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FAO, IFAD Highlight Water Infrastructure and Information Needs for Agricultural Productivity [viewed]

ifad_fao24 August 2015: UN agencies highlighted their work in improving water productivity for agricultural development at World Water Week in Stockholm, Sweden, including the improvement of water infrastructure for smallholders, and the use of satellite data in planning and management. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) launched an open-access data portal to help countries better analyze water productivity and plan agricultural development, while the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) drew attention to irrigation improvements.

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UNESCO Reports on Climate Change Education Activities [viewed]

UNESCO21 July 2015: A report by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) reviews the organization's recent work to support education policymakers and educators of teachers to incorporate climate change into their curriculum. The report, titled 'Not Just Hot Air: Putting Climate Change Education into Practice,' presents results and lessons learned from country pilots in the Dominican Republic, Guyana, Mauritius, Tuvalu and South Africa.

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Event: Implementing the Oceans SDG: From Knowledge to Action [viewed]

The conference aims to discuss and identify how to achieve the proposed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on oceans, including how to make the best use of scientific knowledge and put oceans on a sustainable pathway. Participants will also address implementation of the proposed SDG. The Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI) in partnership with the US Embassy in France and the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC/UNESCO) are organizing the conference.  

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UNESCO, USP Partner on Loss and Damage from Climate Change in the Pacific [viewed]

unesco_usp30 June 2015: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the University of the South Pacific (USP) signed a new partnership agreement to implement the Malaysia Funds-in-Trust project on loss and damage from climate change and climate extremes in Samoa, Fiji, Solomon Islands, the Cook Islands and Timor-Leste, among others.

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CFCC15 Climate Science Conference Calls for Bold Action [viewed]

our_common_future10 July 2015: The 'Our Common Future under Climate Change' international science conference (CFCC15) attracted almost 2,000 academics from close to 100 countries, the largest gathering of the scientific community in the lead-up to the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC. According to the outcome statement of the CFCC15, "2015 is a critical year for progress. The window for economically feasible solutions [to climate change] with a reasonable prospect of holding warming to 2°C or less is rapidly closing."

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World Heritage Committee Grants Heritage Status to Biodiversity-Rich Sites in Jamaica, South Africa, Viet Nam [viewed]

world-hereditage-coonvention8 July 2015: During its 39th session, the World Heritage Committee of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) inscribed 24 new sites to UNESCO's World Heritage List and made significant modifications to the boundaries of three additional ones, including cultural, natural and mixed properties. The inscriptions include the Blue and John Crow Mountains in Jamaica, the Singapore Botanical Gardens, and extension of the boundaries of the Cape Floral Region Protected Area in South Africa and of the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park in Viet Nam, as well as many cultural sites around the globe.

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Event: Fourth Session of the IPBES Plenary [viewed]

The fourth session of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) Plenary will review progress made on the adopted IPBES work programme for 2014–2018, including the related budget and institutional arrangements for its implementation. It will, in particular, be invited to consider the two first full assessment reports of IPBES on pollination and pollinators associated with food production, and scenarios analysis and modelling of biodiversity and ecosystem services. The reports will be considered for adoption and their respective summary for policymakers will be considered for approval.  

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World Desertification Day Highlights SLM-Food Security Links [viewed]

wdcd201517 June 2015: Various Heads of UN institutions and other international organizations published messages to mark the 2015 World Day to Combat Desertification (WDCD) on 17 June, which was commemorated under the slogan, ‘No such thing as a free lunch: Invest in healthy soils.'

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World Oceans Day Highlights Importance of Healthy Oceans [viewed]

World Oceans Day8 June 2015: The world has celebrated World Oceans Day, which took place under the theme, ‘Healthy oceans, healthy planet.' The day drew attention to the importance of protecting and sustainably managing the world's oceans as well as the central role of oceans in biodiversity, climate, hydrology and other Earth systems.

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International Mother Earth Day Celebrated around the World [viewed]

ban_ki_moon_concert22 April 2015: In celebration of Earth Day, multilateral institutions and organizations worldwide held public concerts and forums, revealed a 'forest pavilion,' and released special newsletters and statements, among many other commemorative activities. The UN kicked off its Earth Day events with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaking at the Global Citizen Earth Day Concert on 18 April in Washington DC, US, where he told the crowd, "Take your passion and compassion and build a better, sustainable world."

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