Africa

ITTO Annual Report 2013 Welcomes New Members [viewed]

Itto26 September 2014: The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) released its Annual Report for 2013 highlighting the addition of three new members, Brazil, Colombia and Costa Rica, to the International Tropical Timber Agreement (ITTA), 2006.

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69th General Debate Continues Discussion of Post-2015 Agenda, Highlights Biodiversity, SIDS Issues [viewed]

unga6925 September 2015: During the second day of the general debate for the 69th UN General Assembly (UNGA), speakers focused on the post-2015 development agenda and climate change, as well as issues related to international security and UN reform. Several speakers identified development enablers, with many emphasizing that sustainable development cannot be achieved without peace and security.

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FAO Seeks to Strengthen SFM Criteria and Indicators [viewed]

Forest Europe FAOSeptember 2014: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) announced the launch of a project to develop and harmonize criteria and indicators (C&I) for sustainable forest management (SFM). The project will focus, in particular, on developing socio-economic and governance indicators.

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World Conference Reaffirms Commitment to Indigenous Peoples' Rights [viewed]

wcip23 September 2014: Delegates at the first World Conference on Indigenous Peoples (WCIP) adopted an outcome document calling for the appointment of a high-level UN official on indigenous peoples, and for UN system-wide coherence of efforts to bring about the full realization of indigenous peoples' rights. The conference outcome urges all concerned to address the needs of indigenous women, youth, persons with disabilities, and older people.

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Eleven Sites Added to UNESCO Global Geoparks Network [viewed]

global geoparts23 September 2014: The Global Network of Geoparks has grown to 111 sites, with the addition of 11 new sites at the sixth International UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Conference on Global Geoparks, held from 19-22 September, in Saint John Brunswick, Canada.

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CFF Report Evaluates Geographical Indications and Support for Traditional Crops [viewed]

cirad.publication20 September 2014: A recent report, titled 'Geographical Indications, Biodiversity and Poor Communities,' explores how geographical indications (GIs) can support the conservation and sustainable use of traditional crop varieties through enhancing pro-poor value chains in developing countries.

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UNGA's Second Committee Launches Work [viewed]

UNGA19 September 2014: The UN General Assembly's Second Committee (Economic and Financial) held its organizational session for UNGA 69, on 19 September 2014, in New York, US. The Second Committee will conduct its substantive work from 7 October until 26 November, beginning with the general debate on 7-9 October.

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IDRC Project in Ethiopia Improves Nutrition through Plant Breeding [viewed]

IDRCSeptember 2014: Farmers in southern Ethiopia have achieved a two-fold increase in chickpea productivity through enhanced soil health and improved crop varieties. At the same time, improved food processing, preparation methods and education programs have contributed to better nutrition, including through the incorporation of chickpeas into diets.

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GRID-Arendal, INTERPOL Reports Show How to Identify Forest Crime [viewed]

INTERPOL - GRID-ArendalSeptember 2014: INTERPOL and GRID-Arendal, a centre collaborating with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), have published three reports on 'How to Identify Forest Crime' in Africa, Asia and Latin America. The reports use pictures to guide readers through the identification of forest crime as well as steps to take in prosecuting a suspect.

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Event: Joint CBD, UNCCD Workshop on NBSAPs - NAP Synergies [viewed]

The Secretariats of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) are jointly organizing a workshop on synergies for the design, development and implementation of CBD National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs) and UNCCD National Action Programmes (NAPs). Participants will be selected to attend through a nomination process and will include those directly responsible for the development, updating and/or implementation of the CBD NBSAPs and the UNCCD NAPs. Nominations should be submitted no later than 10 October 2014. This meeting will convene immediately after the North Africa Regional Workshop of the UN-Water Initiative, titled ‘Capacity Development to Support National Drought Management Policies,' which is taking place from 17-20 November 2014.  

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