Capacity Building & Education

FAO Releases Updated Reference for Soil Resources [viewed]

FAOJune 2014: Seeking to increase the public and scientific understanding of soil science, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released the third edition of the 'World Reference Base for Soil Resources.'

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Newsletter Features Global Round-up of UN-REDD Activities [viewed]

FAO UNREDDJune 2014: The UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation (UN-REDD) released the second edition of its 2014 newsletter, highlighting the release of the updated database on emissions from land use. The FAOSTAT database, developed by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), includes data on emissions from agriculture and forestry as well as other sectors affecting land use. 

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Event: World Day to Combat Desertification Observance Event [viewed]

Heads of State and Government, Ministers, and representatives of intergovernmental organizations, the private sector and civil society will gather at World Bank Headquarters in Washington, DC, US, on Tuesday, 17 June 2014, for the global observance of the World Day to Combat Desertification. The event will address the theme 'Land Belongs to the Future – Let's Climate Proof It'. The full-day event include an opening ceremony, panel discussions, a concert, an exhibition and a film screening, among other activities. The event will also be webcast.  

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Event: NENA Soil Partnership Conference [viewed]

The Near East-North Africa (NENA) Soil Partnership will bring together representatives from NENA national soil institutions to help advance the Global Soil Partnership (GSP) in the region. The conference aims to: take stock of the status, needs and priorities for promoting sustainable soil management in the NENA region; institutionalize the NENA Soil Partnership by establishing its secretariat and a steering committee; present the results and gaps of Phase I of the NENA Soil Information System; and define a roadmap for implementing the Partnership.  

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Event: Equator Prize Award Ceremony [viewed]

The Equator Prize Initiative will present awards to the 2014 Prize winners at a high-level ceremony at Lincoln Center in New York, US, on 22 September 2014, as a kick-off to the UN Secretary-General's Climate Summit. The Prize is awarded biannually to recognize and advance local sustainable development solutions for people, nature and resilient communities. The event will be hosted by the UN Development Programme (UNDP).  

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World Oceans Day Celebrated Globally [viewed]

World Oceans Day8 June 2014: The UN commemorated World Oceans Day on 8 June 2014, under the theme, 'Together we have the power to protect the ocean!' The Day also lent special attention to the designation of 2014 as the International Year of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and fell on the 20th anniversary of the entry into force of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).

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FAO Booklet Features 10 CSA Best Practices from Around the World [viewed]

FAO6 June 2014: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released a booklet showcasing ten best practices from its climate smart agriculture (CSA) approach to the crop, fishery, forestry and livestock sectors. The report, titled ‘FAO success stories on CSA,' stresses the urgency of tackling climate change and safeguarding food security to boost farmers' resilience and adaptation to climate change and illustrates how rural communities are already transitioning to farming practices that are better suited to a warming world.

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World Bank Supports Natural Capital Accounting in the Philippines [viewed]

waves28 May 2014: The World Bank has approved a $700,615 grant to support the development and institutionalization of natural capital accounting (NCA) in the Philippines. The Philippine Wealth Accounting and Valuation of Ecosystems (Phil-WAVES) project will build capacity and generate data and indicators for the sustainable management of minerals and mangroves, and promote the integration of sustainable development principles in the country's policies and programs.

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EUROCLIMA Publishes Guides on Coasts, Soil Degradation, Rural Adaptation and Urban NAMAs in Latin America [viewed]

EuroclimaMay 2014: The European Union's (EU) EUROCLIMA climate change cooperation programme with Latin America has published four publications that aim to provide guidance to Latin American governments as they design mitigation and adaptation strategies and policies.

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WED 2014 Spotlights SIDS [viewed]

worlddayunep5 June 2014: This year's World Environment Day (WED), hosted by Barbados and celebrated under the banner ‘Raise your Voice, Not the Sea Level', focused on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and the risks and opportunities they face, particularly with respect to climate change. The Day lent an additional focus to the 2014 International Year of SIDS, as well as the Third International Conference on the Small Island Developing States, which will convene in Samoa from 1-4 September 2014. 

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