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World Environment Day Celebrations Focus on Reducing “Foodprints” [viewed]

unep-world-environment-day5 June 2013: Commemorated annually on 5 June since 1972, this year's World Environment Day (WED) was celebrated around the theme, 'Think.Eat.Save - Reduce Your Foodprint,' and highlighted the importance of achieving a sustainable food future through a reduction in food waste. This year's celebrations were hosted by Mongolia, with thousands of activities taking place worldwide.

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World Bank Highlights Little Green Data Book's Relevance to Post-2015 Agenda [viewed]

World Bank5 June 2013: The World Bank has released the 2013 edition of the 'Little Green Data Book,' the Bank's annual compilation of environment data. The Book assesses development and environment using over 50 indicators, including adjusted net savings (ANS), which aims to foster innovative ways of understanding sustainable development at the macroeconomic level, and to complement gross domestic product (GDP) measuring; both of which are key aspects of the post-2015 agenda.

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OECD Report Examines Interface between Environment, Poverty Reduction and Development [viewed]

Putting Green Growth at the Heart of Developmen5 June 2013: To mark World Environment Day, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has released a report, titled 'Putting Green Growth at the Heart of Development.'

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Event: First Africa Food Security Conference [viewed]

This conference will be held around the theme 'Harnessing Ecosystem Based Approaches for Food Security and Adaptation to Climate Change in Africa'. It is convened by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and other UN agencies, governments, research institution, NGOs, scholars, donors, and local governments. The event will consist of a combination of plenary and panel group discussions, which will provide a platform for participants to interact and learn about the latest ideas and practices in harnessing ecosystems services for food security and climate change adaptation.  

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Event: Fifth Session of the ITPGR Governing Body [viewed]

The fifth session of the Governing Body of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) will address, among other issues: implementation of the Treaty's Multilateral System (MLS) of Access and Benefit-sharing (ABS), including reviews and assessment under the MLS and implementation of the Standard Material Transfer Agreement (SMTA); implementation of the ITPGR Funding Strategy; sustainable use of plant genetic resources; Farmers' Rights; implementation of the Global Information System; operation of the Third Party Beneficiary; and Work Programme and Budget for the 2014/2015 biennium. The meeting will be preceded by two days of regional consultations on 22-23 September 2013.  

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Event: IPBES LAC Regional Consultation Meeting [viewed]

This Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) meeting is co-hosted by the Regional Office For Latin America and the Caribbean of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Sao Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP). The objectives of the meeting are to: strengthen and focus regional inputs to the IPBES Work Programme 2014-2018; strengthen regional participation in the IBPES intersessional process on other elements of the Platform; develop an active network of institutions contributing to IPBES work and related capacity building in Latin America and the Caribbean; and identify possible partnerships between Institutions and/or Governments to strengthen sub-regional and regional biodiversity and ecosystems services assessments, as well as knowledge generation, within the IPBES framework.  

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12th PFII Calls for Focus on Indigenous Peoples' Health, Education, Land Rights, and Culture [viewed]

Unpfii31 May 2013: The UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (PFII) ended its 12th session with calls for: better health care and education; recognizing collective land and resource rights, especially in multilateral banks' safeguard policies; enshrining “culture” as the fourth pillar of sustainable development; and strengthening indigenous peoples' rights in Africa.

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CBD Secretariat Launches Survey to Assess Effectiveness of Biosafety Protocol [viewed]

CBD28 May 2013: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) is inviting Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety to complete a survey to gather information for the second assessment and review of the Protocol's effectiveness.

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Trondheim Conference Focuses on Biodiversity Mainstreaming [viewed]

Trondheim Conference on Biodiversity31 May 2013: Hosted by the Norwegian Government in cooperation with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the World Bank, the seventh Trondheim Conference on Biodiversity was held from 27-31 May 2013, in Trondheim, Norway, under the title 'Ecology and Economy for a Sustainable Society.'

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CGIAR Reports on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry Research [viewed]

CGIAR31 May 2013: The Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) released its 2012 Annual Report on ‘Forests, Trees and Agroforestry,' which highlights activities carried out under the Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry (CRP-FTA) through the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), Bioversity International, the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), and Agricultural Research for Development (CIRAD).

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