Economics, Trade & Investment

WAVES Policy Briefing Discusses NCA for PES Design, Workshop Links Biodiversity to National Accounting [viewed]

wavesMarch 2016: The Wealth Accounting and the Valuation of Ecosystem Services (WAVES) has highlighted a February 2016 workshop that brought together experts to develop methods to link biodiversity and economics. Participants at the event, which was hosted by the UN Environment Programme - World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) in Cambridge, UK, agreed that biodiversity accounts should include species diversity and trends that channel into ecosystem services, which people value in both biophysical and monetary terms, such as crop pollinators, wildlife and wild-caught fish and game.

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Event: 2016 UNEP FI Global Roundtable and Annual General Meeting [viewed]

The 2016 UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) Global Roundtable and Annual General Meeting will be hosted by the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), with support from the UAE Central Bank. The events will bring together finance stakeholders from various sectors, including government, civil society and the UN, to discuss the role of the global financial sector in addressing the sustainable development and climate change agendas. Topics to be addressed during the two-day Global Roundtable, linked to select sustainable development goals (SDGs), include: climate change mitigation and decarbonizing finance (SDG 13); resilient and sustainable cities and communities (SDG 11); clean energy and water (SDGs 6 and 7); and financing small and medium-sized enterprises (SDG 8). Plenary sessions are planned on: green islamic finance; policy and regulatory frameworks for a sustainable financial system; and sustainable finance innovations.  

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Event: Fourth Annual Conference of the Green Growth Knowledge Platform [viewed]

This conference will meet under the theme ‘Transforming Development through Inclusive Green Growth' and is being convened as part of Global Green Growth Week 2016, to be held from 5-9 September 2016 in Jeju Island, Republic of Korea. It will highlight research and policy considerations affecting pro-poor inclusive green growth and strengthen the Green Growth Knowledge Platform's (GGKP) objective of delivering pro-poor, socially inclusive green growth through best policy practices and strategically aligned efforts by international organizations. The conference will focus on links to policy outcomes and practical applications for delivering inclusive green growth in developing countries and emerging economies. It will bring together researchers, practitioners and policymakers in plenary and parallel sessions to: discuss the latest findings on policies and practices that stimulate inclusive green growth; identify priorities for action by stakeholders to pursue the most promising policies and practices; and build practitioner skills and define future research, knowledge sharing and collaboration opportunities. More specifically, sub-themes and session topics will address: strategy and policy, including distributional impacts from transitioning to green growth, inclusive green growth strategies, the informal economy, and tracking progress with green growth metrics and indicators; participation and empowerment, such as gender-balanced participation in green growth initiatives, skills and capacities for transitioning to green growth, green social enterprises, and information and communication technologies as catalysts for green growth; fiscal policy and finance, including fiscal reform, inclusive finance and impact investing, and insurance solutions; and sectors, including pro-poor natural resources and land use management, green cities as green growth drivers, investments for green energy access, and inclusive water management and governance.  

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US, Canada Commit to Partner on Climate, Energy and the Arctic [viewed]

us_canada10 March 2016: During an official visit to the US, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and US President Barack Obama released a US-Canada Joint Statement on Climate, Energy and Arctic Leadership, pledging to sign the Paris Agreement as soon as possible. The two leaders commit to advance climate action globally, outlining coordinated domestic climate action, and announce cooperation on clean energy and the Arctic.

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Event: 30th Session of the FAO Regional Conference for Europe [viewed]

The 30th session of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) Regional Conference for Europe will include a ministerial roundtable on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and their implications for agriculture and rural development in Europe and Central Asia. The conference will also address the priorities for FAO's work in the region, including trends, development objectives, challenges, and priority setting in the next programming cycle in preparation for the Medium-Term Plan 2018-2021. The conference will be preceded by a consultation of civil society organizations on 2-3 May and a Committee on World Food Security (CFS) multi-stakeholder dialogue on 3 May. FAO regional conferences are held in Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Near East and North Africa, and are convened on a biennial basis to discuss priority issues for agriculture and rural development.  

