2014-annual-survey
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MDBs Report on Climate Finance Provided in 2013[viewed]

The third edition of the Joint MDB Report on Climate Finance 2013 has been expanded to include a better sectoral breakdown, and divisions by public and private operations. Since 2011, multilateral development banks (MDBs) have provided over US$75 billion in climate finance to developing and emerging economies, while, in 2013, they provided US$23.8 billion to address climate change, with 80%, or US$18.9 billion, dedicated to mitigation and 20%, or US$4.8 billion, going to adaptation.

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UNGA Holds First-ever Discussion on Child Marriage[viewed]

UN Member States discussed the human rights and development impacts of child, early and forced marriages (CEFM) and how to end child marriage within a generation, during the first-ever panel discussion on child marriage organized by the UN General Assembly (UNGA). Circulating the summary of key messages from the discussion, UNGA President John Ashe said the event had helped to raise awareness of the harmful impact of CEFM on its victims, the development costs to society at large, and the need for increased international and national action to end the practice.

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IDRC Project in Ethiopia Improves Nutrition through Plant Breeding[viewed]

Farmers in southern Ethiopia have achieved a two-fold increase in chickpea productivity through enhanced soil health and improved crop varieties. At the same time, improved food processing, preparation methods and education programs have contributed to better nutrition, including through the incorporation of chickpeas into diets.

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GRID-Arendal, INTERPOL Reports Show How to Identify Forest Crime[viewed]

INTERPOL and GRID-Arendal, a centre collaborating with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), have published three reports on 'How to Identify Forest Crime' in Africa, Asia and Latin America. The reports use pictures to guide readers through the identification of forest crime as well as steps to take in prosecuting a suspect.

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GRID-Arendal, Rainforest Foundation Norway Publish 'The State of Rainforests 2014'[viewed]

GRID-Arendal, a collaborative centre of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), and Rainforest Foundation Norway have released a report on 'The State of Rainforests 2014' based on the 2010 Global Forest Resources Assessment carried out by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and a remote sensing study by University of Maryland.

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Event: Joint CBD, UNCCD Workshop on NBSAPs - NAP Synergies[viewed]

The Secretariats of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) are jointly organizing a workshop on synergies for the design, development and implementation of CBD National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs) and UNCCD National Action Programmes (NAPs).

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Event: High-Level Conversation on Employment and Decent Work for Inclusive and Sustainable Development[viewed]

The International Labour Organization and the Ford Foundation are jointly hosting this afternoon event on creating policies for the creation of decent work, strengthening social protection, and ensuring sustainable development.

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IWC65 Adopts Resolutions on Aboriginal Subsistence Whaling and Migratory Cetacean Species[viewed]

Delegates adopted several resolutions at the 65th session of the International Whaling Commission (IWC), including resolutions on aboriginal subsistence whaling, whaling under special permit and highly migratory cetacean species. IWC 65 also agreed on resolutions related to its Scientific Committee (SC), civil society participation and transparency at the IWC as well as its programme of work for its two year inter-sessional period.

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CEM Partnership Releases Energy Savings Guide[viewed]

The Energy Management Working Group of the Global Superior Energy Performance (GSEP) Partnership, part of the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM), has launched a guide to help organizations globally in assessing the impacts of energy efficiency projects. The publication presents a simple and practical guide to performing measurement and verification for a project and quantifying related savings.

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USAID Publication Examines ‘Last Mile' in Ending Extreme Poverty[viewed]

Understanding the "last mile" of extreme poverty is critical to ending it, and achieving progress toward the post-2015 development agenda, according to a publication released by the US Agency for International Development (USAID). The authors of ‘The Last Mile in Ending Extreme Poverty' - Laurence Chandry and Homi Kharas of The Brookings Institution - discuss two competing narratives on ending poverty, in attempt to determine "what it will take."

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