Desertification & Land Degradation

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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ICRAF Studies Local Knowledge in Ethiopian Farming Systems [viewed]

World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)5 August 2013: The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) has released a brochure on the value of local knowledge in agroforestry systems. The publication examines farming systems in Ethiopia supported under the "sustainable tree - crop - livestock intensification as a pillar for the Ethiopian climate resilient green economy" initiative.

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FAO Newsletter Celebrates 300 Years of Sustainable Forestry [viewed]

FAO31 July 2013: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) released the 12th issue of InFo News, highlighting 300 years of sustainable forestry and honoring Hans von Carlowitz, a German administrator who was the first person to define the concept of sustainability.

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Event: 45th Meeting of the GEF Council [viewed]

The Global Environmental Facility (GEF) Council meets twice per year to approve new projects with global environmental benefits in the GEF's focal areas, and to provide guidance to the GEF Secretariat and Agencies. A consultation with civil society will take place on Monday, and the GEF Council meeting will open on Tuesday, 5 November.  

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Event: Third Meeting of the Sixth Replenishment of the GEF [viewed]

The Third Meeting of the Sixth Replenishment of the Global Environment Facility (GEF-6) is scheduled to take place in December 2013. Representatives from donor countries, non-donor recipient countries, civil society, GEF agencies, the Trustee, the Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel (STAP), and the Evaluation Office are set to attend.  

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Event: Second Meeting of the Sixth Replenishment of the GEF [viewed]

The Second Meeting of the Sixth Replenishment of the Global Environment Facility (GEF-6) is scheduled to take place in September 2013. Representatives from donor countries, non-donor recipient countries, civil society, GEF agencies, the Trustee, the Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel (STAP), and the Evaluation Office are set to attend.  

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Event: Expanded Constituency Workshop (ECW) Pacific Islands [viewed]

The Expanded Constituency Workshop (ECW) hosts discussions on priority issues, development and implementation of Global Environment Facility (GEF) projects, and project integration in national development frameworks. The event will bring together focal points from the GEF, UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs), with representatives from civil society, the GEF Secretariat, and the GEF Agencies to discuss lessons learned and experiences regarding the implementation of multi-focal GEF projects in the region.  

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UNCCD, IUCN Sign Joint Plan of Action [viewed]

iucn-unccd10 July 2013: The Executive Secretary of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), Luc Gnacadja, and the Director General of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Julia Marton-Lefèvre, have signed a Joint Plan of Action, through which their respective organizations will seek to draw global attention to the value of drylands and their threatened status as ecosystems.

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FAO Raises Awareness on the Need for National Drought Policies [viewed]

FAOJuly 2013: Underscoring that droughts affect more people annually than any other type of natural disaster, the July edition of 'Issues in the Spotlight' of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) describes the increased international attention given to national drought policies in the lead up to, and following. the first High-Level Meeting on National Drought Policy.

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Adaptation Fund Board Supports Capacity Building for National and Regional Implementing Entities [viewed]

Adaptation Fund8 July 2013: At its 21st meeting, the Adaptation Fund Board (AFB) requested the Secretariat to develop a readiness programme to assist national and regional implementing entities, in an effort to strengthen the quality of design and implementation of projects.

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