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ECO Countries Resolve to Communicate INDCs[viewed]

The Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) Ministerial Conference on Climate Change held in Safranbolu, Turkey, concluded with the adoption of the 'Safranbolu Declaration on Enhancing Regional pre-COP 21 Ambition on Climate Change,' including a resolution from its ten member States to deliver their intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs) towards a “fair, flexible, durable and inclusive legally-binding post-2020 climate agreement” at the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC in Paris, France, in December 2015.

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Arab Region Launches UN Decade of Sustainable Energy for All[viewed]

The UN Decade of Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) was launched in the Arab region on 23 March 2015, in Amman, Jordan, during a series of events organized by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (UN-ESCWA).

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Event: Wildlife Forum[viewed]

This one-day Wildlife Forum, organized by the Collaborative Partnership on Sustainable Wildlife Management (CPW) during the World Forestry Congress (WFC), will address challenges and opportunities in sustainable wildlife management, highlighting the experiences of countries, organizations, indigenous peoples, local communities and the private sector in addressing poverty alleviation and livelihood security issues while protecting wildlife.

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Event: Asia-Pacific Civil Society Forum on Sustainable Development[viewed]

Jointly organized by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the Asia-Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD) and other civil society organizations, this Forum will serve as a preparatory meeting for key regional events organized in relation to the post-2015 development agenda, such as the Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development taking place on 21-22 May 2015, also in Bangkok.

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World Bank Land and Poverty Conference Addresses Land Tenure for Shared Prosperity[viewed]

The 16th Annual World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty met under the theme ‘Linking Land Tenure and Use for Shared Prosperity.' It highlighted that while land tenure affects asset distribution between men and women, generations and social groups, land-use patterns will have significant implications for socioeconomic outcomes at the household, community and/or landscape levels.

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Rome High-Level Event Underscores Links between Land Restoration and Global Security[viewed]

A high-level event organized by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MFA) has emphasized the role of land restoration in reducing global threats and securing the livelihoods of communities affected by land degradation. Speaking at the event, UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) Executive Secretary Monique Barbut stressed that populations in affected areas “are simply running out of coping mechanisms locally,” and that under such circumstances “migration is one way out… extremism and conflict is another.” Executive Secretary Barbut also opened the Third Meeting of the UNCCD's Intergovernmental Working Group (IWG) that is developing a common definition of Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN) and possible options for its implementation as part of the follow up to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD or Rio+20).

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UNESCO-IHP Highlights Climate Change Impacts on Water Security[viewed]

The inception meeting of the project ‘Addressing Water Security: Climate Impacts and Adaptation responses in Africa, the Americas, Asia and Europe,' organized by the International Hydrological Programme of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO-IHP), launched a discussion on water security building on the existing networks, know-how and experiences of effective adaptation strategies.

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UNCCD CRIC 13 Addresses Sustainable Land Management Linkages in Post-2015, Climate Agendas[viewed]

Delegates to the 13th session of the Committee for the Review of the Implementation of the Convention (CRIC 13) of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) made a critical assessment of the status of the Convention and exchanged views on how to ensure its continued relevance and effectiveness. Pointing to the continuing “implementation gap” despite the high number of submitted country reports, several delegates questioned whether “we are collecting the right information to spur further action,” and suggested that a focus on synergies with the other Rio Conventions, and adopting a global target on land degradation neutrality (LDN), could enhance the Convention's impact.

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GCF Board Accredits Seven Entities, Adopts Investment Framework[viewed]

At its ninth meeting, the Green Climate Fund (GCF) Board took a number of necessary steps toward its goal of approving funding for the first projects and programmes in October 2015. It agreed to accredit seven organizations, opening the door for them to begin developing and submitting project and programme proposals. In addition, it agreed on an initial investment framework, which will guide entities in the development of their proposals and create a transparent process for evaluating them.

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First GSLEP Meeting Discusses Progress on Snow Leopard Conservation[viewed]

The Global Snow Leopard and Ecosystem Protection (GSLEP) Program's Steering Committee convened for the first time to take stock of the progress made on GSLEP Program goals. Pakistan Minister for Climate Change Mushahid Ullah Khan was elected chairman of the Steering Committee of the Program.

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