Capacity Building & Education

UNDG Launches Post-2015 Dialogue on Culture and Development [viewed]

Culture and Development Dialogue27 May 2014: The UN Development Group (UNDG) has launched global, national and online consultations on culture and development in the post-2015 development agenda. The consultation is one of six dialogues on implementing the agenda, following thematic and national consultations in 2012-2013. The consultation aims to enable stakeholders to articulate their vision of culture, and make recommendations for integrating it into the post-2015 development agenda.

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UNCCD Convenes Eight Capacity Building Workshops for National Reporting [viewed]

UNCCD logo24 May 2014: The Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and the Global Mechanism offered a series of eight workshops between April and May 2014, to build parties' capacity to undertake the 2014 national reporting exercise.

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IFPRI Paper Considers Implications of Legal Aid Services for Women's Land Rights in East Africa [viewed]

IFPRI LogoMay 2014: The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) has released a paper, titled ‘Implications of community-based legal aid regulation on women's land rights.' The paper explores the emergence of community-based legal aid (CBLA) programs as a strategy for bridging gaps between customary justice mechanisms and formal law and for improving access to legal services in rural areas.

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EU Launches B4Life Initiative [viewed]

European Union 22 May 2014: The EU has launched Biodiversity for Life (B4Life), a EuropeAid's flagship initiative meant to forge cross-sector partnerships to tackle biodiversity-related issues. In its purview, B4Life will include projects that increase monitoring and information sharing in the fight against wildlife crime. 

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WAVES Country and Annual Reports Released [viewed]

wavesMay 2014: The Wealth Accounting and the Valuation of Ecosystem Services (WAVES) Partnership has released its ‘Annual Report 2014,' which documents the Partnership's methodological and institutional progress on natural capital accounting (NCA) for integrating natural resources into development planning. WAVES has also released country reports for five of its eight core implementing countries: Botswana, Colombia, Costa Rica, Madagascar, and the Philippines.

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UNCCD Announces Members of Science-Policy Interface, South Sudan Becomes 195th Party [viewed]

UNCCD logo22 May 2014: The Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has announced the selection of the members of the Science-Policy Interface (SPI). The SPI was called for at the eleventh session of the Conference of the Parties (COP), to facilitate a science-policy dialogue and to ensure that the COP receives policy-relevant information, knowledge and advice on desertification, land degradation and drought (DLDD) issues.

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FLEUVE Pursues SLM Finance in Five African Countries [viewed]

UNCCD GLOBAL MECHANISM (GM)21 May 2014: The Local Environmental Coalition for a Green Union (FLEUVE) has held its First Consultative Stakeholder meeting, where project partners assessed the initiative's progress and discussed opportunities for planning and financing sustainable land development (SLM) in five African countries.

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AfDB Meeting Participants Call for Maximizing Blue Economy [viewed]

AfDB20 May 2014: Participants discussed the role of building infrastructure and capacity in maximizing the blue economy during a session titled ‘Maximizing Africa's Blue Economies' at the African Development Bank's (AfDB) 2014 Annual Meeting. Participants also discussed challenges such as climate change, sustainable supply changes, over-fishing and toxic waste within the context of the blue economy.

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GWP Annual Report Highlights Water Security and Post-2015 Work [viewed]

GWP Global logotype20 May 2014: The Global Water Partnership (GWP) released its 2013 Annual Report, titled ‘GWP In Action.' The report emphasizes the partnership's contributions to the UN consultations on water security, in particular assessment of progress towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and participation in the process to define the post-2015 development agenda.

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African Summit Calls for Water Integrity to Ensure Water Security [viewed]

africa-water-integrity-summitMay 2014: Participants from Eastern, Southern and Western Africa called for increased attention to integrity issues in the water sector at the First African Water Integrity Summit. The Summit agreed on a Lusaka Statement that was submitted to the African Ministers' Council on Water (AMCOW) for its consideration.

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