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State of the World's Animal Genetic Resources Report Urges Action to Conserve Livestock Diversity for Resilient Agriculture [viewed]

fao_headquarters27 January 2016: 'The Second Report on the State of the World's Animal Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture' (SoW-AnGR), published by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), underlines the key importance of livestock diversity for adapting production systems to the impacts of climate change and meeting global challenges such as increasing demand for animal protein. The report finds that global livestock diversity remains at risk, and calls for stronger efforts to conserve the existing pool of animal genetic resources.

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FAO, World Bank Project Supports Land Governance in the Russian Federation [viewed]

fao_headquarters26 January 2016: A multi-year joint project implemented by the Russian Federation's Federal Service for State Registration, Cadastre and Cartography (Rosreestr) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), with funding from the World Bank, has introduced an online system to simplify property registration and tracking across the country.

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FAO Council Session Considers Alignment with SDGs, Global Forest Resources Assessment [viewed]

fao_headquartersJanuary 2016: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has made available online the report of the 153rd session of the FAO Council, held from 30 November to 4 December 2015, at FAO headquarters in Rome, Italy. The Council addressed a number of issues related to forestry, including alignment of the FAO Strategic Framework with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the outcomes of the XIV World Forestry Congress and the findings of the FAO Global Forest Resources Assessment 2015, and recommended that FAO support strengthening the contributions of its work on forests to the FAO Strategic Objectives.

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Policy Update #14: Demystifying International Environmental Law [viewed]

In the final hours of the Paris Climate Change Conference negotiations, agreement was nearly derailed by a single word. The word “shall” appeared where negotiators had agreed the provision should start with “should.” For some countries, reverting “shall” back to “should” had legal implications with regard to their mitigation obligations. For those unfamiliar with the nuances of environmental law, the stand-off over these rather similar words might have seemed trivial, belying the nature of international negotiations. The reality is, however, that the carefully crafted language of multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs) matters, and has enormous implications on an agreement's form and function.

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Event: Third Meeting of the CFS OEWG on SDGs [viewed]

The Open-Ended Working Group (OEWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) was created by the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) at its 42nd session, with the task to discuss how CFS can put the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the SDGs at the center of its work. Specifically, the OEWG is expected to analyze those SDGs that are related to sustainable agriculture and food security and nutrition, agree on how CFS can provide a platform for sharing, learning and identifying challenges and achievements, and address policy gaps.  

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UNEP GEMS/Water Supports SDG Implementation, Opens Capacity Development Centre in Ireland [viewed]

unep_gems_water27 January 2016: The UN Environment Programme Global Environmental Monitoring System, Water (UNEP GEMS/Water) has opened a global Capacity Development Centre in Ireland, hosted by the University College Cork (UCC). The Centre will build capacity in developing countries for water quality monitoring and assessment, supported by the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government, Ireland, and Irish Aid.

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CFS OEWG Discusses Work to Support SDG Implementation [viewed]

CFS21 January 2016: Meeting at the headquarters of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), member countries and multi-stakeholder participants of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) Open-ended Working Group (OEWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) addressed the OEWG workplan for the year and next steps regarding CFS work in support of implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and achievement of the SDGs.

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Event: Second Meeting of the CFS OEWG on SDGs [viewed]

The Open-Ended Working Group (OEWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) was created by the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) at its 42nd session, with the task to discuss how CFS can put the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the SDGs at the center of its work. Specifically, the OEWG is expected to analyze those SDGs that are related to sustainable agriculture and food security and nutrition, agree on how CFS can provide a platform for sharing, learning and identifying challenges and achievements, and address policy gaps.  

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Event: Asia-Pacific Forestry Week [viewed]

Organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and partners, and hosted by the Government of the Philippines, the Asia-Pacific Forestry Week will convene under the theme, 'Growing Our Future!' to reflect the need for society to proactively integrate forestry into the wider context of sustainable development. Five sub-thematic streams include: pathways to prosperity: future trade and markets; tackling climate change: challenges and opportunities; serving society: forestry and people; new institutions, new governance; and our green future: green investment and growing our natural assets.  

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Event: First Meeting of the CFS OEWG on SDGs [viewed]

The Open-Ended Working Group (OEWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) was created by the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) at its 42nd session, with the task to discuss how CFS can put the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the SDGs at the center of its work. Specifically, the OEWG is expected to analyze those SDGs that are related to sustainable agriculture and food security and nutrition and agree on how CFS can provide a platform for sharing, learning and identifying challenges and achievements and address policy gaps. The first meeting of the OEWG will allow participants to share their views on the objectives, scope and work of the OEWG, and to initiate a discussion on CFS' role and activities to support progress on the implementation of the SDGs falling within its mandate.  

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