Policy Update #20: Monthly Forecast: April 2016 [viewed]

As the international sustainable development community begins the fourth month of the “2016 Year of Implementation,” a number of events will demonstrate how various entities are approaching the implementation of the three key outcomes from the “2015 Year of Decision”: the Addis Ababa Action Agenda (AAAA), the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and the Paris Agreement on climate change.

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CSO Contributions Highlight Forestry in SDGs, Poverty-Inequality Linkages, Governance [viewed]

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)April 2016: Recent papers and articles by civil society organizations (CSOs) address: forestry in Sustainable Development Goals' (SDGs) implementation; the relationship between poverty and inequality; SDG 16 on good governance; and the indicators for the Goals. This piece highlights contributions from the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), Overseas Development Institute (ODI), Southern Voice, and Transparency International, among others.

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Adapting to Climate Challenges, Indigenous Mountain Farmers Exchange Seeds and Traditional Practices [viewed]

iied_mp30 March 2016: A Tajikistan workshop with indigenous mountain farmers from 10 countries endorsed the 'Tuggoz Declaration on Climate Change and Mountain Indigenous Peoples,' which calls for protecting indigenous farming systems and landscapes through the legal recognition of Biocultural Heritage Territories. The declaration calls for indigenous peoples' rights to land, natural resources; for traditional knowledge to be fully respected in all mitigation and adaptation policies and programmes; and for the full and effective implementation of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP).

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2016 Global Food Policy Report Explores Contributions of Food Systems to SDG Implementation [viewed]

Ifpri31 March 2016: The '2016 Global Food Policy Report: How we Feed the World is Unsustainable' of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) analyzes food policy developments in 2015, assesses challenges and opportunities for the coming year, and investigates the role of food systems in achieving multiple Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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Study Reveals Significant Gaps in Collections of Crop Wild Relatives for Global Food Security and Climate Adaptation [viewed]

ciat_kew21 March 2016: A study by researchers of the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew reveals gaps in the conservation of crop wild relatives (CWR) of agricultural food crops, including crops important for food security in developing countries, such as banana and plantain, cassava, sorghum and sweet potato.

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Event: 2016 Potsdam Ocean Governance Workshop [viewed]

This invitation-only event will bring together experts and representatives from governments, international organizations, scientific institutions, civil society and business to discuss ' Sustainable Development Goals for the Ocean: Turning Commitment into Action'. Among other issues, the workshop will focus on: a follow-up and review framework to monitor ocean-related issues in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development; strategies for capacity building at different scales; and regional approaches. The workshop is hosted by the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies e.V. (IASS, Potsdam) in collaboration with the Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI, Paris), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ) and the Kiel Cluster of Excellence 'The Future Ocean'.  

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FAO Highlights CEDAW Recommendation, Land Reform in Europe and Asia [viewed]

fao_headquartersMarch 2016: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has highlighted a draft “General Recommendation” by the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), which draws attention to the situation of rural women and calls for improved integration with the Voluntary Guidelines and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to enhance gender mainstreaming in agricultural and rural development policies and programmes. In the latest edition of its Land Tenure Journal, FAO has also underscored efforts to reform land and property valuation and taxation in nine European and Central Asian countries.

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Event: PROFOR Advisory Board Meeting [viewed]

This meeting will focus on the theme 'Informing, Connecting and Shaping Forests,' and will consider how knowledge and tools developed under the Program on Forests (PROFOR) are influencing and improving development outcomes in the forest sector and beyond. Presentations will include an update on PROFOR's cross-sectoral programmatic activities, results from PROFOR's strengthened monitoring and evaluation program, and an overview of the proposed PROFOR portfolio for 2016 including country and regional activities.  

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Asia-Pacific Agencies Call for Investing in Youth [viewed]

switched-on28 March 2016: A thematic working group including 12 UN agencies, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) launched a joint report on the region's youth. The report emphasizes that investing in youth, who make up 60% of the global population of 15- to 24-year olds, will be crucial for successful implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Young people around the region contributed to the report, which was released in December 2015.

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Mountain Partnership Reflects on its 2015 Sustainable Development Achievements [viewed]

Mountain Partnership25 March 2016: The publication, titled ‘Our Journey in 2015: Mountain Partnership Secretariat Annual Report,' highlights achievements in linking mountain issues to the global sustainable development agenda, noting among other successes: the adoption of three mountain-related targets under the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); increased awareness of the impact of climate change on mountains; and new data on the rise of food insecurity in mountain regions since 2000.

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