Biodiversity for Development

UN-NGLS Releases Policy Briefs on Gender Equality, Oceans and Seas [viewed]

NGLS3 February 2013: Based on consultations with civil society, the UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS) has produced two papers to inform the eighth session of the UN General Assembly's (UNGA) Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The issue briefs highlight recommendations from civil society members on oceans and seas, and gender equality and women's human rights, topics for discussion at OWG 8.

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People's Voices Brief Released for OWG 8 [viewed]

UNDG31 January 2014: The UN Development Group (UNDG) has issued a 'People's Voices Issue Brief' conveying views on topics for the eighth session of the UN General Assembly's (UNGA) Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including: oceans and seas; forests and biodiversity; promoting equality, including social equity, gender equality and women's empowerment; conflict prevention, post-conflict peace-building and promotion of durable peace; and rule of law and governance.

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Mountain Partnership Highlights Importance of Mountains in Post-2015 Process [viewed]

Mountain PartnershipJanuary 2014: As part of its efforts to contribute to the post-2015 development agenda process, the Mountain Partnership has released a series of policy briefs on energy, forests and biodiversity, and climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction (DRR).

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AU Summit Focuses on Agriculture as Key for Africa's Future [viewed]

africanunionlogo31 January 2014: The Assembly of Heads and State and Government adopted a number of key decisions at the 22nd Annual African Union (AU) Summit, which took place under the theme ‘Agriculture and Food Security.' The Assembly adopted decisions on, inter alia, the Common African Position on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, the 2050 Africa Integrated Maritime (AIM) Strategy plan, desertification, ending hunger, health, partnerships, peace and security, statistics and trade.

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UN Scientific Advisory Board Holds Inaugural Meeting [viewed]

scientific-advisory-board31 January 2014: The first meeting of the Scientific Advisory Board launched by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon set out a calendar for its work, and discussed means to tighten the linkage between the science and policy, as well as to define priority scientific issues for sustainable development. 

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GFFA Addresses Resilience for Food and Nutrition Security [viewed]

gffa28 January 2014: Bringing together global leaders in agricultural policy and practice, the fourth Global Forum for Food and Agriculture 2014 (GFFA) examined the consequences of climate change, loss of soil fertility and loss of biodiversity on agricultural potential.

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UNEP and Iraq Sign Agreement Focused on Biodiversity Conservation and Green Economy [viewed]

UNEP26 January 2014: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) announced that Iraq has signed a 5-year strategic cooperation agreement with UNEP to boost recovery and support national development goals. The agreement will focus on: environmental legislation and regulations; biodiversity conservation; green economy; cleaner production; resource efficiency; combating dust storms; and climate change reporting, mitigation and adaptation.

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Event: Workshop on Green Economy and Social Aspects of Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) [viewed]

FOREST EUROPE is convening a workshop to identify ways and means to support green jobs through sustainable forest management (SFM). The workshop will also propose options on awareness raising and decision-making on the multiple economic, social and environmental functions of forests, and the role of the SFM in the world economy. The workshop will build on outcomes of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) as well as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) process.  

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CITES and ITC Announce Partnership to Support Community-focused, Legal Wildlife Trade [viewed]

itc-cites23 January 2014: The Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and the International Trade Centre (ITC) have announced a collaboration in support of rural communities engaged in the trade of selected species listed under CITES Appendix II.

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CIFOR Presents Research Priorities [viewed]

CIFOR2013: At the conclusion of 2013, the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) released a publication that details its research priorities for 2013 to 2014, emphasizing current research themes and emerging priorities.

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