Intergovernmental Organization

Second Africa Drylands Week Discusses SLM, Food Security, Adaptation [viewed]

africanunionlogo29 August 2014: The Second Africa Drylands Week focused on the role of sustainable land management in the context of Africa's Year of Agriculture and Food Security, with participants addressing achievements in, and challenges to, drylands development.

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UNECA Highlights Blue Economy Potential of African SIDS [viewed]

UNECA28 August 2014: The UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and the African Climate Policy Center (ACPC) have released a report, titled ‘Climate Change in the African SIDS: The Paradox of the Small.' The report highlights that the blue economy can help African small island developing States (SIDS) to achieve their development aims and tackle challenges related to economic and climate change vulnerability. UNECA will launch the report during a side event to the Third International Conference on SIDS.

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African Forum Discusses Post-2015 Accountability Framework [viewed]

UNECA AU26 August 2014: African stakeholders have identified key elements for an accountability framework for the post-2015 development agenda. Participants at ‘Building an Accountability Framework for the Common African Position on the Post-2015 Development Agenda in Africa' highlighted the need for post-2015 accountability to be based on a set of core principles with bold goals and targets, and a plan for means of implementation (MOI), while also ensuring that the framework is bottom-up and people-centered.

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CIFOR Report Highlights Importance of NTFP for Remote Communities [viewed]

CIFORAugust 2014: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) published a comparative analysis on the use of non-timber forest products (NTFP) in Cameroon, Ghana and Nigeria. The report summarizes the relationship between resilience and NTFP, the contribution of such products to rural livelihoods, and their importance for food and nutrition security.

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Acharya Recommends 50% of ODA for LDCs [viewed]

UN-OHRLLS21 July 2014: “Those that are in danger of slipping should be given foremost priority,” writes Gyan Chandra Acharya, UN High Representative for the Least Developed Countries (LDCs), Landlocked Developing Countries (LLDCs) and small island developing States (SIDS) in a post for the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) 'In My View' series. He argues that half of all official development assistance (ODA) should be allocated to the LDCs to address poverty eradication and sustainable development.

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Event: 2015 Global Land Forum [viewed]

The 2015 Global Land Forum will take place under the theme 'Land governance for inclusive development, justice and sustainability: time for action'. The event will bring together practitioners, land users, activists, policy makers and researchers from around the world. Participants will debate, share and plan joint action on people-centered land governance, with the aim of contributing to broader goals of poverty reduction, food security, environmental sustainability and human well-being and dignity, including within the context of the post-2015 development framework. The first day of the Forum will be dedicated to ‘Africa Day,' with a spotlight on land governance in Senegal and the Africa region. The second and third days will discuss issues from a global perspective. The fourth day includes a field trip, which will be followed by an Assembly on the fifth day. The event will include plenary sessions, workshops and a Marketplace of Ideas. The International Land Coalition (ILC) is organizing the event together with the Pan African Institute for Consumer Citizenship and Development (CICODEV Africa) in partnership with Cadre de Recherche et d'Action sur le Foncier au Sénégal (CRAFS) and others.  

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Bioversity Highlights Work on Conservation, Sustainable Use of Agricultural Biodiversity [viewed]

Bioversity InternationalAugust 2014: Bioversity International's 2013 Annual Report highlights work in relation to four themes, namely how agricultural biodiversity is consumed, produced, planted and safeguarded.

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Event: Land Policy Initiative Experts' Group Meeting [viewed]

The Land Policy Initiative (LPI) is organizing an Experts' Group Meeting (EGM) to revise and validate the LPI's draft communications and advocacy strategy. The LPI developed the draft strategy to: increase awareness and understanding by stakeholders of its objectives; and better position itself as a key driver on land issues in Africa. The validation meeting is expected to: review and discuss the draft strategy to ensure it is in line with the LPI's strategic objectives; provide technical inputs to enrich the draft document for finalization; recommend additional ways to make the strategy more relevant and effective; and propose follow-up actions and partnerships to more effectively implement the strategy. The LPI is a joint programme of the tripartite consortium consisting of the African Union Commission (AUC), the African Development Bank (AfDB) and UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA).  

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CIFOR Launches Study on Impacts of Land Tenure Reform [viewed]

ifad-gef-cifor-fao-cgiar31 July 2014: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) has announced the launch of a study on the impacts of recent land tenure reform in Indonesia, Peru and Uganda. The study will focus on the impact of security of tenure and use rights on the lives and livelihood of forest-dependent communities.

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Event: Seminar on Earth Observations in Support of Sustainable Water Management [viewed]

Organized as part of the 2014 World Water Week of the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), this seminar will present a collaborative programme to support the use of Earth Observation (EO) for Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) Capacity Development in Sustainable Water Management network (Cap-Net) and the European Space Agency's (ESA) TIGER initiative. The seminar will: showcase capacity-development activities in the areas of EO and IWRM in Africa, including an open source observation system and training material; assess the applicability of the programme to other regions; and discuss how EO can support energy-relevant aspects of IWRM.  

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