Biodiversity for Development

UN Launches International Year of SIDS [viewed]

iy24 February 2014: At the global launch of the International Year of Small Island Developing States (SIDS), to be celebrated throughout 2014, Ronald Jumeau, Ambassador of Climate Change and SIDS, Seychelles, who served as Master of Ceremonies, noted that the occasion marks the first time the UN has dedicated an International Year to a particular category of countries.

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OWG Co-Chairs Compile 19 'Focus Areas' [viewed]

owg21 February 2014: The Co-Chairs of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have assembled a list of 19 'Focus Areas' for consideration by Member States as they seek to identify SDGs and accompanying targets. In a letter accompanying the Focus Areas, released on 21 February 2014, Macharia Kamau (Kenya) and Csaba Kőrösi (Hungary) write that further action in these areas is necessary to build "prosperous, peaceful and resilient societies that also protect the planet."

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Event: Ecosystems, Economy and Society: How Large-scale Restoration Can Stimulate Sustainable Development [viewed]

This workshop is jointly organized by the Veolia Environment Institute, the Agence Française de Développement (AFD), the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the US National Research Council (NRC) Water Science and Technology Board. The UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) is an associate partner. The workshop will provide an international platform for scientists, practitioners, NGOs, business leaders and policymakers to discuss remarkable case studies, best practices and share better insights on the potential of large-scale ecosystem restoration for the improvement of people's livelihoods, job creation and socio-economic development, together with the recovery of ecosystems functionalities, continuity and biodiversity. The workshop will also consider the actions needed to achieve the Aichi Biodiversity Target on restoration, the European Union Biodiversity Strategy and REDD+ goals.  

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Delhi Sustainable Development Summit Discusses Energy, Water and Food Security [viewed]

dsds20148 February 2014: Participants highlighted growing demand for energy, water and food, and recommended actions at the 14th Delhi Sustainable Development Summit (DSDS).

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TEEB Launches Study on Ecosystems, Agriculture and Food [viewed]

Teeb7 February 2014: The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) has launched a study to review the economics of ecological-agricultural-food systems.

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COMIFAC/FAO Support Regional Wildlife Strategy for Central Africa [viewed]

FAO - COMIFACFebruary 2014: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the Commission des Forets d'Afrique Centrale (COMIFAC) convened a workshop to develop a Central African wildlife management strategy. 

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OWG Completes Stocktaking Phase [viewed]

OWG Completes Stocktaking Phase7 February 2014: During the eighth and final stocktaking meeting of the UN General Assembly Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), delegates focused on: oceans and seas, forests, and biodiversity; promoting equality, including social equity, gender equality and women's empowerment; and conflict prevention, post-conflict peacebuilding and the promotion of durable peace, rule of law and governance. 

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Pacific SIDS Recommend Oceans SDG [viewed]

palau-president-20144 February 2014: Participants discussed how to achieve healthy oceans and seas, including through a "stand-alone" Sustainable Development Goal (SDG), at an event on 4 February 2014, in New York, US. ‘Healthy Oceans and Seas: A Way Forward' highlighted the role of healthy oceans and seas in the survival of people and the planet and discussed the role of technology in preventing and mitigating impacts from natural phenomena.

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NGOs Release Post-2015 Reports [viewed]

owgFebruary 2014: Numerous NGOs and civil-society groups have published reports to serve as inputs to the inter-governmental discussions on the post-2015 development agenda, and the eighth session of the UN General Assembly's (UNGA) Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The publications include goal proposals, emphasis on specific issues, and ideas for the design of the agenda.

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UNECE/FAO Workshop Ties Forests to the SDGs [viewed]

FAO UNECE3 February 2014: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) has released the outcomes of the workshop ‘Forests in Sustainable Development Goals,' highlighting the important role of forests in poverty eradication and the green economy.

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