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Latest News - 15 April 2014
CPD Discusses Population Implications for Post-2015 Agenda
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12_April_2014: The UN Commission on Population and Development (CPD) concluded its 47th session, at which keynote speakers addressed: dignity and human rights; population and sustainable development; and the ‘unfinished agenda' of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) Beyond 2014 process. continued...
CIFOR Analyzes Challenges to REDD+ in Six Countries
Read More: CIFOR Analyzes Challenges to REDD+ in Six Countries
April_2014: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) has released a report analyzing the implementation of REDD+ in six countries. 'The challenges of establishing REDD+ on the ground' covers 23 sub-national programmes, concluding that the greatest challenges facing REDD+ implementation are inadequate economic incentives coupled with insecure land tenure and use rights. continued...
IFPRI Documents Differential Effects of Land Certification in Ethiopia
Read More: IFPRI Documents Differential Effects of Land Certification in Ethiopia
April_2014: As part of the Ethiopia Strategy Support Program (ESSP), the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) has released a working paper, 'Efficiency and Productivity Differential Effects of Land Certification Program in Ethiopia.' The paper analyzes the productivity impacts from a large-scale Ethiopian land certification program in Tigray by comparing the benefits of investments due to more secure tenure, against the benefits of technical efficiency or improvements in resource use. continued...
UNGA-ECOSOC Debate Explores Post-2015 Partnerships
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10_April_2014: The UN General Assembly (UNGA) and the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) held a joint thematic debate on the role of partnerships in implementing the post-2015 development agenda. continued...
ICRAF Supports Extension on Agroforestry and Conservation Agriculture
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April_2014: The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) has released an agroforestry guide for extension staff and farmers. The guide, ‘Conservation Agriculture with Trees: Principles and Practices', outlines soil conservation, crop rotation, and weed management as important elements of conservation agriculture. continued...
African Range States Adopt Casablanca Declaration on CITES Shark and Manta Ray Listings
Read More: African Range States Adopt Casablanca Declaration on CITES Shark and Manta Ray Listings
9_April_2014: The 'Regional Consultative Workshop on Capacity Assessments for the Implementation of New CITES Listings of Sharks and Manta Rays' brought together fisheries authorities from ten States and concluded with the adoption of the Casablanca Declaration. The Declaration presents a road map for implementing the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) listings of sharks and manta rays that were adopted at the 16th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP 16) in March 2013.  continued...
CIFOR Links Chinese Logging Ban to Illegal Logging in Mozambique
Read More: CIFOR Links Chinese Logging Ban to Illegal Logging in Mozambique
9_April_2014: A case study co-authored by the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), the Universidade Eduardo Mondlane and the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) explores the links between a domestic logging ban in China and illegal logging in Mozambique. The paper , titled 'Chinese Trade and Investment in Africa: Assessing and Governing Trade-Offs to National Economies, Local Livelihoods and Forest Ecosystems,' notes that although the export of raw logs was banned by Mozambique in 2007, the volume of logs imported by China is between three and five times higher than officially reported. continued...
UNEP, Cities Alliance Outline Tools for Integrating Environment into Urban Planning
Read More: UNEP, Cities Alliance Outline Tools for Integrating Environment into Urban Planning
8_April_2014: Rapid urbanization is an opportunity to build more sustainable, equitable and efficient cities and towns, according to ‘Integrating the Environment in Urban Planning and Management: Key Principles and Approaches for Cities in the 21st Century,' a report by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and Cities Alliance. The report focuses on the City Development Strategy (CDS) as a tool to integrate environmental issues into city planning while reducing poverty, promoting inclusive economic growth and ensuring sustainable consumption and production (SCP). continued...
International Partnership for Energy Efficiency Cooperation Releases 2013 Annual Report
Read More: International Partnership for Energy Efficiency Cooperation Releases 2013 Annual Report
28_March_2014: The International Partnership for Energy Efficiency Cooperation (IPEEC) has released its 2013 Annual Report, highlighting achievements by its member countries to improve energy efficiency through policy, regulatory and financial mechanisms. It also provides an overview of various sectoral initiatives for industry, buildings, appliances and equipment, and energy provision. continued...
