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Natural Resources Natural Resources News / 13 October 2016
BiodiversityBiodiversity News
Second Committee Considers Sustainable Development Approach in UNGA 71
Read More: Second Committee Considers Sustainable Development Approach in UNGA 71
11_October 2016: During the UN General Assembly's (UNGA) Second Committee (Economic and Financial) annual debate on sustainable development (agenda item 19), governments stressed the need for: aligning the Committee's agenda with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development; addressing climate change, the El Niño phenomenon, desertification, land degradation and loss of biodiversity; strong partnerships; ensuring commensurate means of implementation with the ambition of the international agreements signed in 2015; and national ownership of development plans and strategies. continued...
Senior Arctic Officials Agree on Strategic Plan
Read More: Senior Arctic Officials Agree on Strategic Plan
6_October_2016: Senior officials from Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, the Russian Federation, Sweden, and the US and six indigenous Permanent Participant organizations approved an updated strategic plan and a new communications strategy at the Senior Arctic Officials' Council meeting. The meeting also recognized the Council's 20th anniversary. continued...
Asia-Pacific Ministers Commit to SDG Action on Health, Environment
Read More: Asia-Pacific Ministers Commit to SDG Action on Health, Environment
8_October_2016: Ministers and high-level officials from 14 Asia Pacific countries pledged to tackle hazardous chemicals, marine pollution, climate change, air pollution, water and sanitation, and destruction of coral reefs at a meeting of the Ministerial Regional Forum on Environment and Health in Southeast and East Asian Countries. The Forum resulted in the Manila Declaration on Health and Environment, which calls for action on specific Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and identifies areas of collaboration within and between countries. continued...
BiodiversityBiodiversity News (continued)
Farmers' Rights Consultation Calls for Further Work to Support Smallholders
Read More: Farmers' Rights Consultation Calls for Further Work to Support Smallholders
4_October_2016: Held from 27-30 September 2016, in Bali, Indonesia, the Second Global Consultation on Farmers' Rights exchanged views, experiences and best practices, and identified gaps and needs related to the implementation of farmers' rights as set out in the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR). continued...
LandLand News
UNECA LPI Pilot Projects to Mainstream Land Governance in Agricultural Strategies
Read More: UNECA LPI Pilot Projects to Mainstream Land Governance in Agricultural Strategies
4_October_2016: The UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) Land Policy Initiative (LPI) held an inception workshop to launch a series of pilot projects meant to improve collaboration between African ministries of agriculture and land by mainstreaming land governance into agricultural development strategies and plans. Participating ministers committed to ensuring that land reforms secure land rights, provide equal access to land and promote responsible agricultural investments. continued...
FAO and NGOs Launch FPIC Manual
Read More: FAO and NGOs Launch FPIC Manual
10_October 2016: A manual developed by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) in collaboration with several non-governmental organizations (NGOs) provides information for project managers on the right to free prior and informed consent (FPIC). The manual contains a six-step procedure to facilitate the FPIC process. It shows FPIC benefits, as well as provides the regulatory framework to be used when mainstreaming indigenous peoples' rights within organizations' policies and standards. continued...
Natural Resources Natural Resources Policy & Practice Calendar: Current & Upcoming Events
Second International Legume Society Conference Lisbon, Lisboa, Portugal 11 Oct - 14 Oct
Our Global Commons: An International Dialogue Washington D.C., US 12 Oct - 13 Oct
UNGA Consideration of Appointment of UN Secretary-General New York City, US 13 Oct
2016 Mayors' Summit on the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact Rome, Lazio, Italy 13 Oct - 14 Oct
CFS Forum on Urbanization, Rural Transformation and Implications for Nutrition Rome, Lazio, Italy 14 Oct
World Food Day 2016 worldwide 14 Oct - 16 Oct
Lomé Conference: Protect Our Oceans Lome, Togo 15 Oct
Habitat III Quito, Pichincha, Ecuador 17 Oct - 20 Oct
World Mountain Forum 2016 Mbale, Eastern, Uganda 17 Oct - 20 Oct
43rd Session of the Committee on World Food Security Rome, Lazio, Italy 17 Oct - 21 Oct
Belum Rainforest Summit 2016 Pulau Banding, Gerik, Perak, Malaysia 17 Oct - 22 Oct
35th Meetings of the CCAMLR Commission and Scientific Committee Hobart, Tasmania, Australia 17 Oct - 28 Oct
UNCCD CRIC 15 Nairobi, Kenya 18 Oct - 20 Oct
UNECE COFFI 74 Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland 18 Oct - 20 Oct
Informal Meeting of UNGA Plenary with Secretary-General-designate New York City, US 19 Oct
 
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