Agriculture & Food Security

ASEAN-UN Summit Highlights Plan of Action 2016-2020 [viewed]

ASEAN UN8 September 2016: Leaders of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the UN met on the sidelines of the ASEAN Summit to discuss increased cooperation and strengthening their partnership. Addressing the gathering, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed cooperation between the two organizations through the ASEAN-UN Plan of Action, which addresses the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Paris Agreement on climate change, and gender equality and women's empowerment, among other issues.

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Event: Global Landscapes Forum 2016 [viewed]

The 2016 Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) will address the theme of ‘Climate Action for Sustainable Development' and will convene on the sidelines of the 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 22) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The GLF aims to highlight integrated landscape approaches as “the most promising tool” for realizing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) as outlined under the Paris Agreement. Organized around 30 interactive sessions and exhibitions, as well as online events and a global social media campaign, the discussions will explore diverse sustainable landscape solutions, ranging from climate projects that deliver co-benefits for communities, affordable credit for smallholders, and regional commitments to large-scale restoration of degraded lands. The GLF was inaugurated at COP 19 in Warsaw, Poland, integrating the previous Forest Days and Agriculture and Rural Development Days to create a broad platform of actors involved in landscape research and policy. GLF 2016 is convened by a consortium of coordinating partners, including the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and several other research centers of the CGIAR Consortium, the World Bank, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and Credit Suisse, with funding from UKaid and CGIAR.  

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Event: 2016 Our Ocean Conference [viewed]

The third 'Our Ocean' conference, organized by the US Department of State and hosted by US Secretary of State John Kerry, will convene under the theme, ‘Our Ocean, One Future'. The conference, in addition to tracking progress made on commitments from the first two conferences, is expected to focus on marine protected areas (MPAs), sustainable fishing, marine pollution, and climate and ocean. The meeting will aim to catalyze actions to protect the ocean from threats posed by unsustainable and illegal fishing, pollution and climate change as well as empower a new generation of leaders to identify solutions and commit to protecting and conserving the ocean and its resources. The conference is also expected to generate commitments to protect the ocean with a focus on the role of technological innovation and entrepreneurship in ocean conservation and sustainable use; and partnerships with relevant industries, such as fisheries, technologists, plastics producers, waste management companies, major retailers and producers, as well as multilateral development banks (MDBs) and civil society, including philanthropies, academia and the faith-based community. A parallel event at Georgetown University, 'Our Ocean, One Future Leadership Summit,' will focus on youth and student engagement in ocean policy and advocacy.  

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IUCN Publication Explores Benefits and Shortfalls of Voluntary Certification Standards [viewed]

IUCN5 September 2016: The latest volume of 'Policy Matters,' a peer-reviewed journal published by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Commission on Environmental, Economic and Social Policy (CEESP), investigates the benefits and shortfalls of voluntary certification standards (VCS) for biodiversity and human livelihoods. The ten papers of the volume outline several examples of successful VCS; however the cases presented also show that there is a need to develop methods to evaluate the impacts of VCS schemes and to strengthen the relationship between certification schemes and public institutions.

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Ahead of COP 22, African Ministers Stress Climate-Smart Ocean Economies [viewed]

worldbank_mauritius2 September 2016: African Ministers have adopted a communiqué that emphasizes the importance of building climate-smart ocean economies for sustaining the lives of millions of Africans. The Mauritius Communiqué was agreed at the conclusion of the conference 'Towards COP 22: African Ministerial Conference on Ocean Economies and Climate Change.'

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TICAD-VI Adopts Declaration on Structural Transformation, Shared Prosperity [viewed]

ticadSeptember 2016: Heads of State and Government and representatives of Japan and 54 African countries have adopted the Nairobi Declaration, a three-year plan to promote structural economic transformation, resilient health care systems and social stability for shared prosperity. The officials were gathered for the Sixth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD-VI) Summit, which focused on the theme, ‘Advancing Africa's Sustainable Development Agenda: TICAD Partnership for Prosperity.'

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Event: Launch of the Rural Development Report 2016 [viewed]

This panel discussion will bring together leaders from the policy, research and development communities to examine some of the key findings of this flagship International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) report. Drawing on contributions from rural development experts in over 60 developing countries, the 2016 Rural Development Report highlights the centrality of rural and agricultural development to overall economic growth and concludes that targeted policies focused on rural people will eliminate poverty in developing countries. The launch event will be opened by Kanayo Nwanze, IFAD President, Paolo Gentiloni, Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Italy, and Enrico Morando, Deputy Minister for Economy and Finance, Italy.  

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IUCN Warns: Ocean Warming May Be the 'Greatest Hidden Challenge' [viewed]

IUCN5 September 2016: The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has released a review on ocean warming that suggests it may “be the greatest hidden challenge of our generation." The review, launched at IUCN's World Conservation Congress (WCC) in Honolulu, Hawai'i, US, stresses the extent and scale of ocean warming on the world's ecosystems and human well-being, from direct and indirect effects on fish stocks to increased risk to water-borne diseases and extreme weather events.

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Pacific Forum Discusses Steps Towards Sustainable Food Systems [viewed]

ifad_cta_pipso1 September 2016: The second Pacific Agribusiness Forum discussed opportunities for sustainable food systems in the Pacific region, including possibilities for producing added-value and processed food, improving farmers' access to markets, and ensuring compliance with quality standards.

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UNEP Publications Identify Water Pollution Impacts, Promote Sustainable Sanitation and Wastewater Management [viewed]

UNEP SEI30 August 2016: In tandem with World Water Week in Stockholm, Sweden, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) released two publications on water issues, which identify the impacts of increased waterway pollution and propose sustainable solutions for sanitation and wastewater management.

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