Agriculture & Food Security

Policy Update #7: A New International Instrument Enters into Force: The First Meeting of the Parties to the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit-sharing [viewed]

The Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization (ABS) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) entered into force on 12 October 2014, with 54 ratifications at the time.[1] In accordance with the provisions of its Article 26(6), the first meeting of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties (COP/MOP 1) to the Nagoya Protocol was held from 13-17 October 2014, during the second week of the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 12) to the CBD.

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World Bank Supports Coral Reef, Livelihood Revitalization in Indonesia [viewed]

Worldbanklogo8 January 2015: The World Bank has published a news feature detailing how its Coral Reef Rehabilitation and Management Program—Coral Triangle Initiative (COREMAP-CTI) is working to revive coral reefs and fisheries in Indonesia. The project aims to institutionalize a decentralized, integrated framework for the sustainable management of coral reef resources and associated ecosystems and biodiversity, as well as to improve community livelihoods and the local economy.

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GEF Updates on Sustainable Cities, Deforestation and Food Security Programmes [viewed]

GEF5 January 2015: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has released its first updates on three 'integrated approach' programmes focused on: sustainable cities; taking deforestation out of commodity supply chains; and food security in sub-Saharan Africa. The updates provide an overview of the history, background and aims of each programme as well as their next steps. Each of the three programmes is expected to submit a Programmatic Framework Document to the 48th GEF Council Meeting in June 2015.

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Australia Commits US$6 Million to CTI-CFF [viewed]

Coral Triangle InitiativeDecember 2014: The Government of Australia announced a commitment of US$6 million to the Coral Triangle Initiative on Coral Reefs, Fisheries, and Food Security (CTI-CFF) at a World Parks Congress side event, titled ‘Celebrating Achievements in the Coral Triangle.' This funding builds on US$7.2 million that Australia has provided to the CTI since 2009, with the aim of developing a sustainable financing platform.

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Event: International Forests and Water Dialogue [viewed]

At the margins of the XIV World Forestry Congress (WFC), this dialogue will convene under the theme, 'Forests USE water! And forest ecosystems PROVIDE water!' and focus on the links between water and forests including trade-offs and synergies between water yield and other forest ecosystem services. In addition, a five-year action plan will be launched to support and increase coordinated international and national action on forest-water linkages in science, policy, economics and forest practices. Participants will be able to actively contribute to the debate and to the five-year plan. The dialogue will be hosted by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), which is calling for abstracts, videos and posters.  

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Event: 2015 World Day to Combat Desertification [viewed]

The UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) Secretariat has announced that the slogan for the 2015 World Day to Combat Desertification (WDCD) will be 'No such thing as a free lunch. Invest in healthy soils'. National and global observances will convene under the theme, 'attainment of food security for all through sustainable food systems'. A global observance event will take place in Milan, Italy, during the UN Expo Milano 2015.  

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Event: Asia Regional Capacity-building Workshop on Mainstreaming Biosafety into National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans and Resource Mobilization [viewed]

Organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), this workshop aims to enhance the capacity of Asian Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety to implement the Nagoya – Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress by effectively integrating biosafety into National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs) and national development plans. The second objective of the workshop is to build Parties' capacity to identify and mobilize resources for implementation and identify opportunities and means to foster regional cooperation.  

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WDCD 2015 Slogan and Theme Announced [viewed]

unccdlandJanuary 2015: The UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has announced that the slogan of the 2015 World Day to Combat Desertification (WDCD), which is observed worldwide on 17 June, will be 'No such thing as a free lunch. Invest in healthy soils.' With a focus on the "attainment of food security for all through sustainable food systems," WDCD 2015 will aim to strengthen links between the proposed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on eradicating hunger and restoring degraded land and soil.

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Event: Third Global Soil Partnership Plenary Assembly [viewed]

The third Global Soil Partnership (GSP) Plenary Assembly is scheduled for 22-24 June 2015, in Rome, Italy. The provisional agenda and further information will be communicated as per the Rules of Procedure.  

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ABNJ Tuna Project to Provide Guidance on Addressing IUU Fishing [viewed]

FAO29 December 2014: Implementing port State measures is critical for ensuring the sustainability of the world's tuna resources, according to the Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (ABNJ) Tuna Project. The project is preparing a publication that highlights the role of port State measures in addressing illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing in both national jurisdictions and the high seas.

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