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131st IPU Assembly Debates Gender Equality, Climate Change and Water Management[viewed]

The 131st Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) addressed a number of sustainable development issues, including gender equality and disaster risk management, climate change, and water management. The Assembly, along with related meetings, gathered more than 700 Members of Parliament (MPs) from 141 countries.

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Event: World Hydropower Congress 2015[viewed]

Hosted by the International Hydropower Association (IHA), the 2015 World Hydropower Congress will take place in Beijing, China.

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Event: IV Regular Meeting of the Inter-American Committee on Sustainable Development[viewed]

The Inter-American Committee on Sustainable Development (CIDS) of the Organization of American States' (OAS) Inter-American Council for Integral Development (CIDI) will: examine a Secretariat report on the implementation of the 2010-2014 phase of the Inter-American Program for Sustainable Development (PIDS); discuss the proposed strategic areas of action for a post-2015 PIDS that take into account the work in the UN on the post-2015 development agenda; and adopt decisions necessary for conducting a PIDS review and update, with a view to approval of the post-2015 PIDS at the III Inter-American Meeting of Ministers and High Level Authorities on Sustainable Development, scheduled for October 2015 in Honduras.

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September 2014 Water Finance Update[viewed]

During the month of September the World Bank, the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the Asian Development Bank (ADB), African Development Bank (AfDB), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) issued loans and highlighted work to address water-related issues including: conserving aquatic biodiversity; improving climate resilience; expanding water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services; and implementing integrated water resources management (IWRM).

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UNICEF Combats Ebola on Global Handwashing Day [viewed]

Global Handwashing Day underscored that handwashing with soap is the most effective way of preventing diarrheal and acute respiratory disease, while the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) emphasized handwashing as critical in the battle against Ebola in West Africa. Most activities around the world focused on promoting handwashing to school children.

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SEE River Contributes to Sustainable River Corridor Management[viewed]

The final publication of the Sustainable Integrated Management of International River Corridors in South East Europe (SEE) Countries (SEE River) programme has been released. The publication presents the outcomes of SEE River pilot corridors and outlines what happens next in SEE River corridors.

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Wetlands International Highlights Ecosystem Based Approaches to Disaster Risk Reduction[viewed]

Wetlands International has released a book, titled ‘Downstream Voices,' which presents stories from the Mahanadi delta, India, the inner Niger delta, Mali, and the Senegal River, Senegal. Authored by Fred Pearce, these stories highlight the journeys of communities dependent on these ecosystems.

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EEA Report Identifies Triggers for Adaptation Policy[viewed]

According to a report published by the European Environment Agency (EEA), extreme weather events and EU policies are the primary drivers of climate change adaptation policy in Europe. The report, based on a survey of national adaptation authorities, finds that information provision is the most commonly mentioned adaptation policy instrument, and water management is the most prioritized sector for adaptation.

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UNECE Agrees on Charter on Sustainable Housing[viewed]

The Committee on Housing and Land Management (CHLM) of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) agreed on the text of a Charter on Sustainable Housing during its annual session. Among the actions called for by the Charter are reducing the carbon footprint of buildings, increasing their energy efficiency, integrating green housing policies into urban and territorial development, improving access to basic utilities and services such as safe drinking water and sanitation, improving the resilience of buildings to natural and human-generated hazards, bringing workplaces and services into closer spatial relations to housing, providing universal access to green and public spaces, and promoting secure tenure.

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UNITAR Teaches Permaculture in Bangladesh[viewed]

The UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) organized a training on permaculture design for members of 42 communities in the Khulna district of Bangladesh. The course included elements of both climate change mitigation and adaptation, covering such topics as sustainable village design, water management and construction of climate changed-adapted houses.

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