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Side Event Discusses Usefulness of Administrative Data for SDGs[viewed]

On the sidelines of the seventh session of the post-2015 intergovernmental negotiations, delegates discussed how administrative data – the data primarily collected by governments and other organizations for administrative purposes (e.g. registration, transaction and record keeping) – could be used as a data source for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and for statistical systems in countries.

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New Development Bank Opens for Business[viewed]

The New Development Bank (NDB), formerly referred to as the BRICS Development Bank, a multilateral development bank (MDB) operated by the BRICS group of countries (Brazil, the Russian Federation, India, China and South Africa), has begun its operations. The NDB will be headquartered in Shanghai, China, and each country will be assigned one vote, while no country will hold veto power.

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FAO Expands Collaboration on SFM with Iran[viewed]

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has put forest-related issues in the Near East and North Africa region in focus with the organization of an expert meeting on the development of sustainability indicators for forests, rangelands and forest-like ecosystems in the region, and with the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on sustainable forest management (SFM) with Iran.

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Event: 6th Session of the Meeting of the Parties to AEWA[viewed]

The African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbird Agreement (AEWA) is an intergovernmental treaty dedicated to the conservation of migratory waterbirds and their habitats across Africa, Europe, the Middle East, Central Asia, Greenland and the Canadian Archipelago.

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Marshall Islands Submits INDC[viewed]

The UNFCCC Secretariat has announced that the Marshall Islands is the first small island developing State (SIDS) Party to formally submit its intended nationally determined contribution (INDC), which sets out a greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction target of 32% below 2010 levels by 2025. The INDC also includes an indicative target of reducing emissions 45% below 2010 levels by 2030. The submission from the Marshall Islands brings the total number of Parties to submit an INDC to 48.

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UNESCO Reports on Climate Change Education Activities[viewed]

A report by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) reviews the organization's recent work to support education policymakers and educators of teachers to incorporate climate change into their curriculum. The report, titled 'Not Just Hot Air: Putting Climate Change Education into Practice,' presents results and lessons learned from country pilots in the Dominican Republic, Guyana, Mauritius, Tuvalu and South Africa.

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Governments, Experts Call for Using Existing Mechanisms in SDG Implementation[viewed]

UN Member States embarking on the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) can start the process by taking stock of, and building on existing institutions and policy mechanisms, said Zhang Yan, Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) Executive Director, at an event titled ‘How Can Countries Implement and Monitor Sustainable Development Goals.'

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North-Pacific SIDS Prepare for Paris Conference, INDCs[viewed]

A North-Pacific Conference to Prepare for the Road to Paris was convened for participants from Palau, FSM and the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) in Pohnpei, FSM, from 13-15 July 2015. It was followed by a technical training workshop on intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs) held on 16 July 2015.

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APEC Advances Sustainable City Development Efforts[viewed]

Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) economies have announced accelerated support for sustainable city development in the region. According to the APEC Energy Working Group, APEC officials are advancing technical support for solar-powered, energy-efficient buildings and high efficiency lighting, improved vehicle fuel efficiency labeling and consumer information, and accessible green energy financing.

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CGIAR Dryland Systems Annual Report Highlights “Development Impact” of Rural Innovations[viewed]

The 2014 Annual Report of the CGIAR Research Program on Dryland Systems, titled ‘Pathways to Lasting Impact for Rural Dryland Communities in the Developing World,' outlines its contribution to shaping “thinking and practice” on agricultural livelihood systems, and notes that this resulted in “real development impact” during the year.

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