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CPF Chair Supports Two Forest Targets in SDGs [viewed]

fao-cpf23 June 2014: An ideal forests scenario for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) would include two forest-specific targets, according to Eduardo Rojas-Briales, chair of the 14-member Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF) and Assistant Deputy Director-General for Forestry, at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), in an interview during World Forest Week. Forests are specifically referenced under Proposed Goal 15 in the ‘Zero Draft' on the SDGs, which was released by the Co-Chairs of the Open Working Group (OWG) on the SDGs.

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YUNGA Releases Youth Soils Challenge Badge [viewed]

yunga18 June 2014: The Youth and UN Global Alliance (YUNGA) has released the ‘Soils Challenge Badge.' The booklet includes activities designed to help youth learn more about soils, including soil biodiversity and the role of youth in protecting soils for future generations.

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Event: Silva2015 and Third European Forest Week [viewed]

The 72nd joint session of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (ECE) Committee on Forests and the Forest Industry (COFFI) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) European Forestry Commission as well as the third European Forest Week (Silva2015) will discuss sustainable forest management (SFM) in Europe and the role of sustainable forest industries in the regional economy.  

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COFO 22 Opens, FAO Launches State of the World's Forests 2014 [viewed]

FAO23 June 2014: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released the 2014 edition of its landmark publication on 'The State of the World's Forests' (SOFO). The publication highlights the important role of forests and forest products in supporting livelihoods, noting that forests remain undervalued in decision-making.

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Event: 14th Congo Basin Forests Partnership (CBFP) Anchor Workshop [viewed]

This meeting will convene representatives and partners from the Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP) in order to discuss issues related to REDD+ in the region, the revised convergence plan of Commission des Forets d'Afrique Centrale (COMIFAC), ways and means to address drivers of deforestation, and the loss of forest biodiversity.  

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World Day to Combat Desertification 2014 Focuses on Ecosystem-Based Adaptation [viewed]

2014-world-day-to-combat-desertification17 June 2014: On the World Day to Combat Desertification (WDCD), which is celebrated annually on 17 June, UN leaders highlighted the importance of the Day's theme, ecosystem-based adaptation, and its slogan ‘Land Belongs to the Future, Let's Climate Proof It.'

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UN-REDD Reflects on Five Years of Support for REDD+ [viewed]

undp-fao-unepJune 2014: The UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation (UN-REDD), after five years of support for REDD+ readiness, has reviewed the evolution of the REDD+ landscape. The review focuses, in particular, on the five thematic areas of UN-REDD: measurement, reporting and verification (MRV), governance, stakeholder engagement, safeguards and multiple benefits, and the green economy.

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COFI 31 Endorses Guidelines on Small-Scale Fishers [viewed]

FAO13 June 2014: The 31st session of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) Committee on Fisheries (COFI 31) endorsed the Voluntary Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-scale Fisheries in the Context of Food Security and Poverty Eradication, the first international instrument focused entirely on small-scale fisheries.

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World Congress of Soil Science Highlights GSP and International Year of Soils [viewed]

20wcss13 June 2014: Celebrating the 90th anniversary of the International Union of Soil Sciences (IUSS), the 20th World Congress of Soil Science (WCSS) considered soils in space and time, soil properties and process, soil management and soil sustainability.

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WMO and FAO to Strengthen Collaboration [viewed]

wmo-fao13 June 2014: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) are strengthening their collaboration on areas of common concern, such as agricultural meteorology, desertification and drought.

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