Cooperation & Partnerships

43rd Pacific Islands Forum Develops Leaders Communique [viewed]

PIFS30 August 2012: The 43rd Pacific Islands Forum convened in Rarotonga, the Cook Islands, from 28-30 August 2012, under the theme of “Large Oceans Island States – the Pacific Challenge.” Issues discussed at the meeting included the outcomes of the recent UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), the Oceanscape initiative, climate change, and radioactive contaminants in the Marshall Islands. The 43rd PIF Communique includes the key commitments of Pacific Leaders.

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Wageningen University Organizes Seminar on Genetic Resources Conservation and Use [viewed]

28 August 2012: The Secretariat of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) has notified stakeholders of an upcoming course on "Contemporary approaches to genetic resources conservation and use" and the application deadlines.

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World Water Week 2012 Opens with Focus on Water and Food Security [viewed]

26 August 2012: World Water Week 2012 is underway in Stockholm, Sweden, with a focus on the theme "Water and Food Security." The programme aims to engage participants on challenges posed by increased competition for water resources, driven in part by population growth and climate change, and its effects on agriculture and food security. World Water Week is organized annually by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI).

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CGIAR Calls for Input on Action Plan for Sustainable Agricultural Development [viewed]

26 August 2012: The Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) has invited stakeholder comments on an Action Plan to augment its Strategy and Results Framework (SRF). The CGIAR institutions use the SRF as a roadmap for sustainable agricultural development, and the new Action Plan is expected to link the efforts of the CGIAR Research Programmes to system-wide outcomes.

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EEA Publishes Technical Report on Water and Territorial Cohesion [viewed]

EEA24 August 2012: The European Environmental Agency (EEA) has published a technical report examining challenges posed by managing water resources that cross political and administrative boundaries. The report, titled “Territorial Cohesion and Water Management in Europe: the Spatial Perspective,” calls for integration of spatial planning and water management.

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ITPGR Secretariat Circulates Report of Committee Meeting on SMTA and MLS [viewed]

23 August 2012: The report of the third meeting of the Ad Hoc Advisory Technical Committee on the Standard Material Transfer Agreement (SMTA) and the Multilateral System (MLS) under the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR), held from 26-28 June 2012, in New Delhi, India, is available online.

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World Bank Road Construction Considers Conservation Issues [viewed]

World Bank2 August 2012: The World Bank is financing the paving of provincial route No. 3 in the province of Chaco, Argentina, an area that goes through the second largest forested area in South America, known as Gran Chaco Americano. A report prepared as part of the project and released on 30 July 2012 contains the results of impact studies and recommendations for conservation during road construction.

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Event: Intergovernmental Technical Working Group on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture [viewed]

The Intergovernmental Technical Working Group on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture of the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food Security will examine the implementation of the Second Global Plan of Action for Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture. It will also examine a review of the draft updated Genebank Standards, the process for the preparatoin of the Third Report on the State of the World's Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture, the status and trends in teh conservation and use of micro-organisms and invertebrates in rice and root crop-based production systems, and access and benefit-sharing for plant genetic resources.  

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Grenada Becomes Third Co-Chair of GLISPA [viewed]

21 August 2012: Prime Minister Tillman Thomas of Grenada has been tapped to be the third co-chair of the Global Island Partnership (GLISPA). Thomas will join two other co-chairs, James Michel (Seychelles) and Johnson Toribiong (Palau). Thomas will be represented at UN Headquarters in New York, US and in the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) by Dessima Williams, Permanent Representative of Grenada to the UN.

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ITTO Annual Report Highlights UN International Year of Forests, 25th Anniversary [viewed]

August 2012: The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) has released its Annual Report for 2011, outlining the organization's activities during what was declared the UN International Year of Forests, which was also the 25th anniversary of the establishment of ITTO.

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