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OWG Concludes Work, Submits SDG Proposal to UNGA[viewed]

The UN General Assembly's Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) has concluded its work, adopting by acclamation a report containing 17 proposed SDGs and their 169 targets. The proposal will be submitted to the UN General Assembly for consideration and action at its 68th session.

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Sava River Basin Commission Adopts Policy on Data Exchange[viewed]

The International Sava River Basin Commission (ISRBC) adopted the ‘Policy on the Exchange of Hydrological and Meteorological Data and Information in the Sava River Basin' during its 35th session. The session agreed on actions including: development of a data exchange policy for the basin; coordination and harmonization of measurements at border stations; and an upgrade of the existing hydrological and hydraulic models.

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Benin, Togo Establish Mono River Basin Authority[viewed]

The Governments of Benin and Togo have approved the constituting instrument of the Mono River Basin Authority (MBA) at a ministerial meeting held on 4 July 2014, in Cotonou, Benin. This ministerial was preceded by an expert meeting on 2-3 July, which analyzed and submitted the documents for ministerial approval.

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UNEP and Partners Build Capacity on Food Security in India and Uganda[viewed]

Studies by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and partners analyzing the relationship between ecosystem inputs, and agricultural yields and farm incomes in India and Uganda have found significant potential for improving food security through shifts in cropping patterns and use of water and energy saving technologies. The findings aim to strengthen the two countries' capacities to address their increasing food security deficits and decline in ecosystem services.

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GWP Releases Gender Strategy[viewed]

The Global Water Partnership (GWP) has released its Gender Strategy, which aims to mainstream gender into GWP's work through an overarching framework on gender- and women- inclusive approaches. The Strategy includes three strategic goals: catalyze change in policies and practice; generate and communicate knowledge; and strengthen partnerships.

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WWAP to Collect Gender-Disaggregated Water Data[viewed]

The UN World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP) has launched a project to develop the first-ever collection of gender-disaggregated water data. According to the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the project is expected to provide support for monitoring the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the post-2015 development agenda Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and will build capacity for national data-gathering on gender-disaggregated data.

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OECD Launches Data Portal[viewed]

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has made available, in beta, a data portal that provides access to OECD statistical data, including charts, maps, tables and publications.

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ESCAP Workshop Supports Drought Monitoring in Asia-Pacific[viewed]

A workshop on drought monitoring and early warning organized by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and the Sri Lankan Ministry of Technology and Research focused on strategies and sharing of good practices to reduce the negative impacts of agricultural drought. Recommendations from the workshop will support strengthening of the ESCAP Regional Drought Mechanism as well as national disaster management plans in the Asia-Pacific region.

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WMO Maps Mortality and Economic Loss from Extreme Events[viewed]

The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED) of the Catholic University of Louvain (UCL) in Belgium have jointly published the ‘Atlas of Mortality and Economic Losses from Weather, Climate and Water Extremes 1970-2012,' which describes the distribution and impacts of weather, climate and water-related disasters, and highlights measures to increase resilience.

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21st Session of UNESCO-IHP Provides Post-2015 Input[viewed]

The 21st session of the Intergovernmental Council of the International Hydrological Programme (IHP) of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) met from 18-20 June 2014, adopting decisions, including on the post-2015 development agenda and establishment of water-related centres, and reviewing past activities.

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