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Event: INDM, IGO, IACNDR[viewed]

The Third Hemispheric Encounter of the Inter-American Network for Disaster Mitigation (INDM) will consider the theme 'Integrating Disaster Risk Management and Adaptation to Climate Change in the Development Agenda'.

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DESA Announces Follow-Up Plans for SIDS Conference[viewed]

The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) has outlined plans for ensuring implementation of commitments made at the 2014 Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS), some of which specifically address the role of the UN system in supporting SIDS. The Conference took place from 1-4 September 2014, in Apia, Samoa, and resulted in an outcome document, the SAMOA Pathway, and hundreds of new multi-stakeholder partnerships for the development of SIDS.

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West African Coastal Countries Submit Joint Document to CLCS[viewed]

Seven West African coastal countries jointly submitted a document on seafloor exploration and exploitation to the UN Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf (CLCS). GRID-Arendal, the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Norwegian Mapping Authority and the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate provided technical support to the countries in their submission, according to GRID-Arendal's September newsletter.

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CBD COP 12 Commits to Funding Increase, Highlights Biodiversity's Contribution to Sustainable Development Agenda[viewed]

Held from 6-17 October 2014, in Pyeongchang, the Republic of Korea, the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 12) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) adopted a series of decisions, including the 'Pyeongchang roadmap for the enhanced implementation of the Strategic Plan and achievement of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets,' addressing resource mobilization, capacity building, scientific and technical cooperation, linking biodiversity and poverty eradication, and monitoring implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020.

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Nagoya Protocol COP/MOP 1 Celebrates Entry into Force, Establishes Compliance Committee[viewed]

Held from 13-17 October 2014 in Pyeongchang, the Republic of Korea, during the second week of the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the first meeting of the COP serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization (NP COP/MOP 1) marked the entry into force of the Nagoya Protocol on 12 October 2014, and adopted a series of decisions to facilitate its effective implementation, including on the Access and Benefit-sharing (ABS) Clearing-house and on compliance.

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UN Spotlights Role of Rural Women in Climate, SDGs[viewed]

This year's International Day of Rural Women emphasized that rural women are critical for achieving the transformational economic, environmental and social changes required for sustainable development. In a statement marking the day, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said rural women are essential for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and a universal climate agreement, and urged addressing the discrimination and deprivation that rural women suffer, including lack of access to land, markets, finance, social protection and services.

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Event: IV Regular Meeting of the Inter-American Committee on Sustainable Development[viewed]

The Inter-American Committee on Sustainable Development (CIDS) of the Organization of American States' (OAS) Inter-American Council for Integral Development (CIDI) will: examine a Secretariat report on the implementation of the 2010-2014 phase of the Inter-American Program for Sustainable Development (PIDS); discuss the proposed strategic areas of action for a post-2015 PIDS that take into account the work in the UN on the post-2015 development agenda; and adopt decisions necessary for conducting a PIDS review and update, with a view to approval of the post-2015 PIDS at the III Inter-American Meeting of Ministers and High Level Authorities on Sustainable Development, scheduled for October 2015 in Honduras.

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Event: Advancing Public Participation for Sustainable Development in Central America and the Dominican Republic[viewed]

This dialogue hosted by the Organization of American States (OAS) will present a series of manuals on public participation in the area of sustainable development.

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September 2014 Water Finance Update[viewed]

During the month of September the World Bank, the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the Asian Development Bank (ADB), African Development Bank (AfDB), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) issued loans and highlighted work to address water-related issues including: conserving aquatic biodiversity; improving climate resilience; expanding water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services; and implementing integrated water resources management (IWRM).

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Pacific Islands Highlight IAS as Regional Priority[viewed]

At the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP 12), the Pacific Islands shared the 'Guidelines for Invasive Species Management in the Pacific' and highlighted a regional project on 'Prevention, control and management of invasive species in the Pacific islands.'

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