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Latest News - 3 March 2015
ECOSOC Discusses Partnerships for Post-2015 Development Agenda
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27_February 2015: The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) has hosted a special event on the role of partnerships in the next development agenda. The event focused on the theme 'Multi-stakeholder partnerships: Making them work for the Post-2015 Development Agenda,' and welcomed outside stakeholders into the UN to discuss how diverse partnerships can be mobilized to achieve the priorities of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). continued...
Ceremony Concludes SIDS Year, Emphasizes Links with 2015 Processes
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24_February 2015: Speakers reflected on the International Year of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) at a closing ceremony, noting the Year's efforts to raise awareness of SIDS' contributions to the global community, their resilience, their cultural heritage and the special challenges faced by SIDS in achieving sustainable development, including climate change and sea level rise, vulnerability to external shocks, and degradation of their biodiversity and marine resources. Many speakers discussed SIDS within the context of the post-2015 development agenda, the Third International Conference on Financing for Developing (FfD 3) and climate change negotiations. continued...
UNGA President Releases Concept Note on Cooperation with Regional, Sub-Regional Organizations
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24_February 2015: The Office of the President of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) has released a concept note ahead of the high-level thematic debate on ‘Strengthening Cooperation Between the UN and Regional and Sub-Regional Organizations' convening on 4 May 2015. The concept note highlights that cooperation between the UN and regional and sub-regional organizations “has remained a cornerstone" of the UN's work, and has intensified over the years. It also underlines the important contribution that regional and sub-regional organizations can make to the post-2015 development agenda, including its implementation. continued...
Conservation of Humpback Whale, Rhinoceros and European Wildlife Feature in February
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February_2015: In February, the European Commission announced the development of a draft Wildlife Conservation Strategy focusing on terrestrial species, with the Commission emphasizing that flora and fauna from marine as well as inland waters will be added in the future. continued...
Workshops Reflect on Biodiversity Conservation, Fisheries Management in ABNJ
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February_2015: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and Global Environment Facility's (GEF) Common Oceans Program organized two workshops in February on biodiversity conservation and sustainable fisheries management in Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (ABNJs). continued...
IPCC-41 Discusses Future Work, Measures to Involve Experts from Developing Countries
Read More: IPCC-41 Discusses Future Work, Measures to Involve Experts from Developing Countries
27_February 2015: The 41st session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC-41) addressed issues related to the future work of the IPCC, including consideration of the recommendations by the Task Group on the Future Work of the IPCC, and a decision on size, structure and composition of the IPCC Bureau and any Task Force Bureau. continued...
February 2015 Climate Finance Update
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February_2015: During February 2015, the African Development Bank (AfDB), the European Investment Bank (EIB), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the World Bank and the Citi corporation reported on funding and new financial instruments. IDB, the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) and the World Bank launched publications on, inter alia, climate resilience, green growth and carbon pricing, and reported on a regional event in Asia. continued...
UNGA President Hosts Meeting on Crime-Development Links
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25_February 2015: The President of the UN General Assembly, Sam Kutesa, convened a high-level thematic debate on tackling social and economic challenges and promoting sustainable development through strengthening crime prevention and criminal justice. Many participants highlighted the importance of enhancing the rule of law for achieving sustainable development, and called for making it an integral part of the post-2105 development agenda. Many also welcomed proposed Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 16, on promoting peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, providing access to justice for all and building effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels. continued...
IGAD, LPI and Partners Launch Regional Land Governance Projects in Africa
Read More: IGAD, LPI and Partners Launch Regional Land Governance Projects in Africa
February_2015: Two regional projects on integrated approaches to improved land governance in Africa, supported by the (SDC), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and other partners, kicked off in February 2015. continued...
Report Reveals Forest Cover Loss in Congo Basin
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February_2015: The Commission des Forêts d'Afrique Centrale (COMIFAC) and the Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP) released the 'State of the Forest Report' for the Congo Basin highlighting the ongoing loss of biodiversity and forest cover in the region. continued...
UNEP Assesses Adaptation Finance Gap in Africa
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February_2015: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has published a report, titled ‘Africa's Adaptation Gap 2: Bridging the gap – mobilizing sources,' which assesses a range of possible options for closing the adaptation finance gap on the continent. continued...
Expert Meeting Discusses Extractives' Role in Inclusive, Sustainable Growth
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24_February 2015: Africa's revenue from the extractive industries and other natural resources revenue is expected to be a key source of development financing for the post-2015 development agenda and the African Union (AU) Agenda 2063, according to participants at the High Level Expert Group Meeting on the Post-2015 Development Agenda and the AU Agenda 2063, titled 'Enhancing the Management of Africa's Extractive Industries.' The meeting addressed managing Africa's extractive industries to harness their potential for sustainable development, inclusive growth and structural economic transformation. continued...
World Bank Calls for Systematic Approach to Air Quality Management
Read More: World Bank Calls for Systematic Approach to Air Quality Management
19_February 2015: A report examining the World Bank's activities in relation to air quality management and environmental health recommends a more systematic focus for enhanced impact. Drawing lessons from successful projects to date, the report calls for: better data and systematic monitoring of changes in air quality over time; an active dialogue with all stakeholders; integrated approaches; cross-sectoral involvement; and a combination of technical, policy and economic measures. continued...
African Regional Coverage Calendar: Current & Upcoming Events
Africa Environment Day/Wangari Maathai Day worldwide 3 Mar
World Wildlife Day 2015 worldwide 3 Mar
UNCCD 3rd Scientific Conference Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico 9 Mar - 12 Mar
59th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women New York City, US 9 Mar - 20 Mar
UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction Sendai, Miyagi, Japan 14 Mar - 18 Mar
CMS Raptors MoU TAG2 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates 16 Mar - 19 Mar
Training on Digital Soil Mapping for Western and Central African Countries Accra, Greater Accra, Ghana 16 Mar - 27 Mar
IV Mediterranean Forest Week Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain 17 Mar - 20 Mar
Africa Future Energy Forum Nairobi, Kenya 18 Mar - 19 Mar
International Day of Forests worldwide 21 Mar
World Water Day 2015 worldwide 22 Mar
World Meteorological Day 2015 worldwide 23 Mar
16th Annual World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty Washington D.C., US 23 Mar - 27 Mar
17th Plenary Session of the Committee for Development Policy New York City, US 23 Mar - 27 Mar
Intergovernmental Negotiations on Post-2015 Development Agenda - Third Session New York City, US 23 Mar - 27 Mar
 
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