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PFII Calls for Justice, Land Rights for Indigenous Peoples in Post-2015 Agenda [viewed]

Unpfii2June 2015: The Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (PFII) released the report of its 14th session, recommending that commitments made at the September 2014 World Conference on Indigenous Peoples (WCIP) be reflected in the post-2015 development agenda, especially the agreed actions on: data disaggregation; land rights; traditional knowledge; free, prior and informed consent (FPIC); and access to justice.

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IFAD Calls for Leveraging Migrant Remittances to Promote Rural Development [viewed]

IFAD15 June 2015: The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) published a report on remittances from migrant workers based in Europe, calling for measures to ensure that the money helps families in developing countries build a better future. Titled ‘Sending Money Home: European flows and markets,' the report recommends measures to increase the financial resilience of remittance recipients, such as improving access to associated financial services, and lowering the transaction costs of financial transfers, which they estimate could free up around US$34 billion for development in rural areas.

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World Environment Day 2015 Focuses on SCP [viewed]

WED 20155 June 2015: Celebrations and events took place around the globe on the occasion of World Environment Day (WED), which focused on the theme, ‘Seven Billion Dreams. One Planet. Consume with Care.' The theme encouraged consumers to rethink their lifestyles and decrease impacts on natural resources by making one change towards more responsible resource consumption and conscious consumer decision-making.

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ILC Reflects on Experience Since 2011 Adoption of Tirana Declaration [viewed]

ILC22 May 2015: ‘From Tirana to Dakar: A Report (2011-2015)' highlights the achievements of the International Land Coalition (ILC) in the five years between the adoption of the Tirana Declaration in 2011 and the 2015 Land Forum in Dakar, Senegal. It notes that, while global understanding of land rights and land governance are "closer to the vision of our members,” more needs to be done to turn this vision into reality.

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Bioversity, IFAD, EU Step-up Work on Neglected and Underutilized Species [viewed]

Bioversity InternationalMay 2015: Bioversity International has launched an initiative to enhance the use of neglected and underutilized crop species (NUS) to manage risks and empower the poor in three target countries. Among other objectives, the initiative will build the capacity of farmers, researchers and government actors to integrate nutrition, resilience and income considerations in the development of more sustainable farm and livelihood systems.

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Global Land Forum 2015 Opens with Africa Day [viewed]

global_land_forum12 May 2015: The 2015 Global Land Forum opened in Dakar, Senegal, with a day dedicated to showcasing responsible land governance practices in Africa. Highlighting Senegal's land governance reform process that seeks to contribute to the country's efforts to achieve food security, Amadou Kanouté, Executive Director of the host organization, CICODEV (Pan African Institute for Consumer Citizenship and Development), expressed hope that the Forum will provide an impetus for joint land reform efforts across all regions in Africa.

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FAO, Partners, Mark 3rd Anniversary of Voluntary Guidelines on Land [viewed]

dissemination-of-the-voluntaryMay 2015: The May 2015 edition of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) Newsletter on the Voluntary Guidelines on Tenure Governance Initiative commemorates the 3rd anniversary of the endorsement of the Voluntary Guidelines.

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UN Urges Improved Water Governance and Action on World Water Day [viewed]

un-water22 March 2015: On World Water Day, UN leaders and others called for urgent cooperation to ensure access to safe drinking water and sanitation. The 2015 World Water Development Report (WWDR), which the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) launched for the Day, recommends a dedicated Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) on water, which the report says would contribute to poverty alleviation and improvements in the environment, health and food and energy production.

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Event: Second Global Meeting of the Indigenous Peoples' Forum at IFAD [viewed]

The global meeting of the Indigenous Peoples' Forum at the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) will convene prior to the 38th session of IFAD's Governing Council. The meeting will focus on indigenous food systems and sustainable development. The Forum, which institutionalizes IFAD's consultation and dialogue with indigenous peoples' representatives at the national, regional and international levels, held its first global meeting in 2013. In preparation for the second Forum, regional workshops took place in late 2014 in Africa, Asia and the Pacific, and Latin America.  

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Event: 38th Session of IFAD's Governing Council [viewed]

The 38th session of the Governing Council for the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) will focus on the theme 'Rural Transformation: Key to Sustainable Development'. The session will discuss topics including indigenous peoples and sustainable food systems, overcoming challenges to rural transformation through the post-2015 sustainable development goals, innovations in financial inclusion, and empowering women to transform rural areas. It will also include a briefing by Turkey on the G20 Presidency. The session will feature high-level officials as keynote speakers such as John Dramani Mahama, President of Ghana, His Majesty Tupou VI, King of Tonga, and Pier Carlo Padoan, Minister of Economy and Finance, Italy.  

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