Bonn Challenge Celebrates 100 Million Hectares Milestone at WCC [viewed]

bonn_challange4 September 2016: With a series of events dubbed the 'Bonn Challenge Journey,' participants at the 2016 International Union for the Conservation of Nature's (IUCN) World Conservation Congress (WCC) have marked a milestone in commitments for restoring degraded and deforested land under the Bonn Challenge. Including announcements made at WCC, the Bonn Challenge has now received commitments to restore 113 million hectares, putting the initiative on track to meeting its objective to restore 150 million hectares by 2020.

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Nature-based Solutions to Climate Change Panel Kicks-off Climate Journey at WCC [viewed]

word_conservation_congress2 September 2016: The Climate Change Journey, a series of more than 100 sessions, workshops and side events to take place during the 2016 International Union for the Conservation of Nature's (IUCN) World Conservation Congress (WCC), was kicked-off with a high-level panel on nature-based solutions on climate change.

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Event: Adaptation Fund Climate Finance Readiness Workshop for MENA Countries [viewed]

A climate finance readiness workshop for countries of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, organized by the Adaptation Fund and co-sponsored by the Moroccan Agency for Development of Agriculture (ADA), will take place from 6-8 September, in Rabat, Morocco. Participants from more than a dozen MENA countries, including the Fund's accredited National, Regional and Multilateral Implementing Entities (NIEs, RIEs and MIEs), are expected to attend. The workshop will include presentations on: the Adaptation Fund's Direct Access modality, including examples of best practices in accreditation procedures and project development processes; the Fund's gender, environmental and social policies; and the Fund's Readiness Programme for Climate Finance. Participants will also discuss adaptation challenges and priorities for Morocco and the MENA region.  

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Event: World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2017 [viewed]

The World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos-Klosters gathers the world's top leaders at the beginning of each year to discuss challenges related to the global, regional and industry agendas.  

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World Conservation Congress Opens, Focus on Scaling up Action on SDGs [viewed]

word_conservation_congress1 September 2016: The International Union for the Conservation of Nature's (IUCN) World Conservation Congress (WCC), 'Planet at the Crossroads,' opened on 1 September in Honolulu, Hawai'i, the US. The WCC will focus on the challenge of attaining the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) over the next 15 years. Over 6,000 participants from around the world are expected to attend the WCC, making it the largest gathering of environmental policymakers since the Paris Agreement on Climate Change and agreement on the SDGs.

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CSOs Reflect on Education-Related SDGs, National Development Strategies, Resilience [viewed]

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)31 August 2016: Civil society organizations (CSOs) and other non-government actors have highlighted the contributions of libraries to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), shared lessons on how political context can shape the achievement of education-related SDGs, reflected on a national sustainable development strategy in Egypt, and released a resilience framework.

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UNU Warns Inadequate Infrastructure Increases Disaster Risk [viewed]

UNU25 August 2016: Inadequate infrastructure and weak logistic chains increase the risk that an extreme natural event, such as an earthquake or flood, will become a disaster, according to the 'WorldRiskReport 2016.' The report, published by the UN University Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS) and Bündnis Entwicklung Hilft – Gemeinsam für Menschen in Not e.V., analyzes the role of infrastructure and logistics in determining a country's disaster risk.

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UN Secretary-General Reports on UN Environmental Conventions Implementation [viewed]

United Nations27 July 2016: The UN Secretary-General has transmitted a report on the 'Implementation of UN Environmental Conventions' (A/71/005 ) to the 71st session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA). The document includes reports submitted to the Secretary-General by the Secretariats of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). The report is one of a number of Secretary-General's reports of the UNGA's 2nd Committee in preparation for the 71st session of the UNGA, which begins in September 2016.

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Event: 8th Meeting of the Task Force on Water and Climate [viewed]

The eighth meeting of the Task Force on Water and Climate will take place in the Palais des Nations in Geneva in room VII, on 15 September 2016. The meeting will take place immediately following the Sixth Workshop on Adaptation to Climate Change in Transboundary Basins (Geneva, 13-14 September 2016). The Task Force on Water and Climate will discuss, plan and provide guidance to the implementation of the activities on water and climate under the programme of work for 2016-2018 of the Water Convention.  

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Event: Sixth Workshop on Adaptation to Climate Change in Transboundary Basins [viewed]

This workshop will consider the theme, 'Financing Climate Change Adaptation in Transboundary Basins,' and will convene back-to-back with the 8th meeting of the Task Force on Water and Climate. The workshop is organized in the framework of the UNECE Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes (Water Convention) and under the leadership of the Governments of the Netherlands and Switzerland, in cooperation with international partners, including the World Bank Group, AGWA, IUCN and WMO. In light of the outcomes of UNFCCC COP 21 and in view of the upcoming COP 22 in Morocco, the workshop aims to facilitate implementation and financing of basin-wide adaptation - from strategies and plans to concrete measures - while considering differences in transboundary basins' governance, administrative structure and mandate. It will also consider the current global climate finance infrastructure, barriers and challenges in accessing climate finance for water and discuss how to ensure transboundary aspects are taken into account in national and local projects, where relevant. Private sector and innovative finance mechanisms will also be considered. The workshop will bring together water practitioners and authorities responsible for addressing climate change impacts, at the national and transboundary levels, with representatives of bilateral and multilateral donors, financing institutions and the private sector.  

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