Biodiversity for Development

69th General Debate Continues Discussion of Post-2015 Agenda, Highlights Biodiversity, SIDS Issues [viewed]

unga6925 September 2015: During the second day of the general debate for the 69th UN General Assembly (UNGA), speakers focused on the post-2015 development agenda and climate change, as well as issues related to international security and UN reform. Several speakers identified development enablers, with many emphasizing that sustainable development cannot be achieved without peace and security.

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World Conference Reaffirms Commitment to Indigenous Peoples' Rights [viewed]

wcip23 September 2014: Delegates at the first World Conference on Indigenous Peoples (WCIP) adopted an outcome document calling for the appointment of a high-level UN official on indigenous peoples, and for UN system-wide coherence of efforts to bring about the full realization of indigenous peoples' rights. The conference outcome urges all concerned to address the needs of indigenous women, youth, persons with disabilities, and older people.

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Equator Prizes Awarded to 26 Local and Indigenous Leaders [viewed]

equator-prize-winner21 September 2014: The 2014 Equator Prize Awards Ceremony event honored 26 leaders of local and indigenous communities around the world, whose efforts to address climate change head on and innovate new solutions to issues of food security, land management and water conservation led to their selection from 1,234 global nominations. The Equator Initiative is a partnership between the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and various public and private donors.

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UNGA's Second Committee Launches Work [viewed]

UNGA19 September 2014: The UN General Assembly's Second Committee (Economic and Financial) held its organizational session for UNGA 69, on 19 September 2014, in New York, US. The Second Committee will conduct its substantive work from 7 October until 26 November, beginning with the general debate on 7-9 October.

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Samoa, UNDP Sign Agreement on Implementing Rio Conventions [viewed]

samoa-unep17 September 2014: The Government of Samoa and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) signed a project agreement on ‘Capacity for Implementing Rio Conventions in Samoa.' The project aims to accelerate Samoa's efforts to meet its international obligations on biodiversity, climate change and desertification.

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CBD Secretariat Circulates Provisional Programme and Briefing Notes for COP 12 High-Level Segment [viewed]

cop1415 September 2014: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has circulated the provisional programme and briefing notes for the High-Level Segment of the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 12) to the CBD, prepared by the Government of the Republic of Korea, in consultation with the CBD Secretariat. The CBD COP 12 High-Level Segment will be held from 15-16 October 2014, under the theme 'Biodiversity for Sustainable Development.'

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Event: 16th Global Meeting of the Regional Seas Conventions and Action Plans [viewed]

The UN Environment Programme's (UNEP) Regional Seas Programme uses a "shared seas" approach to maintain the biodiversity of oceans and marine ecosystems and to help restore ocean and marine ecosystem health, productivity and resilience. The meeting is expected to discuss: implementation of the Regional Seas Conventions and Action Plans, including their role in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the post-2015 development agenda; the Global Partnership on Marine Litter; regional actions on marine litter; the green economy in a blue world; and development of a roadmap on priorities for the next ten plus years. The meeting takes place during the 40th Anniversary of the Regional Seas Conventions and Actions Plans.  

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ENVForum Proposes "10+1" Sustainable Development Indicators [viewed]

asia-europe-env-forumSeptember 2014: The Asia-Europe Environment Forum (ENVForum) published a report proposing sustainable development indicators (SDIs) to assess the status and monitor progress towards 11 proposed goals and sub-goals. Titled ‘Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Indicators for a Small Planet: Part II: Measuring Sustainability,' the report is designed to act as a practical handbook for policy-makers involved in designing and implementing indicators for the SDGs.

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WAVES Highlights Natural Capital Accounting for Forests, SIDS [viewed]

waves10 September 2014: The Wealth Accounting and the Valuation of Ecosystem Services (WAVES) program has released the September 2014 edition of its newsletter, featuring recent developments in natural capital accounting (NCA) in Botswana, Mauritius and the Climate Investment Funds' (CIF) Forest Investment Programs (FIP), as well as upcoming events, recent publications, and news stories about NCA and WAVES partner projects.

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CBD Secretariat Circulates Draft Gangwon Declaration on Biodiversity for Sustainable Development [viewed]

CBD9 September 2014: In preparation for the High-level Segment of the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 12) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the CBD Secretariat has circulated the draft text of the 'Gangwon Declaration on Biodiversity for Sustainable Development' prepared by the Government of the Republic of Korea, for Parties' comments.

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