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UNCCD CRIC 13 Addresses Sustainable Land Management Linkages in Post-2015, Climate Agendas[viewed]

Delegates to the 13th session of the Committee for the Review of the Implementation of the Convention (CRIC 13) of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) made a critical assessment of the status of the Convention and exchanged views on how to ensure its continued relevance and effectiveness. Pointing to the continuing “implementation gap” despite the high number of submitted country reports, several delegates questioned whether “we are collecting the right information to spur further action,” and suggested that a focus on synergies with the other Rio Conventions, and adopting a global target on land degradation neutrality (LDN), could enhance the Convention's impact.

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GCF Board Accredits Seven Entities, Adopts Investment Framework[viewed]

At its ninth meeting, the Green Climate Fund (GCF) Board took a number of necessary steps toward its goal of approving funding for the first projects and programmes in October 2015. It agreed to accredit seven organizations, opening the door for them to begin developing and submitting project and programme proposals. In addition, it agreed on an initial investment framework, which will guide entities in the development of their proposals and create a transparent process for evaluating them.

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OECD Report Presents New Approach to Monitoring Fragility for Post-2015 Agenda[viewed]

Addressing fragility in the post-2015 development agenda is critical to eradicate poverty, according to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development's (OECD) 2015 report on fragility. ‘State of Fragility 2015: Meeting Post-2015 Ambitions' analyzes countries' development risks and resilience in the context of the proposed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and discusses the implications of a universal approach to monitoring fragility.

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ITPGR Committee on Sustainable Use Recommends Toolbox to Expand Crop Genetic Base[viewed]

Meeting from 2-3 March 2015, in Rome, Italy, the Ad Hoc Technical Committee on Sustainable Use of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) made recommendations for the development of a toolbox to support implementation of the Treaty's programme of work on sustainable use, including an initial focus on uses of plant genetic resources for food and agriculture (PGRFA) that may expand the genetic base of crops.

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Panel Identifies Priorities for Oceans SDG[viewed]

The Permanent Mission of Fiji, Permanent Mission of Sweden and the Global Ocean Commission (GOC) held a panel discussion on the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) on oceans, seas and marine resources, and these resources' importance in the post-2015 development agenda.

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International Day Sharpens Focus on Forest-Climate Links[viewed]

Under the theme 'Forests | Climate | Change,' the family of United Nations organizations commemorated the International Day of Forests with a number of events, announcements and reports, many of which emphasized the important role of forests in climate mitigation and adaptation.

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WCDRR Adopts Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction[viewed]

Representatives from 187 countries have adopted the ‘Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030,' making it the first major agreement of the post-2015 development agenda. The Framework, which was adopted following a marathon round of negotiations at the 3rd World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR) held in Sendai, Japan, includes seven targets and four priorities for action.

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LAC Holds Regional Forum on Sustainable Development[viewed]

At a two-day meeting of countries from Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), the LAC Regional Forum on Sustainable Development (RFSD) discussed the post-2015 development agenda and financing for development (FfD), among other issues. The LAC meeting was the first in the series of RFSDs taking place until May 2015 to discuss sustainable development and the post-2015 development agenda.

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WAVES Announces NCA Capacity-Building Project in Madagascar, Mauritius and Morocco[viewed]

The Wealth Accounting and the Valuation of Ecosystem Services (WAVES) partnership has announced the recent launch of a one-year research project to complement existing initiatives in natural capital accounting (NCA) in Madagascar, Mauritius and Morocco. WAVES also held its first Knowledge Exchange Workshop on Ecosystem Accounting in the Philippines from 23-27 February 2015, and is supporting an ecosystem accounts update in Guatemala.

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UNU-INWEH Report Discusses Sustainable Development in Water Sector[viewed]

It is possible to close "the gap between promise and practice" in management global water resources, with enabling environments to finance and implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), according to a report by the UN Office for Sustainable Development (UNOSD) and the UN University Institute for Water, Environment and Health (UNU-INWEH). The report explores the role that water, including sanitation and wastewater management, plays in sustainable development, discusses "disconnects" between the proposed SDGs and national development plans, and highlights opportunities for achieving sustainable development through water management.

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