Agriculture & Food Security

On Eve of Standing Committee, CITES Supports Projects in Paraguay and Iran [viewed]

CITES30 June 2014: On the eve of the sixty-fifth meeting of the Standing Committee, the Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) participated in a seminar on building the legal capacity in Paraguay to address illicit wildlife trade, and visited a sturgeon aquaculture facility in Iran.

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Bioversity International Celebrates 40th Anniversary [viewed]

Bioversity International26 June 2014: Marking the 40th anniversary of its inception, Bioversity International has issued a press release and a video message that provide an overview of its work and the evolution of its mandate.

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Uganda, Slovenia Ratify Biosafety Supplementary Protocol [viewed]

CBDJune 2014: Uganda and Slovenia have ratified the Nagoya-Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, bringing the total number of ratifications to 25.

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Event: ITPGR 10th Anniversary Celebration [viewed]

Co-organized by the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) and the Geneva, Switzerland, office of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) under the patronage of the ITPGR High-Level Task Force, this high-level event will mark the tenth anniversary of the ITPGR's entry into force. The event will focus on the Treaty's role in addressing food-deficiencies in low income countries and preview future contributions to technology innovation for food security, agricultural biodiversity conservation and climate adaptation. The agenda includes presentations on recent activities and achievements in benefit-sharing and a round table discussion on future challenges and opportunities. In addition, an overview of the currently on-going third round of projects under the Treaty's Benefit-sharing Fund will aim to showcase the vital role of plant genetic resources in ensuring global food security and the success of the Treaty's system of access and benefit-sharing (ABS). The event will also highlight recent progress with regard to non-monetary benefit-sharing through the development of the Treaty's Global Information System on plant genetic resources, including a new initiative on seeds and genomics called “DivSeek.”  

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Pacific Countries Announce Financial Contributions to Address IAS [viewed]

SPREP23 June 2014: Palau and Tonga have both announced financial commitments to address invasive alien species (IAS). These commitments will contribute to a Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) regional project on IAS, including the development and implementation of National Invasive Species Strategy and Action Plans (NISSAPs) in Pacific countries.

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Our Ocean Conference Garners Over $800 Million in Ocean Conservation Commitments [viewed]

our-ocean17 June 2014: US Secretary of State John Kerry announced that the US State Department's 'Our Ocean' conference resulted in more than US$800 million in government and private sector commitments to conserve the ocean and its resources. The conference aimed to develop strategies for protecting oceans through three pillars focused on: sustainable fisheries; marine pollution from land-based and ocean-based sources; and ocean acidification, as addressed in the ‘Our Ocean Action Plan.'

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UNEP's 'OurPlanet' Magazine Features UN Environment Assembly [viewed]

UNEPJune 2014: The theme of the June 2014 edition of the UN Environment Programme's (UNEP) 'OurPlanet' magazine is 'The First United Nations Environment Assembly' (UNEA), which is taking place from 23-27 June 2014. Touching on many of the key items of discussion at UNEA, the edition explores issues such as the role of cities in combating climate change, environmental planning in China and renewable energy opportunities in Africa.

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UNEP Reports on Emerging Issues for SIDS [viewed]

Unep LogoJune 2014: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released a report, titled ‘Emerging Issues for Small Island Developing States (SIDS),' which provides an overview of 20 environmental issues and 15 socio-economic issues critical to the sustainable development of SIDS. The report discusses, among other challenges facing SIDS, biodiversity damage and loss and climate change, including sea level rise. The report highlights opportunities for SIDS to move towards a green economy, including through renewable energy resources and terrestrial and oceanic natural resources.

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COFO 22 Opens, FAO Launches State of the World's Forests 2014 [viewed]

FAO23 June 2014: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released the 2014 edition of its landmark publication on 'The State of the World's Forests' (SOFO). The publication highlights the important role of forests and forest products in supporting livelihoods, noting that forests remain undervalued in decision-making.

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World Day to Combat Desertification Event Focuses on Ecosystem-based Adaptation [viewed]

world_day_to_combat_desertification_201417 June 2014: The 2014 World Day to Combat Desertification global observance event focused on the theme of ecosystem-based adaptation, with a rallying call “Land Belongs to the Future – Let's Climate Proof It.”

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