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42nd Session of the Committee on World Food Security Opens [viewed]

CFS12 October 2015: Organized under the theme, ‘Making a Difference in Food Security and Nutrition,' the 42nd session of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS 42), an intergovernmental body that serves as a forum for the review and follow-up of food security and nutrition policies, has commenced in Rome, Italy.

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FAO Launches Forest Land Use Data Platform [viewed]

FLUDE9 October 2015: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has launched the ‘Forest Land Use Data Explorer' (FLUDE), an online platform that allows users to access data from FAO's Global Forest Resources Assessment (FRA) 2015 and other databases to facilitate exploration and analysis of forest land use change and global trends related to forests.

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Responsible Fisheries Code Celebrates 20 Years [viewed]

Red Mullet on display with the FAO Fishing Zone indicated on the label (photo courtesy of FAO)8 October 2015: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN's (FAO) Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries marked its 20-year anniversary at the first International Fisheries Stakeholders Forum. The Code sets principles and international standards of behavior for responsible fishing practices with the aim of ensuring the conservation, management and development of living aquatic resources.

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ITPGRFA Governing Body Decides to Enhance Benefit-Sharing and Sustainable Use [viewed]

ITPGRFA GB69 October 2015: The sixth Session of the Governing Body (GB 6) of the International Treaty for Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA) concluded with the adoption of 13 resolutions.

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Event: 42nd Session of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS 42) [viewed]

Organized under the theme ‘Making a Difference in Food Security and Nutrition,' the 42nd session of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS 42) will address agenda items, related to: CFS and the sustainable development challenge; policy convergence, including a policy round table on water for food security and nutrition, and the framework for action for food security and nutrition in protracted crises; coordination and linkages between CFS and other food security and nutrition stakeholders at the global, regional and national levels; ongoing workstreams, including the Global Strategic Framework for Food Security and Nutrition, the outcomes of the High-Level Forum on Connecting Smallholders to Markets, the report on the findings of the CFS effectiveness survey, and the multi-year programme of work and priorities for 2016-2017; the role of CFS in advancing nutrition; and organizational issues. Special events will be held on youth for food security and nutrition and resilience building for sustainable food security and nutrition. The session marks the culmination of some areas of work, including the anticipated endorsement of the Framework for Action for Food Security and Nutrition in Protracted Crises, but also launches the beginning of new areas of work like the role CFS will play in nutrition and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.  

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Event: Stakeholder Days Prior to IPBES-4 [viewed]

The Stakeholder Days, organized prior to the fourth Plenary Session of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES-4), aim to provide observers and stakeholders of IPBES with updates about the IPBES process and their engagement in IPBES-4, and to provide an opportunity to prepare joint positions on key issues.  

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Event: First International Fisheries Stakeholders Forum [viewed]

The First International Fisheries Stakeholders Forum will convene on the 20th Anniversary of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) Code of Conduct. Participants will discuss: the Code of Conduct for responsible fisheries, including challenges related to oceans; fisheries and aquaculture; tuna, including Atlantic, Indian and Pacific species; shrimp; cephalopods; challenges related to consumers, industry and trade; fisheries management, including the role of regional fisheries management organizations (RFMOs); and illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing (IUU); and sustainability and certification.  

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ITPGRFA Governing Body to Discuss Enhancement of MLS on Access and Benefit-Sharing [viewed]

ITPGR5 October 2015: The sixth session of the Governing Body (GB 6) of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA) is convening from 5-9 October 2015, to discuss, among other issues, a proposal for a package of measures that would enhance the functioning of its Multilateral System on Access and Benefit-sharing (MLS) for Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (PGRFA), as well as the Global Information System for PGRFA, farmers' rights, and the sustainable use of PGRFA.

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Intersessional Working Group Proposes Subscription System for ABS under the ITPGRFA MLS [viewed]

ITPGR2 October 2015: The Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group to Enhance the Functioning of the Multilateral System (MLS) of Access and Benefit-sharing (ABS) established under the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA) made a series of recommendations to the sixth session of the ITPGRFA Governing Body (GB 6). Proposed tasks for further work include elaboration of a subscription system for user-based payments to the MLS and revision of the Standard Material Transfer Agreement (SMTA).

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FAO Launches Peer Review Process for National Forest Monitoring Guidelines [viewed]

fao_headquarters2 October 2015: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) Forestry Department has launched an online forum to gather external input and improve the first draft of its Voluntary Guidelines on National Forest Monitoring (Section III).

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