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WAVES Announces NCA Capacity-Building Project in Madagascar, Mauritius and Morocco [viewed]

waves12 March 2015: The Wealth Accounting and the Valuation of Ecosystem Services (WAVES) partnership has announced the recent launch of a one-year research project to complement existing initiatives in natural capital accounting (NCA) in Madagascar, Mauritius and Morocco. WAVES also held its first Knowledge Exchange Workshop on Ecosystem Accounting in the Philippines from 23-27 February 2015, and is supporting an ecosystem accounts update in Guatemala.

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UNIDO, GEF, IIASA Project to Identify Sustainability Solutions [viewed]

logos_gef_unido_iiasa11 March 2015: The Global Environment Facility (GEF), the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) and the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) announced the launch of Nexus Solutions for Sustainability, a project to identify integrated solutions to energy, water, food and ecosystem security.

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Researchers Launch SDG Modelling Project [viewed]

video_abundance_within_planetary_boundaries11 March 2015: The Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Stockholm Resilience Center at Stockholm University, Earth Institute at Columbia University, and Alpbach-Laxenburg Group launched a modelling project, titled ‘The World in 2050: Pathways towards a sustainable future.'

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PFII Collects Input on WCIP Follow-up [viewed]

Unpfii10 March 2015: The UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (PFII) launched a questionnaire to collect indigenous peoples' input on the follow-up to the 2014 World Conference on Indigenous Peoples (WCIP), in particular the development of the System-Wide Action Plan to ensure a coherent approach of the UN system to achieve the ends of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) and the preparation of the report of the UN Secretary-General requested in the WCIP outcome document. The deadline for responses is 6 April 2015.

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UNDP Fund Supporting Transition from MDGs to SDGs in 18 Countries [viewed]

UNDP11 March 2015: In a UN Development Programme (UNDP) blog, the director of UNDP's Sustainable Development Goals Fund (SDG-F) highlights the Fund's efforts to ensure a smooth transition from the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to the SDGs. The SDG-F serves as a development cooperation mechanism, building on the MDG Achievement Fund while expanding the focus on sustainable development and public-private partnerships, and incorporating discussions on the post-2015 development agenda and the Busan Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation, according to UNDP.

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Experts Propose Shortlist of Global Land and Soil Indicators to Support SDGs [viewed]

iass_global_soil_forumMarch 2015: An international expert workshop convened by the European Environment Agency (EEA) and the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) to develop a set of indicators to contribute to the Global Land Indicators Initiative (GLII) and the post-2015 development agenda has proposed a "shortlist" of three land and soil management indicators. The indicators aim to support the achievement of multiple Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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ECLAC, IDB, UNDP Partner to Accelerate SE4ALL in Latin America and Caribbean [viewed]

eclac-idb-undp23 February 2015: The UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and UN Development Programme (UNDP) have formed a partnership in support of the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) initiative in the Americas. The partners intend to create a joint work plan, capitalizing on the unique strengths of each organization to enable on-the-ground implementation of the SE4ALL goals.

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CCAC Working Group Meeting Adopts Decision on the Road to Paris [viewed]

ccac_opening25 February 2015: The Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (CCAC) Working Group Meeting adopted decisions on the Coalition's 5-Year Strategic Plan, the Road to Paris, the Demonstrating Impact Task Force, the Midterm Review and funding requests.

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UNEP Seeks Comments on Access-to-Information Policy [viewed]

UNEP25 February 2015: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) is requesting comments on its Access-to-Information-Policy, which contains the principles and procedures governing access to information at UNEP. The policy was issued on 6 June 2014, and is currently in a pilot phase. According to UNEP, it seeks to make accessible the information concerning UNEP's work and the information it generates, in a manner consistent with the relevant policies and practices of the UN Secretariat.

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UNIDO, DCSE Promote Sustainable Energy Policies in the Arab Region [viewed]

unido-dcse27 January 2015: The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy (DSCE) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to promote industrial energy efficiency and renewable energy policies, technologies and solutions in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the Arab region. The collaboration is expected to support the achievement of national and global commitments under the post-2015 development agenda by building regional capacity and addressing existing barriers to creating sustainable energy markets.

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