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

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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ITTO Highlights Fire Management Approaches, Guide to Carbon Benefits in Forestry Projects[viewed]

The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) has published its quarterly newsletter Tropical Forest Update, which looks at the development of fire management in tropical forests since the 1980s, including through some of ITTO's fire-related initiatives. The newsletter also presents a new guide for measuring and making use of the carbon benefits generated in forestry projects.

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Event: Fourth World Conference of Speakers of Parliament[viewed]

Convened by the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) in cooperation with the UN, this World Conference constitutes a forum for dialogue and cooperation between parliaments at the highest level, and is part of a series of high-level meetings leading up to the UN Summit for the adoption of post-2015 development agenda in September.

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Event: Meeting of Senior Government Officials Expert in Environmental Law on the Midterm Review of the Montevideo Programme IV[viewed]

The meeting of senior government officials expert in environmental law on the midterm review of the fourth Programme for the Development and Periodic Review of Environmental Law (Montevideo Programme IV), which is being convened by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), will bring together experts in the field of environmental law from governments, as well as various organizations.

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Event: High-level Multi-stakeholder Strategy Forum on South-South and Triangular Cooperation Post-2015[viewed]

A High-level Multi-stakeholder Strategy Forum on the theme “Scaling-up Global Support for South-South and Triangular Cooperation in the Context of the Post-2015 Development Agenda” will be held as follow-up to the High-level Meeting on South-South and Triangular Cooperation in the Post-2015 Development Agenda, “Financing for Development in the South and Technology Transfer,” which was held from 17-18 May 2015, in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

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Stockholm World Water Week Focuses on Water for Development[viewed]

The opening plenary of World Water Week featured a lecture by Stockholm Water Prize Laureate Rajendra Singh, and a statement on 'Raising the profile of water in the global climate discourse' by Manuel Pulgar-Vidal Otálora, President of the COP 20 to the UNFCCC. A high-level panel discussion also took place, featuring: Gina Casar, UN Development Programme (UNDP); Adnan Amin, Director-General, International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA); Héla Cheikhrouhou, Executive Director, Green Climate Fund (GCF); Barbara Frost, Chief Executive, WaterAid; and Laura Barneby, Unilever.

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Brazil, Germany Strengthen Cooperation Ahead of COP 21[viewed]

Brazil and Germany have expressed determination to work towards a successful 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC. In a joint statement issued during Brazilian-German intergovernmental consultations, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff and German Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel announced the two countries would aim for “a fair, ambitious, long-term, comprehensive and legally binding agreement under the UNFCCC.”

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Dominican Republic Submits INDC[viewed]

The UNFCCC Secretariat has reported that the Dominican Republic is the 57th Party to formally submit its intended nationally determined contribution (INDC), which announces a conditional greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction target of 25% below 2010 levels by 2030. The INDC is communicated in the context of the country's vision for 2030, as supported by its 2030 National Development Strategy (NDS).

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UN Regional Commissions Highlight Role in Post-2015 Agenda[viewed]

The UN Economic Commissions for Africa (ECA), Europe (ECE), Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), and Western Asia (ESCWA), published a paper on their role in implementing the post-2015 development agenda, titled “UN Regional Commissions and the Post-2015 Development Agenda: Moving to Deliver on a Transformative and Ambitious Agenda.”

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Event: ECLAC Meeting on Regional Agreement on Access to Information, Public Participation and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters[viewed]

This meeting is organized by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) and the World Resources Institute (WRI).

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