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Event: 12th Meeting of the UN-REDD Policy Board [viewed]

The UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation (UN-REDD) will convene the 12th meeting of its Policy Board in order to reflect on the implications of Decisions from the 19th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The meeting will also consider the development of the UN-REDD Strategy for the period 2016-2021 and will consider National Programme Submission Forms from Argentina, Cote d'Ivoire and Mongolia.  

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UN-REDD Highlights UNEA Events and Outcomes [viewed]

UN-REDD Programme1 July 2014: The UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation (UN-REDD) released the July 2014 edition of its newsletter, which highlights a number of REDD+ related outcomes from the first UN Environmental Assembly (UNEA). In particular, the newsletter notes that during discussions on financing a green economy, REDD+ emerged as an opportunity for the promotion of sustainable development pathways.

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ITTO Tropical Forests Update Focuses on Payments for Environmental Services [viewed]

Itto1 July 2014: The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) released the 23rd edition of its quarterly update on tropical forests. This special issue focuses on recognizing the value of forest ecosystem services and covers the proceedings and conclusions from the International Forum on Payments for Environmental Services (PES) of Tropical Forests.

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FAO, FFF Partners Build Support for Local Forest Producers [viewed]

FAO30 June 2014: In recognition of the important role of indigenous peoples, local communities and smallholders in forest management, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) released two reports on strengthening forest producer organizations.

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UNCCD Celebrates 20 Years, Embarks on New Arrangements [viewed]

UNCCD logoJune 2014: To mark the 20th anniversary of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), the Secretariat prepared an infographic with information related to key national achievements in addressing desertification, land degradation and drought (DLDD) and achievements that could not have been accomplished without the UNCCD.

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Initiative in East Africa Launched to Address Illegal Logging and Timber Trade [viewed]

UNEP:Interpol:FAO:UNDP:UNODC26 June 2014: Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda announced, at the first UN Environment Assembly (UNEA), an initiative to address the illegal timber trade originating from East Africa, recognizing also that illegal logging must be mitigated, and forests managed sustainably, in order to reduce emissions from forest loss.

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IPBES Offers Draft Guidance on Regional and Sub-Regional Assessments [viewed]

ipbes19 June 2014: The Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) has released the first draft of a guidance document addressing the scoping of IPBES deliverable 2b, on regional and sub-regional assessments. The draft guidance is being circulated to member States and observers for comments to assist the Multidisciplinary Expert Panel (MEP) and Bureau with its finalization.

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Event: ITPGR 10th Anniversary Celebration [viewed]

Co-organized by the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) and the Geneva, Switzerland, office of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) under the patronage of the ITPGR High-Level Task Force, this high-level event will mark the tenth anniversary of the ITPGR's entry into force. The event will focus on the Treaty's role in addressing food-deficiencies in low income countries and preview future contributions to technology innovation for food security, agricultural biodiversity conservation and climate adaptation. The agenda includes presentations on recent activities and achievements in benefit-sharing and a round table discussion on future challenges and opportunities. In addition, an overview of the currently on-going third round of projects under the Treaty's Benefit-sharing Fund will aim to showcase the vital role of plant genetic resources in ensuring global food security and the success of the Treaty's system of access and benefit-sharing (ABS). The event will also highlight recent progress with regard to non-monetary benefit-sharing through the development of the Treaty's Global Information System on plant genetic resources, including a new initiative on seeds and genomics called “DivSeek.”  

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FAO and PROFOR Guide Supports Forest Governance Assessments [viewed]

fao-profor24 June 2014: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the World Bank's Program on Forests (PROFOR) have released a guide on assessing forest governance. The organizations also convened a discussion to help users best implement the guide, which supports improved governance through the identification of problems and implementation of reform.

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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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