Announcement / Statement

CGIAR Institutions Enacting Open Access and Data Management Policy [viewed]

CGIAR26 November 2013: In a commitment to making information products, including spatial, crop, socio-economic and genomic datasets, open access over the next five years, the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) has put into place its Open Access and Data Management Policy.

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IFAD Launches Support to Family Farming in Asia and Pacific [viewed]

IFAD26 November 2013: During a workshop held from 23-24 November 2013 in Bangkok, Thailand, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) launched its second phase of the Medium Term Cooperation Program, which seeks to support up to 20 million farmers across Asia and the Pacific through grants to Asian Farmers' Organizations.

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Norway Announces $40 Million for UN-REDD [viewed]

UN-REDD Programme22 November 2013: The UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation (UN-REDD) has announced that Norway will give US$40 million in funding to support investments in REDD+ readiness, including improved governance and enhanced technical skills as well as knowledge sharing and capacity building.

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International Year of Family Farming Launch Underscores Links to Sustainable Development [viewed]

familyfarmingcampaign22 November 2013: Launching the 2014 International Year of Family Farming (IYFF-2014) on 22 November 2013, the UN and global partners highlighted the crucial role of family farming in meeting the Zero Hunger Challenge, which aims to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger, promotes equitable, sustainable food systems and gives priority to family farming.

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World Bank Announces $280 Million Sustainable Forest Landscapes Initiative [viewed]

World Bank20 November 2013: The World Bank has announced the launch of a US$280 million BioCarbon Fund Initiative, titled 'Sustainable Forest Landscapes,' to be funded by the Governments of Norway ($135 million), the United Kingdom ($120 million) and the United States ($25 million).

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UNCCD Sets Theme for 2014 World Day to Combat Desertification [viewed]

UNCCD logo19 November 2013: The Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has announced that, on 17 June 2014, the World Day to Combat Desertification (WDCD) will focus on the theme of ecosystem-based adaptation and take place under the slogan 'Land belongs to the future, let's climate proof it!' 

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UN Officials Call for Universal Access to Sanitation on World Toilet Day [viewed]

worldtoiletday19 November 2013: On the occasion of the first official World Toilet Day, UN officials called for galvanizing action on sanitation and achieving universal access to sanitation in the post-2015 development agenda. The Day aims to make sanitation for all a global development priority, and to change behavior and policy on sanitation, including through ending open-air defecation, enhancing water management and improving human health.

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ICRAF and Sierra Leone Sign MOU [viewed]

World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)18 November 2013: The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) has announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Government of Sierra Leone to support strategic research on agroforestry.

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CBD Secretariat Invites Parties' Submissions on Geo-Engineering-Related Measures [viewed]

CBD12 November 2013: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has invited parties to submit information on any measures they have undertaken to ensure that no climate-related geo-engineering activities that may affect biodiversity take place, and to address the exception for small-scale scientific research studies contained in CBD Decision X/33, subparagraph 8(w) on geo-engineering.

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GBIF Announces New Citizen Science Platform for the Oceans [viewed]

GBIf13 November 2013: The Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) has announced a partnership with a citizen science platform called 'Diveboard,' allowing recreational divers to contribute records of species occurrences from the world's oceans, including inland water bodies. The data will help support marine biologists' research worldwide.

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