Capacity Building & Education

ITPGRFA Governing Body Decides to Enhance Benefit-Sharing and Sustainable Use [viewed]

ITPGRFA GB69 October 2015: The sixth Session of the Governing Body (GB 6) of the International Treaty for Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA) concluded with the adoption of 13 resolutions.

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CMS Raptors MoS2 Adds Additional Vulture and Raptor Species to Annex 1 [viewed]

MoS2 Chair Øystein Størkersen, Norway8 October 2015: The Second Meeting of the Signatories (MoS2) to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) Memorandum of Understanding concerning the Conservation of Migratory Birds of Prey in Africa and Eurasia (Raptors MoU) has concluded with agreement to protect additional species of vultures and raptors.

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IISD, OIF/IFDD Launch Francophone Climate Negotiations Bulletin [viewed]

IISD RS - OIF - IFDD - Senghor University8 October 2015: The International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), Reporting Services (RS) division, has released the first in a series of seven French language bulletins produced in the lead up to the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC, convening in Paris, France, in November-December 2015. The first bulletin focuses on the theme of adaptation.

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UNFCCC Reports on African Region Training on BURs Preparation [viewed]

UNFCCC8 October 2015: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a report, titled 'Progress report on the work of the Consultative Group of Experts (CGE) on National Communications from Parties not included in Annex I to the Convention: report on the training workshop for the African region on the preparation of biennial update reports (BURs)' (FCCC/SBI/2015/17). The report was published in advance of the 43rd session of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI), which will meet in Paris, France, during the period from 30 November to 11 December 2015.

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REN21, UNIDO Publish Report on Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency in Southern Africa [viewed]

REN21 - SADC - UNIDO7 October 2015: The Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21) and the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) have published a report that illustrates the achievements of cooperation in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) in promoting the market-based uptake of renewable energy and energy efficient technologies and services. The report, titled the ‘SADC Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Status Report,' was launched at a side event during the South Africa International Renewable Energy Conference (SAIREC) 2015, which convened from 4-7 October 2015 in Cape Town, South Africa.

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UNITAR, NAP-GSP Launch National Adaptation Planning Case Studies [viewed]

unitar_nap_gsp5 October 2015: The UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), in collaboration with the National Adaptation Plan (NAP) Global Support Programme (GSP), has developed three NAP case studies to facilitate the sharing of good practices and lessons learned from developing countries' experiences of the NAP process. The case studies aim to help improve countries' access to knowledge and resources for adaptation planning and decision-making.

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UNGA Debate Addresses Climate Change [viewed]

unga703 October 2015: During the general debate of the 70th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), Heads of State and Government as well as Vice-Presidents, ministers and other high-level officials addressed climate change, among other issues. The statements to the UNGA, which were delivered from 28 September to 3 October 2015 in New York, US, tackled, inter alia: the 2015 agreement; the long-term global goal; climate finance; climate impacts and losses; and mitigation pledges. The general debate followed on the heels of the UN Sustainable Development Summit, during which the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were adopted.

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Race for Water Odyssey Continues Marine Pollution Data Collection Following Boat Accident [viewed]

race_for_waterOctober 2015: The Race for Water Odyssey (R4WO) has traveled more than 32,000 nautical miles through the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian oceans, where it has collected data on marine plastic pollution. Following the capsizing of its catamaran, trimaran, in September, R4WO has shifted its plans to focus on land-based activities while continuing its dedication to raising awareness on plastic pollution in the ocean.

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Event: UN High-Level Water and Sanitation Days [viewed]

This series of coordinated events on water and sanitation includes the Second Special Thematic Session on Water and Disasters, the UN World Toilet Day and the final meeting of the UN Secretary-General's Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation (UNSGAB). The Session on Water and Disasters will develop messages and recommendations for major UN conferences, including the Paris Climate Change Conference and Habitat III. World Toilet Day aims to inspire action and underscore the urgency of ending open defecation, especially for women and girls, and will focus on sanitation and nutrition. The New York event will focus on how improved sanitation supports better nutrition and improved health.

During its final meeting the UNSGAB will share its final report and recommendations on advancing water and sanitation objectives in the post-2015 era with the UN Secretary-General and the UN System Chief Executives Board for Coordination.  

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UN Regional Commissions Highlight Role in SDG Implementation [viewed]

global_goals27 September 2015: A publication by the UN Regional Commissions (RCs) on 'Implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: The Role of the Regional Commissions,' highlights the significance of the regional dimension of development. It also discusses the potential role of RCs in implementing the Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through: providing technical support; leveraging means of implementation (MOI); and facilitating effective follow-up and review.

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