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April 2014 Water Finance Update[viewed]

Throughout April, the World Bank, Global Environment Facility (GEF), Asian Development Bank (ADB), Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), African Development Bank (AfDB) and European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) approved finance for and highlighted results of projects across Africa, Latin America, Asia and Europe, as well as in small island developing states (SIDS) to: improve water supply and sanitation; build urban and rural water infrastructure; reduce water-related disaster risk and increase climate resilience; improve agricultural water efficiency; construct hydro-power facilities; protect aquatic biodiversity; and promote transboundary water cooperation.

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Asia-Pacific Consultation Recognizes Sustainable Tourism Potential in SIDS[viewed]

A UN consultation in the Asia-Pacific region recognized the potential for sustainable tourism in small island developing States (SIDS), and recommended creating integrated sustainable impact assessment (ISIA) tools for planning.

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UNECE Workshop Addresses Transboundary Water Cooperation[viewed]

The Second Workshop “River Basin Commissions and Other Joint Bodies for Transboundary Water Cooperation: Technical Aspects” was convened by the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE). The workshop focused on technical aspects related to coordination between river basin organizations (RBOs), including: inter-sectoral coordination; infrastructure; groundwater management; environmental protection; and management issues, such as financing and communication.

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Event: 15th World Lake Conference[viewed]

The 15th World Lake Conference, convened by the International Lake Environment Committee (ILEC), will take place on the theme “Lakes: The Mirrors of the Earths, Balancing Ecosystem Integrity and Human Wellbeing”.

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Event: Seventh Meeting of the Green Climate Fund Board [viewed]

The seventh meeting of the Board of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) will be held in Songdo, Republic of Korea, from 18-21 May 2014.

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Creative Cities Summit Showcases Environmental and Cultural Sustainability Through Urban Design[viewed]

The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the City of Shenzhen, China, promoted successful examples of urban design for environmental and cultural sustainability at a Creative Cities Summit in Paris, France, in which ciity planners, architects and private sector representatives presented the experiences of UNESCO's Creative Cities Network in creating environmentally-friendly urban growth.

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CDKN Workshop Addresses Climate Change, SDGs Interlinkages[viewed]

At a workshop on climate change, the post-2015 development agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) organized by the Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN), participants underscored interlinkages between climate change and development, and the importance of ensuring harmony between the two policy fields. The workshop took place on 19 March 2014, in Jakarta, Indonesia.

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Carbon Fund Approves REDD+ Proposals from DRC, Ghana, Mexico and Nepal[viewed]

The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Ghana, Mexico and Nepal will each receive $50-$70 million to demonstrate how Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) can work on the ground. Participants from 11 public and private funds adopted resolutions to support these countries' Emission Reduction Program Idea Notes (ER-PINs) at the Ninth Meeting of the Carbon Fund (CF9) of the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF).

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Viet Nam Becomes 69th Party to ITTA[viewed]

The Government of Viet Nam has announced its accession to the International Tropical Timber Agreement, 2006 (ITTA, 2006), becoming the 69th Party to join the Agreement, which is focused on ensuring the sustainable management of tropical timber.

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ILC Releases 2013 Annual Report Featuring National Engagement Strategies[viewed]

The International Land Coalition (ILC) has released its 2013 Annual Report, which outlines its range of local, national and international activities, including efforts to develop a unified voice on land issues.

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