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International Biodiversity Day Emphasizes Biodiversity Mainstreaming for Sustainable Development [viewed]

International Day for Biological Diversity 201622 May 2016: The International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB) was celebrated globally on 22 May 2016 on the theme 'Mainstreaming Biodiversity; Sustaining People and their Livelihoods.'

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First Great Green Wall Global Conference Reaffirms Commitments to Restore Africa's Drylands [viewed]

GGWSSI13 May 2016: The first Global Conference on the Great Green Wall for the Sahara and Sahel Initiative (GGWSSI) issued the ‘Dakar Declaration,' which aims to reverse land degradation and improve economic opportunities for populations across the Sahel and Sahara belt. Convened from 5-7 May 2016, in Dakar, Senegal, the Conference sought to build on the momentum generated at a High Level Summit on the GGWSSI held on the sidelines of the Paris Climate Conference, where US$4 billion was pledged to step up implementation of the Initiative over the next five years.

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FAO IUU Agreement Set to Enter into Force, CMS, World Bank, Others Promote Action on Sustainable Fisheries [viewed]

fao_cms_wb16 May 2016: Twenty-nine countries and the European Union (EU) have deposited their instruments of adherence to the Port State Measurement Agreement (PSMA) with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO). The entry into force of the PSMA, on 5 June, marks the world's first binding international agreement on illegal, unregulated, and unreported (IUU) fishing and is expected to support efforts to ensure responsible fish stock management and sustainable fisheries.

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FAO Near East Regional Conference Stresses Importance of Peace and Stability to SDG Implementation [viewed]

fao_headquarters13 May 2016: Members of the Near East and North Africa (NENA) region of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) adopted a declaration on the importance of peace and stability for the long-term success of development efforts. In the declaration, adopted during the 33rd Regional Conference for the Near East (NERC 33), member States express their concern about the deteriorating impact that conflicts, occupation and protracted crisis have on food security and nutrition in the region, and welcome FAO's efforts to raise awareness of "the intricate link between food security, stability and peace, in the framework of the newly adopted Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development.”

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FAO Shares Stories on Implementation of the Voluntary Guidelines [viewed]

fao_headquartersMay 2016: A publication from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), titled ‘Improving Tenure, Improving Lives – 2016: Putting the Voluntary Guidelines into Action,' highlights several initiatives supported by FAO and its funding partners in 47 countries around the world, in the framework of the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security (the Voluntary Guidelines), which were adopted by the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) in 2012.

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Capacity Building and Technology Update: TEC, CTCN Board Meet, Capacity-Building Initiatives Focus on Renewables, Subsidiary Bodies Prepare for Bonn Session [viewed]

unfccc_unitar_unep_unhabitat_wmo11 May 2016: Under the international climate regime, industrialized countries provide developing States, in particular small island developing States (SIDS) and Least Developed Countries (LDCs), with financial, technical and capacity-building support to help them implement mitigation and adaptation actions. A number of key meetings related to technology issues took place over the past few weeks, including the twelfth meeting of the Technology Executive Committee (TEC) and the seventh meeting of the Advisory Board of the Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN), which set the course for the years ahead. The CTCN Advisory Board recently received its 100th request for assistance and kicked off its series of 2016 Stakeholder Engagement Forums. Some of the capacity-building activities that took place over the past month focused on renewables, while others traced linkages among climate change, disaster risk reduction (DRR) and sustainable development.

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Event: GACSA Annual Forum: Climate-Smart Agriculture in Action [viewed]

The Annual Forum of the Global Alliance for Climate-Smart Agriculture (GACSA), which is meeting under the theme 'CSA in Action,' will provide the opportunity for participants to share solutions, discuss challenges and build partnerships on CSA. The event will include sessions on: GACSA country case studies (Costa Rica, France, Ireland, Malawi, Tanzania and Viet Nam); climate finance and investment; CSA knowledge in action; regional CSA alliances; and future opportunities for scaling up CSA. The GACSA Action Groups on knowledge, enabling environment and investment will also meet, as will the GACSA Strategic Committee. Participants will also have the opportunity to visit the agricultural cooperative 'La Sonnina'. GACSA was launched in 2014 at the UN Climate Summit, and is a voluntary alliance of partners addressing the challenges facing food security and agriculture under a changing climate. The GACSA Facilitation Unit is hosted by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO).  

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Adaptation and Loss and Damage Update: Urban Resilience, DRR Enter the Limelight; Potentially Irreversible Harm Exposed [viewed]

adaptation_loss_damage 4 May 2016: The first target under Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 13 (Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts) is to strengthen resilience and adaptive capacity to climate-related hazards and natural disasters in all countries. Much of the news on adaptation and loss and damage coming out of the month of April contributed to the implementation of this target, including projects promoting climate resilience in urban and rural settings, and resilience in the field of agriculture.

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Guest Article #8: A Green Wall of Hope for Africa [viewed]

Imagine a tapestry of green landscapes around the Sahara desert – a wall not of concrete or wire to keep anyone in or out, but of forests, pastures and crops to provide food, income and a real future for communities threatened by climate change. An extraordinary initiative is taking shape across the Sahel and the Sahara – Africa's Great Green Wall.

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Transparency and Compliance Update: Australia, New Zealand Inventory Review Reports and 17 True-Up Period Review Reports Released [viewed]

unfccc_fao2 May 2016: How does one ensure Parties are fulfilling their climate change commitments? The answer is a transparency and compliance regime. Transparency is vital for building international trust and confidence that action to address climate change is taking place, as well as for assessing how to facilitate further action. In the last month, documents issued by the UNFCCC Secretariat put Australia, Liechtenstein and New Zealand under the microscope, along with 17 developed countries that participated in the true-up period of the Kyoto Protocol's first commitment period (CP1). A number of activities related to transparency for developing countries also took place.

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