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Arab Region Launches UN Decade of Sustainable Energy for All[viewed]

The UN Decade of Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) was launched in the Arab region on 23 March 2015, in Amman, Jordan, during a series of events organized by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (UN-ESCWA).

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Event: High-Level International Conference on the Implementation of the International Decade for Action ‘Water for Life'[viewed]

This conference will address the implementation of the International Decade for Action ‘Water for Life' (2005-2015), including progress achieved and lessons learned for further action after 2015, including for the development and implementation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) related to water.

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UNGA Dialogue Highlights Role of Water in Development, Peace and Security[viewed]

Water is among the highest priorities for development and for peace and security, agreed participants at the High-Level Interactive Dialogue on the International Decade for Action ‘Water for Life,' 2005-2015, convened by the President of the UN General Assembly. The event reviewed progress in the implementation of the Decade, evaluated progress in fostering cooperation on water issues and discussed ways to apply lessons from the Decade to the post-2015 development agenda.

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UNESCO-IHP Highlights Climate Change Impacts on Water Security[viewed]

The inception meeting of the project ‘Addressing Water Security: Climate Impacts and Adaptation responses in Africa, the Americas, Asia and Europe,' organized by the International Hydrological Programme of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO-IHP), launched a discussion on water security building on the existing networks, know-how and experiences of effective adaptation strategies.

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UN Urges Improved Water Governance and Action on World Water Day[viewed]

On World Water Day, UN leaders and others called for urgent cooperation to ensure access to safe drinking water and sanitation. The 2015 World Water Development Report (WWDR), which the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) launched for the Day, recommends a dedicated Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) on water, which the report says would contribute to poverty alleviation and improvements in the environment, health and food and energy production.

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UNU-INWEH Report Discusses Sustainable Development in Water Sector[viewed]

It is possible to close "the gap between promise and practice" in management global water resources, with enabling environments to finance and implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), according to a report by the UN Office for Sustainable Development (UNOSD) and the UN University Institute for Water, Environment and Health (UNU-INWEH). The report explores the role that water, including sanitation and wastewater management, plays in sustainable development, discusses "disconnects" between the proposed SDGs and national development plans, and highlights opportunities for achieving sustainable development through water management.

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Workshop Considers SDG 6 on Water and Sanitation[viewed]

A capacity-building workshop on advancing water and sustainable development brought together policy makers and national practitioners from 20 developing countries and countries in transition in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Latin America and the Caribbean. Discussions addressed the proposed Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6 on "ensuring availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all," seeking to enhance capacity toward integrating water and sustainable development into developing countries' national development strategies.

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

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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WAVES Regional Workshop Discusses Methodologies for Natural Capital Accounting[viewed]

The Wealth Accounting and Valuation of Ecosystem Services (WAVES) partnership has convened a Regional Workshop in Turkey to promote natural capital accounting (NCA) in policy and development planning in the region. The workshop focused on methodologies for NCA, including case studies of water and forest accounting and the application of NCA to monitoring frameworks for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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Event: Marine Plastic Waste and the Circular Economy: Building Long-term Solutions to Immediate Challenges[viewed]

The Prince's Charities International Sustainability Unit (established by HRH The Prince of Wales) and the Global Ocean Commission are convening a meeting titled “Marine Plastic Waste and the Circular Economy: Building Long-term Solutions to Immediate Challenges,” on 18 March 2015, in Washington, DC, US.

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