Intergovernmental Organization

FAO Expands Collaboration on SFM with Iran [viewed]

fao-iran14 June 2015: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has put forest-related issues in the Near East and North Africa region in focus with the organization of an expert meeting on the development of sustainability indicators for forests, rangelands and forest-like ecosystems in the region, and with the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on sustainable forest management (SFM) with Iran.

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CGIAR Dryland Systems Annual Report Highlights “Development Impact” of Rural Innovations [viewed]

cgiar-drylandsystems16 July 2015: The 2014 Annual Report of the CGIAR Research Program on Dryland Systems, titled ‘Pathways to Lasting Impact for Rural Dryland Communities in the Developing World,' outlines its contribution to shaping “thinking and practice” on agricultural livelihood systems, and notes that this resulted in “real development impact” during the year.

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IITA, UCLA Partner on Congo Basin Research [viewed]

iita_ucla15 July 2015: The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), a member of the CGIAR Consortium, and the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) have established a new research facility in Cameroon, the Congo Basin Institute, which aims to address challenges of food and water security, climate change, biodiversity loss, public health and emerging diseases with focus on the Congo Basin.

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Africa Prioritizes Industrialization, Transformation at FfD3 [viewed]

logo_ffdiii16 July 2015: Leading up to UN Member States' agreement on the Addis Ababa Action Agenda (AAAA) at the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD3), African delegates advocated for incorporating African priorities into the AAAA and held events on topics such as domestic resource mobilization (DRM), industrialization and illicit financial flows.

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IPBES Newsletter Highlights IPBES-4 and Regional Assessments [viewed]

ipbesJuly 2015: The first issue of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) electronic newsletter highlights that invitations to the fourth session of the IPBES Plenary (IPBES-4) have been issued together with a draft agenda.

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Programme to Build DRR in Sub-Saharan Africa Announced at Margins of FfD3 [viewed]

UNISDR14 July 2015: An €80-million funding package has been unveiled to support disaster risk management across Sub-Saharan Africa. The five-year ‘Building Disaster Resilience to Natural Hazards in Sub-Saharan African Regions, Countries and Communities' programme was announced on the sidelines of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD3) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The European Union is helping to fund the programme, while the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) is one of the partners that will help to implement it.

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UNEP, CIFOR Publications Focus on REDD+ in Tanzania [viewed]

forests_ecosystemsJuly 2015: A report undertaken by the Tanzania Forest Services, in collaboration with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) under the UN-REDD Programme, provides an economic rationale for Tanzania to invest in more sustainable use and conservation of its forest assets. Tanzania is the also focus of a publication by the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), which outlines the rules and choices to be addressed by participatory countries in REDD+ activities and shows potential technical problems and related options.

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ECA, BMZ and World Bank to Launch Network of Excellence on Land Governance in Africa [viewed]

uneca_wb_bmz13 July 2015: The UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the World Bank have signed a Declaration of Intent to establish a Network of Excellence on Land Governance in Africa (NELGA).

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OECD and UNDP Launch 'Tax Inspectors Without Borders' at FfD Conference [viewed]

oecd-undp13 July 2015: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and UN Development Programme (UNDP) launched the 'Tax Inspectors Without Borders' (TIWB) initiative at the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD). The initiative aims to help developing countries increase domestic resource mobilization (DRM) by strengthening their tax audit capacities and is anticipated to help countries realize the post-2015 development agenda.

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BRICS to Operationalize New Development Bank, Strengthen Energy Cooperation [viewed]

brics9 July 2015: At its seventh annual summit, the BRICS group of countries (Brazil, the Russian Federation, India, China and South Africa) announced the BRICS Economic Partnership Strategy through 2020, which aims to strengthen ties in energy, high technology, agriculture, science and education. The BRICS also adopted the New Development Bank and Contingent Reserve Arrangement, with a total capacity of US$200 billion.

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