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ITPGR Highlights Impact of Farmers' Rights on Food Security and Nutrition [viewed]

ITPGR14 October 2014: An event organized by the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) during the 41st session of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS 41) discussed how to improve food security and nutrition through the sustainable use of plant genetic resources for food and agriculture (PGRFA) as realized through farmers' rights.

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WAVES Highlights NCA Trainings, Capacity Building [viewed]

waves9 October 2014: The Wealth Accounting and the Valuation of Ecosystem Services (WAVES) programme released its October 2014 newsletter, which highlights trainings and capacity building on Natural Capital Accounting (NCA).

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West African Coastal Countries Submit Joint Document to CLCS [viewed]

Grid Arendal25 September 2014: Seven West African coastal countries jointly submitted a document on seafloor exploration and exploitation to the UN Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf (CLCS). GRID-Arendal, the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Norwegian Mapping Authority and the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate provided technical support to the countries in their submission, according to GRID-Arendal's September newsletter.

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Bio-Bridge Initiative Launched at CBD COP 12 [viewed]

CBD17 October 2014: At the margins of the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP 12), the Republic of Korea launched the Bio-Bridge Initiative, a platform meant to link developing countries' demand for and developed countries' provision of science and technology, supporting the achievement of CBD goals and targets.

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UN Celebrates 2014 World Food Day, FAO Releases State of Food and Agriculture Report [viewed]

FAO16 October 2014: International World Food Day 2014, celebrated on 16 October, focused on 'Family Farming: Feeding the World, Caring for the Earth.' The day, syncing with the 2014 International Year of Family Farming, featured statements, events, and reports from the UN system on the important role of family farmers.

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CFS Endorses Principles for Investing in Agriculture and Food Systems [viewed]

FAO13 October 2014: Governments and stakeholders approved the 'Principles for Responsible Investment in Agriculture and Food Systems' at the 41st session of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS 41). The Committee, which also endorsed policy recommendations on food loss and waste, and sustainable fisheries and aquaculture, met on 13 October 2014, in Rome, Italy.

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Business and Biodiversity Forum Seeks Greater Private Sector Engagement in CBD Goals [viewed]

cop1212 October 2014: The Business and Biodiversity Forum, which convened on the sidelines of the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP 12), included a high-level segment, a business and biodiversity workshop, a meeting of the Global Partnership for Business and Biodiversity, and various other events. The Forum aimed to increase the understanding of how businesses can better engage with and implement biodiversity-related initiatives, as well as to encourage governments and other stakeholders to create enabling environments to facilitate such engagement.

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GEF Reports on Support for ABS Capacity Building [viewed]

GEFOctober 2014: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has released a review of its support for capacity building and implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity's (CBD) provisions on access to genetic resources and the fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising from their utilization (ABS), as well as for the ratification and implementation of the Nagoya Protocol on ABS.

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Event: World Resources Forum 2014 [viewed]

Organized under the theme 'Shaping the Future of Natural Resources,' the World Resources Forum (WRF) 2014 conference is expected to draw more than 500 participants ranging from researchers to policymakers, and businesses to non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and the public. The 2014 conference agenda will comprise high-level and plenary sessions, workshops and scientific sessions. The workshops, organized by WRF partners, will address topics regarding: global targets for sustainable natural resource use; circular economy; eco-parks; resource wisdom in cities; sustainable recycling industries; diversification of the energy matrix; and decoupling strategies for sustainable development. Scientific sessions are expected to include presentations by over 100 scientists and researchers from all around the world on themes including: innovation for resource efficiency; policies and stakeholder participation; recycling industries and cities; and forestry and climate change. The WRF 2014 will also seek to provide inputs for discussions at the 20th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 20) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).  

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Biodiversity Cities Summit Produces Gangwon/Pyeongchang Resolution [viewed]

cbd-iclei.biodiversitysummit14 October 2014: The Biodiversity Summit for Cities and National Governments 2014 held in parallel with the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP 12) has produced the 'Gangwon/Pyeongchang Resolution on Cities and Subnational Governments for Biodiversity.'

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