Land

Rio Conventions Pavilion Convenes for Indigenous and Local Community Sustainable Land Managers Day [viewed]

Rio-Conventions-Pavilion-Land-Day17 September 2013: The Rio Conventions Pavilion convened for Indigenous and Local Community Sustainable Land Managers Day, hosted by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the Equator Initiative, on 17 September 2013.

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UNSG Releases Report on Sustainable Mountain Development [viewed]

United NationsSeptember 2013: The UN Secretary-General has released his report on sustainable mountain development (SMD), which describes the status of SMD at the national and international levels, including an analysis of future challenges.

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UNCCD COP 11 Opens in Namibia [viewed]

unccd-cop1116 September 2013: The eleventh session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD COP 11) opened on 16 September 2013, with parties offering opening statements during an afternoon plenary. The COP is meeting in Windhoek, Namibia, and will conclude on 27 September 2013.

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GEF Holds Second Meeting of the GEF-6 Replenishment [viewed]

GEF11 September 2013: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) convened the second meeting of the negotiations for the sixth replenishment of the GEF, bringing together representatives from 29 donor countries, four non-donor recipient countries, civil society, GEF agencies, Trustee, the Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel (STAP), the Evaluation Office and the Secretariat.

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FAO Assesses Food Waste Impacts on Land, Climate, Water and Biodiversity [viewed]

FAO11 September 2013: The Food and Agriculture of the UN (FAO) has released a study documenting the environmental impacts of global food wastage as well as its direct economic impacts, which it reports add up to $750 billion annually.

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UNCCD Issue Brief Emphasizes Benefits of Target-Setting Approach [viewed]

a-stronger-unccdSeptember 2013: In the lead up to the eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 11) to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), the Secretariat has published an issue brief titled, 'A Stronger UNCCD for a Land-Degradation Neutral World.'

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Event: 19th Senior Officials Meeting of the Environment Management Group [viewed]

The 19th meeting of the senior officials of the Environment Management Group (EMG) will be hosted by the UN Development Programme (UNDP). The meeting will consider the strategic direction of the EMG, and the 2014-2015 work plan.  

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ICARDA Highlights Dryland Research Program and Climate Change Adaptation [viewed]

ICARDA-Logo5 September 2013: In the September issue of its newsletter, the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) describes the launch of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) Research Program on Dryland Systems in South Asia.

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Event: Adaptation Futures 2014: Third International Climate Change Adaptation Conference [viewed]

This meeting is co-hosted and convened by the Earth System Science Center of the National Institute for Space Studies (CCST-INPE) (Brazil), and by the UN Environment Programme's (UNEP's) Programme of Research on Climate Change Vulnerability, Impacts and Adaptation (PROVIA). The meeting is expected to bring together scientists, decision makers and practitioners from developed and developing countries to share research approaches, methods and results. The Adaptation Futures 2014 conference consists of two back-to-back events: the Third International Climate Change Adaptation Conference 2014 between 12-15 May; and the International Workshop on High Level Drought Policies on Arid and Semiarid Lands on May 15.  

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UNSG Reports on UN's 2013 Work, Highlights Future Challenges [viewed]

United Nations3 September 2013: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has released his annual report on the work of the United Nations. It highlights new global realities to which the UN must adapt, such as environmental degradation, increasing inequality within and among States, growing interconnectedness and rising unemployment. The report describes the UN's efforts to address these challenges through, inter alia, facilitating consultations on the post-2015 development agenda, addressing climate change, promoting human rights, tackling democratic transitions and maintaining peace and security.

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