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July 2014 Water Finance Update[viewed]

Among major developments the World Bank outlined their increased infrastructure investment, including in WASH services, and the AfDB launched the Kigali Action Plan (KAP) to mobilize finance to achieve the WASH-related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), targeting countries in Africa that are not on track to achieve the targets by 2015.

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Global Soil Partnership Endorses Plans of Action[viewed]

The second session of the Plenary Assembly of the Global Soil Partnership (GSP) has endorsed a number of measures to safeguard soil resources, including four Plans of Action, a global soil information system, a capacity development program, and a report on world soil resources. Recommendations of the Plans of Action include strong government regulations and investments for sustainable management of soils that contribute to the eradication of hunger, food insecurity and poverty.

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Global Soil Partnership Issues Third Newsletter[viewed]

The third issue of the Global Soil Partnership (GSP) Newsletter includes updates on: the second session of the Intergovernmental Technical Panel on Soils (ITPS); preparation of the ‘Status of the World Soils Resources Report' (SWSR); establishment of the Healthy Soils Facility; the GSP Plenary Assembly in July; launch of the educational Soils Badge; progress by Regional Soil Partnerships (RSPs); and upcoming events.

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CIFOR Update Analyzes SBSTA Outcomes[viewed]

The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) released its July 2014 News Update containing an analysis of the outcomes of the meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific and Technical Advice (SBSTA) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

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Event: Global Landscapes Forum[viewed]

The second Global Landscapes Forum will be convened on the margins of the 20th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC by the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Government of Peru.

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ITPGR Secretariat Issues Publication on Farmers and Climate Change[viewed]

The Secretariat of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) has published a booklet titled, "Enabling Farmers to Face Climate Change,' which provides an overview of the projects that are being implemented as part of the second project portfolio of the ITPGR Benefit-sharing Fund.

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Event: UN Summit for Adoption of Post-2015 Development Agenda[viewed]

The UN Summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda was mandated by the UN General Assembly on 25 September 2013 (Resolution 68/6).

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UNCCD Updates on 5th National Reporting Cycle, CSO Panel Releases First Newsletter[viewed]

The Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has reported that, with ten days to go before the deadline for submission of national reports, 31% of all national reports have been submitted and over 50% are expected soon. National reports for the 5th reporting and review cycle are due on 31 July 2014.

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Member States Approve Draft Outcome of SIDS Conference [viewed]

UN Member States approved the Draft Outcome of the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS), titled 'SIDS Accelerated Modalities of Action [S.A.M.O.A.] Pathway,' concluding the work of the Preparatory Committee for the conference, on 11 July 2014.

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Event: Second Natural Capital Summit of the Natural Capital Initiative[viewed]

The Natural Capital Initiative's (NCI) Second Natural Capital Summit will bring together 250 leaders from academia, policy, business, and civil society to discuss the role of natural capital accounting in planning and decision-making.

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