Capacity Building & Education

Event: International Virtual Congress on Green Economy and Socio-productive Inclusion: The Role of Family Agriculture [viewed]

Brazil's Ministry of Agricultural Development, with support from the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), will hold a "virtual congress" aimed at providing a platform for civil society and the general public to discuss sustainable development issues related to family agriculture with experts, researchers and public sector managers. The discussions will be synthesized into a special report that will be presented to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20). The virtual conference will feature two broad conferences on the themes of "green economy" and "socio-productive inclusion," while specialized forums will be provided on three thematic axes: rural sustainable development (including poverty and the role of women); natural resources and food sovereignty (including water and land management, desertification and climate change); and sustainable consumption and production.  

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GEF SGP Highlights Biodiversity Projects in Uruguay [viewed]

12 March 2012: The Global Environment Facility Small Grants Programme (GEF SGP), implemented by the UN Development Programme (UNDP), has highlighted the results of two projects in Uruguay. One promoted organic farming of native species and the other addressed land planning in protected area buffer zones.

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UPU Letter-writing Competition Winners Announced at Year of Forests Ceremony [viewed]

9 February 2012: The winners of the Universal Postal Union's (UPU) International letter-writing competition for 2011 were presented with their awards during the closing ceremony of the International Year of Forests 2011, held at UN Headquarters in New York, US.

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World Bank Supports Green Growth Project in Brazilian State of Piaui [viewed]

World Bank6 March 2012: The World Bank has approved a US$350 million loan to promote sustainable agriculture, education and social inclusion in Piauí, one of Brazil's poorest states.

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UNCCD Launches Redesigned Website [viewed]

2 March 2012: The Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has launched a redesigned website.

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SPC Announces Plant Health Clinics Pilot Project [viewed]

5 March 2012: The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) has announced that a pilot plant health clinic will be tested in Solomon Islands, and if successful, scaled up to include other Pacific Island countries.

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FAO Releases Reports on Methodologies and Good Practices for Sustainable Bioenergy [viewed]

FAO5 March 2012: The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has announced several new publications from its Bioenergy and Food Security Criteria and Indicators (BEFSCI) project on: methodologies, good practices, and policy measures for promoting sustainable bioenergy development.

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Exhibition Showcases Germany's UNESCO World Heritage Sites [viewed]

UNESCO2 March 2012: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has reported on the presentation by the German Federal Foreign Office of the exhibition "World Heritage in Germany." The Berlin exhibition provides an overview of the 36 World Heritage sites in Germany.

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World Bank Supports the Strengthening of Mexico's Social Resilience [viewed]

World Bank1 March 2012: The World Bank has approved a US$300.75 million loan to strengthen Mexico's social resilience to extreme situations, in particular those caused by climate change. The development policy loan promotes state-level climate change action planning, disaster risk reduction (DRR), and the implementation of land development activities, especially at the municipal level, as well as community-level sustainable forest management (SFM). This is the first World Bank programme that focuses on reducing the social impact from climate change effects.

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WIPO IGC Focuses on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources [viewed]

29 February 2012: The 20th session of the Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore (IGC) of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) prepared and agreed to transmit a single, consolidated document on intellectual property and genetic resources to the next session of the WIPO General Assembly, scheduled to take place in October 2012.

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