Capacity Building & Education

UN Joint Programme Provides Training for Land Dispute Tribunals in Somaliland [viewed]

UN-HABITAT29 September 2015: UN-Habitat, in collaboration with the Somaliland Ministry of Interior and Legal Action Worldwide (LAW), facilitated the first of a series of training workshops for members of Land Dispute Tribunals (LDTs) in Hargeisa, Somaliland, in August 2015. The Ministry envisages the LDTs as an alternative mechanism for resolving disputes over urban land in an “efficient, accessible and fair” manner.

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Children Adopt Declaration on SDGs [viewed]

voicesoffuturegenerations20 September 2015: The first Children's Summit on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) gathered 30 child authors and other children from Latin America, Asia, the Pacific Islands, Africa, the Middle East, and North America to discuss how they can help to implement the newly adopted Goals. Participants finalized the 2015 Children's Declaration on the World's SDGs, which will be presented to UN officials. Children around the world drafted the Declaration collaboratively using social media. The authors included the finalists from the Voices of Future Generations (VoFG) international Children's Book Series.

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Bhutan, Costa Rica, Dominica, Guinea-Bissau, Israel, Lebanon, São Tomé and Príncipe, Solomon Islands, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Zimbabwe Submit INDCs [viewed]

UNFCCC30 September 2015: The UNFCCC Secretariat has reported that Bhutan, Costa Rica, Dominica, Guinea-Bissau, Israel, Lebanon, São Tomé and Príncipe, Solomon Islands, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Zimbabwe have formally submitted their intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs). All the INDCs outline the countries' intended mitigation contributions, as well as their adaptation priorities, needs and efforts.

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Social Good Summit Convening in Over 100 Countries [viewed]

Social Good Summit - September 201528 September 2015: The Sixth Social Good Summit met on the sidelines of the UN Sustainable Development Summit under the theme ‘#2030NOW' and asked participants to answer the question “What type of world do I want to live in by the year 2030?” Summit partners are the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the UN Foundation, Mashable and the 92nd Street Y.

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UNAIDS: 2030 Agenda is Window of Opportunity [viewed]

UNAIDS - Kenya Flag - Malawi Flag27 September 2015: The Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and the leaders of Kenya and Malawi co-hosted a high-level panel discussion on scaling up efforts to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030. UN Messenger of Peace Charlize Theron highlighted how stigma and the lack of support surrounding AIDS is preventing “an entire generation of young people to take control of their health and their future,” and urged empowering youth.

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OFAC Publishes Inaugural ‘State of Protected Areas in Central Africa' Report [viewed]

State of Protected Areas in Central Africa - 2015 Report23 September 2015: The Observatory of Central African Forests (OFAC) has published the first-ever overview of protected areas in the sub-region, which aims to provide the basis for a more comprehensive database for decision makers and contribute to the formation of a network of protected areas in the region.

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Armenia, Cabo Verde, Kyrgyzstan, Vanuatu, Viet Nam Submit INDCs [viewed]

UNFCCC29 September 2015: The UNFCCC Secretariat has reported that Vanuatu, Armenia, Cabo Verde, Kyrgyzstan and Viet Nam have formally submitted their intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs). All the INDCs outline the countries' intended mitigation contributions, as well as their adaptation priorities, needs and efforts.

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UNGA Debate Highlights SDG Implementation, Special Situations [viewed]

unga7029 September 2015: The 70th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) continued its General Debate on the theme ‘The UN at 70: A new commitment to action.' Speakers on 29 September 2015 welcomed the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), noting their potential to transform the world. Speakers also focused on global security concerns, including refugees and the role of the UN Security Council.

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Six African Countries Launch CAFI Initiative on Forests [viewed]

CAFI29 September 2015: Representatives of six African nations and development partners launched the Central African Forest Initiative (CAFI) at a high-level event in New York, the US. CAFI aims to reduce deforestation and forest degradation in Central Africa through mitigating climate change, reducing poverty and contributing to sustainable development.

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UNGA General Debate Opens with Focus on SDG Implementation, Peace, Equality [viewed]

unga7028 September 2015: The 70th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) opened its General Debate, which is convening under the theme ‘The UN at 70: A new commitment to action.' Speakers welcomed the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), with many praising the focus on poverty eradication and inequality. Many speakers also addressed UN reform and peace and security, including discussion of Syria and the refugee crisis.

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