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Many drivers of deforestation lie outside the forest sector and are rooted in wider social and economic issues. With collective action now, we can address the global challenge of deforestation, achieve our targets, and ensure that the world today, and in the future, continues to enjoy all of the goods and services that forests provide.
Pretoria, South Africa, 20th February 2018 —Representatives from South Africa’s Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) based in Northern Cape, Eastern Cape and KwaZulu Natal today received mobile trailers with everything needed to carry out detailed forensic wildlife crime scene investigations in even the remotest of locations.
UN Women released its flagship report, which examines progress and challenges in implementing the SDGs from a gender perspective. Recommendations focus on prioritizing gender-responsive investments, and policies and programmes to deliver on the 2030 Agenda.
Over 75% of suppliers identified some climate change risks to their business and more than 50% have integrated climate change into their business strategies. The number of companies taking the lead on addressing emissions in their supply chains doubled within a year, with emission reductions totaling 551 million metric tonnes of CO2. Reducing emissions can lead to significant cost savings for both purchasing organizations and their suppliers.
The 2018 International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB) will mark the 25th anniversary of the entry into force of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and highlight progress made in the achievement of its objectives at the national and global levels. The theme of the Day Is: Celebrating 25 Years of Action for Biodiversity. A summary of events marking International Day for Biological Diversity 2017 is here .
In February 2018, the UNFCCC NAMA Registry displayed a total of 83 NAMAs seeking support for implementation, with 13 new entries uploaded in the past six months. Moldova registered its first NAMAs seeking support for implementation in the UNFCCC Registry: a total of 12 proposed actions address emissions from electricity generation and use, transport, forests and land use. Thailand registered a unilateral NAMA that seeks to demonstrate public sector leadership by greening government buildings.
The European Court of Auditors (ECA) has launched an assessment of the EU’s plans to combat desertification to determine “whether the risk of desertification in the EU is being effectively and efficiently addressed". EU countries considered to be most at risk of desertification are Spain, southern Portugal, southern Italy, south-eastern Greece, Cyprus and areas of Bulgaria and Romania bordering the Black Sea.
The World Bank’s third volume on wealth accounting provides national wealth estimates to track whether 141 countries are on a sustainable growth path. The report finds that global wealth increased 66% between 1995 and 2014, but inequality persists. Other key findings highlight the importance of investing in people and leveraging natural capital.
A panel discussion titled 'Meeting Climate and Sustainable Development Goals through Integrated Landscape Strategies: The New Policy Imperative,' discussed the role of integrated landscape management in achieving commitments under the Paris Agreement on climate change and the SDGs. Speakers discussed the value of engaging local populations in decision making and the need to ensure that analyses are at the same scale as decision-making authority, noting that integrated landscape management meets...
The New York Declaration on Forests (NYDF) Global Platform is an engagement and collaboration platform dedicated to supporting and accelerating achievement of the goals of the New York Declaration of Forests. This webinar session will provide an overview of the NYDF and an opportunity to contribute to the development of its 2018 workplan. The session will discuss how best to catalyze achievement of the Declaration's 10 goals. The Secretariat for the NYDF Global Platform is provided by the UN Development...

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