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The Pacific Islands region is known as the “early warning system of the global community” due to its extreme vulnerability to climate change and disproportionately high disaster risk. Climate change impacts human mobility, leading to displacement and migration within and across borders in the contex…
The New Urban Agenda was formally adopted by national governments at the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development, commonly referred to as Habitat III, on 20 October 2016, in the city of Quito, Ecuador. The agreement provides the road-map for sustainable urban developme…
The policy brief examines the role of libraries in supporting lifelong literacy. It looks at how libraries nurture early literacy skills up to advanced levels of literacy proficiency, and the need for libraries to be involved in policy dialogue connected to literacy. The publication goes further to…
Many transboundary water basins around the world are facing climate-related challenges that will intensify in the decades to come. Successful adaptation will be an important precondition for ensuring sustainable development and political stability in these basins. At the same time, stability and coo…
The World Economic Forum releases report on Harnessing Public-Private Cooperation to Deliver the New Urban Agenda · A-to-Z guide on the implementation of sustainable urban development and housing solutions following the adoption of the New Urban Agenda at the Habitat III conference in October 2016 ·…
This map shows the estimated net immigration (inflows minus outflows) by origin and destination country between 2010 and 2015. Blue circles = positive net migration (more inflows). Red circles = negative net migration (more outflows). Each yellow dot represents 1,000 people. Hover over a circle to s…
Sub-Saharan Africa is set to see a drastic population increase in coming decades. That is not news. But combine that with vast drylands that hardly can support sufficient food production to feed all peoples, and you have a recipe for disaster.
POLIS is a comprehensive knowledge management and learning platform for information related to transnational threats and security. Its digital library comprises publications, training materials and other best practices in the fields of policing, border security and management, counter-terrorism and…
Aqueduct's global water risk mapping tool helps companies, investors, governments, and other users understand where and how water risks and opportunities are emerging worldwide.
Public Policy Guidelines for Integrated Landscape Management​​​​​​​. Conventional policy approaches that assume land can have one priority objective while ‘trading-off’ other objectives are no longer viable in much of the world.
Biodiversity’s contribution to ecosystem services in grasslands — at different levels of the food chain (known as trophic levels1) — has been assessed in a new study. Higher species diversity across trophic levels — particularly for plants, insects and soil microbial decomposers — is important for t…
Plant diversity improves soil stability, the results of a greenhouse experiment and a long-term field study show. This study, which covered a range of different soil types, is one of the first to investigate the effects of plant diversity on soil structure, which is important for provision of ecosys…
The Regional Gender Strategy and Action Plan aims to provide focus for the FAO gender-related work in Asia and the Pacific and identify delivery mechanisms for the period 2017-2019. The Regional Gender Strategy and Action Plan encompasses work at both the regional and country level and is primarily…
The number of documented international land investments (aka land-grabbing) has been on the rise since 2000. Investors, whether private or governmental, are particularly interested in large-scale tracts of land located in the less-developed countries of the Global South. Inevitably, such investments…
Poor people’s energy outlook 2016. Practical Action. Energy access is hallowed as an important component of the Paris Agreement on climate change. In addition, recognition of its fundamental role in achieving other global essentials, such as gender equality, economic empowerment, abolishment of indo…
Europe’s regions are facing rising sea levels and more extreme weather, such as more frequent and more intense heatwaves, flooding, droughts and storms due to climate change, according to a European Environment Agency report published today. The report assesses the latest trends and projections on c…
The Paris Agreement came into force on 4 November 2016. Its parties have committed to contribute to the goal of keeping the average global temperature rise well-below 2 degrees Celsius, and to pursue efforts to keep the rise to 1.5 degrees. Achieving this goal will require decarbonising the world’s…
An article by World Economic Forum states we can eradicate hunger by 2030 and indicates how to achieve the Zero Hunger goal in 5 steps. Every day too many men and women in countries across the globe struggle to feed their children a simple, nutritious meal. When we talk about achieving the Sustainab…
The Brookings report Foresight Africa: Top priorities for the continent in 2017 explores financial resources, employment, technology, urbanisation and climate change as the six overarching themes for Africa to tackle in 2017.
A recent joint report by the European Commission and the EEAS on the implementation of the EU's Sahel Regional Action Plan (RAP), demonstrates priority given by EU to migration control in the Sahel.
The JRC study shows that there is no single crowdsourcing solution. The main challenges are in encouraging crowd participation and ensuring that data collected are trustworthy and of high quality, which in turn depends on the right incentives being offered. Although the financial rewards offered to…
A storm of dust so fierce that it obscured seven Middle Eastern nations from satellite observation has been blamed on climate change. In August and part of September 2015, a wall of dust driven by a cyclone cloaked parts of Syria, Lebanon, Turkey, Israel, Egypt, Jordan and the Palestinian territorie…
Raising Awareness around Critical Water Issues using Humor with a Twist
To achieve food security for all, new resource policies for sustainable land and water use are needed. Land, water, and energy need to be considered jointly in policies, not in isolation. G20 countries’ policy makers, corporate and civil society actors, and those of other countries should act in coo…
UNHCR, IOM and 72 partners today (19 January 2017) launched a new strategy and appeal to help respond to the situation of refugees and migrants in Europe in 2017. The Regional Refugee and Migrant Response Plan aims at complementing and reinforcing government efforts to ensure safe access to asylum a…