Preparatory Negotations SIDS 2014
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UK, US, Germany Launch Climate Finance Innovation Lab[viewed]

The UK, the US and Germany have announced a new initiative aimed at scaling up finance for climate change mitigation activities, especially from the private sector. Launched in partnership with the Governments of Denmark, France, Japan, the Netherlands and Norway, the initiative, dubbed the 'Global Innovation Lab for Climate Finance,' will seek out private sector input on innovative tools for raising finance to combat climate change.

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CPD Discusses Population Implications for Post-2015 Agenda[viewed]

The UN Commission on Population and Development (CPD) concluded its 47th session, at which keynote speakers addressed: dignity and human rights; population and sustainable development; and the ‘unfinished agenda' of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) Beyond 2014 process.

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Pacific Countries Agree on EPA Negotiations with EU[viewed]

The Pacific countries from the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) have requested an Economic Participation Agreement (EPA) negotiation with the EU by the end of April 2014, following a discussion of outstanding issues among the Pacific ACP countries. Officials emphasized that the EPA provisions should promote the sustainable development of the region's fisheries, while ensuring that Pacific peoples benefit from fisheries trade.

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Event: World Oceans Day[viewed]

World Oceans Day is meant to raise global awareness on the benefits derived from the oceans and the current challenges facing oceans, such as illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing, habitat destruction, over-exploitation, marine pollution and ocean acidification, among others.

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Event: Seventh Executive Forest Policy Course: People, Land Use and Forestry in the Pacific – Policy Challenges in the 21st Century[viewed]

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, in collaboration with the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) and the Asia-Pacific Forestry Commission (APFC), is organizing this course to: provide information on the impacts of global change and processes on forestry in the Pacific region; share experiences of integrated land use as it impacts sustainable land management (SLM); and facilitate the development of tools for policy analysis adapted to the Pacific.

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FAO Identifies Opportunities for Urban and Peri-urban Agriculture in Latin America[viewed]

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released a report documenting agriculture within and around 10 major cities in Latin America and the Caribbean. Titled, 'Growing Greener Cities in Latin America and the Caribbean,' the report explores the status of and ways to promote urban and peri-urban agriculture (UPA) in the region.

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Pacific Ministers Recommend Including Transport in SDGs[viewed]

Transport and energy are key enablers for development, according to participants at the second Pacific Regional Energy and Transport (Aviation and Maritime) Ministers Meeting, organized by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC). Pacific ministers adopted the Denerau Communiqué, which calls for including transport in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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CTI-CFF Countries Note Marine Management Progress, Take Steps to Establish Regional Secretariat[viewed]

The Coral Triangle Initiative on Coral Reefs, Fisheries and Food Security (CTI-CFF) member countries describe “modest indications” of positive changes in ecological and social conditions in CTI sites, according to the findings of a study conducted by researchers from the University of Washington. In addition, Indonesia, the Philippines and Timor-Leste have taken steps towards ratification of the Agreement for the establishment of the permanent CTI-CFF Regional Secretariat.

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Event: 15th Meeting of the Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea[viewed]

The 15th meeting of the Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea will focus on the theme, ‘The role of seafood in global food security'.

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Event: Global Monitoring Report on 'Making Development Cooperation More Effective'[viewed]

The Permanent Missions of Mexico and the United Kingdom (UK) are organizing an event to discuss the global monitoring report on aid effectiveness, which has been released ahead of the First High-Level Meeting of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation (GPEDC) that is to take place in Mexico City on 15-16 April 2014.

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