Capacity Building & Education

Event: Launch Workshop of the Global GEF/FAO Project on Decision Support for Scaling Up and Mainstreaming Sustainable Land Management [viewed]

The workshop will introduce the main technical concepts and approaches underpinning the project, which is coordinated by the World Overview of Conservation Approaches and Technologies (WOCAT) Secretariat. The three interrelated dimensions are: national and local decision-support on combating desertification land degradation and drought (DLDD) and promoting mainstreaming and upscaling best practices in sustainable land management (SLM); a global DLDD and SLM knowledge management and decision-support platform; and monitoring and evaluation, impact assessment and dissemination of project results. Representatives of 15 countries in Asia, Latin America, Africa and Eastern Europe that are participating in the project will provide an overview of their SLM status, as well as proposed strategies, actions and co-financing arrangements for the project. Participants will also review required support through mobilizing additional resources at the regional level. On the final day of the workshop, the project steering committee will convene its first meeting on operational and coordination issues.  

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Event: Meeting of Senior Government Officials Expert in Environmental Law on the Midterm Review of the Montevideo Programme IV [viewed]

The meeting of senior government officials expert in environmental law on the midterm review of the fourth Programme for the Development and Periodic Review of Environmental Law (Montevideo Programme IV), which is being convened by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), will bring together experts in the field of environmental law from governments, as well as various organizations. The meeting is expected to address, among other things: the midterm review of the implementation and effectiveness of the Montevideo Programme IV; emerging issues in the field of environmental law, in particular in the Montevideo Programme IV programme areas; and priority areas for action in the field of environmental law for the period up to 2020, taking into account the Montevideo Programme IV.

The mid-term review, carried out in a consultative and participatory manner, is expected to assess progress in delivering the Montevideo Programme, as well as shortcomings, gaps and expected future developments. It will also provide an opportunity to: reassess further development and implementation of environmental law in light of new developments and emerging trends; highlight opportunities for improving synergies and coherence of policies and actions across the international community in the field of environmental law; and provide a platform for sharing experiences and facilitating a coordinated approach among a range of actors to facilitate the implementation of internationally agreed environmental objectives and goals through actions in environmental law. The outcomes of the meeting and the review will be reported to the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA) at its second session in 2016.

The UNEP Governing Council (since transformed into the UNEA) adopted he Montevideo Programme IV in February 2009, as a strategy for the international law community and UNEP in formulating activities in the environmental law field for the decade commencing in 2010.  

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Event: High-level Multi-stakeholder Strategy Forum on South-South and Triangular Cooperation Post-2015 [viewed]

A High-level Multi-stakeholder Strategy Forum on the theme “Scaling-up Global Support for South-South and Triangular Cooperation in the Context of the Post-2015 Development Agenda” will be held as follow-up to the High-level Meeting on South-South and Triangular Cooperation in the Post-2015 Development Agenda, “Financing for Development in the South and Technology Transfer,” which was held from 17-18 May 2015, in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Participants will: discuss the need for a long-term South-South vision in the context of the post-2015 development agenda; share experiences and lessons from other existing multilateral South-South support platforms and mechanisms; examine the efficacy of the existing multilateral South-South advocacy, financing and operational support architecture; and develop a more inclusive partnership and alliance strategy supported by a self-sustaining global and regional South-South support architecture. The Strategy Forum is being organized under the auspices of the General Assembly High-level Committee on South-South Cooperation and the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC) and its Global South-South Development Expo Secretariat (GSSD Expo), in collaboration with the World Alliance of Cities Against Poverty (WACAP), UN system institutions and other partners.  

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UN Regional Commissions Highlight Role in Post-2015 Agenda [viewed]

uneca-unece-escap-eclac-escwaAugust 2015: The UN Economic Commissions for Africa (UNECA), Europe (UNECE), Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), and Western Asia (ESCWA) have published a paper on their role in implementing the post-2015 development agenda. The paper is titled 'UN Regional Commissions and the Post-2015 Development Agenda: Moving to Deliver on a Transformative and Ambitious Agenda.'

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ECOSOC President's Summaries Suggest Way Forward for HLPF [viewed]

ECOSOC13 July 2015: The President of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), Martin Sajdik, has issued the President's Summaries of the 2015 session of the high-level political forum on sustainable development (HLPF) and of the ECOSOC high-level segment. The document notes that the HLPF, at its 2016 session, could elaborate further on the review architecture and its functioning, based on an exchange of experiences on the elaboration of national strategies to implement the agenda, as well as on feedback from the regions on their approach to reviewing progress.

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Event: Fifth Climate Change and Development Conference (CCDA-V) [viewed]

To support Africa's preparedness for the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21), CCDA-V will be held on the theme “Africa, climate change and sustainable development: what is at stake at Paris and beyond?”. The conference will be the culmination of climate change dialogues across the continent and will focus on addressing the climate change, sustainable development and equity issues provided for in Article 2 of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in the context of the broad theme on “Prospects for Sustainable, Resilient and Creative Economies in Africa in the Context of a Changing Climate”. CCDA-V aims to, among other things, contribute towards the development of common African positions regarding the post-Kyoto global climate governance regime, as well as anticipate the outcomes of COP21 and initiate preparations for their implementation. The event is organized under the auspices of the Climate for Development in Africa (ClimDev-Africa) Programme, which is a consortium of the African Union Commission (AUC), the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the African Development Bank (AfDB).  

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Democratic Republic of the Congo Submits INDC [viewed]

congo18 August 2015: The UNFCCC Secretariat has reported that the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is the 56th Party to formally submit its intended nationally determined contribution (INDC), which sets a conditional emissions reduction target of 17% by 2030 compared to a business-as-usual (BAU) scenario. The Party's intended contribution is dependent on adequate support in the form of technology transfer, capacity development and financial resources.

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Islamic Climate Change Declaration Calls for Zero Emissions Strategy [viewed]

islamic_climate_change18 August 2015: Islamic leaders, during an International Islamic Climate Change Symposium, called on the world's 1.6 billion Muslims to take an active role in combating climate change and urged governments to agree to a new climate change agreement in Paris. The Symposium convened to discuss proposed messages from the Islamic community and to mobilize stakeholders in advance of the Paris Climate Change Conference in December 2015. It also aimed to seek consensus on an ‘Islamic Declaration on Climate Change,' which was drafted and circulated for comments prior to the symposium.

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Symposium Highlights Resilience and Food Security Potential of Rainwater Harvesting [viewed]

rain_ifad_icraf17 July 2015: An international symposium of organizations involved in agriculture, land and water management called for scaling up rainwater harvesting practices, highlighting its benefits for food security and climate resilience.

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UN-REDD Highlights Technical Support for UNFCCC REDD+ Implementation [viewed]

unredd3 August 2015: Efforts to prepare forest countries to implement the UNFCCC REDD+ guidelines are highlighted in the August/September 2015 edition of 'The REDD+ Resource,' the newsletter of the UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (UN-REDD). The newsletter also features the UN-REDD Programme's publications, as well as expert insights on upcoming events, such as the World Forestry Congress and the Paris Climate Change Conference.

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