Climate Investment Funds 2014 Partnership Forum
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Global Soil Partnership Endorses Plans of Action[viewed]

The second session of the Plenary Assembly of the Global Soil Partnership (GSP) has endorsed a number of measures to safeguard soil resources, including four Plans of Action, a global soil information system, a capacity development program, and a report on world soil resources. Recommendations of the Plans of Action include strong government regulations and investments for sustainable management of soils that contribute to the eradication of hunger, food insecurity and poverty.

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Event: Third High-level Political Forum[viewed]

The Third High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF 3), which will take place under the auspices of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), will focus on the theme, 'Strengthening integration, implementation and review - the HLPF after 2015'.

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Event: Ramsar Convention Regional Pre-COP Meeting – Americas[viewed]

The Regional Pre-Conference of the Parties (COP) to the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands for the Americas region will take place from 27-31 October.

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Event: 2015 Zaragoza Conference[viewed]

The UN-Water International Zaragoza Conference in January 2015 will consider the theme "Water and Sustainable Development" and will focus on how to bring the post-2015 international agenda on water and sanitation into action.

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2014 HDR Focuses on Resilience and Vulnerability[viewed]

The 2014 Human Development Report (HDR) finds that reducing poverty, as well as vulnerability to falling into poverty, must be a central objective of the post-2015 development agenda. "Eliminating extreme poverty is not just about 'getting to zero;' it is also about staying there,” according to the report. ‘Sustaining Human Progress: Reducing Vulnerabilities and Building Resilience' was launched in Tokyo, Japan, on 24 July 2014, by Japan's Prime Minister Shinzō Abe, UN Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Helen Clark, and HDR Director Khalid Malik.

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UNGA Concludes Structured Dialogues on Technology Facilitation[viewed]

The UN General Assembly held the fourth "structured dialogue" for Member States, the private sector, and civil society to discuss possible arrangements for a facilitation mechanism to promote the development, transfer and dissemination of clean and environmentally sound technologies. The co-moderators of the dialogue will submit a report, along with elements for a procedural resolution, to the UNGA President by the end of July, and expect to receive further guidance in early September.

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Social Pre-COP Preparatory Event Issues Margarita Declaration[viewed]

A preparatory event for the Social Pre-COP on Climate Change, organized by the Government of Venezuela, resulted in the Margarita Declaration on Climate Change containing views of participating organizations and movements structured around the themes of intergenerational equality and rights, and good and sustainable living. The results of the preparatory event will be presented to the UN Secretary General's Climate Summit in September 2014.

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IGC 28 Reviews Cross-Cutting Elements, Forwards Texts to WIPO General Assembly[viewed]

At its 28th session, the Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore (IGC) of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) reviewed cross-cutting elements of the negotiating texts on genetic resources, traditional knowledge and traditional cultural expressions, and decided to forward the three negotiating draft texts as developed during IGC 26 and 27 to the WIPO General Assembly, to be held in September 2014.

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DIVERSITAS Circulates Project Documents on ABS and Academic Research in LAC[viewed]

DIVERSITAS has circulated the documents produced in the context of a project on access and benefit-sharing (ABS) policies and regulations and its implications for academic research in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), including key messages, findings and case studies of national ABS implementation and academic research.

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ITPGR Secretariat Issues Publication on Farmers and Climate Change[viewed]

The Secretariat of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) has published a booklet titled, "Enabling Farmers to Face Climate Change,' which provides an overview of the projects that are being implemented as part of the second project portfolio of the ITPGR Benefit-sharing Fund.

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