Biodiversity for Development

UNESCO AfriMAB Book Showcases Biosphere Reserves in Africa [viewed]

UNESCO26 March 2014: The UN Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Man and Biosphere (MAB) regional network for Africa, AfriMAB, has announced the release of a book that showcases experiences from nine African countries in the management of Biosphere reserves. The 21 papers included in the publication seek to exchange knowledge, share experiences and guide implementation of the MAB programme in developing countries.

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UNDP Calls for Inputs on Draft Social and Environmental Standards [viewed]

UNDP3 March 2014: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has announced an invitation to provide comments on its draft Social and Environmental Standards (SESs), which underpin UNDP's commitment to mainstreaming social and environmental sustainability in its programmes and projects. The Standards aim to: strengthen UNDP's social and environmental outcomes; minimize and manage adverse impacts when avoidance is not possible; and strengthen capacities for managing social and environmental risks.

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Event: Interactive Dialogue on Harmony with Nature [viewed]

The UN General Assembly (UNGA) will hold an interactive dialogue on 'Harmony with Nature' to discuss economic approaches in the context of sustainable development, and to further a more ethical basis for the relationship between humanity and nature. The dialogue will come up with recommendations for the post-2015 development agenda. The dialogue takes place on International Mother Earth Day, which the UN General Assembly (UNGA) has designated as 22 April each year (A/RES/63/278).  

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World Water Development Report 2014 Highlights Water and Energy Challenges [viewed]

WWAP21 March 2013: The World Water Development Report (WWDR) 2014 ‘Water and Energy,' produced by the World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP), which is hosted by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), highlights that those people lacking access to improved sanitation and drinking water are often the same as those not connected to an electric power grid, and examines the close interconnections between water and energy.

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UNFF Special Event Marks International Day of Forests [viewed]

Unff21 March 2014: In commemoration of the second International Day of Forests, the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF) of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) organized a special event under the theme, ‘Celebrating Forests for Sustainable Development,' which included a panel discussion on ‘Women as agents of change for forests and sustainable development.'

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AHEG Discusses Future of IAF, UNFF [viewed]

Unff13 March 2014: The UN Forum on Forests (UNFF) has released the advance version of the report of the first meeting of the Open-ended Intergovernmental Ad Hoc Expert Group on the International Arrangement on Forests (AHEG 1). AHEG 1 took place on 24-28 February 2014, in Nairobi, Kenya.

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LAC Countries Build Momentum for Climate Agreement, Chemicals and Waste Management [viewed]

UNEP16 March 2104: The 19th Meeting of the Forum of Ministers of the Environment of Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) resulted in a declaration and set of decisions to support the mainstreaming of environmental considerations into development, and establish a regional cooperation agenda to advance sustainable and inclusive development.

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Achim Steiner to Head UNEP until June 2016 [viewed]

Achim Steiner7 March 2014: The UN General Assembly (UNGA) has re-elected Achim Steiner to an additional two-year term as Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), following a nomination by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on 25 February 2014 (A/68/770). 

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Event: World Environment Day 2014 [viewed]

The UN General Assembly declared 2014 as the International Year of Small Island Developing States (SIDS). World Environment Day (WED) 2014 will be celebrated under the theme of SIDS, with the goal of raising awareness of their unique development challenges and successes regarding a range of environmental problems, including climate change, waste management, unsustainable consumption, degradation of natural resources, and extreme natural disasters. UNEP is also soliciting votes for the 2014 WED slogan through 5 March 2014. The winning slogan will be used to call on the global WED community to take action for islands.  

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Event: Open-Ended Meeting of the CPR to UNEA [viewed]

The Open-Ended Meeting of the Committee of Permanent Representatives (CPR) to the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA) will consider policy matters and prepare draft decisions for the consideration of the UNEA when it meets in June 2014. The meeting will discuss, inter alia: new mechanisms to promote transparency and civil society engagement; critical gaps and recommendations on the science-policy interface;and recommendations to the Secretary-General on enhancing UNEP's role in key UN coordination bodies. The CPR will also discuss implementation of past UNEP Governing Council decisions, including a policy on access to information; international water quality guidelines for ecosystems; and outcomes of a consultative process on enhancing coordination within the chemicals and wastes cluster. The CPR is the subsidiary inter-session body of UNEP's governing body.  

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