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ILC Reflects on Experience Since 2011 Adoption of Tirana Declaration[viewed]

‘From Tirana to Dakar: A Report (2011-15)' highlights the achievements of the International Land Coalition (ILC) in the five years between the adoption of the Tirana Declaration in 2011 and the 2015 Land Forum in Dakar, Senegal. It notes that while global understanding of land rights and land governance are "closer to the vision of our members,” more needs to be done to turn this vision into reality.

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International Biodiversity Day Celebrates Biodiversity and Sustainable Development[viewed]

The 2015 International Day for Biological Diversity convened under the theme ‘Biodiversity and Sustainable Development,' reflecting the importance of efforts made to establish a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the relevance of biodiversity for achieving sustainable development. The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) organized several events to mark the occasion on 22 May 2015, including one at UN Headquarters in New York, US.

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UNDP, UNEP Support Environment and Climate Mainstreaming for Poverty Reduction[viewed]

The UN Development Programme (UNDP) – UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Poverty-Environment Initiative (PEI) has published the second edition of a report titled 'Mainstreaming environment and climate for poverty reduction and sustainable development: A handbook to strengthen planning and budgeting processes' supporting the integration and implementation of pro-poor, environmental sustainability objectives into national, subnational and sectoral development policies, plans and budgets to contribute to poverty alleviation and an inclusive, green economy.

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Event: CBD Expert Meeting on Repatriation of Traditional Knowledge[viewed]

This expert meeting on the repatriation of traditional knowledge relevant to the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity is organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).

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Event: CBD Dialogue Workshop on Assessment of Collective Action of Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities in Biodiversity Conservation and Resource Mobilization[viewed]

Organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), this workshop will be held back-to-back with the Training Workshop on Community-based Monitoring and Indicators on Traditional Knowledge and the Expert Meeting on Repatriation of Traditional Knowledge.

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Event: CBD Training Workshop on Community-Based Monitoring and Indicators on Traditional Knowledge[viewed]

The International Training Workshop on Community-based Monitoring, Indicators on Traditional Knowledge and Customary Sustainable Use and Community Protocols, within the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020, is organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).

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Governments Debate Follow-up for Post-2015 Development, Set Themes for Summit Dialogues[viewed]

UN Member States discussed the follow-up and review of the post-2015 development agenda, in the fifth session of the intergovernmental negotiations on the agenda. The fifth session represented the last of the “scripted” sessions outlined in the UN General Assembly (UNGA) mandate for negotiations.

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SE4ALL Ministerial Dialogue Hears Commitments from Over 100 Countries[viewed]

Opening the final day of the Global Energy Ministerial Dialogue, a part of the Second Annual Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) Forum, SE4ALL CEO Kandeh Yumkella urged participants to make commitments to achieve Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 7 on energy. The day was largely dedicated to announcements of leadership commitments and actions towards the SE4ALL objectives, with over 80 representatives from governments, business, civil society, multilateral agencies and international organizations outlining their efforts.

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Subnational Governments Sign Under2 MOU[viewed]

A group of 12 subnational governments, representing more than US$4.5 trillion in GDP and 100 million people, have signed the ‘Under2 MOU,' a commitment to take leadership on climate action at the relevant levels of jurisdiction. The 12 signatories include: California, Oregon, Vermont and Washington, in the US; Acre, Brazil; Baden-Württemberg, Germany; Baja California and Jalisco in Mexico; Catalonia, Spain; Ontario and British Columbia in Canada; and Wales, UK.

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UNEP Annual Report 2014 Highlights “Crucial Crossroads” for Sustainable Development[viewed]

The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) released its annual report for 2014, highlighting its policy and research work in support of decision making on sustainable development. The year's work included analyses of: emissions cuts required to limit global temperature rise to two degrees Celcius (2°C); financing needs for adaptation to climate change; and ecosystems as drivers of economic growth.

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