REDD+ Partners in Congo Basin to Enhance Coordination
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31_March_2014: The Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP) has reported on the outcomes of the REDD+ partners platform meeting, which considered progress and next steps for REDD+ in the Congo Basin with a particular focus on Cameroon, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Gabon. continued...
OECD Reports Development Aid at All-Time High
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8_April_2014: Development aid reached its highest level in 2013, according to an annual survey of donor spending plans by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Development Assistance Committee (DAC). Donors provided US$134.8 billion in net official development assistance (ODA) in 2013, a 6.1% increase in development aid in real terms. continued...
UNFCCC LEG Reviews Implementation of 2013-2014 Work Programme
Read More: UNFCCC LEG Reviews Implementation of 2013-2014 Work Programme
8_April_2014: The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Secretariat has published a summary report of the 25th meeting of the Least Developed Countries Expert Group (LEG), which, among other things, reviewed progress on implementation of the LEG work programme for 2013-2014.  continued...
Arab Sustainable Development Forum Discusses MDG Progress, Post-2015 Agenda
Read More: Arab Sustainable Development Forum Discusses MDG Progress, Post-2015 Agenda
6_April_2014: Participants called for developing an Arab strategy for sustainable development and a road map to invest in the green economy, at the Arab High Level Forum for Sustainable Development. The meeting served as the Arab regional preparation for the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) and the Annual Ministerial Review (AMR). continued...
CITES and Madagascar Call for Support to Stop Illegal Timber Trade
Read More: CITES and Madagascar Call for Support to Stop Illegal Timber Trade
4_April_2014: Following a meeting in Brussels, Belgium, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and Madagascar are calling for the halt of  illegal trade in timber from Madagascar, namely rosewood, palisander and ebony.  continued...
Cartagena Dialogue to Accelerate Preparations for Post-2020 Targets
Read More: Cartagena Dialogue to Accelerate Preparations for Post-2020 Targets
4_April_2014: Upon conclusion of the 13th Meeting of the Cartagena Dialogue for Progressive Action, which was hosted by the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Tony A. de Brum, Marshall Islands Foreign Minister, announced that the "alliance of progressive countries has for the first time forged a common purpose around a set of objectives for a new climate agreement, due to be signed in 2015". continued...
African Regional Coverage Calendar: Current & Upcoming Events
ECOSOC Global Dialogue on Financing for Development New York City, US 14 Apr - 15 Apr
First High-Level Meeting of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico 15 Apr - 16 Apr
World Green Economy Summit 2014 Dubai, United Arab Emirates 15 Apr - 16 Apr
Fourth Meeting of the Sixth Replenishment of the GEF Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland 16 Apr - 17 Apr
Intersessional Meeting for 3rd International Conference on SIDS New York City, US 21 Apr - 25 Apr
Africa Clean Energy Summit Abuja, Nigeria 22 Apr - 24 Apr
Global Oceans Action Summit for Food Security and Blue Growth The Hague, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands 22 Apr - 25 Apr
Sub-Saharan Africa Solar Conference 2014 Accra, Greater Accra, Ghana 23 Apr - 24 Apr
Collaborative Partnership on Sustainable Wildlife Management Meeting Milan, Lombardia, Italy 24 Apr - 27 Apr
Pan-African Conference on Inequalities in the Context of Structural Transformation Accra, Greater Accra, Ghana 28 Apr - 30 Apr
27th Meeting of the CITES AC, 21st Meeting of the CITES PC and Joint AC/PC Session Veracruz, Mexico 28 Apr - 8 May
First African Water Integrity Learning Summit Lusaka, Zambia 29 Apr - 30 Apr
CBD Regional Workshop for African Countries on the Clearing-House Mechanism Buea, Cameroon 5 May - 9 May
Eleventh Session of the Open Working Group on SDGs New York City, US 5 May - 9 May
13th Session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (PFII 13) New York City, US 12 May - 23 May
 
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