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Seven Biodiversity-related Conventions Discuss Strengthening Implementation, Synergies [viewed]

seven-biodiversity-related-conventions18 February 2016: Representatives of the Parties to seven biodiversity-related conventions held a workshop to explore ways to strengthen synergies and improve efficiency among the conventions, with a view to enhancing their implementation at all levels. The options and elements for a possible roadmap elaborated during the workshop will be submitted to the first meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Implementation (SBI) of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), to be held in May 2016.

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Event: Zero Draft of the Voluntary Guidelines for Sustainable Soil Management: Online Consultation [viewed]

The Global Soil Partnership (GSP) and the Global Forum on Food Security and Nutrition (FSN Forum) of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) are hosting an online consultation on the Zero Draft of the Voluntary Guidelines for Sustainable Soil Management (VGSSM). Developed by the Intergovernmental Technical Panel on Soils (ITPS) at the request of the 153rd session of the FAO Council in December 2015, the VGSSM aim to facilitate the implementation of the World Soil Charter and promote effective and sustainable soil management around the world. Among other questions, the consultation is exploring whether the draft guidelines: sufficiently outline a way to achieve sustainable soil management worldwide; include all the key technical elements to achieve sustainable soil management; take into account the great variety of ecosystem services provided by soils; will be “sufficient” to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); and identify activities that should be avoided to achieve multiple benefits through sustainable soil management. The revised draft of the VGSSM will be finalized by an Open-Ended Working Group, prior to its consideration by the GSP Plenary Assembly and the FAO Committee on Agriculture, for endorsement by the FAO Council.  

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Working Group Discusses CFS' Contribution to 2030 Agenda Implementation [viewed]

CFS27 February 2016: The second meeting of the Open Ended Working Group (OEWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) discussed an outline of a proposal on CFS engagement to advance the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including means of engagement and implications for the organization of CFS work.

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FAO Study Shows Benefits of Pollinators to Crop Yield Outcomes and Food Security [viewed]

fao_headquarters19 February 2016: With the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) expected to release its first assessment report on pollinators, pollination and food production this week, a study published by researchers associated with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) shows that pollinators such as bees play a key role in improving agricultural productivity and ensuring food security and nutrition.

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Event: Eighth Trondheim Conference on Biodiversity [viewed]

The eighth Trondheim Conference on Biodiversity will focus on 'Food systems for a sustainable future: interlinkages between biodiversity and agriculture,' with a view to identifying approaches for the achievement of mutually beneficial and sustainable outcomes, in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It will be hosted by the Government of Norway in collaboration with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the World Bank.  

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IPBES-4 to Discuss Assessments on Pollination and Methodologies for Biodiversity Scenarios [viewed]

ipbes22 February 2016: The Fourth Session of the Plenary of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES-4) has commenced, with participants expected to adopt IPBES' first assessment reports on pollinators, pollination and food production; and on scenarios and models of biodiversity and ecosystem services.

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Stakeholders Prepare for IPBES-4 [viewed]

ipbes22 February 2016: Representatives from academia, civil society, indigenous peoples and local communities (IPLCs) and the private sector spent two days receiving updates on the work of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) and coordinating their contribution to the Platform's fourth plenary session (IPBES-4). The 'Stakeholder Days,' facilitated by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the International Council for Science (ICSU)/Future Earth along with other volunteers, convened just before the commencement of IPBES-4.

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FAO Symposium Discusses Biotechnologies for Small-scale Farmers [viewed]

fao_headquarters17 February 2016: Participants to the International Symposium on the Role of Agricultural Biotechnologies in Sustainable Food Systems and Nutrition, organized by the Food and Agricultural Organization of the UN (FAO), concluded that agricultural biotechnologies will be essential to addressing the needs of small farmers and vulnerable populations combating hunger and adapting to climate change.

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Port State Measures Agreement on IUU Fishing Moves Closer to Entry into Force [viewed]

USA Flag11 February 2016: US President Barack Obama has signed the instrument that will allow the US to join the Agreement on Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing, following the passage by Congress of the Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing Enforcement Act of 2015 and bringing the US in line to become the 20th party to the Agreement. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) Agreement on Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate IUU Fishing aims to strengthen international efforts to address IUU fishing and to contribute to sustainable fisheries management and governance at all levels.

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Policy Update #17: Living in Harmony with Nature to Transform Our World: The CBD's Contribution to SDG Implementation (Part II) [viewed]

Part II: The Role of CBD National Reporting for Integrated SDG Implementation

Next to bottom-up implementation, another key feature of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is integration. The targets under the SDGs deliberately refer to multiple goals and different issue areas to facilitate mainstreaming across sectors and policy coherence in implementation. The second installment of this two-part policy update explores how implementation action and reporting under the CBD Strategic Plan can support this objective.

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