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Latest News - 29 October 2014
Chairs Summarize Six Multi-Stakeholder Partnership Dialogues on SIDS
Read More: Chairs Summarize Six Multi-Stakeholder Partnership Dialogues on SIDS
8_October_2014: The Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) included six multi-stakeholder partnership dialogues aimed at launching new partnerships, sharing successes, and documenting progress on key issues important to SIDS' sustainable development. Summaries from the dialogues' Chairs, issued as a UN General Assembly document of 8 October 2014, highlight the array of partnerships committed to at the conference. continued...
Pacific Islands Update PACPOL Strategy on Marine Pollution
Read More: Pacific Islands Update PACPOL Strategy on Marine Pollution
22_October 2014: Representatives from 13 Pacific island countries and territories reviewed and updated the Pacific Ocean Pollution Prevention Programme (PACPOL) strategy, which is implemented in partnership with the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) and the International Maritime Organization (IMO). The strategy aims to address transboundary marine pollution in the Pacific islands through both control and prevention measures. continued...
Member States Highlight Gender, MOI in Poverty Eradication Debate
Read More: Member States Highlight Gender, MOI in Poverty Eradication Debate
23_October 2014: The UN General Assembly's Second Committee (Economic and Financial) took up its agenda item on poverty eradication and its sub-items, in meetings on 20, 22 and 23 October 2014. After presentations of reports from the UN system, Member States' debate focused on: national-level experiences of poverty; vulnerable groups, especially women and girls; the post-2015 development agenda; the role of the UN system; and means of implementation for poverty eradication. continued...
Adaptation Fund Board Approves Six Projects Totaling US$33 Million
Read More: Adaptation Fund Board Approves Six Projects Totaling US$33 Million
10_October 2014: The Adaptation Fund Board (AFB) has announced it will fund six climate resilience projects, in Costa Rica, India, Kenya and South Africa. The decision represents a doubling in the direct access finance provided by the Fund. In addition, the Board approved almost US$150,000 in South-South grants to provide training on the Fund's accreditation process so that more countries will be able to take advantage of direct access finance. continued...
G77/China Ministerial Declaration Addresses Post-2015 Agenda, Climate Change
Read More: G77/China Ministerial Declaration Addresses Post-2015 Agenda, Climate Change
26_September 2014: The Ministers for Foreign Affairs of the Group of 77 and China reaffirmed the report of the Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as the basis for integrating the SDGs into the post-2015 development agenda, at the 38th Annual Meeting of Ministers. They also discussed poverty eradication, means of implementation (MOI) for the post-2015 agenda, South-South cooperation, climate change, trade, and terrorism and occupation, among other issues. continued...
OHRLLS Recommends Greater Efforts to Eradicate Extreme Poverty in LDCs
Read More: OHRLLS Recommends Greater Efforts to Eradicate Extreme Poverty in LDCs
23_October 2014: 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. continued...
FAO, EU-ACP Launch Programme to Combat Desertification
Read More: FAO, EU-ACP Launch Programme to Combat Desertification
22_October 2014: 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. continued...
Second Committee Debates Sustainable Development
Read More: Second Committee Debates Sustainable Development
16_October 2014: 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. continued...
Seychelles Qualifies for World Bank Resilience Financing
Read More: Seychelles Qualifies for World Bank Resilience Financing
15_October 2014: 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. continued...
UNDP Ecosystem-based Adaptation Event Discusses Links to Post-2015 Agenda
Read More: UNDP Ecosystem-based Adaptation Event Discusses Links to Post-2015 Agenda
9_October_2014: 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. continued...
SIDS Policy & Practice Calendar: Current & Upcoming Events
47th Meeting of the GEF Council Washington D.C., US 27 Oct - 30 Oct
IPCC 40 Copenhagen, Kobenhavn, Denmark 27 Oct - 31 Oct
5th Asia Pacific Ministerial Conference on Housing and Urban Development Seoul, Seoul-T'Ukpyolsi, Republic of Korea 3 Nov - 5 Nov
39th Meeting of COTED Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown, Guyana 3 Nov - 7 Nov
LEG Regional Training Workshop on NAPs for the Pacific LDCs Port Vila, Shefa, Vanuatu 3 Nov - 7 Nov
Fiftieth Session of the International Tropical Timber Council (ITTC) Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan 3 Nov - 8 Nov
CMS COP 11 Quito, Pichincha, Ecuador 3 Nov - 9 Nov
7th International Conference on Ballast Water Management (ICBWM2014) Singapore, Singapore 5 Nov - 7 Nov
2014 APEC Economic Leaders' Week Beijing, China 5 Nov - 11 Nov
International Conference on Ecohydrology Yogyakarta (Java), Indonesia 10 Nov - 12 Nov
Substantive Informal Meeting on Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD) New York City, US 10 Nov - 13 Nov
ECOSOC Coordination Meeting New York City, US 17 Nov - 18 Nov
Joint 10th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Vienna Convention and the 26th Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol Paris, Ile-De-France, France 17 Nov - 21 Nov
Second International Conference on Nutrition Rome, Lazio, Italy 19 Nov - 21 Nov
INDM, IGO, IACNDR Washington D.C., US 25 Nov - 26 Nov
 
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