Technology Transfer

ITPGR Launches Online Tools for Managing Seeds and Genetic Material [viewed]

ITPGR24 September 2013: The Secretariat of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) has presented two new sets of information technology tools designed to support implementation of the Treaty by facilitating the transfer of seeds and other genetic material and enhancing their management at the national level. The presentations took place alongside the Fifth Session of the Governing Body of the ITPGR held in Muscat, Oman, from 24-28 September 2013.

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IFPRI Considers Socioeconomic Impacts of GM Crops [viewed]

IFPRI Logo23 September 2013: The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) has published a report offering guidance to practitioners, regulators, policymakers and researchers on incorporating socioeconomic considerations in biosafety regulations and approval processes for genetically modified (GM) crops.

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IAEA's Scientific Forum Considers Climate Change, Ocean Acidification [viewed]

IAEA20 September 2013: The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) concluded its 57th annual session of the General Conference, adopting resolutions related to nuclear science and technology, safety, security, safeguards and technical cooperation.

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Rio Conventions Pavilion Focuses on the Target Setting Approach [viewed]

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA18 September 2013: The Rio Conventions Pavilion convened for a day on the Target Setting Approach. The Rio Conventions Pavilion is meeting in conjunction with the Eleventh Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 11) to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), taking place from 16-27 September 2013, in Windhoek, Namibia.

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UNCCD COP 11 Opens in Namibia [viewed]

unccd-cop1116 September 2013: The eleventh session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD COP 11) opened on 16 September 2013, with parties offering opening statements during an afternoon plenary. The COP is meeting in Windhoek, Namibia, and will conclude on 27 September 2013.

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Event: Fifth Meeting of the Open Working Group on SDGs (OWG 5) [viewed]

The fifth session of the UN General Assembly's (UNGA) Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will take place from 25-27 November 2013, in New York, US. OWG 5 is expected to discuss: Sustained and inclusive economic growth, macroeconomic policy questions (including international trade, international financial system and external debt sustainability), infrastructure development and industrialization (1.5 days) and Energy (1.5 days).  

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ICARDA Highlights Dryland Research Program and Climate Change Adaptation [viewed]

ICARDA-Logo5 September 2013: In the September issue of its newsletter, the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) describes the launch of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) Research Program on Dryland Systems in South Asia.

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ICARDA Annual Report Stresses Innovations on Climate Resilience [viewed]

ICARDA-Logo29 August 2013: The 2012 Annual Report of the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) notes that despite significant challenges due to the on-going conflict in Syria, the Center has made significant achievements in translating research into action and policy impact, highlighting its leadership in the high-level international conference on Food Security in the Dry Lands, as well as enhanced partnerships with Canada and South Asia.

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UNEP Announces Drylands Partnership with UNCCD and Elion Foundation [viewed]

unep-unccd5 August 2013: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has announced the signature of a Memorandum of Understanding to work with the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), as well as the Beijing-based Elion Foundation, to tackle desertification through several drylands ecosystems projects. Pilot projects are planned for dryland areas in China, Mongolia and other Central Asian countries.

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FAO Newsletter Celebrates 300 Years of Sustainable Forestry [viewed]

FAO31 July 2013: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) released the 12th issue of InFo News, highlighting 300 years of sustainable forestry and honoring Hans von Carlowitz, a German administrator who was the first person to define the concept of sustainability.

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