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Event: World Water Day 2015[viewed]

In 1993, the United Nations General Assembly designated 22 March as the first World Water Day.

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Event: 70th Annual Soil and Water Conservation Society Conference[viewed]

Organized under the theme ‘Coming Home to Conservation: Putting Science into Practice,' the 70th edition of the Annual Soil and Water Conservation Society (SWCS) Conference will provide a forum to celebrate past conservation accomplishments as well as share and promote science-based knowledge on critical, current issues facing soil, water, and environmental sustainability.

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UNEP Partnership Urges Lower Nitrogen, Phosphorus Inputs[viewed]

The UN Environment Programme's (UNEP) Global Partnership on Nutrient Management (GPNM) is working to reduce the amount of nutrients in the environment without limiting global development. The Partnership provides a platform for governments, scientists, UN agencies, the private sector and other stakeholders to develop a common agenda on nutrient management, conduct integrated environmental assessments and mainstream best practices in the efficient use of nitrogen and phosphorous.

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Member States Seek to "Break with the Past" in Post-2015 Declaration[viewed]

The second session of the intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda focused on the declaration component of the outcome that will be adopted at the Summit of Heads of State and Government on the post-2015 development agenda in September 2015. A summary of the discussion will be produced by the Secretariat, for reference, while the “discussion document” circulated and discussed during the meeting remains “a document without status” but will assist in creating the zero draft of the Summit outcome, according to the Co-Facilitators.

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CIFOR Unveils Wetlands Protection Toolbox for Policy Makers and Practitioners[viewed]

The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) has launched a learning toolbox as part of its Sustainable Wetlands Adaptation Mitigation Program (SWAMP), which aims to support policy makers and practitioners “to begin the daunting task of compiling evidence and crafting policy” to protect tropical wetlands.

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Policy Update #1: The Quest for Harmonized Implementation: Anticipating a Broader Role for Basin Organizations in the Post-2015 Era[viewed]

Basin organizations are emerging as a form of water governance capable of addressing diverse aims in a coherent manner.

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ECLAC Releases Annual Statistical Yearbook on the Region[viewed]

The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) has released the Statistical Yearbook for Latin America and the Caribbean 2014. The annual Yearbook provides a statistical overview of the social, economic and environmental development processes in the region, to support comparative analysis of Latin American and Caribbean countries using statistical data.

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CBD Publishes Press Briefs on Wetlands[viewed]

The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), on the occasion of World Wetlands Day, published a series of press briefs focusing on the value of wetlands, as well as the role of wetlands in relation to: ecosystem services; meeting the challenges of the future; the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); and the Aichi Biodiversity Targets.

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UN-Water Report Calls to Prioritize Wastewater in Post-2015 Agenda[viewed]

A UN-Water report calls for prioritizing wastewater treatment under a dedicated Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) on water, highlighting that only 20% of the world's wastewater is currently being treated. 'Wastewater Management: A UN-Water Analytical Brief' was produced by the World Health Organization (WHO), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and UN-Habitat on behalf of UN-Water.

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World Wetlands Day Celebrates "Wetlands For Our Future"[viewed]

The annual World Wetlands Day was celebrated on 2 February 2015 to mark the date of the adoption of the Convention on Wetlands on 2 February 1971 in Ramsar, Iran, and help raise public awareness of the value and importance of wetlands. Held under the theme ‘Wetlands for our future,' it sought to highlight the many ways in which we can all contribute to their conservation and restoration.

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