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Global Soil Week 2015: Healthy Soils and Land Justice Underpin Transformation to Sustainability [viewed]

global_soil_week24 April 2015: “A transformation towards sustainable soil management is possible if all actors are integrated in the search for solutions.” This statement was among concluding remarks made by Klaus Töpfer, Executive Director, Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) and Chair of the Third Global Soil Week. Töpfer welcomed the contribution of the Secretariats of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), noting “this sends a strong signal” of the growing shift from silos towards "a systems approach” in addressing multiple agendas.

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Industrial Diversification, Structural Transformation Key for Central Asian and European MICs [viewed]

UNIDO23 April 2015: Participants discussed how to foster inclusive and sustainable industrial development (ISID) in middle-income countries (MICs) in Europe and Central Asia, during a two-day conference organized by the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus. Europe and Central Asia have 18 MICs, 11 of which are landlocked, constraining their ability to expand international trade and increasing their vulnerability to external economic shocks, according to the UN.

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GWF Article: Wise Resource Allocation Critical to Achieve Water, Food Security SDGs [viewed]

Global Water ForumMarch 2015: Implementing smart policies related to land and water resources can help to achieve water and food security objectives within the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), according to a paper published by the Global Water Forum (GWF). The article stresses that, as long as resources are wisely allocated and managed, sufficient water will exist to achieve food production goals and sustain livelihoods.

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Task Force Estimates US$320 Billion/Year Needed for China's Environmental Targets [viewed]

unep_china22 April 2015: China's central bank and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) launched the final report of the jointly convened Green Finance Task Force, which estimates that US$320 billion worth of investment will be needed annually to meet China's environmental targets, and recommends measures to create the incentives for private sector financing.

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TFM, Technology Assessment in Focus at Post-2015 Event [viewed]

post201522 April 2015: On the sidelines of the fourth session of intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda, participants met for a discussion around 'Rethinking technology,' covering topics such as a technology facilitation mechanism (TFM) and technology assessment.

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Global Soil Week Chair's Conclusions: “Transformation is needed – transformation is possible” [viewed]

global_soil_week23 April 2015: In his Chairman's Conclusions to the 3rd Global Soil Week, Klaus Töpfer, Executive Director of the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) Potsdam, which hosts the annual event, highlights six areas of “emerging consensus” that can help in raising the profile of “the forgotten resource, soil" on the global political agenda and ensure that soil stakeholders “engage on an equal footing with partners in the sustainability agenda.”

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International Mother Earth Day Celebrated around the World [viewed]

ban_ki_moon_concert22 April 2015: In celebration of Earth Day, multilateral institutions and organizations worldwide held public concerts and forums, revealed a 'forest pavilion,' and released special newsletters and statements, among many other commemorative activities. The UN kicked off its Earth Day events with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaking at the Global Citizen Earth Day Concert on 18 April in Washington DC, US, where he told the crowd, "Take your passion and compassion and build a better, sustainable world."

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IASS Report Addresses the Role of Biomass in the SDGs [viewed]

iass_unep 22 April 2015: A report, titled 'The Role of Biomass in the Sustainable Development Goals: A Reality Check and Governance Implications' and published by the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS), was jointly launched by IASS and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) on the sidelines of the Third Global Soil Week in Berlin, Germany.

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IASS Policy Brief Highlights Land and Soil Linkages in Nine SDGs [viewed]

iass_global_soil_forum22 April 2015: A policy brief by the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) Potsdam, titled ‘Grounding the post-2015 Development Agenda: Options for the protection of our precious soil and land resources,' highlights the crucial roles that soils and land will play in achieving at least nine of the proposed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and suggests options for monitoring, follow-up, and review of soil- and land-related targets.

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Global Soil Week Side Event Discusses Benefits of Sustainable Rangeland Management [viewed]

eld-iucn-fao22 April 2015: A side event convened by partner organizations involved in the Economics of Land Degradation Initiative (ELD) at the 3rd Global Soil Week reviewed preliminary economic valuations conducted in Mali, Jordan and Sudan that quantified the economic costs and benefits of ecosystem services derived from implementing sustainable management practices such as agroforestry, restoration and planned grazing management at the landscape level.

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