ADB Water Security Report Highlights Groundwater, Population and Climate Challenges [viewed]

ADB30 August 2016: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) launched its annual report on water security in Asia, noting some improvements in water security in the region and highlighting ongoing challenges in managing groundwater, population pressure and climate variability.

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ECLAC, IDB, CAF Launch Infrastructure Database [viewed]

eclac_caf_idb30 August 2016: The UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Development Bank of Latin America (CAF) have jointly launched an online database offering data on infrastructure investments made in Latin America. The database is meant to serve as an instrument for the analysis and development of quality, reliable, sustainable and resilient infrastructure, as called for in Sustainable Development Goal 9 (Industry, Innovation, Infrastructure).

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Event: World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2017 [viewed]

The World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos-Klosters gathers the world's top leaders at the beginning of each year to discuss challenges related to the global, regional and industry agendas.  

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World Conservation Congress Opens, Focus on Scaling up Action on SDGs [viewed]

word_conservation_congress1 September 2016: The International Union for the Conservation of Nature's (IUCN) World Conservation Congress (WCC), 'Planet at the Crossroads,' opened on 1 September in Honolulu, Hawai'i, the US. The WCC will focus on the challenge of attaining the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) over the next 15 years. Over 6,000 participants from around the world are expected to attend the WCC, making it the largest gathering of environmental policymakers since the Paris Agreement on Climate Change and agreement on the SDGs.

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UNEP Urges Addressing Growing Water Pollution [viewed]

UNEP30 August 2016: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) released a report that recommends treating wastewater to address increasing water pollution in Africa, Asia and Latin America. The report stresses the role of good water quality in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), observing that pollution of surface waters places populations at risk of contracting life-threatening diseases, damages food systems, harms economies and contributes to inequalities in access to water.

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UN Secretary-General Reports on UN Environmental Conventions Implementation [viewed]

United Nations27 July 2016: The UN Secretary-General has transmitted a report on the 'Implementation of UN Environmental Conventions' (A/71/005 ) to the 71st session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA). The document includes reports submitted to the Secretary-General by the Secretariats of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). The report is one of a number of Secretary-General's reports of the UNGA's 2nd Committee in preparation for the 71st session of the UNGA, which begins in September 2016.

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Event: 8th Meeting of the Task Force on Water and Climate [viewed]

The eighth meeting of the Task Force on Water and Climate will take place in the Palais des Nations in Geneva in room VII, on 15 September 2016. The meeting will take place immediately following the Sixth Workshop on Adaptation to Climate Change in Transboundary Basins (Geneva, 13-14 September 2016). The Task Force on Water and Climate will discuss, plan and provide guidance to the implementation of the activities on water and climate under the programme of work for 2016-2018 of the Water Convention.  

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Event: Sixth Workshop on Adaptation to Climate Change in Transboundary Basins [viewed]

This workshop will consider the theme, 'Financing Climate Change Adaptation in Transboundary Basins,' and will convene back-to-back with the 8th meeting of the Task Force on Water and Climate. The workshop is organized in the framework of the UNECE Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes (Water Convention) and under the leadership of the Governments of the Netherlands and Switzerland, in cooperation with international partners, including the World Bank Group, AGWA, IUCN and WMO. In light of the outcomes of UNFCCC COP 21 and in view of the upcoming COP 22 in Morocco, the workshop aims to facilitate implementation and financing of basin-wide adaptation - from strategies and plans to concrete measures - while considering differences in transboundary basins' governance, administrative structure and mandate. It will also consider the current global climate finance infrastructure, barriers and challenges in accessing climate finance for water and discuss how to ensure transboundary aspects are taken into account in national and local projects, where relevant. Private sector and innovative finance mechanisms will also be considered. The workshop will bring together water practitioners and authorities responsible for addressing climate change impacts, at the national and transboundary levels, with representatives of bilateral and multilateral donors, financing institutions and the private sector.  

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Event: High-Level Panel on 2030 Global Water Architecture [viewed]

This event takes place during World Water Week in Stockholm, jointly hosted by the governments of France, Germany, Hungary and the Netherlands. Panelists will disccuss ways to improve the fragmented nature of the global water institutional architecture, with particular reference to the recommendation of the UN Secretary-General's Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation (UNSGAB) that a UN intergovernmental committee on water should be established to promote implementation of the water-related goals in the 2030 Agenda.  

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Event: Climate Action and Sustainable Land Use in Forestry and Agriculture [viewed]

This event will address the theme, 'Climate Action and Sustainable Land Use in Forestry and Agriculture: A High-Level Forum on Jurisdictional Leadership for Climate-Positive Land Use'. It is being organized to foster a shared understanding on effective approaches to realizing jurisdictional sustainability among national and subnational governments, the donor community, the private sector and civil society organizations (CSOs). Participants will explore issues related to jurisdictional programmes, including the importance of sustainable land use for achieving development, climate and inclusive growth goals, and how domestic policy priorities, corporate supply chain commitments and international support reinforce each other and accelerate the transition towards sustainable land use. This forum, which is taking place as part of Climate Week NYC, is being organized by the Tropical Forest Alliance 2020, in partnership with The Consumer Goods Forum, the Earth Innovation Institute, the UN Development Programme (UNDP), Forest Trends and The Nature Conservancy. The Tropical Forest Alliance 2020 is a public-private partnership where partners take voluntary actions to reduce the tropical deforestation associated with the sourcing of commodities, such as palm oil, soy, beef, and paper and pulp.  

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