Technology Transfer

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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ITTO Tropical Forest Update Focuses on Timber Tracking [viewed]

ITTO logo29 July 2013: The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) released its Tropical Forest Update with an editorial covering innovations to the tools and methods employed to track logs and finished wood products in developing countries. The update also reports on an ITTO project to track timber in Peru, as well as efforts by the Government of Cameroon to trace timber from community forests.

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IAEA to Coordinate Project on Climate Change Impacts on Polar and Mountain Regions [viewed]

IAEA29 July 2013: Glacier experts prepared a plan for an International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) project led by Chile and the Russian Federation, called the 'Impact of Climate Change on Polar and Mountainous Regions: From Assessment to Action,' to assess the effect of climate change on glacier retreat, permafrost loss and snow cover reduction, and to improve conservation and management.

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FAO Outlines Benefits of Fish Drying Techniques in Burundi [viewed]

FAO22 July 2013: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) released a report on the importance of fish drying racks for increased production, livelihoods and nutrition in Burundi's Lake Tanganyika.

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World Bank Project Improves Health and Welfare in Kazakhstan [viewed]

World Bank15 July 2013: The World Bank Nura River Clean-up Project has effectively eliminated mercury pollution and implemented flood management control in the Nura River Basin located in Kazakhstan. Based on pollution sampling and mapping, the project eliminated over 2,000,000 tons of contaminated materials generated by a carbide factory that used mercury to produce rubber.

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Bioversity International Annual Report Documents Successes in Conservation of Agricultural and Forest Biodiversity [viewed]

Bioversity International8 July 2013: Bioversity International has released its 2012 Annual Report, which describes key research and project outcomes carried out by the organization related to the conservation of biodiversity, increased understanding of climate change impacts on agriculture, and opportunities for sustainable agricultural production.

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