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UNEP Highlights Black Sea Pollution Crisis[viewed]

The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) released information on the work of the Global Wastewater Initiative in Georgia to reduce pollution in the Black Sea. The Global Wastewater Initiative is an international multistakeholder partnership under the aegis of the Global Programme of Action for the Protection of the Marine Environment from Land-based Activities (GPA).

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Oceania Regional Prep Meeting Highlights Role of Wetlands in Biodiversity, Livelihoods[viewed]

Wetlands play a critical role in sustaining island biodiversity and livelihoods, according to participants at the sixth Oceania Regional Preparatory Meeting for the 12th Conference of the Parties (COP) to the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar). Participants also discussed priority areas for Ramsar's new Strategic Plan, which will provide a framework for future action for Ramsar and the world's wetlands from 2016.

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ITTO TTM Reports on Objections to Indonesia Export Ban[viewed]

The 1-15 August issue of the Tropical Timber Market (TTM) Report of the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) highlights an industry appeal to allow log exports in Indonesia. According to the article, because of the existing ban, Indonesian domestic log prices are half of the international market price.

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SPREP Supports Eradication of IAS in Cook Islands[viewed]

The ‘Prevention, control and management of invasive alien species (IAS) in the Pacific islands' project, implemented by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), led by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) and funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), is supporting the Cook Islands in the removal of IAS, with several planned activities now underway.

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ICIMOD Reports on Women's Adaptation to Climate Change in Nepal[viewed]

The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) has published a report titled 'Women's Empowerment at the Frontline of Adaptation: Emerging Issues, Adaptive Practices, and Priorities in Nepal.' The publication outlines the vulnerabilities of women in Nepal, especially as climate change threatens rural livelihoods, and examines women's roles in adapting to a changing climate and natural resource base.

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ICIMOD, GRID-Arendal Analyze Food Security, Climate Challenges in Himalayas[viewed]

The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) and GRID-Arendal have released a report detailing the food security and agricultural situation in the Hindu Kush Himalayas (HKH). The publication considers how food security is being affected by changing socioeconomic and environmental conditions in the region, including climate change and rising global food prices.

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Arab Forum on Post-2015 Addresses Socio-economic Inequality[viewed]

The Arab NGO Network for Development (ANND) and the Arab Organization for Administrative Development (ARADO), in cooperation with the UN Economic and Social Commission for West Asia (ESCWA) and the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation, held a regional Arab forum to discuss the post-2015 process. 'Addressing social and economic inequalities: the need for a new paradigm' resulted in policy recommendations on reducing socio-economic inequality in the region.

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Asia-Pacific Ministers Agree on 6 Post-2015 Priorities for Education[viewed]

Education ministers and government officials from 37 Asia-Pacific countries have endorsed a draft statement on Education Beyond 2015, at the Asia-Pacific Regional Education Conference, held on 6-8 August 2014, in Bangkok, Thailand. The Bangkok Statement outlines six priority action areas for the region: lifelong learning for all; equity and equality; skills and competencies for life and work; quality and teachers; information and communication technologies (ICTs) for education; and governance and financing.

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Asia-Pacific Consultation on Post-2015 Accountability Calls for Stronger Use of Data and Statistics[viewed]

The UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) has issued the Chair's summary of a regional consultation on ensuring accountability for implementation of the post-2015 development agenda. The consultation took place during ESCAP's 70th session in Bangkok, Thailand, on 5-6 August 2014. The meeting was the second in a series of regional consultations on accountability organized by the UN regional commissions.

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ESCAP Launches 70-Year Review of Social, Economic Development[viewed]

The UN Economic Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) launched a 70-year review of social and economic development in the region, on the sidelines of its 70th session in Bangkok, Thailand. ‘Asia and the Pacific: A Story of Transformation and Resurgence' is a "survey of surveys" that traces the story of development in the region, based on ESCAP's annual Economic and Social Surveys since 1947, when the Commission was known as the Economic Commission for Asia and the Far East (ECAFE).

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