Cooperation & Partnerships

People's Voices Brief Released for OWG 8 [viewed]

UNDG31 January 2014: The UN Development Group (UNDG) has issued a 'People's Voices Issue Brief' conveying views on topics for the eighth session of the UN General Assembly's (UNGA) Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including: oceans and seas; forests and biodiversity; promoting equality, including social equity, gender equality and women's empowerment; conflict prevention, post-conflict peace-building and promotion of durable peace; and rule of law and governance.

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Report of Joint Aarhus/CBD Roundtable Available Online [viewed]

cbd-aarhus18 December 2013: The 'Roundtable on Access to Information, Public Participation and Access to Justice Regarding Living Modified Organisms/Genetically Modified Organisms,' which was organized jointly by the UN Economic Commission for Europe Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters (Aarhus Convention) and the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), identified key challenges, needs and good practices with regard to accession and implementation of these two treaties.

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GFFA Addresses Resilience for Food and Nutrition Security [viewed]

gffa28 January 2014: Bringing together global leaders in agricultural policy and practice, the fourth Global Forum for Food and Agriculture 2014 (GFFA) examined the consequences of climate change, loss of soil fertility and loss of biodiversity on agricultural potential.

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IUFRO Newsletter Reports on First Meeting of Group on Decision Support Systems [viewed]

IufroJanuary 2014: The International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) has released the first issue in the 43rd volume of its newsletter, which highlights work on decision support systems, forest science, education and climate change.

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UNEP and Iraq Sign Agreement Focused on Biodiversity Conservation and Green Economy [viewed]

UNEP26 January 2014: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) announced that Iraq has signed a 5-year strategic cooperation agreement with UNEP to boost recovery and support national development goals. The agreement will focus on: environmental legislation and regulations; biodiversity conservation; green economy; cleaner production; resource efficiency; combating dust storms; and climate change reporting, mitigation and adaptation.

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CITES and ITC Announce Partnership to Support Community-focused, Legal Wildlife Trade [viewed]

itc-cites23 January 2014: The Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and the International Trade Centre (ITC) have announced a collaboration in support of rural communities engaged in the trade of selected species listed under CITES Appendix II.

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CGIAR and Partners to Sequence 100 African Orphan Crop Species [viewed]

icraf-aocc20 January 2014: The African Orphan Crops Consortium has announced the names of one hundred species that will be researched over the coming years in an effort to improve food security and nutrition for smallholder farmers in Africa. The first species to be considered by the Consortium will be the Baobab.

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Congo Basin Countries Consider Trans-boundary Biosphere Reserve [viewed]

cbfp17 January 2014: The Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP) has reported on the review of the feasibility of establishing a UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) world biosphere reserve in Gabon, Cameroon and the Congo.

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Event: Seventh GEOSS Asia-Pacific Symposium [viewed]

Information and expertise on Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) implementation in the Asia-Pacific region will be exchanged under five working groups on: the Asian Water Cycle Initiative; agriculture and food security; forest carbon tracking; Asia-Pacific Biodiversity Observation Network; and ocean observation and society.  

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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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