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FAO, WHO Join Forces to Reduce Risks Posed by Pesticides [viewed]

fao-who4 February 2014: The Executive Board of the World Health Organization (WHO) has announced that it has approved the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN's (FAO) recently revised International Code of Conduct on Pesticide Management. The Code of Conduct is a voluntary framework that calls on countries to identify and, where necessary, remove from use highly hazardous pesticides.

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Scientific Task Force on Avian Influenza Calls Wild Birds Victims, not Vectors [viewed]

fao-cms28 January 2014: As the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has reported a rise in highly pathogenic avian influenza in China (H7N9) and the Republic of Korea (H5N8), the Scientific Task Force on Avian Influenza and Wild Birds has issued a statement emphasizing that wild birds are victims and not vectors of the disease. The statement also urges epidemiological evaluation and measures to control the spread of the virus.

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Event: CBD Workshop on the Inter-Linkages between Human Health and Biodiversity in Africa [viewed]

Organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the WHO regional office for Africa, this regional capacity-building workshop will provide a forum for parties and experts from the health and biodiversity sectors to: discuss the implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020, in particular as it relates to health issues; discuss regional best practices in terms of incorporating biodiversity and health considerations in national and regional biodiversity conservation programmes; strengthen capacity and identify further capacity needs for the implementation of the Strategic Plan; identify possible joint activities to achieve health and biodiversity co-benefits for consideration in national biodiversity strategies and action plans; and promote trans-boundary/regional cooperation and support networks on health and biodiversity issues and strategies.  

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Event: Annual Meeting of the Inter-Agency Support Group on Indigenous Peoples' Issues [viewed]

The 2012 annual meeting of the Inter-Agency Support Group on Indigenous Peoples' Issues will address, among other issues, the Group's responses to current and previous recommendations of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues to the Group and the UN system; opportunities for inter-agency collaboration and possible strategic directions; and implementation of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, including through the UN Development Group and its guidelines on programming at the country level on indigenous issues.  

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Event: Regional Workshop on the Inter-Linkages between Human Health and Biodiversity in the Americas [viewed]

Organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO), this workshop will: discuss the implementation of the CBD Strategic Plan, in particular as it relates to health issues; discuss regional best practices in terms of incorporating biodiversity and health considerations in national and regional biodiversity conservation programmes; strengthen capacity and identify further capacity needs for the implementation of the Strategic Plan; identify possible joint activities to achieve health and biodiversity co-benefits for consideration in national biodiversity strategies and action plans; and promote transboundary and regional cooperation and support networks on health and biodiversity issues and strategies.  

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UNCSD PrepCom III Side Events Highlight 20th Anniversary of Rio Earth Summit, Green Jobs [viewed]

15 June 2012: On the third day of the Third Meeting of the Preparatory Committee (PrepCom III) for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, over 30 side events took place, addressing topics such as green economy, sustainable transport and biodiversity.

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WHO, Rio Conventions Publish Report on Health and Biodiversity, Climate Change and Desertification [viewed]

WHOJune 2012: The World Health Organization (WHO) has published a discussion paper on the linkages between health and biodiversity, climate change and desertification, the representation of health in the three Rio Conventions, and the opportunities for more integrated and effective policy.

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WHO and CBD Hold Workshop on Interlinkages between Human Health and Biodiversity [viewed]

April 2012: The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Secretariat for the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) recently convened a workshop on the interlinkages between human health and biodiversity.

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Ramsar, WHO Release Report on Wetlands and Human Health Interactions [viewed]

1 March 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention) has released Ramsar Technical Report No. 6, titled "Healthy wetlands, healthy people: a review of wetlands and human health interactions." The report was published jointly with the World Health Organization (WHO).

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FAO BiotechNews Highlights Partnerships in Agricultural Biotechnologies [viewed]

FAODecember 2011: The latest update of the BiotechNews Newsletter of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) reports on an e-mail conference on strengthening partnerships in agricultural biotechnologies for the benefit of smallholders in developing countries. It also highlights an article on agricultural biotechnologies in developing countries and their possible contribution to food security.

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