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Event: 33rd Session of the FAO Regional Conference for the Near East (NERC 33) [viewed]

The 33rd session of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) Regional Conference for the Near East (NERC) will meet under the theme ‘Promoting food security, blue growth and empowerment of small-scale farmers and women in North East and North Africa (NENA) region'. The conference will discuss, inter alia: the contribution of livestock to food security in NENA; implementation of the Blue Growth Initiative in the region; and the empowerment of small-scale farmers and women. Conference participants will also be briefed on the regional office's progress in implementing recommendations made at the previous regional conference, and discuss programme and budget matters. The meeting will focus on FAO priority activities in the region, including the decentralization process, as well as achievements regarding the three regional initiatives: ‘Building Resilience for Food Security and Nutrition'; ‘The Regional Initiative on Small-Scale Agriculture for Inclusive Development'; and ‘Water Scarcity Initiative.' The Conference will start with a three-day meeting for Senior Officers designated by their governments, followed by a Ministerial Meeting on 12 and 13 May 2016. FAO regional conferences are held in Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Near East and North Africa, and are convened on a biennial basis to discuss priority issues for agriculture and rural development.  

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Event: 29th Session of the FAO Regional Conference for Africa [viewed]

The 29th session of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) Regional Conference for Africa will meet under the theme ‘Transforming African agri-food systems for inclusive growth and a shared prosperity'. Ministers and other government officials, representatives of civil society organizations in Africa and the media are expected to attend the conference, which is being jointly hosted by the Government of Côte d'Ivoire and FAO. The conference will hold an experts' meeting from 4-6 April, focusing on: regional and global policy and regulatory issues, particularly public-private partnerships for inclusive growth; and trends and issues in food and agriculture for regional and national action in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The conference will also address issues related to, inter alia, the budget, regional initiatives, the decentralization process and the multi-year work programme. Thematic side events will take place on 6 April, addressing: successes in nuclear applications; an action programme on food and nutrition challenges in small island developing States; and follow-up to the 2006 Abuja Declaration on Fertilizers for an African Green Revolution. A ministerial plenary session will convene on 7 April and a ministerial round-table will take place on 8 April to discuss ‘Strengthening national and regional capacities to effectively implement commitments and increase investments made at the national and continental levels for the eradication of hunger and the transformation of food systems in Africa for inclusive growth and shared prosperity' and ‘Advocacy and mobilizing for the Africa Solidarity Trust Fund.' FAO regional conferences are held in Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Near East and North Africa, and are convened on a biennial basis to discuss priority issues for agriculture and rural development.  

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FAO Showcases Community-Based Forestry for Sustainable Development [viewed]

fao_headquarters23 February 2016: A report by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) released during the Asia-Pacific Forestry Week highlights that community-based forestry regimes show great promise as engines for sustainable development, but require greater support by governments through policy reforms and other measures to unlock their true potential.

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Asia-Pacific Forestry Week Explores Forestry's Role in Sustainable Development [viewed]

growing_our_future1 March 2016: Participants at Asia-Pacific Forestry Week stressed the need for society to proactively integrate forestry into the wider context of sustainable development. The regional gathering brought together policy makers, forestry experts and stakeholders from 30 countries, who discussed forestry in relation to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), governance, regional trade agreements, sustainable production, and climate financing and related safeguards.

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Event: International Conference on Pulses for Health, Nutrition and Sustainable Agriculture in Drylands [viewed]

Held on the occasion of the 2016 International Year of Pulses, this conference will provide a platform for scientists, policy-makers, extension workers, traders, entrepreneurs and other stakeholders to consider the contributions of pulses to food and nutritional security and ecosystem health. Among other issues, the conference will address the following themes: global scenarios on pulses production, consumption and trade; innovative techniques for pulses improvement and adaptation; diversification and sustainable intensification of agri-food systems through pulses; seed systems, input markets and mechanization; nutrition, fortification, health and food security; and social, economic and policy issues. The conference will also include a knowledge-sharing event to exchange success stories and lessons learnt and to discuss challenges.

The conference is co-organized by the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) - a member of the CGIAR Consortium, the Moroccan section of the French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), in partnership with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the OCP Foundation and the CGIAR Consortium and its Research Program on Grain Legumes.  

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