Agriculture & Food Security

Event: Third Session of the Team of Technical and Legal Experts on Access and Benefit-Sharing [viewed]

Organized by the Secretariat of the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA) of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), this meeting will discuss the outputs of the CGRFA's Intergovernmental Technical Working Groups (ITWGs) on forest, plant, aquatic, and animal genetic resources for food and agriculture with regard to access to genetic resources and the fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising from their utilization (ABS). The meeting will aim to develop consolidated input for the consideration of sub-sector specific elements for ABS regarding genetic resources for food and agriculture at the sixteenth session of the CGRFA to be held in early 2017.  

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Indigenous Peoples' Day Focuses on Education Needs [viewed]

un_pfii_unesco_undp_wipo_cbd_unwomen9 August 2016: On the 2016 International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples, UN leaders called for improving indigenous children's access to education, emphasizing the need for textbooks and instruction to be available in minority languages, and for cultural identity to be respected. The UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) enshrines the right of indigenous peoples to education: Article 14 states that indigenous peoples have “the right to establish and control their educational systems and institutions…in a manner appropriate to their cultural methods of teaching and learning."

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CGIAR FTA Research Program Highlights 2015 Achievements in Annual Report [viewed]

landscapesandlivelihoodsAugust 2016: The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) confirm the importance of the integrated approach used by the CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry (FTA), the six FTA partners state in their 2015 annual report. The publication, titled ‘Landscapes Livelihoods Governance,' reflects on FTA achievements related to: livelihood systems; management and conservation of forest and tree resources; climate change adaptation and mitigation; and global governance, trade and investment, among other areas of work.

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CGRFA Releases Reports of ITWGs on Forest, Plant and Animal Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture [viewed]

CGRFAAugust 2016: The Secretariat of the Commission on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA) has released the reports of recent meetings of its Intergovernmental Technical Working Groups (ITWGs) on the Commission's work in different subsectors of genetic resources for food and agriculture. The reports cover the Fourth Session of the ITWG on Forest Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITWG-FGR), the Eighth Session of the ITWG on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITWG-PGR), and the Ninth Session of the ITWG on Animal Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITWG-AnGR).

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CGIAR Research Program on Dryland Systems Releases Annual Report [viewed]

CGIAR2 August 2016: The 2015 Annual Report of the CGIAR Research Program (CRP) on Dryland Systems, which is titled ‘Towards Sustainable Livelihood in Drylands,' highlights improvements to the livelihoods of 1.6 billion people in 2015. It further notes that the scientific evidence, tools and practices generated through Dryland Systems' integrated systems approach to agricultural research helped to shape global policies to mitigate land and resource degradation “in three billion hectares of drylands.”

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Kigali Declaration Increases Forest Landscape Restoration Commitments in Africa [viewed]

rwanda_eac_iucn27 July 2016: Thirteen African country representatives and stakeholders participating in the 'Africa High Level Bonn Challenge Roundtable' adopted the 'Kigali Declaration on Forest Landscape Restoration in Africa,' which reaffirms and increases commitments to the Bonn Challenge, an initiative aiming to restore 150 million hectares of the world's deforested and degraded lands by 2020 and 350 million hectares by 2030 through forest landscape restoration (FLR) activities.

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Event: High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) 2017 [viewed]

The fifth High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), convening under the auspices of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), will take place from 10-19 July 2017, including a three-day ministerial meeting of the Forum on 17-19 July. The theme of the 2017 session will be 'Eradicating poverty and promoting prosperity in a changing world,' as decided in UN General Assembly (UNGA) resolution A/70/299. The set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to be reviewed in depth will be: Goal 1 (End poverty in all its forms everywhere); Goal 2 (End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture); Goal 3 (Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages); Goal 5 (Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls); Goal 9 (Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation); Goal 14 (Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development); and Goal 17 (Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development), which will be considered each year.  

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July 2016 Climate Finance Update: Meetings Call for Access, Mobilization, Scaling Up [viewed]

july2016_finance1 August 2016: During the month of July, a number of high-level meetings highlighted the need for enhanced focus on climate finance. Resilience and disaster recovery projects in Asia and Africa received new financing. Climate funds launched calls for readiness and private sector support projects, and a number of entities reported on lessons learned from climate finance in agriculture, forests, gender mainstreaming and regional resilience investment planning.

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First International Day of Mangroves Celebrated [viewed]

UNESCO26 July 2016: The first International Day for the Conservation of the Mangrove Ecosystem was celebrated on 26 July 2016, to mark the critical importance of mangroves for food security, coastal protection, and mitigation of the impacts of climate change.

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23rd Session of FAO COFO Supports 'New Agenda for Forests' [viewed]

cofo2325 July 2016: Participants of the 23rd session of the Committee on Forestry (COFO) of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), which convened in conjunction with the 5th World Forest Week, involved a series of discussions, events and publication launches under the theme, 'Shaping a new agenda for forests.'

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