Desertification & Land Degradation

GEF Council Approves Largest Proposed Work Program in History of GEF Financing [viewed]

Participants at the 48th meeting of the GEF Council 4 June 2015: The 48th meeting of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council adopted the largest proposed Work Program in the history of GEF financing, involving a total of US$709 million of GEF Trust Fund resources, plus an indicative amount of US$4.81 billion in co-financing. The Work Program encompasses Integrated Approach Pilots (IAPs) on sustainable cities, food security in sub-Saharan Africa, and taking deforestation out of commodity supply chains, as well as other projects and programs.

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GEF Council Consultation with CSOs Discusses CSO Engagement, Knowledge Management [viewed]

iisdrs_gef1 June 2015: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council consultation meeting with civil society organizations (CSOs) gathered approximately 100 participants to focus on three topics: a dialogue with the GEF CEO; strengthening CSO engagement in the GEF; and knowledge management in the GEF. Just after the close of the consultation, the first meeting of the new Working Group on Implementation of the GEF Public Involvement Policy (PIP) convened, involving members of the GEF CSO Network, the GEF Secretariat and the GEF Council. The day-long CSO Consultation took place immediately before the 48th meeting of the GEF Council, which will convene at the same venue from 2-4 June 2015.

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May 2015 Climate Finance Update [viewed]

AfDB - IDB - Adaptation Fund - UNDP - GEF - World Bank - APEC - SLoCaT - UNISDR - ADB - EIB1 June 2015: Climate finance-related news and announcements during May 2015 were published by the African Development Bank (AfDB), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the Adaptation Fund, the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the World Bank, Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), the Partnership on Sustainable Low Carbon Transport (SLoCaT) and the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR). AfDB, IDB, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the European Investment Bank (EIB) and the World Bank launched studies, reports and stories related to climate risk and finance. AfDB, ADB and the World Bank reported on climate change and finance-related events.

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Arab High-Level Forum Highlights CBDR, Enabling Environment for Achieving Sustainable Development [viewed]

escwa_bahrain7 May 2015: The second session of the Arab High-Level Forum on Sustainable Development concluded with adoption of the Bahrain Document, which highlights the importance of common but differentiated responsibilities (CBDR) and the need to promote an enabling environment for achieving sustainable development in the post-2015 era.

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Co-Facilitators Identify 21 SDG Targets for Revision [viewed]

post20157 May 2015: The Co-Facilitators of the intergovernmental negotiation process on the post-2015 development agenda have issued a revised proposal on targets for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The revised proposal, which addresses 21 targets, under 11 SDGs, is expected to be discussed at the fifth intergovernmental negotiation session, convening on 18-22 May 2015.

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Meetings Seek to Strengthen Forest Actions in Europe and the Mediterranean [viewed]

fao_ec1 May 2015: The reports from two forest events held in March 2015 and covering Europe and the Mediterranean have been released, focusing on the role of forests in a green economy and the future of the EU Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Action Plan.

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UNFCCC Summarizes Cooperative Activities [viewed]

UNFCCC30 April 2015: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a document that summarizes key cooperative activities it has carried out with other international organizations since April 2014. The document summarizes key activities in the areas of: technology; finance; capacity building; adaptation; mitigation; climate knowledge, comprised of science, research and systematic observation; gender; cooperation with the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) Secretariats through the Joint Liaison Group of the Rio Conventions; the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the post-2015 development agenda; contribution of the private sector through the UN Global Compact; and communications.

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Global Soil Week 2015: Healthy Soils and Land Justice Underpin Transformation to Sustainability [viewed]

global_soil_week24 April 2015: “A transformation towards sustainable soil management is possible if all actors are integrated in the search for solutions.” This statement was among concluding remarks made by Klaus Töpfer, Executive Director, Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) and Chair of the Third Global Soil Week. Töpfer welcomed the contribution of the Secretariats of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), noting “this sends a strong signal” of the growing shift from silos towards "a systems approach” in addressing multiple agendas.

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Global Soil Week Considers Role of Soil Carbon in Uniting Post-2015 Land, Soil Science and Climate Agendas [viewed]

global_soil_unccd21 April 2015: A focus on soil carbon sequestration could offer a common entry point for improved collaboration among science-policy bodies dealing with different aspects of land management, soil science and climate change. These were among the conclusions of a joint session led by the Science-Policy Interface (SPI) of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), and the Intergovernmental Technical Panel on Soils (ITPS) on the opening day of the Third Global Soil Week.

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Beating Famine Conference Discusses Upscaling of Evergreen Agriculture in African Drylands [viewed]

beating_famine21 April 2015: The Beating Famine Southern Africa Conference, held 14-17 April 2015, in Lilongwe, Malawi, explored strategies for expanding farmer-managed natural regeneration, alongside other sustainable land management practices, to help smallholder farmers boost their productivity and resilience to climate change. The conference also discussed ways to align these strategies with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and other international aspirations, while preserving a “unique Southern African voice.”

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