Biodiversity for Development

UN Celebrates 2014 World Food Day, FAO Releases State of Food and Agriculture Report [viewed]

FAO16 October 2014: International World Food Day 2014, celebrated on 16 October, focused on 'Family Farming: Feeding the World, Caring for the Earth.' The day, syncing with the 2014 International Year of Family Farming, featured statements, events, and reports from the UN system on the important role of family farmers.

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CFS Endorses Principles for Investing in Agriculture and Food Systems [viewed]

FAO13 October 2014: Governments and stakeholders approved the 'Principles for Responsible Investment in Agriculture and Food Systems' at the 41st session of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS 41). The Committee, which also endorsed policy recommendations on food loss and waste, and sustainable fisheries and aquaculture, met on 13 October 2014, in Rome, Italy.

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Business and Biodiversity Forum Seeks Greater Private Sector Engagement in CBD Goals [viewed]

cop1212 October 2014: The Business and Biodiversity Forum, which convened on the sidelines of the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP 12), included a high-level segment, a business and biodiversity workshop, a meeting of the Global Partnership for Business and Biodiversity, and various other events. The Forum aimed to increase the understanding of how businesses can better engage with and implement biodiversity-related initiatives, as well as to encourage governments and other stakeholders to create enabling environments to facilitate such engagement.

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Biodiversity Cities Summit Produces Gangwon/Pyeongchang Resolution [viewed]

cbd-iclei.biodiversitysummit14 October 2014: The Biodiversity Summit for Cities and National Governments 2014 held in parallel with the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP 12) has produced the 'Gangwon/Pyeongchang Resolution on Cities and Subnational Governments for Biodiversity.'

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EU Presents B4Life Flagship Initiative [viewed]

bioversity.for.life16 October 2014: In a side event on the theme, 'Does biodiversity matter for development?' held at the margins of the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP12), the EU discussed the launch of the 'Development Cooperation B4Life Flagship Initiative.'

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September 2014 Water Finance Update [viewed]

wb.adb.ebd.afdb.gefSeptember 2014: During the month of September, the World Bank, Global Environment Facility (GEF), Asian Development Bank (ADB), African Development Bank (AfDB) and European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) issued loans and highlighted work to address water-related issues including: conserving aquatic biodiversity; improving climate resilience; expanding water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services; implementing integrated water resources management (IWRM); and reducing disaster risk from flood and drought.

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Future Earth Forum Announces Research Agenda, Programmes [viewed]

futureearth24 September 2014: Future Earth, a global research platform on issues of sustainability, has announced its research agenda and a series of fast-track initiatives. At a gathering of scientists, researchers, and public and private decision-makers known as the 2014 Future Earth Forum, the network announced that the three central themes for its work will be: a dynamic plant; global sustainable development; and transformations towards sustainability.

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EMG Reports on Green Economy Knowledge Products [viewed]

emgSeptember 2014: The UN Environment Management Group (EMG) has published a ‘Stocktaking Report on Green Economy Knowledge Products by UN Agencies and Partners,' which compiles toolkits, best practices, lessons learned and assessment methodologies that support learning and capacity building on green economy.

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Third BioTrade Congress Discusses Sustainable Business, Nagoya Protocol [viewed]

unctad.cbd12 October 2014: The UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) organized its third BioTrade Congress under the theme, 'Promoting Sustainable use through Business Engagement.' The Congress sought to identify tools for fostering the sustainable use and sourcing of biodiversity-based products and services, and highlighted best practices and offered recommendations for activities in a range of industries, including cosmetics, traditional medicine, fashion design and tourism.

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Event: Mainstreaming Sector Policies into Integrated National Sustainable Development Planning: Enhancing Sustainable Tourism, Urbanization, Resource Efficiency, Biodiversity and Environmental Protection [viewed]

The UN Symposium on 'Mainstreaming Sector Policies into Integrated National Sustainable Development Planning: Enhancing Sustainable Tourism, Urbanization, Resource Efficiency, Biodiversity and Environmental Protection' will: address options, ways and means to promote sustainable tourism that is economically viable (for public and private investors), socially and economically beneficial (for employees and small-scale entrepreneurs), and environmentally benign (minimal environmental impacts, enhanced resource efficiency and biodiversity conservation); advocate and promote integrated policy decision-making related to sustainable urbanization and tourism at all levels, including the various concerned government departments and agencies and public, private and community stakeholders; propose recommendations of good practice (for project developers, planer, and financiers), in terms of integration of the three dimensions of sustainable development; exchange information, review and analyze trends in global and regional tourism demand, analyze demand projections and compare alternative approaches to marketing strategies; identify potential areas or projects for international cooperation and partnerships; and to document best practice examples for publication on the Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform hosted by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA). The event will be co-hosted by the Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization of Iran (ICHTO) and the Tehran Office of UN Development Programme (UNDP). It will be co-organized by DESA, in cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Department of Environment of the Islamic Republic of Iran.  

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