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UNDP, Samoa Showcase Biogas Partnership[viewed]

The UN Development Programme (UNDP), Samoa's Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MNRE) and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) are showcasing their bio-fuel partnership at the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS), which is taking place in Apia, Samoa. The project has turned the Merremia vine - a toxic, invasive weed in Samoa - into electricity to generate biofuel and connect Samoan communities to the national grid.

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GWP Launches Documents on Ecosystem Services, Groundwater and Water Security[viewed]

The Global Water Partnership (GWP) released several short notes and perspective papers including: ‘Ecosystem Services and Water Security;' 'The Links between Land Use and Groundwater;' and ‘Proceedings from the GWP Workshop – Assessing Water Security with Appropriate Indicators.'

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GWP Assesses Groundwater Governance and Irrigated Agriculture[viewed]

The Global Water Partnership (GWP) released a Technical Committee (TEC) Background Paper titled 'Groundwater Governance and Irrigated Agriculture,' which presents an approach to: reform perverse subsidies and policies; build governance and rule enforcement capacities; and introduce various administrative investments.

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GWP Paper Focuses on Water Security[viewed]

The Global Water Partnership (GWP) released a Technical Committee (TEC) Background Paper, titled 'Water Security: Putting the Concept into Practice.' The report outlines examples of how water security can be identified, including by: determining relevant dimensions of water security; selecting indicators that reflect the main characteristics of the key dimensions; measuring indicators, and scoring and combining indices for each of the dimensions of water security.

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FFF Launched in Viet Nam[viewed]

The Forest and Farm Facility (FFF) began work in Viet Nam with a launch workshop introducing the FFF and engaging partners and stakeholders. As with the other pilot countries, the FFF in Viet Nam aims to improve the livelihoods and participation of women, smallholders and community groups.

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PACC Project Completes Climate-Reslient Harbor in Cook Islands[viewed]

The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) has announced that, as part of the Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change Project (PACC), the Cook Islands have completed a climate-resilient harbor for the island of Mangaia. In addition, the tool developed to design the harbor can be used to design other coastal infrastructure in the Cook Islands.

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Acharya Recommends 50% of ODA for LDCs[viewed]

“Those that are in danger of slipping should be given foremost priority,” writes Gyan Chandra Acharya, UN High Representative for the Least Developed Countries (LDCs), Landlocked Developing Countries (LLDCs) and small island developing States (SIDS) in a post for the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) 'In My View' series. He argues that half of all official development assistance (ODA) should be allocated to the LDCs to address poverty eradication and sustainable development.

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Event: HABITAT III - First PrepCom[viewed]

The first session of the Preparatory Committee of the third UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) will consider: the Secretary-General of the Conference's progress report on the Conference preparations; progress to date in the implementation of the outcomes of Habitat II; new and emerging challenges on sustainable urban development; financing for the preparatory process and the Conference; and arrangements for the future sessions of the Preparatory Committee.

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Event: Global Dialogue on Family Farming[viewed]

The Global Dialogue on Family Farming is part of a series of events focusing on family farming as part of the International Year of Family Farming (IYFF).

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Event: Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD)[viewed]

The Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD) will take place on 13-16 July 2015, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

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