Publication

In Annual Report, UNSG Proposes Transformative Actions for Post-2015 Agenda [viewed]

United NationsAugust 2013: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has submitted his annual report on implementing the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and further steps to advance the UN development agenda beyond 2015. This year's report, titled 'A life of dignity for all: accelerating progress towards the MDGs and advancing the UN development agenda beyond 2015,' stresses sustainable development as the "global guiding principle and operational standard" for the post-2015 era, and calls for ending extreme poverty within a generation.

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Interviews with Incoming and Outgoing Director Generals Outline Future of Bioversity International [viewed]

Bioversity InternationalAugust 2013: In parallel interviews presented in an edition of International Innovations, Emile Frison, the outgoing Director General of Bioversity International, and Ann Tutwiler, incoming Director General, describe their visions for conserving agricultural biodiversity.

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Secretary-General Reports on Progress towards Poverty Eradication [viewed]

United Nations24 July 2013: A new report of the UN Secretary-General examines progress towards poverty eradication worldwide. Drawing links between poverty, hunger, unemployment, inequality and climate change, the report recommends policies that put sustainable development at the core of the post-2015 development agenda to reach the goal of complete eradication of poverty.

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World Bank's Water Partnership Program Releases Summary of Phase I [viewed]

wppAugust 2013: The World Bank's Water Partnership Program (WPP), a multi-donor initiative launched in January 2009, has released a report titled 'Sharing Smart Solutions in Water,' which compiles the key outcomes of the WPP Phase I (2009–2012). 

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UNEP Releases Green Economy Modelling Report of South Africa [viewed]

UNEP23 August 2013: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has launched a report titled 'Green Economy Modelling Report of South Africa - Focus on Natural Resource Management, Agriculture, Transport and Energy Sectors,' developed with technical assistance from the Millennium Institute and the Sustainability Institute, in collaboration with the Centre for Renewable and Sustainable Energy Studies of the Stellenbosch University. The study assesses the impacts of green investments in four of the country's key economic sectors: agriculture, energy, transport and natural resource management.

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CEM Reports Highlight Evaluation Methods for Green Public Procurement and Commercial Refrigeration [viewed]

Clean Energy Ministerial23 August 2013: The Clean Energy Ministerial's (CEM) Super-Efficient Equipment and Appliance Deployment (SEAD) initiative has published two reports making recommendations on evaluating green public procurement programmes and methods for testing efficiency of commercial refrigeration products.

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WEDO Releases Compilation of UNFCCC Gender Equality Decision Text Ahead of COP 19 [viewed]

wedo22 August 2013: In preparation for the 19th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 19) to the UNFCCC to be held in Warsaw, Poland, in November 2013, the Women's Environment and Development Network (WEDO), in partnership with the Global Gender and Climate Alliance (GGCA) and the UNFCCC Secretariat, released a publication titled 'Gender Equality and the UNFCCC: A Compilation of Decision Text.'

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ICARDA Annual Report Stresses Innovations on Climate Resilience [viewed]

ICARDA-Logo29 August 2013: The 2012 Annual Report of the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) notes that despite significant challenges due to the on-going conflict in Syria, the Center has made significant achievements in translating research into action and policy impact, highlighting its leadership in the high-level international conference on Food Security in the Dry Lands, as well as enhanced partnerships with Canada and South Asia.

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CIFOR Study Warns Mitigation Without Adaptation Can Heighten Climate Vulnerability [viewed]

afdb-cifor27 August 2013: Researchers from the Norwegian University of Life Sciences, the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), Wageningen University, and the African Development Bank (AfDB) conducted a study that finds that efforts to mitigate carbon emissions through forest conservation can increase the vulnerability of forest-dependent communities to climate and non-climate stresses.

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UN-REDD Newsletter Announces Launch of Phase II Activities in Viet Nam [viewed]

UN-REDD ProgrammeAugust 2013: The UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (UN-REDD) has published the August edition of its newsletter, which highlights its activities in Ecuador, Viet Nam and Mesoamerica.

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