Capacity Building & Education

UNGA High-level Debate Opens with Discussions on Accelerating MDGs, Post-2015 Priorities [viewed]

UNGA24 September 2013: The 68th UN General Assembly (UNGA) High-level Debate opened on 24 September 2013, at UN Headquarters in New York, US, with speakers recognizing the urgency of formulating the post-2015 development agenda. They called for accelerating action on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and highlighted their priorities for the post-2015 agenda.

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UNECE Water Convention Discusses Best Practices for Transboundary Water Cooperation [viewed]

UNECE23 September 2013: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes (Water Convention) held a workshop to inspire best practices in institutional and legal arrangements and procedures among joint bodies for transboundary water cooperation and river basin commissions.

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UNCCD Recognizes Land for Life Awardees, Drylands Ambassadors [viewed]

UNCCD logo23 September 2013: During a special award programme held on the side of the High-Level Segment for the Eleventh Session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD COP 11), the UNCCD Secretariat recognized several individuals and organizations for their contributions to addressing sustainable land management (SLM) issues.

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Rio Conventions Pavilion Convenes for Ecosystem Restoration Day [viewed]

ecosystem-restoration-day20 September 2013: The Rio Conventions Pavilion convened for Ecosystem Restoration Day on Friday, 20 September. The Rio Conventions Pavilion is meeting in conjunction with the Eleventh Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 11) to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), taking place from 16-27 September 2013, in Windhoek, Namibia.

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North African Countries Commit to Cooperative Management of Nubian Aquifer [viewed]

iaea-unesco-undp-gef18 September 2013: Chad, Egypt, Libya and Sudan signed a Strategic Action Programme to establish a long-term framework for managing the Nubian Sandstone Aquifer System (NSAS), the world's largest known fossil water aquifer system. The agreement establishes a Joint Authority for the NSAS, with the aim of strengthening regional coordination and optimizing equitable use among the four arid North African countries.

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ICRAF Assessment of African Landscape Initiatives Highlights Regional Lessons [viewed]

World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)19 September 2013: The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) and EcoAgriculture Partners have released the first continental review of the impacts of some 87 integrated landscape initiatives on food production, conservation and rural livelihoods across 33 countries in sub-Saharan Africa.

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Rio Conventions Pavilion Focuses on the Target Setting Approach [viewed]

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA18 September 2013: The Rio Conventions Pavilion convened for a day on the Target Setting Approach. The Rio Conventions Pavilion is meeting in conjunction with the Eleventh Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 11) to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), taking place from 16-27 September 2013, in Windhoek, Namibia.

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Rio Conventions Pavilion Convenes for Indigenous and Local Community Sustainable Land Managers Day [viewed]

Rio-Conventions-Pavilion-Land-Day17 September 2013: The Rio Conventions Pavilion convened for Indigenous and Local Community Sustainable Land Managers Day, hosted by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the Equator Initiative, on 17 September 2013.

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UNCCD Newsletter Focuses on Dryland Tourism [viewed]

UNCCD logoSeptember 2013: The latest issue of 'UNCCD News,' which is published by the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), focuses on the topic of dryland tourism. In his introductory note, Luc Gnacadja, UNCCD Executive Secretary, highlights that, "if tourism is to play a role in controlling desertification and protecting the drylands' unique biodiversity and their natural and cultural heritage, it must be sustainable along the value chain."

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World Water Week 2013 Calls for Dedicated SDG on Water [viewed]

world-water-week6 September 2013: World Water Week concluded with the presentation by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) of the Stockholm Statement, which calls for a dedicated Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) on water. The statement will be presented as input to the UN General Assembly (UNGA) when it convenes in September 2013.

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