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UN Launches International Year of Soils on World Soil Day [viewed]

international year of soils5 December 2014: On World Soil Day, commemorated on 5 December, the UN launched the International Year of Soils (IYS) under the theme, ‘Soils, a foundation for family farming.' Events to mark the Day took place in Santiago, Chile; Rome, Italy; Bangkok, Thailand; and New York, US.

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Republic of Korea Outlines Actions to Address IUU Fishing in NPOA [viewed]

korea-flagAugust 2014: The Republic of Korea's Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries has submitted the third review of its National Plan of Action (NPOA) to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO).

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UN-REDD Newsletter Highlights Discussions on REDD+ Post-2015 Vision [viewed]

unredd2 December 2014: The UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation (UN-REDD) has released the December 2014 edition of its newsletter highlighting planned discussions on the post-2015 vision for REDD+ and UN-REDD. High-level discussions will be held with UN agencies, national governments and indigenous peoples at the margins of the 20th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 20) to the UNFCCC.

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UNCCD Welcomes Rome Declaration on Nutrition, Highlights Role of SLM [viewed]

UNCCD logo1 December 2014: The UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has welcomed the Rome Declaration on Nutrition, which was adopted at the Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN 2). In a press release, UNCCD highlights the Declaration's linkages between the environment, food security and nutrition and proposes two pathways for action to increase the resilience of food systems.

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FAO and CPW Explore Wild Meat Markets and Consumption [viewed]

FAO1 December 2014: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) released a second fact sheet from the Collaborative Partnership on Sustainable Wildlife Management (CPW) focusing on wild meat. The fact sheet outlines the importance of wild meat for food and nutrition security while noting that many issues remain with regard to its harvesting, safe handling and marketing.

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FAO and Partners Build Capacity to Record Southern African Forest Statistics [viewed]

fao-sadc-itto27 November 2014: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) in collaboration with the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) and the Southern African Development Community Secretariat (SADC) convened a workshop on forest statistics for southern Africa. The meeting aimed to build the capacity of national forestry agencies and statistical institutions to gather and use data on forest products so as to contribute to policy formulation and decision-making.

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FAO Paper Advocates Rights-Based Approach to Agricultural Development [viewed]

FAONovember 2014: The Land and Water Division of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has published a working paper on engaging local farming knowledge through a rights-based approach to agricultural development. The paper argues that agricultural development efforts should support the integration of different knowledge systems in various areas and sectors of agriculture to achieve sustainable development objectives.

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FAO Initiative Supports Identification of Sharks and Rays [viewed]

FAO28 November 2014: An initiative led by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) is supporting fishers, observers and inspectors in the identification of sharks and rays. The 'Sharks and Rays Initiative' also seeks to: raise awareness for the protection of island biodiversity; enable compliance with new international measures; and address global pressures on shark and ray conservation.

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FAO Launches Index for Risk Management [viewed]

FAO27 November 2014: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has launched a tool that will use data from a range of international organizations and academic institutions to help countries prevent and respond to crises. The Index for Risk Management (InfoRM) currently covers 191 countries.

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Kenya Launches National Task Force on Anti-corruption for REDD+ [viewed]

unredd27 November 2014: As part of its REDD+ readiness process, the Government of Kenya and partners have launched a National Task Force on Anti-corruption for REDD+. The Task Force aims to identify how REDD+ can be more transparent and accountable and to support the implementation of social safeguards.

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