Capacity Building & Education

UNEP Report Details Ecosystem Services Worth US$1 Billion Annually in Four Pilot Countries [viewed]

UNEP7 October 2015: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released the results of a four-year project to develop ecosystem assessment tools and products that decision makers can use to integrate the value of ecosystem services into policy, investment decisions and macro-economic models. The 'ProEcoServe' project assessed ecosystem services such as the provision of soil retention, shoreline protection, carbon sequestration and pollination, identifying almost US$1 billion of benefits in the four pilot countries of Chile, Trinidad and Tobago, South Africa and Viet Nam.

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Second Our Ocean Conference Galvanizes 80 Initiatives, US$2.1 Billion in Commitments [viewed]

Second Our Ocean Conference6 October 2015: The Second Our Ocean Conference generated US$2.1 billion in commitments on oceans, including announcements of more than 80 initiatives on marine conservation and protection and the protection of over 1.9 million square kilometers of ocean. The Conference aimed to promote voluntary governmental and institutional commitments to care for the world's oceans.

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TFD, PROFOR Report Discusses Company-Community Agreements in Forest Landscape Investment [viewed]

towardconsent5 October 2015: A report published by The Forests Dialogue (TFD) in collaboration with the World Bank's Program on Forests (PROFOR) gathers case studies from around the world illustrating how private companies are working with local communities to obtain their Fair, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) for investments in forest landscapes.

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Bern Conference Issues Global Call to Action on Indigenous and Local Land Rights [viewed]

berncoference2 October 2015: Participants attending the 2015 International Conference on Community Land and Resource Rights: Scaling Up Efforts and Action, issued a ‘Global Call to Action' aimed at mobilizing a broad network of champions to advance land rights for Indigenous Peoples and local communities by 2020.

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UN Agencies, MDBs React to Adoption of 2030 Agenda [viewed]

United Nations Sustainable Development Summit 2015October 2015: Since the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), UN agencies, Regional Commissions, multilateral development banks (MDBs), the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and others have welcomed and responded to the Agenda's adoption.

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ADP Co-Chairs Release Draft Negotiating Text for Paris Agreement [viewed]

UNFCCC5 October 2015: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released three documents in advance of the October session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP): a Co-Chairs' non-paper containing a draft of the 2015 agreement (ADP.2015.8.InformalNote); a draft decision on ADP workstream 2 (pre-2020 ambition)(ADP.2015.9.InformalNote); and a scenario note by the Co-Chairs on the eleventh part of the second session of the ADP (ADP 2-11) (ADP.2015.7.InformalNote), which will convene from 19-23 October 2015 in Bonn Germany.

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Blue Guardians Initiative on Oceans to Support SIDS Resilience to Climate Change [viewed]

clinton_global_initiative1 October 2015: An international initiative, titled ‘Blue Guardians,' has been launched by former US President Bill Clinton, to address the urgent need for climate change action through recognition of the role of oceans in climate change resilience and mitigation. The initiative will promote the development of 39 sustainable island economies while increasing their resilience to climate change and promoting marine and fisheries conservation and clean renewable energy.

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September 2015 Sustainable Energy Finance Update [viewed]

energy_sep_2015October 2015: During September 2015, the African Development Bank (AfDB), the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the Clean Investment Funds (CIF), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the European Investment Bank (EIB), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the World Bank, among others, announced sustainable energy project funding and related plans. AfDB and IFC launched publications and reported on events.

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Africa Must Industrialize Inclusively, Sustainably: Joint Communique [viewed]

unido_auc_un_uneca26 September 2015: At a high-level event on the sidelines of the UN Sustainable Development Summit, participants expressed support for the industrialization of Africa as a way to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The event, titled ‘Operationalization of the 2030 Agenda for Africa's Industrialization,' resulted in a joint communiqué stating that Africa, in order to fully benefit from its rich natural resources and “reap the benefits of its demographic dividend,” must industrialize in an inclusive and sustainable manner.

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Event: 6th GI WACAF Regional Conference [viewed]

The Global Initiative for West, Central and Southern Africa (GI WACAF Project) will hold its 6th biennial Regional Conference to gather government and industry stakeholders from 22 African countries to discuss preparedness ad response systems for oil and gas spills. The Conference will discuss challenges in the region to oil spill preparedness and response, exchange information and lesson learned, review progress achieved in GI WACAF since the 5th Conference held in November 2013 in Namibia, and determine priority actions for the 2016-2017 biennium to strengthen oil spill response capability in the region.

GI WACAF is a partnership between the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and IPIECA, the global oil and gas industry association for environmental and social issues, to enhance the capacity of 22 countries to prepare for and respond to marine oil spills, namely: Angola, Benin, Cape Verde, Cameroon, Congo, Côte d'Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gambia, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mauritania, Namibia, Nigeria, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Togo.  

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