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Asia-Pacific Beijing+20 Review Pledges Strengthened Partnerships, Accountability, Funding[viewed]

Governments adopted the Asian and Pacific Ministerial Declaration on Advancing Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment, pledging to strengthen institutions and partnerships, enhance accountability, support regional cooperation and increase resources to advance gender equality and women's empowerment across the Asia-Pacific region. The declaration was adopted at the Asian and Pacific Conference on Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment: Beijing+20 Review, which is one in a series of regional reviews of the Beijing Platform for Action adopted in 1995.

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WSSCC, SCA Launch Menstruation Partnership[viewed]

The Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) and Svenska Cellulosa Aktiebolaget (SCA), a hygiene and forest products company, announced a partnership to raise awareness on menstruation issues faced by women and girls.

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World Toilet Day Links Gender-Based Violence and Sanitation[viewed]

World Toilet Day brought attention to the theme “Equality, Dignity and the Link Between Gender-Based Violence and Sanitation” and the issue of open defecation with the tagline #WeCantWait. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon emphasized the “moral imperative to end open defecation and a duty to ensure women and girls are not at risk to assault and rape simply because they lack a sanitation facility.”

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France, Pacific Community Hold High-Level Dialogue on Climate Change[viewed]

The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) hosted a High-Level Dialogue on Climate Change between Pacific leaders and French President François Hollande, who will preside the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC in Paris, France. During the Dialogue, the Pacific Community urged France to take on a strong leadership role in 2015 to adopt a meaningful climate change agreement and pledged their support to Hollande during preparations for COP 21.

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UNU-INWEH, IAC Report Frames Water-Energy Nexus Against Arab Spring[viewed]

The UN University Institute for Water, Environment and Health (UNU-INWEH) released the report ‘Global Agenda 2013: Water, Energy, and the Arab Awakening,' which examines water resource conflicts in the context of the Arab Spring.

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IWMI Launches Book on Developing Water-Related SDGs[viewed]

The International Water Management Institute (IWMI) released the book ‘On Target for People and Planet: Setting and Achieving Water-Related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs),' which highlights that framing water-related SDGs in a water security context provides a more comprehensive framework than the human-needs approach of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

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Eastern Partnership Negotiators Prepare for Lima COP[viewed]

In advance of the December 2014 climate change negotiations in Lima, Peru, countries of the Eastern Partnership participated in a Panel on Environment and Climate Change under the theme 'Economic Integration and Convergence with EU Policies.' The two-day seminar focused on intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs) and what to expect at the 20th and 21st sessions of the Conference of the Parties (COP 20 and COP 21) to the UNFCCC.

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Event: CBD Regional Workshop to Facilitate the Description of EBSAs in the North-East Indian Ocean Region[viewed]

This Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) workshop is part of a series of regional workshops the Secretariat is organizing to facilitate the description of Ecologically or Biologically Significant Marine Areas (EBSAs) through the application of the scientific criteria in decision IX/20, annex I as well as scientific guidance on the identification of marine areas beyond national jurisdiction (ABNJ).

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IUCN Red List Marks 50th Anniversary, Finds 22,413 Species Face Extinction[viewed]

The Pacific Bluefin Tuna (Thunnus orientalis) has moved to the Vulnerable category on the International Union for Conservation of Nature's (IUCN) Red List. IUCN released the updated Red List, which is celebrating its fiftieth anniversary, at its World Parks Congress.

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Brunei Darussalam Accepts Doha Amendment[viewed]

The UNFCCC Secretariat has announced that Brunei Darussalam has accepted the Doha Amendment, which formalizes commitments for the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol (2013-2020). This announcement brings the total number of parties that have deposited their instruments of acceptance to 19.

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