Cooperation & Partnerships

Workshops, Group of Experts Contributing to World Ocean Assessment [viewed]

November 2012: Throughout 2012, a series of workshops have been held to contribute a regional perspective and content for the first World Ocean Assessment (WOA). 

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Event: 20th Session of the Commission on Sustainable Development [viewed]

UN Member States decided in March 2013 to organize the 20th and final session of the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD 20) back-to-back with an inaugural meeting of the High Level Political Forum (HLPF).  

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FAO Issues Brief Connects Forest and Agricultural Producer Organizations [viewed]

FAONovember 2012: As part of the 2012 International Year of Cooperatives, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has produced an issues brief on opportunities for forest user producer groups and cooperatives. By connecting the two groups, it notes, forest producers can gain negotiating power without having to create new institutions and governance rules.

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Event: Technical Workshop on Managing Living Soils [viewed]

The objective of this workshop for the Global Soil Partnership will be to review the state of the art in regard to soil management across the world and within each region, drawing on: participants' knowledge of the status and trends in specific countries and contexts; practical experiences; and case studies, including relevant processes or mechanisms that can be built on or scaled up to support sustainable soil management. Technical, institutional, financial and policy issues and constraints and opportunities will be discussed as the basis for identifying priorities and future actions for a proposed Plan of Action for Pillar 1 of the Global Soil Partnership on promoting sustainable management of soil resources worldwide. The target audience for this workshop is the global community engaged in soil management for different land uses including representatives of governments, academic and research fora and development partners from each region, as well as civil society organisations and private sector bodies. The timing of the event, coinciding with the celebrations of the World Soil Day, is hoped to help raise awareness on the importance of sustainable soil management for food security, climate change adaptation and mitigation and the provision of other ecosystem services. The workshop is jointly organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) with the Italian Institute for Environmental Protection and Research (ISPRA) and the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission (JRC/EC).  

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IW:LEARN, UNECA Workshop Discusses GEF International Waters Projects in Africa [viewed]

16 November 2012: A workshop organized by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) International Waters Learning Exchange and Resources Network (IW:LEARN) and the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) recently discussed GEF International Waters (IW) projects in Africa.

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Caspian Ecological Forum Addresses Wise Use of Caspian Sea [viewed]

15 November 2012: The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat (Ramsar Convention) has reported on the Caspian Ecological Forum, which provided a platform for dialogue and cooperation for the wise use of the resource-rich Caspian Sea. 

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NBI Launches State of the Nile Report [viewed]

15 October 2012: The Nile Basin Initiative (NBI) published the “State of the Nile River Basin Report 2012,” which highlights the fragile aquatic ecosystems of the Basin. The report notes the importance of the Nile for migratory birds and describes issues related to agricultural water use, power generation, navigation and climate change impacts on the basin.

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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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Wildlife Trafficking and Conservation Event Issues Call to Action [viewed]

11 November 2012: US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton hosted an event, titled "Wildlife Trafficking and Conservation: A Call to Action,” in Washington, DC, US, on 8 November 2012. The event brought together ambassadors and leaders from international organizations, NGOs and the private sector to energize and strengthen the global commitment to combat illegal trade in wildlife and promote conservation by placing it on the foreign policy and security agenda. 

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Third IPSI Global Conference Addresses Aichi Achievement [viewed]

November 2012: The third Global Conference of the International Partnership for the Satoyama Initiative (IPSI) convened under the theme "Contribution to Achieving the Aichi Biodiversity Targets," and consisted of the IPSI Assembly and the Public Forum.

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