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Africa Rising Conference Focuses on Biodiversity Data for Sustainable Development[viewed]

The ‘Africa Rising: Mobilising Biodiversity Data for Sustainable Development,' conference brought together over 100 delegates, including data managers, scientists, researchers, and policymakers from Africa and beyond, as well as representatives of civil society, international organizations, UN agencies and private foundations.

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ILC Reflects on Experience Since 2011 Adoption of Tirana Declaration[viewed]

‘From Tirana to Dakar: A Report (2011-15)' highlights the achievements of the International Land Coalition (ILC) in the five years between the adoption of the Tirana Declaration in 2011 and the 2015 Land Forum in Dakar, Senegal. It notes that while global understanding of land rights and land governance are "closer to the vision of our members,” more needs to be done to turn this vision into reality.

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CBD Secretariat Calls for Participation in GBIF Programme on Biodiversity Information for Development[viewed]

The Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF), a partner institution to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), has issued two surveys to seek input from stakeholders in Africa on African biodiversity.

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International Biodiversity Day Celebrates Biodiversity and Sustainable Development[viewed]

The 2015 International Day for Biological Diversity convened under the theme ‘Biodiversity and Sustainable Development,' reflecting the importance of efforts made to establish a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the relevance of biodiversity for achieving sustainable development. The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) organized several events to mark the occasion on 22 May 2015, including one at UN Headquarters in New York, US.

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FAO Names Two Special Ambassadors for IYS 2015[viewed]

FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva has appointed Claire Chenu, a French biodiversity and soil sciences expert, and Tekalign Mamo, an Ethiopian soil management expert, as Special Ambassadors for the International Year of Soils (IYS) 2015.

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UNDP, UNEP Support Environment and Climate Mainstreaming for Poverty Reduction[viewed]

The UN Development Programme (UNDP) – UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Poverty-Environment Initiative (PEI) has published the second edition of a report titled 'Mainstreaming environment and climate for poverty reduction and sustainable development: A handbook to strengthen planning and budgeting processes' supporting the integration and implementation of pro-poor, environmental sustainability objectives into national, subnational and sectoral development policies, plans and budgets to contribute to poverty alleviation and an inclusive, green economy.

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Event: Clean Cooking Forum 2015[viewed]

The 2015 Biennial Clean Cooking Forum is a major event that convenes the global clean cooking sector to share knowledge, best practices and scalable solutions.

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Governments Debate Follow-up for Post-2015 Development, Set Themes for Summit Dialogues[viewed]

UN Member States discussed the follow-up and review of the post-2015 development agenda, in the fifth session of the intergovernmental negotiations on the agenda. The fifth session represented the last of the “scripted” sessions outlined in the UN General Assembly (UNGA) mandate for negotiations.

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SE4ALL Ministerial Dialogue Hears Commitments from Over 100 Countries[viewed]

Opening the final day of the Global Energy Ministerial Dialogue, a part of the Second Annual Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) Forum, SE4ALL CEO Kandeh Yumkella urged participants to make commitments to achieve Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 7 on energy. The day was largely dedicated to announcements of leadership commitments and actions towards the SE4ALL objectives, with over 80 representatives from governments, business, civil society, multilateral agencies and international organizations outlining their efforts.

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Workshops Address Migratory Birds in the Atlantic and Seabird Bycatch Mitigation[viewed]

The conservation of migratory birds along the East Atlantic Flyway was the topic of discussion during two meetings hosted by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety in Bonn, Germany.

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