Biodiversity for Development

World Food Day Focuses on Sustainable Food Systems [viewed]

word-food-day-201316 October 2013: Organizations and communities globally celebrated World Food Day on 16 October 2013, under the theme 'Sustainable Food Systems for Food Security and Nutrition.' World Food Day is celebrated in 150 countries and is held on the anniversary of the founding of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) in 1945.

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Global Partnership for Oceans Releases Blue Ribbon Panel Report [viewed]

globalpartnershipforoceans16 October 2013: A panel of leaders from 16 countries, representing government, the private sector and civil society, has released recommendations for actions to improve ocean health. The Blue Ribbon Panel was convened by the World Bank to provide multi-stakeholder perspectives on achieving ecological, social and economic goals in the management of global oceans in support of the Global Partnership for Oceans (GPO).

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FAO Calls for Partnerships to Address Global Aquaculture Demand [viewed]

FAO15 October 2013: At the seventh session of the Committee on Fisheries Sub-Committee on Aquaculture (COFI AQ), over 50 countries endorsed a Global Aquaculture Advancement Partnership (GAAP) programme to bring together a broad range of public and private sector stakeholders to find sustainable aquaculture solutions.

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Fourth ASEAN Heritage Parks Conference Calls for Greater Private Sector Cooperation [viewed]

Asean4 October 2013: Participants at the Fourth Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Heritage Parks Conference in Tagaytay City, the Philippines, called for the sustainable management of protected areas, along with increased cooperation with the private sector in conserving and managing biodiversity, based on the appropriate valuation of natural resources.

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EMG Agrees to Actions on Environmental and Social Responsibility, Biodiversity, Land, the Green Economy and Chemicals [viewed]

UNEPOctober 2013: Hosted by the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the nineteenth senior officials meeting (SOM19) of the Environment Management Group (EMG) convened on 19 September in New York, the US. The senior officials agreed to actions on the framework for environmental and social responsibility, biodiversity, land, the green economy and chemicals.

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Leaders Propose Oceans Goal, Highlight Biodiversity at UNGA 68 High-level Debate [viewed]

United Nations1 October 2013: Leaders speaking at the 68th UN General Assembly (UNGA) High-level Debate highlighted, in their remarks regarding biodiversity, a call for a stand-alone oceans goal in the post-2015 agenda, the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), sustainable fisheries management, as well as the importance of sustainable mountain development to conservation.

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New Assessment Calls for Urban Areas to Take Stewardship of Ecosystem Services [viewed]

unhabitat-cbd--src-iclei4 October 2013: An assessment, titled 'Cities and Biodiversity Outlook (CBO),' underscores the need and the opportunity for cities to take ownership of critical ecosystem services to enhance biodiversity conservation and food security, in addition to reducing the overall ecological footprint of urban areas. 

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AFWC 19th Session Discusses Natural Resources and Africa's Economy [viewed]

fao-afwc1 October 2013: The 19th session of the African Forestry Wildlife Commission (AFWC) met in Windhoek, Namibia, from 30 September to 4 October, 2013. In his opening statement, Namibia's Minister of Agriculture, Water and Forestry, John Mutorwa, noted with regret that Africa is leading in losing natural resources, especially forests. 

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IFPRI Evaluates Lessons Learned for GMOs in Africa [viewed]

IFPRI LogoSeptember 2013: The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) has released a publication, titled 'Genetically modified crops in Africa: Economic and policy lessons from countries south of the Sahara,' which assesses the benefits, costs and risks of using genetically modified (GM) crops to enhance food production and food security in the region.

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Event: UNGA Second Committee - Organizational Meeting [viewed]

The UN General Assembly's (UNGA) Second Committee (Economic and Financial) will hold its organizational meeting on the morning of 9 October 2013 to elect the members of its Bureau for the 68th session, and to consider its proposed organization of work and the status of documentation for the session. The Committee will begin its substantive work for the session in the afternoon.  

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