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UNGA Adopts Political Declaration on Antimicrobial Resistance, Discusses Links with SDGs [viewed]

ga-71-logo21 September 2016: During a high-level meeting convened by the President of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) on the sidelines of the 71st General Debate, UN Member States adopted a political declaration on antimicrobial resistance (AMR). They also called for action, and outlined initiatives carried out nationally to address AMR.

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World Bank Report Reveals Cost of Inaction on Antimicrobial Resistance [viewed]

world_bank_new18 September 2016: The World Bank has released a draft report examining the economic and development consequences of antimicrobial resistance (AMR). The report finds that drug-resistant infections could cause economic damage ranging from 1.1% of global gross domestic product (GDP) in a low impact scenario, and up to 3.5% of global GDP in a high impact scenario, with middle- and low- income countries losing up to 5% of GDP.

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Event: Fifth Mediterranean Forest Week [viewed]

The Fifth Mediterranean Forest Week is dedicated to forests and landscape restoration in the Mediterranean basin. It aims to strengthen exchanges and synergies between global stakeholders in the restoration of Mediterranean forests and landscapes, to help achieve Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 15 (Life on Land) and other globally agreed targets related to forest restoration, and facilitate the adaptation of Mediterranean forest landscapes to climate change. It is hosted by Morocco and co-organized by the Committee on Mediterranean Forestry Questions - Silva Mediterranea of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the Global Mechanism of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), the World Bank, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and other partners.  

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Event: World Soil Day 2016 [viewed]

World Soil Day has been commemorated annually since 2013, following the adoption of a Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) Council resolution calling on the wider UN System to recognize 5 December as World Soil Day and to institutionalize its observance. The resolution was subsequently adopted by the 68th UN General Assembly. World Soil Day 2016 will feature celebrations at global, regional and national levels under the theme of ‘Soils and pulses, a symbiosis for life'.  

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Event: Global Dialogue on Accelerating Progress towards the Aichi Biodiversity Targets [viewed]

The Sustainable Ocean Initiative (SOI) is hosting a ‘Global Dialogue with Regional Seas Organizations and Regional Fisheries Bodies on Accelerating Progress Towards the Aichi Biodiversity Targets'. The dialogue will bring together regional bodies to share lessons learned on regional-scale cooperation and scientific mechanisms to implement and make progress towards achieving the Aichi Biodiversity Targets and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in marine and coastal areas. Participants will also discuss implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and opportunities for global processes and initiatives to better support regional-level collaboration and implementation of the Strategic Plan, the Aichi Biodiversity Targets and the SDGs. The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), Secretariat of the North East Atlantic Fisheries Commission, Secretariat of the Nairobi Convention, IUCN-CEM-Fisheries Expert Group, and Global Ocean Biodiversity Initiative are organizing the dialogue.  

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2016 Our Ocean Conference Generates 136 Initiatives on Oceans, with US$5.24 Billion in Support [viewed]

our_oceans16 September 2016: Participants at the third Our Ocean Conference announced over 136 initiatives on protecting ocean areas, promoting sustainable fisheries, reducing marine pollution, addressing climate and the ocean, building capacity, supporting coastal communities, and mapping and further understanding the ocean. Financial commitments included more than US$5.24 billion in support and commitments to protect nearly four million square kilometers of the ocean.

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FAO Action Plan Addresses Antimicrobial Resistance in Food and Agricultural Systems [viewed]

fao_headquarters14 September 2016: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has published an 'Action Plan on Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) 2016-2020' that aims to help countries develop strategies to minimize the emergence and spread of AMR in their food chains.

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FAO Releases Proceedings of Symposium on Agricultural Biotechnologies [viewed]

fao_headquartersSeptember 2016: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released the proceedings of an international symposium on 'The Role of Agricultural Biotechnologies in Sustainable Food Systems and Nutrition.' Participants at the symposium discussed how such technologies can address the needs of small farmers and vulnerable populations in combating hunger and adapting to climate change.

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Guest Article #60: Why Legal Timber Matters [viewed]

Have you ever run your hand across a gleaming table top and wondered where its wood came from? Or asked whose job it was to cut the logs that became your new bookcase? Whose trees were used to produce that pencil you're chewing on?

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FAO-USAID Project Building Capacity to Measure SDG 2 [viewed]

fao_usaid7 September 2016: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the US Agency for International Development (USAID) signed an agreement to boost the capacity of developing countries to track agricultural data and progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The FAO-led project aims to design and implement agricultural integrated surveys (AGRIS), a cost-effective approach to collecting agricultural data in developing countries.

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