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Family for Every Child;
This report details the findings of consultations with 600 children in Brazil, Ghana, Guyana, India, Kenya, Malawi and Russia about their priorities for the post-2015 framework. We focused on vulnerable and excluded groups including children living in institutional or foster care, on the streets, in detention, or in extended families.
Children told us that they want the following:
To be safe and protected in familiesTo live a life free from violence in homes, schools, workplaces and communitiesTo be treated equally, with dignity, respect and toleranceGood friends and time to play and restTo go to good schools with good teachersEnough food to eat and decent homesTo be free from child labour and exploitationWe are calling for a post-2015 framework which reflects children's priorities for change. This framework should revitalise efforts to address the issues already laid out in the Millennium Development Goals, asserting the need to eradicate hunger, and to provide all children and families with access to clean drinking water, good health care and decent shelter and living environments.
The new framework should move beyond material concerns and the provision of basic services to also include goals and targets in the following key areas.
Child protectionAccessible, safe, quality and relevant schoolingSafe opportunities for leisure and playOur consultations with children further suggest the importance of changes to the way that the post-2015 development framework is developed, implemented and monitored.
World Resources Institute (WRI);
Developing countries are receiving new financial and technical support to design and implement programs that reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (referred to as REDD+). Reducing emissions from forest cover change requires transparent, accountable, inclusive, and coordinated systems and institutions to govern REDD+ programs.
Two multilateral initiatives -- the World Bank-administered Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) and the United Nations Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in developing countries (UN-REDD Programme) -- are supporting REDD+ countries to become "ready" for REDD+ by preparing initial strategy proposals, developing institutions to manage REDD+ programs, and building capacity to implement REDD+ activities.
This paper reviews 32 REDD+ readiness proposals submitted to these initiatives to understand overall trends in how eight elements of readiness (referred to in this paper as readiness needs) are being understood and prioritized globally. Specifically, we assess whether the readiness proposals (i) identify the eight readiness needs as relevant for REDD+, (ii) discuss challenges and options for addressing each need, and (iii) identify next steps to be implemented in relation to each need. Our analysis found that the readiness proposals make important commitments to developing effective, equitable, and well-governed REDD+ programs. However, in many of the proposals these general statements have not yet been translated into clear next steps.
Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) Secretariat, Belize and St. Vincent and the Grenadines;
This report provides a review of the status and management of the Caribbean Spiny Lobster Fisheries in the CARICOM region. It provides a general overview of the habitat requirements and threats to survival of this lobster, along with the distribution and population in each country with Caribbean Spiny Lobster Fisheries. Each country's domestic use, international trade, and conservation and management measures are also reviewed.