Technology Transfer

Seed Potato Roadmap Developed for East African Countries [viewed]

January 2012: The International Potato Center (CIP) has developed a five-year strategy, a "Seed Potato Value Chain Roadmap," for Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda, to increase the availability of high-quality seed potatoes and promote improved seed-potato management.

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Bioversity International Explores Cryopreservation for Conservation of Coffee Biodiversity [viewed]

December 2011: Noting the importance of genetic diversity of coffee to provide resistance to pests and diseases, as well as the challenges of conserving coffee seeds, Bioversity International is experimenting with options for conserving genetic resources at temperatures of -196 degrees celsius with liquid nitrogen. The cryopreservation study was performed at the Centro Agronomico Tropical de Investigacion y Ensenanza (CATIE), in Bolivia, one of the world's largest field collections of coffee.

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Event: Regional Workshop on Technology Transfer and South-to-South Cooperation [viewed]

The Sahara and Sahel Observatory (OSS) and the Global Mechanism (GM) of the UNCCD are jointly organizing an international workshop on technology transfer between Sahel and Maghreb countries and local stakeholders, in the context of the GM's South-to-South Cooperation programme, SolArid, from 25-26 January in Tunis, Tunisia. The workshop will seek to capitalize on existing initiatives and lessons learned at sub-regional and national levels, in order to upscale potential technology transfer initiatives to combat desertification between North and West Africa, and within the sub-regions themselves. The workshop will cover: the strategic thrusts and priority actions for combating desertification and enhancing natural resource management and rural development; opportunities for sub-regional collaboration based on an analysis of the stakeholders' strengths and requirements in terms of knowledge and/or technical skills; capacity-building on resource mobilization for technology transfer; and identification of potential partners to support the identified initiatives. The event will bring together representatives of sub-regional institutions including the Arab Maghreb Union (AMU) and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), specialized organizations such as the Permanent Interstate Committee for Drought Control (CILSS), and representatives from national ministries and development agencies.  

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GEF Approves First Access and Benefit Sharing Project Under Nagoya Protocol Fund [viewed]

GEF12 January 2012: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has approved the first project under the Nagoya Protocol Implementation Fund (NPIF). The project seeks to discover nature-based products of interest to the pharmaceutical and agro-chemical industries in Panama, including compounds to cure cancer and other tropical diseases.

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Event: Special High-level Meeting of ECOSOC with the Bretton Woods Institutions, WTO and UNCTAD [viewed]

The Special high-level meeting of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) with the Bretton Woods Institutions (International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank), the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) will analyze issues of common concern, related to the global economy and sustainable development. Pursuant to ECOSOC resolutions 2011/38, 2010/26 and 2009/30, the overall theme of the meeting will be “Coherence, coordination and cooperation in the context of Financing for Development”.  

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Event: Sustainable Biomass for Electricity Conference (SB4E) [viewed]

The Conference on Sustainable Biomass for Electricity (SB4E), organized by UN-Energy in cooperation with the Global Bioenergy Partnership (GBEP) and other partners, will consider the role of biomass technologies in decarbonizing the global energy system. Acknowledging the readily available and cost effective potential for emission reductions that could be achieved through the large-scale deployment of sustainable biomass for electricity production, the SB4E Conference will provide an opportunity for governments, international organizations and the private sector to share knowledge, lessons, best practices and experiences and to join efforts towards decarbonizing electricity generation. The GBEP grew out of the 2005 Gleneagles G8 Plan of Action and was launched during the Ministerial Segment of the 14th session of the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD 14) in New York, on 11 May 2006. As of January 2012, GBEP Partners include the following 23 countries and 12 international organizations and institutions: Argentina, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Fiji, France, Germany, Ghana, Italy, Japan, Mauritania, Mexico, Netherlands, Paraguay, Russian Federation, Spain, Sudan, Sweden, Switzerland, Tanzania, UK, US, European Commission, FAO, IDB, IEA, UNCTAD, UN/DESA, UNDP, UNEP, UNIDO, UN Foundation, World Council for Renewable Energy (WCRE) and European Biomass Industry Association (EUBIA).  

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EU Ministers Consider Implementation of Biodiversity Strategy, Resource-efficiency Roadmap [viewed]

19 December 2011: EU ministers of the environment, meeting in the Environment Council in Brussels, Belgium, on 19 December 2011, exchanged views on the implementation of the EU 2020 Biodiversity Strategy, and on the roadmap to a resource-efficient Europe, which had been presented by the Commission in September 2011.

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CBD Secretariat Invites Peer Review of Information on Technology Transfer [viewed]

CBD12 December 2011: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has compiled information received regarding activities to support, facilitate, regulate or promote technology transfer and scientific and technological cooperation of relevance to the CBD, and has made it available in the form of a searchable database under the CBD's clearing-house mechanism.

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Event: UNFCCC COP 22 [viewed]

The 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 22) to the UNFCCC is expected to take place in from 30 November-11 December 2016, at a venue to be determined.  

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Event: 42nd Sessions of the UNFCCC Subsidiary Bodies [viewed]

The 42nd sessions of the subsidiary bodies to the UNFCCC are expected to take place in May 2016.  

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