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WWAP to Collect Gender-Disaggregated Water Data [viewed]

UNESCOJuly 2014: 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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WBCSD, IUCN to Head Natural Capital Protocol Consortia [viewed]

natural-capital-coalition8 July 2014: The Natural Capital Coalition (NCC) has selected two consortia, which will be managed by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), to develop a framework to help businesses understand and manage their impacts and dependencies on the natural environment.

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European Commission Adopts Green Employment Initiative [viewed]

European Union2 July 2014: The European Commission has adopted a communication on the employment challenges and opportunities of a transition towards the green economy. The communication sets out an integrated framework for employment and labor market policies at the EU and national levels to support this transition.

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Statistics FOC Finds Data Widely Available for Majority of Proposed SDGs [viewed]

United Nations3 July 2014: The UN Statistical Commission's Friends of the Chair Group on Broader Measures of Progress (FOC) has provided several updates on its work, including support to the Open Working Group (OWG) on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and a workshop on monitoring the post-2015 development agenda.

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Kigali Action Plan to Improve WASH in 10 African Countries [viewed]

rwanda2 July 2014: The African Development Bank (AfDB) and Rwanda signed the ‘Kigali Action Plan' to improve access to drinking water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) on the sidelines of the 23rd African Union (AU) Summit. The Plan will focus on community-level action to ensure rural household access to water supply and sanitation in ten African countries.

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Turkey Joins WAVES Partnership [viewed]

waves26 June 2014: Turkey has become the 70th participating country partner of the Wealth Accounting and the Valuation of Ecosystem Services (WAVES) Partnership, while two of the Partnership's eight core implementing countries, Guatemala and Indonesia, have advanced natural capital accounting (NCA) in consultation with the initiative.

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DESA Launches Prototype of Global SD Report [viewed]

Wu Hongbo, UN Under-Secretary-General (USG) for Economic and Social Affairs, presented the Prototype Global Sustainable Development Report to HLPF-21 July 2014: A discussion of the Prototype Global Sustainable Development Report (GSDR) took place on the margins of the second session of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), on 1 July 2014, in New York, US. The prototype report aims to support Member States' deliberations in the HLPF on the scope and methodology of a GSDR. The executive summary of the prototype report was presented at HLPF 1 in September 2013.

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UNEP Launches 10YFP Consumer Information Programme [viewed]

10ypf1 July 2014: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) launched the Consumer Information Programme (CIP), as part of the 10-Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production (10YFP) mandated by the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).

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EU, UNEP Strengthen Collaboration on Environment, Climate Change [viewed]

EU UNEP25 June 2014: The European Commission and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that lays the foundation for continued collaboration on environment and climate change issues. Under the MOU, the European Commission and UNEP and will engage in more targeted cooperation on such areas as climate change, green economy, biodiversity and the new mercury convention.

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EC Holds Public Consultations on Green Goods Trade [viewed]

European Union 12 June 2014: The European Commission (EC) is holding a public consultation on an upcoming trade agreement for environmental (green) goods and services. At the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, in January 2014, the EU and 13 other World Trade Organization (WTO) members pledged to launch negotiations to liberalize global trade in environmental goods.

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