Intergovernmental Process

Bioversity International Releases February Issue of Newsletter for Europe [viewed]

February 2011: Bioversity International has released the February issue of its "Newsletter for Europe." The newsletter describes several meetings and projects being undertaken or recently completed related to agriculture, biodiversity and genetic resources, including the meeting of the Steering Committee for the European Cooperative Programme for Plant Genetic Resources (ECPGR), held from 14-16 December 2010, in Bratislava, Slovakia.

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Event: International Conference on Agricultural Intensification of SSA Humid Highland Systems [viewed]

The Consortium for Improving Agriculture-based Livelihoods in Central Africa (CIALCA) and the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) Consortium Research Programme (CRP) on the Humid Tropics will be holding an international conference to take stock of the state of the art of agricultural intensification in the highlands of sub-Saharan Africa, and to chart the way forward for agricultural research for development in the Humid Tropics CRP and the CIALCA Consortium. The conference will have four themes: farming production unit components; integration of components of farming systems; drivers for adoption of agricultural intensification strategies; and knowledge-intensive approaches. The conference will be convened in English and French, with simultaneous translation available.  

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UNEP and Partners Release Report on Reefs at Risk [viewed]

22 February 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP)-World Conservation Monitoring Center (WCMC), together with the World Resources Institute (WRI), the Nature Conservancy, the World Fish Center, the International Coral Reef Action Network and the Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network, have released a report titled “Reefs at Risk Revisited,” which highlights that 75% of the world's coral reefs are currently threatened by local and global pressures.

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France Outlines Agricultural Priorities for G20 Presidency [viewed]

17 February 2011: The UN General Assembly (UNGA) recently held an informal plenary meeting on the priorities of the French presidency of the Group of 20 (G20) with regard to agriculture. On behalf of the presidency, Bruno Le Maire, Minister of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries for France, provided a briefing focused on investment in global agriculture, securing food prices, and improving cooperation among G20 countries.

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Event: 2011 G20 Summit [viewed]

The 2011 Summit of the Group of 20 (G20), the sixth meeting of the Group's Heads of State or Government, will take place in Cannes, France, from 3-4 November 2011.  

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Event: International Conference on Forest Tenure, Governance and Enterprise: Experiences and Opportunities for Asia in a Changing Context [viewed]

Organized by Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) and the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO), this conference aims to promote an assessment of the relationship between forest tenure, sustainable forest management and income generating enterprises to promote action across a range of Asian countries. It will bring together stakeholders from the Asia-Pacific region and beyond and follow-up on RRI-ITTO organized international tenure conferences held in Acre, Brazil, in July 2007, and Yaoundé, Cameroon, in May 2009.  

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Event: Summit of the Tropical Forest Basins of the World [viewed]

The objective of the Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Amazon, Congo, and Borneo-Mekong Forest Basins is to achieve a plan for sustainable management of forest ecosystems and to contribute to climate regulation by: establishing baseline data on the forest resources of the three Basins; establishing a formal platform for mutual consultation and exchange on forest and environmental issues by signing a framework agreement between the Basins; and developing a shared position on REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, as well as conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stocks) and the climate change agreement before the 17th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 17) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). More than 35 nations are expected to participate. The meeting is also part of celebrations of the International Year of Forests (2011), and its discussions and outcomes will feed into preparations for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).  

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Event: Second Mediterranean Forest Week [viewed]

The Mediterranean Forest Week will bring together relevant stakeholders working on/for Mediterranean forests and forestry to network and debate around strategic policy-relevant questions. The event is supported by, among others, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).  

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Event: Counting on the Environment: The Contribution of Forests to Rural Livelihoods [viewed]

This policy research conference aims to increase awareness about the links between the natural environment and poverty by presenting new research findings and bringing together researchers, policy makers and practitioners.  

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FAO Leads Project on Reviving Agricultural Research in DRC [viewed]

14 February 2011: The Food and Agricultural Organization of the UN (FAO) is leading a project to help build capacity of agricultural scientists in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

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