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UN Commemorates World Food Day, Launches Report on Avoiding Famines [viewed]

16 October 2012: The UN celebrated World Food Day on 16 October under the theme of “Agricultural Cooperatives: Key to Feeding the World,” drawing inspiration from the observance of the 2012 International Year of Cooperatives.

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FAO and Partners Release Review of Illegal Hunting and Bushmeat Trade in Africa [viewed]

FAO12 October 2012: Underscoring key drivers and impacts of the bushmeat trade, as well as solutions to address the problem, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and international partners have released a review of bushmeat in African savannas, which it says has not received the attention it deserves. The report highlights the impact of the issue on large carnivore populations in Southern and East Africa, in particular.

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Event: FAO Email Conference on GMOs in the Pipeline [viewed]

Organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN, this email conference, provisionally titled "GMOs in the pipeline: Looking to the next five years in the crop, forestry, livestock, aquaculture and agro-industry sectors in developing countries," seeks to inform the debate about genetically modified organisms (GMOs) that are currently under development and likely to be placed on the market within the next five years, and to discuss their potential implications. The virtual conference will take place between 5 November and 2 December. It is is open to everyone, is free and will be moderated.  

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COFO 21 Considers Implications of Rio+20 Outcomes [viewed]

COFO 2128 September 2012: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) convened the 21st meeting of the Committee of Forestry (COFO 21) as well as the third World Forest Week, from 24-28 September 2012, in Rome, Italy. The meeting, chaired by Feliciano Kilahama from Tanzania, addressed a number of issues related to the implementation of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) outcomes relevant to forests and the forest sector.

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FAO and AgriCord Highlight Successful Forest Producer Organizations [viewed]

FAO4 October 2012: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), along with AgriCord, Farmers Fighting Poverty, and the Forest and Farm Facility have released a report on what makes a forest producer organization successful. “Strength in Numbers: Effective Forest Producer Organizations” compiles case studies on developing organizational strength, creating networks, lobbying and policy-making, and developing business opportunities.

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Event: Caribbean Regional Consultation Workshop on the Development of International Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries [viewed]

The overall objective of the workshop is to support the development of the International Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries (SSF Guidelines) by providing inputs and advice, both with regard to good policies and practices in the region and in respect of overall principles and contents and to provide comments on the current Zero Draft of the SSF Guidelines. Discussions at the workshop will be forward looking and address implementation issues. The SSF Guidelines are intended to become an integral part of ongoing governance and development processes in support of small-scale fisheries. Accordingly, the workshop will promote cross-linkages between the SSF Guidelines and the policies and actions required in the Caribbean region.  

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First Wangari Maathai Award Recognizes Successes in Community Forest Management [viewed]

27 September 2012: The UN has announced that Narayan Kaji Shrestha is the recipient of the first Wangari Maathai award, established by the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF) in honor of Maathai, a prominent Kenyan environmentalist and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize. Kaji Shrestha is being recognized for promoting community forest management in Nepal, where he established the country's first community forest group.

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EU, FAO Announce Call for Proposals on Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade [viewed]

28 September 2012: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has called for proposals for the EU-supported programme on Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT). The programme supports the sharing of FLEGT-related information, including lessons learned, and supports stakeholders implementing the EU FLEGT Action Plan. 

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Palau Wins Future Policy Award 2012 [viewed]

World Future Council26 September 2012: Palau has received the Future Policy Award 2012 in recognition of its 2003 Protected Areas Network Act and 2009 Shark Haven Act. Two Silver Awards recognized the Philippines, for its 2010 Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park Act, and Namibia, for its 2000 Marine Resources Act.

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Event: 7th Session of the Intergovernmental Technical Working Group on Animal Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture [viewed]

The Working Group was established by the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture at its Seventh Session in May 1997, in line with Conference Resolution 3/95. The Thirteenth Regular Session of the Commission in 2011 decided that the Working Group should meet prior to the next Regular Session of the Commission. Issues to be addressed by the Seventh Session of the Working Group include: review of the progress made in the implementation of the Global Plan of Action for Animal Genetic Resources; implementation and review of the Funding Strategy for the implementation of the Global Plan of Action; preparation of the Second Report on the State of the World's Animal Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture; and indicators to measure progress made in the implementation of the Global Plan of Action, and the further development of the headline indicator of the Convention on Biological Diversity for trends in genetic diversity of domesticated animal species of major socio-economic importance.  

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