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IYP 2016 Events Promote Pulses as “Climate-Smart” Food of the Future [viewed]

Two events organized as part of the International Year of Pulses (IYP 2016) have called for increased efforts to scale up global production of pulses, such as beans, chickpeas, and lentils, due to their multiple benefits as nutrient-dense, soil improving and “climate-smart” crops. The International Conference on Pulses for Health, Nutrition and Sustainable Agriculture in Drylands (ICP 2016) took place from 18-20 April in Rabat, Morocco, while the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) hosted a seminar in Rome, Italy addressing the links between pulses and soils (the focus of international efforts in 2015), on 19 April 2016.

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OECD Factbook Reports on Economic, Social and Environmental Indicators[viewed]

The Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) released its annual statistical publication, the OECD Factbook 2015-2016. The Factbook provides statistical data on almost 100 indicators on population, economic production, household income and wealth, globalization, prices, energy and transportation, labor, environment and science, education, government and health. The Factbook reports data on all OECD countries and, where available, for Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Russia, and South Africa.

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Event: 5th UCLG Congress: World Summit of Local and Regional Leaders[viewed]

Organized by United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG), the 5th UCLG Congress: World Summit of Local and Regional Leaders will convene under the theme ‘Local Voices for a Better World'.

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FfD Side Events Focus on Tax and Debt, Financing Retreat Urges Coherence[viewed]

International organizations held several events on the sidelines of the UN Economic and Social Council's (ECOSOC) Inaugural Forum on Financing for Development (FfD) Follow-up (FfD Forum), which took place in April. Participants highlighted the importance of domestic resource mobilization through improved tax collection, and addressing systemic issues and debt.

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Event: Third Session of the Arab Forum on Sustainable Development (AFSD)[viewed]

The Third Session of the Arab Forum on Sustainable Development (AFSD) will bring together governments from the Arab region, UN and regional organizations, Major Groups and other stakeholders to discuss Arab perspectives on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and to enhance political commitments to begin work on the 2030 Agenda in the region.

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Outlook on Green Finance: Impetus Grows for Carbon Pricing, Clean Energy[viewed]

Over the past few days, announcements supporting carbon pricing and clean energy have been made. Ten leaders have issued a joint vision statement laying out the goal of doubling the percentage of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions covered by explicit carbon pricing to 25% by 2020, and of doubling it again to achieve 50% coverage within the next decade. In separate news, over 25 countries have pledged to unleash a potential investment flow of up to US$1 trillion into solar assets. And for its part, the New Development Bank has announced it will provide US$811 million in a first round of loans for clean energy projects in Brazil, China, India and South Africa.

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Arab Region Agrees on SDG Follow-Up Process, Joint Inputs to UNEA-2[viewed]

Participants at the Preparatory Meeting for the Third Arab Forum on Sustainable Development (AFSD-3) and the Second UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-2) agreed to establish an Arab institutional framework for sustainable development. The framework includes a regional follow-up and review mechanism, a financing strategy and a mechanism for technological cooperation. Recommendations from the meeting will be submitted to AFSD-3, UNEA-2, and the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF).

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IPOA Draft Outcome Revised[viewed]

The co-facilitators for the preparatory process on the high-level mid-term review of the implementation of the Istanbul Programme of Action (IPOA) have revised the draft outcome document, to incorporate views expressed at the preparatory meeting of experts in March 2016. The revised draft will serve as the basis for informal consultations, beginning in New York, US, on 25 April 2016. Benedicte Frankinet, Permanent Representative of Belgium, and Jean-Francis Zinsou, Permanent Representative of Benin, serve as co-facilitators.

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CGIAR Discusses Agricultural Research's Role in Poverty Reduction in a Changing Climate[viewed]

The third Science Forum of the Independent Science and Partnership Council (ISPC) of the CGIAR Consortium discussed pathways through which agricultural research can support the inclusive development of rural economies under conditions of climate change.

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Countries Pursue National and Regional Actions on Land Degradation Monitoring and Restoration[viewed]

Capacity development efforts by the Action Against Desertification (AAD) programme in West Africa, the first-ever nationwide assessment of contaminated soil in Serbia, a handbook for community restoration of degraded coastal dune ecosystems in the Mexican state of Veracruz, and cost-benefit analyses of sustainable soil fertility management practices in Kenya are among recently-announced initiatives to boost local monitoring of land degradation and desertification as well as community-level adaptation efforts.

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