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UNFCCC's NAZCA Portal Features Over 500 City Actions[viewed]

To coincide with Earth Day, over 500 new city actions have been added to the Non-State Actor Zone for Climate Action (NAZCA) portal, which was launched at the UN Climate Change Conference in Lima, Peru, in December 2014. NAZCA, a UNFCCC-hosted website, showcases actions of non-state actors, including municipalities, regions and investors, and aims to help build momentum for a global climate agreement in Paris in December 2015. Currently, 400 cities, 71 subnational regions and 264 companies are taking 1514 climate-related actions listed on the NAZCA portal.

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Global Soil Week Chair's Conclusions: “Transformation is needed – transformation is possible” [viewed]

In his Chairman's Conclusions to the 3rd Global Soil Week, Klaus Töpfer, Executive Director of the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) Potsdam, which hosts the annual event, highlights six areas of “emerging consensus” that can help in raising the profile of “the forgotten resource, soil" on the global political agenda and ensure that soil stakeholders “engage on an equal footing with partners in the sustainability agenda.”

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International Mother Earth Day Celebrated around the World[viewed]

In celebration of Earth Day, multilateral institutions and organizations worldwide held public concerts and forums, revealed a 'forest pavilion,' and released special newsletters and statements, among many other commemorative activities. The UN kicked off its Earth Day events with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaking at the Global Citizen Earth Day Concert on 18 April in Washington DC, US, where he told the crowd, "Take your passion and compassion and build a better, sustainable world."

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Global Soil Week Side Event Discusses Benefits of Sustainable Rangeland Management[viewed]

A side event convened by partner organizations involved in the Economics of Land Degradation Initiative (ELD) at the 3rd Global Soil Week reviewed preliminary economic valuations conducted in Mali, Jordan and Sudan that quantified the economic costs and benefits of ecosystem services derived from implementing sustainable management practices such as agroforestry, restoration and planned grazing management at the landscape level.

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Public and Private Sectors Progress REDD+ Implementation[viewed]

New commitments and partnerships to reduce the contribution of deforestation and forest degradation to climate change continue across the public and private sectors.

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Global Soil Week Considers Role of Soil Carbon in Uniting Post-2015 Land, Soil Science and Climate Agendas[viewed]

A focus on soil carbon sequestration could offer a common entry point for improved collaboration among science-policy bodies dealing with different aspects of land management, soil science and climate change. These were among the conclusions of a joint session led by the Science-Policy Interface (SPI) of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), and the Intergovernmental Technical Panel on Soils (ITPS) on the opening day of the Third Global Soil Week.

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Beating Famine Conference Discusses Upscaling of Evergreen Agriculture in African Drylands[viewed]

The Beating Famine Southern Africa Conference, held 14-17 April 2015 in Lilongwe, Malawi, explored strategies for expanding farmer-managed natural regeneration, alongside other sustainable land management practices, to help smallholder farmers boost their productivity and resilience to climate change. The conference also discussed ways to align these strategies with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and other international aspirations, while preserving a “unique Southern African voice.”

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SDSN Launches Report on Data Needs in Developing Countries[viewed]

The Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) has released a publication on capacity building for data collection and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 'Data for Development: A Needs Assessment for SDG Monitoring and Statistical Capacity Development' measures how much countries will have to invest to support data collection efforts to monitor progress on the post-2015 development agenda, and to implement the data revolution.

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OECD Advances Reforms on Policy Framework for Investment[viewed]

A one-day meeting of the World Bank Group and Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) concluded with a renewed commitment to reforming the investment climate, as the OECD's process for updating its Policy Framework for Investment (PFI) nears completion.

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Event: Protect the Earth, Dignify Humanity: The Moral Dimensions of Climate Change and Sustainable Development[viewed]

This event is being organized by the Vatican and has the objective of raising awareness and building consensus around sustainable development values and ensuring they cohere with the values of religious traditions, with a special focus on the most vulnerable.

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