Sustainable Development

SOFA 2014 Focuses on Family Farming and Innovation [viewed]

FAO16 October 2014: Family farmers are crucial to eradicating hunger and achieving sustainable food security and rural development, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN's (FAO) State of Food and Agriculture (SOFA) 2014, ‘Innovation in Family Farming.' The report highlights innovation as key for family farmers to achieve these goals.

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UN Spotlights Role of Rural Women in Climate, SDGs [viewed]

United Nations15 October 2014: This year's International Day of Rural Women emphasized that rural women are critical for achieving the transformational economic, environmental and social changes required for sustainable development. In a statement marking the day, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said rural women are essential for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and a universal climate agreement, and urged addressing the discrimination and deprivation that rural women suffer, including lack of access to land, markets, finance, social protection and services.

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UNGA Discusses Work of the Organization [viewed]

unga697 October 2014: In a UN General Assembly (UNGA) plenary meeting on the UN Secretary-General's annual report on the work of the Organization, Member States discussed the foundation and content of the post-2015 development agenda, and its connections to international peace and security. The meeting took place on 7 October 2014, in New York, US.

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ICRAF, CCAFS, CARE Launch 'Gender and Inclusion Toolbox' [viewed]

ccgiar-ccafs-wag15 October 2014: The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), the CGIAR Research Programme on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) and CARE International have developed the 'Gender and Inclusion Toolbox: Participatory Research on Climate Change and Agriculture,' an online resource for incorporating gender perspectives into research and climate change projects. The Toolbox includes tested and refined learning activities, exercises, calendars and questionnaires intended to explore such topics as gender roles and women's empowerment.

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AfDB Approves 10 Million Euro Investment in Agroforestry [viewed]

ADB-ICRAF8 October 2014: The African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved a 10 million Euro investment in agroforestry through the Moringa Private Equity Fund. The fund will be used to support projects that combine tree plantations with agricultural production in sub-Saharan Africa.

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September 2014 Water Finance Update [viewed]

wb.adb.ebd.afdb.gefSeptember 2014: During the month of September, the World Bank, Global Environment Facility (GEF), Asian Development Bank (ADB), African Development Bank (AfDB) and European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) issued loans and highlighted work to address water-related issues including: conserving aquatic biodiversity; improving climate resilience; expanding water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services; implementing integrated water resources management (IWRM); and reducing disaster risk from flood and drought.

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Event: International Conference on South-South Cooperation on Climate Change [viewed]

The International Ecosystem Management Partnership (IEMP) is organizing a conference in recognition of the growing role of South-South cooperation as a complement to North-South partnership on climate change. The International Conference on South-South Cooperation aims to raise awareness about this growing role, identify opportunities and challenges, agree on enabling conditions for promoting South-South cooperation, and create consensus for solidifying South-South cooperation's part in the expected 2015 agreement on climate change. Apart from an opening address and ministerial forum, the conference will hold six high-level panels in plenary on: science and knowledge for climate policy; adaptation and livelihood; capacity building for decision makers and practitioners; technology transfer for clean energy; ecosystem-based adaptation and mitigation; and enabling conditions. IEMP is a project of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). The National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) of China, the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the UNFCCC Secretariat, World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and the Swiss Agency for Cooperation and Development (SDC) are also sponsoring the conference.  

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UNECE Agrees on Charter on Sustainable Housing [viewed]

UNECE8 October 2014: The UN Economic Commission for Europe's (UNECE) Committee on Housing and Land Management (CHLM) has agreed on the text of a Geneva UN Charter on Sustainable Housing. While technically nonbinding, the Charter represents a political commitment by the 56 UNECE Member States to address a wide variety of environmental, health and social issues associated with housing, and provides guidelines and benchmarks for monitoring progress. It also supports policies and actions, and encourages international cooperation at all levels. The text was agreed during the Committee's 75th session, held on 8-9 October 2014, in Geneva, Switzerland.

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Second Committee Hears Proposals on Streamlining Agenda [viewed]

unga699 October 2014: The UN General Assembly's Second Committee (Economic and Financial) held a discussion on its working methods, in keeping with the mandate set out in UNGA resolution 68/307 on the revitalization of the Assembly.

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Event: UNECE Sustainable Energy Week [viewed]

The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) is organizing Sustainable Energy Week under the theme 'Energy for Sustainable Development: Trends and Milestones'. The three primary events of the week are the meetings of: the Group of Experts on Energy Efficiency (GEEE) on 17-18 November 2014; the Group of Experts on Renewable Energy (GERE) on 18-19 November; and the 23rd session of the Committee on Sustainable Energy (CSE), from 19-21 November. Among other agenda items, GEEE will: discuss and approve its draft work plan; consider such cross-cutting issues as sustainable housing, smart cities, industry and renewable energy; and hear the outcomes of the 5th International Forum: Energy for Development. GERE will, inter alia: discuss renewable energy best-practices; address renewable energy finance and investment; consider how a competitive market environment for renewables can be created; and approve a draft work plan. Highlights from the CSE session agenda include a high-level segment on 'Energy for Sustainable Development: Must Reality Conflict with Ambition?', a discussion on accelerating energy efficiency uptake, and a discussion on how renewables can optimize energy systems. A workshop on the UN Framework Classification for Fossil Energy and Mineral Reserves and Resources 2009 (UNFC-2009) classification of renewable energies will also take place during the Week.  

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