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OHRLLS Recommends Greater Efforts to Eradicate Extreme Poverty in LDCs[viewed]

Increased efforts are needed to eradicate extreme poverty by 2020 in the world's most vulnerable countries, according to the ‘State of Least Developed Countries 2014,' launched by the UN Office for LDCs, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (OHRLLS). The report, which is subtitled 'Follow up of the Implementation of the Istanbul Programme of Action for the Least Developed Countries,' identifies gender equality, institutional frameworks, infrastructure development, service delivery and external factors as critical in reducing LDCs' extreme poverty.

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FAO, EU-ACP Launch Programme to Combat Desertification[viewed]

The European Union (EU) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) have launched the ‘Action Against Desertification' programme in collaboration with the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP). The €41 million programme aims to enhance sustainable land management (SLM) and restore degraded lands and drylands in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific.

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Second Committee Debates Sustainable Development[viewed]

The UN General Assembly's Second Committee (Economic and Financial) considered agenda item 19 on Sustainable Development and its sub-items, on 15-16 October 2014, with Member States responding to UN system reports on related issues.

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Seychelles Qualifies for World Bank Resilience Financing[viewed]

The World Bank announced that Seychelles has become the first African country to gain access to the Bank's contingency financing to help build resilience and better respond to natural disasters, such as cyclones, flooding and landslides. The financing will allow Seychelles to access a reserve of US$7 million in the aftermath of any natural disaster declared an emergency by the government.

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UNDP Ecosystem-based Adaptation Event Discusses Links to Post-2015 Agenda[viewed]

A UN Development Programme (UNDP) event examined how ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA) can contribute to the post-2015 development agenda. The event, which gathered representatives from government, multilateral institutions and NGOs, concluded that a climate-resilient future will not be possible without a strong emphasis on EbA, and that EbA can also contribute to sustainable development more broadly.

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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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