Event: Fifth Global Gathering of The Access Initiative [viewed]

The Fifth Global Gathering of The Access Initiative (TAI) will focus on the theme, ‘Using Information, Data and Technology to Protect Forests and Strengthen the Rights of Forest Dependent Communities'. The global gathering will bring together partners, civil society organizations and community and indigenous leaders to discuss innovations and capacity building on key themes related to environmental governance.  

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First African Mountains Regional Forum Adopts Arusha Outcomes [viewed]

amrf27 October 2014: The First African Mountains Regional Forum (AMRF) addressed the theme ‘Towards a Shared Mountain Agenda for Africa.' Participants adopted the Arusha Outcomes, which are aimed to raise the profile of the African sustainable mountain development (SMD) agenda.

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GEF Council CSO Consultation Discusses Gender Policy, Public Involvement [viewed]

GEF27 October 2014: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council consultation meeting with civil society organizations (CSOs) gathered approximately 150 participants to focus on four topics: a dialogue with the GEF CEO; gender mainstreaming and public involvement in GEF projects; the work of the GEF-CSO Network; and CSO engagement in the sixth replenishment of the GEF (GEF-6).

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UN, Development Bank Leaders Launch Horn of Africa Initiative on High-Level Visit [viewed]

wb.un27 October 2014: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced a US$8 billion initiative to reduce poverty, boost economic growth and promote business activity across the Horn of Africa, during a visit to the region with global and regional leaders. The World Bank, African Development Bank (AfDB), Islamic Development Bank (IsDBG) and EU also made pledges to the Horn of Africa Initiative, which aims to enhance the regions's economic development and its food and water security, among other aims.

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Co-facilitators Update Road Map for FfD Prep Process [viewed]

unga6924 October 2014: The co-facilitators for the preparatory process of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD) have issued an updated road map and programme of work for the preparatory process of the Conference, following consultations with Member States on 17 October 2014.

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UN-Water Reports on Stakeholder Dialogue on Water-Energy-Food Nexus, Post-2015 Agenda [viewed]

un-waterOctober 2014: UN-Water released a summary report from its fifth annual UN-Water Stakeholder Dialogue, which convened under the theme ‘Water, Energy and Food Nexus and the Post-2015 Development Agenda.' The report describes the dialogue's sessions on UN-Water activities on water and energy, the water, energy and food nexus and the post-2015 agenda, and a high-level panel discussion on the integration of the water, energy and food security nexus in the post-2015 agenda.

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Event: Regional Aquaculture Conference 2014 [viewed]

The Regional Aquaculture Conference 2014 will take place on the theme, ‘Blue Growth in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea: developing sustainable aquaculture for food security'. The conference aims to promote socioeconomic growth and food security in the Mediterranean and Black Sea from a blue growth perspective. Expert panels will convene on: enabling good governance in aquaculture; a healthy environment, a stronger aquaculture industry; boosting markets for aquaculture; and advancing aquaculture innovations. Participants will have the opportunity to share experiences and challenges, explore synergies and possibilities for joint action and mobilize political commitment towards a common aquaculture strategy for the region based on a blue growth approach. The Italian Presidency of the Council of the European Union (EU) is organizing the conference with the General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM) of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) in cooperation with the European Commission (EC).  

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Event: Post-2015 Development Agenda: A Human Rights Perspective [viewed]

The Oxford Martin School Programme on Human Rights for Future Generations is organizing a conference titled ‘Human Rights and the Post-2015 Development Agenda: Challenges and Prospects,' to provide a forum for academics, practitioners and government representatives to evaluate the current debate and shape of the future agenda from a human rights perspective, with a particular focus on poverty, environment, and peace and security. The event will include panels with experts on law, philosophy, political science and economics, and aims to facilitate a constructive dialogue on the topic between scholars and policy-makers.  

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Event: OECD Global Forum on Environment: New Perspectives on the Water-Energy-Food Nexus [viewed]

This Forum will provide a platform for senior policy experts, private sector leaders and government officials from Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and partner countries to explore how countries can align policy goals to address water, energy and food reforms in a coherent way. Discussion will focus on promoting integrated policy making and understanding the long-term impacts of the nexus on growth; improving coherence between national, regional and local planning and priorities; promoting private sector investment in the nexus; and mainstreaming the nexus into the broader development agenda, particularly in the context of discussions on the post-2015 development agenda. The Forum will open with a high-level meeting of the Global Dialogue on Water Security and Sustainable Growth.  

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Event: ESCAP Seminar on Sustainable Development Financing [viewed]

The Macroeconomic Policy and Development Division of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) is organizing this event on “Financing for Sustainable Development: Local and Global Perspectives”. José Antonio Ocampo, Professor at the School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University, will review current debates on multilateral financing, considering the roles of institutions such as the Islamic Development Bank and the new BRICS bank. Naoyuki Yoshino, Dean of the Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI), will discuss the potential for hometown investment trusts, recently adopted in Japan to finance small and medium enterprises (SMEs).  

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