Governments Adopt Four-Year Guidance to UN Development System –IISD

The UN General Assembly adopted a resolution providing guidance to the UN Development System for the next four years. The 2020 Quadrennial Comprehensive Policy Review (QCPR) resolution lays out how the UN system should be helping countries implement the 2030 Agenda and respond to COVID-19.

The resolution is the first QCPR since the UN undertook a reform process to “reposition” the UN development system and better align its activities with the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs. The reforms have included: de-linking the UN Resident Coordinator (RC) system from the UN Development Programme (UNDP) to make it “empowered and independent;” establishing the UN Development Coordination Office (DCO) to support the RCs and UN Country Teams; crafting a Funding Compact to improve the quality and predictability of resources allocated to the UN development system, as the system in turn would increase its effectiveness, transparency, and accountability; increasing support for regional-level activities; and creating the UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (replacing the UN Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF)), and utilizing it for planning and implementing UN development activities at the country level in support of the 2030 Agenda.

 

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Central African protected areas: Ecofac 6 program taking stock – lavoixdukoat

The first edition of the Steering Committee of the Regional Support Program for biodiversity and weakened ecosystems in Central Africa launched its proceedings on Tuesday, 4 May 2021 in Douala, Cameroon. Experts in the sub-region will spend three days, starting Tuesday, 4 May 2021, taking stock of progress and identifying prospects for the future.

Sawnwood in Sarawak, Malaysia. Photo: JC. Claudon/ITTO

ITTO backs Timber Trade Portal to boost transparency of legal, sustainable timber trade

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Forest workers discuss operations in a forest management area in the Peruvian Amazon, Ucayali, Peru. Photo: P. Recavarren/AIDER

Redesign incentives to encourage SFM, says new study - ITTO

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Forest Governance April 2021

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Climate crisis and the Congo Basin: The planet’s future may ride on President Tshisekedi’s grip on the DRC – dailymaverick

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ATIBT Flash News 02/04/2021

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Forest Watch The latest forest news April 2021: Discarding a decade of effort developing FLEGT licenses or ignoring key land rights in EC proposals to fight deforestation won't keep forests standing

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The German CBFP Facilitation and COMIFAC are preparing for the 2021 Climate and Biodiversity Conferences of the Parties

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