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UNEP Calls for Action on Mangroves[viewed]

On the occasion of the 16th Global Meeting of the Regional Seas Conventions and Action Plans, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has issued a report, titled 'The Importance of Mangroves to People: A Call to Action.' The report details the economic and environmental importance of mangroves, as well as tools and policy measures available for protecting them.

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69th General Debate Addresses Post-2015, Countries in Special Situations[viewed]

Speaking at the 69th UN General Assembly's (UNGA) General Debate, on its third day, Heads of State and Government continued highlighting their priorities for the post-2015 development agenda, including on countries in special situations. Speakers also discussed global challenges such as security, terrorism, UN reform, climate change and sustainable energy.

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69th General Debate Continues Discussion of Post-2015 Agenda, Highlights Biodiversity, SIDS Issues[viewed]

The 69th UN General Assembly (UNGA) convened for the second day of its general debate. Speakers focused on the post-2015 development agenda and climate change, as well as issues related to international security and UN reform. Several speakers identified development enablers, with many emphasizing that sustainable development cannot be achieved without peace and security.

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GEF Launches Sustainable Cities Program[viewed]

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) launched an Integrated Program on Sustainable Cities in the context of the UN Climate Summit held on 23 September 2014. The program will establish a common platform for cities to access and share solutions on climate change adaptation and mitigation, energy, transport and water.

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Equator Prizes Awarded to 26 Local and Indigenous Leaders[viewed]

The 2014 Equator Prize Awards Ceremony event honored 26 leaders of local and indigenous communities around the world, whose efforts to address climate change head on and innovate new solutions to issues of food security, land management, and water conservation led to their selection from 1,234 global nominations. The Equator Initiative is a partnership between the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and various public and private donors.

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UN-Water Releases 2013 Annual Report[viewed]

UN-Water published its “2013 Annual Report” highlighting UN-Water activities including outreach and communication, major events, publications, programmes, thematic priority areas and task forces, and other activities, and governance and financial aspects.

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IRC Book Assesses Costs of WASH[viewed]

The International Red Cross released a book titled “Priceless! Uncovering the Real Costs of Water and Sanitation” as part of the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Cost (WASHCost) initiative. The book presents lessons learned from the WASHCost project and reflects on experiences in the four project countries: Burkina Faso; Ghana; Mozambique; and India.

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IWMI Report Assesses Global Water Demand Projections[viewed]

The International Water Management Institute (IWMI) released a report, titled “Global Water Demand Projections (WDPs): Past, Present and Future,” which found that pre-1990 WDPs over predicted water use by up to 130%, while current WDP models are prone to underestimation, particularly at the country and sector scale.

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LAC Workshop Calls for Increased Biogas Production from Family Agriculture[viewed]

Specialists from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Jamaica, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuel attended a workshop on how the production of biogas from the family agricultural sector can reduce the sector's waste production, water contamination and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions while providing a renewable energy source for rural areas.

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Event: Dresden Nexus Conference 2015[viewed]

The Dresden Nexus Conference (DNC) 2015 will convene under the theme 'Global Change, Sustainable Development Goals and the Nexus Approach,' and include participants from UN organizations, UN University (UNU) institutes, governments, international organizations, as well as individual researchers and representatives of non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

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