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ITPGR Training Workshop for Asia Report Available Online [viewed]

ITPGR17 January 2014: Titled 'Enhancing Capacities to Understand and Implement the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture: Report of an International Training Workshop,' and published by Bioversity International, this report documents a training course on the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) held in Tsukuba, Japan.

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Two French Collections of Forages and Potato Included in the ITPGR MLS [viewed]

ITPGRJanuary 2014: France has notified the Secretariat of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) that two new collections of forages and potato are now included in the ITPGR Multilateral System (MLS) of Access and Benefit-sharing and available for transfer under the terms and conditions of the Standard Material Transfer Agreement (SMTA).

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Mountain Partnership Calls for Including Mountains in Post-2015 Development Agenda [viewed]

Mountain Partnership10 January 2014: Representatives from Argentina, Italy, Kyrgyzstan and Peru called for including mountains in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) during an event on the margins of the seventh session of the UN General Assembly's (UNGA) Open Working Group (OWG) on SDGs. Also at the event, which took place on 8 January 2014, in New York, US, the Mountain Partnership Secretariat introduced two policy briefs highlighting sustainable mountain development as a priority. 

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Event: 55th Session Advisory Committee on Sustainable Forest-based Industries [viewed]

Organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the advisory committee on sustainable forest-based industries (ACSFI) annual meeting brings together senior executives from private sector forest industries. The meeting will consider country reports, review past and ongoing activities of the ACSFI, consider related activities by FAO and review actions under the International Council of Forest and Paper Associations (ICFPA).  

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IPBES-2 Report Available and Call for Experts Now Open [viewed]

ipbes9 January 2014: The Secretariat of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) has announced the availability of the advance English version of the report summarizing the second session of the IPBES Plenary (IPBES-2) and has called for the nomination of experts relevant to the meeting's outcomes.

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UN-REDD Discusses Tenure Policy Issues [viewed]

UN-REDD ProgrammeDecember 2013: The UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation (UN-REDD) released a policy brief on REDD+ and the tenure of land, forests and other natural resources. The brief highlights the contribution of tenure in identifying stakeholders and facilitating equitable benefit sharing in REDD+.

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Event: International Forum on Payments for Environmental Services of Tropical Forests [viewed]

This forum, convened by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) in collaboration with the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) and the National Forest Financing Fund of Costa Rica, will highlight the benefits from payments for ecosystem services (PES) as well as build capacity for the development and implementation of PES in tropical countries, with a view to supporting sustainable forest management (SFM).  

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Event: Insects to Feed the World [viewed]

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and Wageningen UR are convening a global conference on insects as a source of food and feed in order to build a better understanding of the state of knowledge on the more than 1900 species currently used, identify obstacles to expanded use, and build awareness and partnerships for further exploitation of insects for food and feed.  

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FAO's Unasylva Highlights Forests and Trees for Food Security [viewed]

FAODecember 2013: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released the 2013 volume of Unasylva on the theme 'Forests for Food Security and Nutrition.' The volume features articles arising from the FAO-hosted first global conference to address the role of forests and trees outside forests, in food security and nutrition – the International Conference on Forests for Food Security and Nutrition. 

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IPBES-2 Adopts the Antalya Consensus, Appoints First Executive Secretary [viewed]

ipbes214 December 2013: The second session of the Plenary of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES-2) concluded with the adoption of the Antalya Consensus, a set of decisions detailing the Platform's work programme, operating procedures and relationship with the UN. The Plenary also announced the appointment of Anne Larigauderie as the first IPBES Executive Secretary.

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