Agriculture & Food Security

ELD Completes Economic Assessments of SLM in Jordan, Mali and Sudan [viewed]

eld17 June 2015: The Economics of Land Degradation (ELD) Initiative has completed three economic valuations of sustainable land management (SLM) practices in Jordan, Mali and Sudan. The studies were conducted by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and its partners, and based on experiences from ongoing SLM projects in the three countries.

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Montpellier Declaration Urges Coordinated Action on Climate Change, Land Degradation [viewed]

desertifactions13 June 2015: More than 300 participants from 57 countries attending Désertif'actions 2015 (D'a15) - an international civil society forum on combating desertification and land degradation - adopted the Montpellier Declaration, highlighting the “undeniable link” between land degradation, sustainable development and international stability, “in a context of present and future impacts of global warming.”

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Third Meeting of ITPGR High-Level Task Force Focuses on Resource Mobilization for Continued Benefit-Sharing [viewed]

ITPGR9 June 2015: The High-Level Task Force of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) held its third meeting on 9 June 2015, at the headquarters of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), to discuss ways to enhance resource mobilization.

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Papal Encyclical Highlights Climate Change as Critical ‘Moral Issue' [viewed]

vatican18 June 2015: Pope Francis has released his encyclical, which calls on the Catholic world and "all men and women of good will” to address global environmental deterioration. The papal letter, titled ‘Laudato Si' or ‘Praised Be' (a reference to a prayer from the Pope's namesake St. Francis, the patron saint of ecology), declares that climate change is one of the principal challenges facing humanity and that the science of climate change is clear. Pope Francis adds that the Catholic Church views climate change as a moral issue that must be addressed in order to protect the Earth, "our common home."

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World Desertification Day 2015 Showcases Champions of Land Restoration [viewed]

wdcd201517 June 2015: The global observance event for the 2015 World Day to Combat Desertification (WDCD), which took place in Milan, Italy, on 17 June as part of the ongoing UN EXPO Milano, featured high-level speakers, visual and verbal testimonies from community representatives and well-known personalities, and a live music show by the Senegalese band, Titi & Baribagass. The celebrations recognized the 2015 winners of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) 'Land for Life Award' and international short-writing and cartoon contests, as well as 34 new National Drylands Champions from Brazil and Portugal.

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Event: EXPO Milano 2015 Panel - Links between Forests, Food and Life [viewed]

The Government of Austria is convening a high level panel on the links between forests and food as a contribution to the EXPO Milano theme, ‘Feeding the Planet – Energy for Life'. Including panelists such as, Andrä Rupprechter, Federal Minister of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management, Austria, and Eduardo Rojas-Briales, Assistant Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO). The panel will consider how forests can contribute to the challenge of feeding the world's growing population in light of the increased pressure on forests from over-exploitation. The panel will be moderated by James Astill, the Political Editor and Bagehot Columnist of ‘The Economist'.  

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Southern, Eastern European Countries Seek Ways to Adopt Climate-friendly Technologies [viewed]

fao-iea-ebrd17 June 2015: A workshop for post-Soviet and southern and eastern Mediterranean countries convened to discuss policies and investment conditions conducive to the development and transfer of energy efficiency, renewable energy and other low-carbon technologies. The workshop was organized by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the International Energy Agency (IEA) in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), and hosted by the Turkish Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources.

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World Desertification Day Highlights SLM-Food Security Links [viewed]

wdcd201517 June 2015: Various Heads of UN institutions and other international organizations published messages to mark the 2015 World Day to Combat Desertification (WDCD) on 17 June, which was commemorated under the slogan, ‘No such thing as a free lunch: Invest in healthy soils.'

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Event: Oceans Day at UNFCCC COP 21 [viewed]

Oceans Day will be held on the sidelines of the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). It aims to advance the oceans and climate change agenda at COP 21 and beyond. Activities undertaken for the Day will: report on the science of oceans and climate change; showcase successful efforts in policies on oceans and climate, such as on ocean acidification and linkages among biodiversity, climate change and fisheries, among others; identify key actions on oceans and climate change to be addressed through the UNFCCC process; identify what the oceans community can do to advance the oceans and climate change agenda outside of the UNFCCC process; and mobilize resources.

Oceans Day at COP 21 is expected to result in a strategic action plan for the oceans and climate change agenda for the next five years.  

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GLF Discusses Private Sector Financing for Sustainable Landscapes [viewed]

cifor_worldbank_unep_profor15 June 2015: The 'Global Landscapes Forum: The Investment Case' aimed to support greater private sector funding for sustainable landscapes management. In particular, the event discussed elements of a roadmap for the creation of funding instruments for forests and landscapes that deliver financial, social and environmental returns.

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