which draws some lessons from Fazenda da Toca, a large-scale land restoration project in São Paolo, Brazil.

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HLPF Ministerial Segment Opens, Continues Focus on No One Left Behind [viewed]

ministerial_segment_hlpf18 July 2016: The Ministerial Segment of the 2016 session of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) opened with a day of keynote speeches, discussion of main messages from the first week of HLPF proceedings, and panel discussions on the theme 'Ensuring that no one is left behind.'

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Capacity Building and Technology Update: TEC Highlights 20 Years of Technological Assistance; Capacity-Building Activities Focus on DRR, Combating Desertification [viewed]

technologyupdate15 July 2016: The past weeks' activities under and outside the UNFCCC sought to build developing countries' capacity on climate change adaptation, disaster risk management (DRM) and other climate change-related issues, and to identify additional opportunities with regard to capacity building, and technology development and transfer.

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HLPF Considers National Monitoring, Countries in Special Situations [viewed]

hlpf201615 July 2016: Everyone is responsible for implementing the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development, participants stressed throughout the first week of discussions of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF). Key messages emerging from these discussions highlighted social inclusion as critical for sustainable development, and the importance of addressing inclusion in education, labor and political institutions and policies.

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COFI 32 Concludes, Discusses Aquaculture and Blue Growth [viewed]

fao_headquarters15 July 2016: The 32nd session of the Committee on Fisheries (COFI) has concluded with participants welcoming the entry into force of the Agreement of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) on Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing (PSMA). The meeting also featured discussions on aquaculture, food security and blue growth, among other issues.

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Mediterranean Countries Commit to "Zero Tolerance" for Illegal Killing of Birds [viewed]

CMS14 July 2016: The first-ever meeting of the Intergovernmental Task Force on Illegal Killing, Taking and Trade of Migratory Birds concluded with the adoption of the Cairo Declaration in which countries agreed to a "zero tolerance approach" to any illegal killing, taking and trade of migratory birds (IKB) in the Mediterranean Region in accordance with national law, commitments under international conventions and multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs).

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EC Adopts First-Ever EU List of Invasive Alien Species [viewed]

EU-SE4ALL13 July 2016: The European Commission (EC) has adopted, for the first time, a list of invasive alien species (IAS) that identifies 37 non-native plants and animals that threaten the EU's environment. Species on the list will be subject to the restrictions and measures set out in the EU Regulation on IAS. EU member countries now have three years to implement control measures for species on the list.

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IOC-UNESCO Assesses Status of LMEs and Open Oceans [viewed]

UNESCO IOC13 July 2016: Fifty percent of all fish stocks in large marine ecosystems (LMEs) are overexploited and 60% of the world's coral reefs are threatened by local activities, according to the findings of a series of assessments by the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (IOC-UNESCO). The Transboundary Waters Assessment Programme (TWAP) carried out the global assessments of transboundary water systems around the world in LMEs and the open ocean.

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African Stakeholders Call for Prioritizing Water at COP 22 [viewed]

conference_international_d'eau12 July 2016: In preparation for the 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC (COP 22), 650 decision makers, researchers, technical experts, financiers and civil society members from 40 countries came together for an International Conference on Water and Climate. Organized under the theme 'Water Security for Climate Justice,' the conference resulted in a ministerial call from 22 African countries emphasizing the importance of implementing and funding water initiatives in Africa, both in the context of the COP 21 outcomes and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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CGIAR Consortium Announces New Leadership, Moves Forward with Governance Reform [viewed]

CGIAR12 July 2016: The CGIAR System Council held its inaugural meeting and appointed Juergen Voegele, Senior Director, World Bank Agriculture Global Practice, as Chair of the Council. The CGIAR System Council, a central element of CGIAR's new governance structure, provides leadership and guidance on issues such as: CGIAR's vision, strategic direction, and advocacy governance; partnership engagement and resource mobilization; performance evaluation; and impact assessment.

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