Economics, Trade & Investment

OECD-FAO Agricultural Outlook Projects Stable Food Prices, Highlights Need to Eradicate Hunger [viewed]

oecd_fao4 July 2016: The 'OECD-FAO Agricultural Outlook 2016-2025,' published jointly by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), forecasts relatively stable food prices over the coming decade amid slowing growth in the demand for food and continued improvements in productivity.

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Parties to South Pacific Tuna Treaty Agree on Principles of Fishing Access [viewed]

us_ffa29 June 2016: Representatives of 16 Pacific Island Parties to the South Pacific Tuna Treaty and the US agreed in principle to changes to the Tuna Treaty and terms of fishing access for the US purse seine fleet to Pacific Island waters through 2022. The proposed agreement aims to establish more flexible procedures for commercial cooperation between Pacific Island Parties and US industry.

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EU Environment Ministers Agree on Actions on Wildlife Trafficking, Circular Economy and Climate Change [viewed]

european_council23 June 2016: At a meeting of the Environment Council of the European Union (EU), Environment Ministers agreed on a number of statements and action plans related to wildlife trafficking, the circular economy and marine plastic pollution, and climate change.

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Government Officials Discuss SIDS Partnerships for SAMOA Pathway, SDGs [viewed]

samoa_pathway25 May 2016: High-level officials from small island developing States (SIDS), policy makers, and UN entities discussed emerging environmental issues in SIDS, and ways in which they could be solved through partnerships, during a high-level round table on 'Innovative Partnerships for addressing environmental challenges in implementation of the SAMOA Pathway and the 2030 Agenda.' The event focused on oceans-related partnerships and innovative financing.

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Event: World Water Week 2016 [viewed]

World Water Week 2016 will focus on 'Water for Sustainable Growth,' and will include over 140 events on subjects such as finance, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, integrity, gender issues, climate change, energy, sanitation, food, conflict resolution and water management. Following on from the UN's theme of 'Water and Jobs' at World Water Day on 22 March 2016, Water Week considers this theme in the context of sustainable growth, in relation to Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 8 to “promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all.” Water Week will also follow up on implementation of the water-related SDGs and the Paris Agreement on climate change. Online registrations are open till 27 August. World Water Week takes place in Stockholm, Sweden, every year, and is organized by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI). In 2015, over 3,000 individuals and close to 300 convening organizations from 130 countries participated in the Week.  

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Event: ELD Southeast Asia - Interim Report Meeting [viewed]

This meeting, organized by the Economics of Land Degradation (ELD) Initiative, will bring together stakeholders and representatives from different Southeast Asian countries to present and discuss insights from partial data analysis undertaken for a regional study on ELD. Topics to be covered at the workshop include, inter alia: the global context of the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 15 Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN) target and the contribution of research undertaken by the ELD Initiative; the land degradation situation in South East Asia; the links between sustainable land management (SLM) and LDN; the role of the private sector in promoting or impeding SLM; and how to promote LDN through national and local legislation.  

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Adaptation and Loss and Damage Update: Regions Step up DRR Efforts and Resilience to El Niño, Human Mobility, Climate Change and Development Nexus Explored [viewed]

Adaptation_loss_and_damage30 June 2016: As May 2016 became the 13th consecutive month to break the global temperature records, the world's regions' need to adapt to the changing climate grew stronger. In 2015-2016, the periodic warming of the central to Eastern tropical Pacific, known as 'El Niño,' was the strongest since 1997-1998, causing some regions to receive more rain, and others to receive no precipitation. These changes impacted agriculture, food security and nutrition among the affected populations. During the past few weeks, the world's regions, States and sectors have redoubled adaptation efforts, focusing on building resilience and managing disaster risks. The news reported in this Update also demonstrate that the role of cooperation, innovation and knowledge dissemination in advancing climate change adaptation efforts cannot be underestimated.

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Erik Solheim Begins Tenure as UNEP Executive Director [viewed]

UNEP27 June 2016: Erik Solheim, former Minister of Environment and International Development, Norway, assumed his position as Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), pledging to focus his tenure on tackling environmental issues affecting human health, and environmental factors leading to conflict and migration.

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WAVES Publishes Briefs Explaining NCA and Convenes Workshop in Africa [viewed]

wavesJune 2016: The Wealth Accounting and the Valuation of Ecosystem Services (WAVES) Partnership has released a series of briefs explaining natural capital accounting (NCA) for forest, land and water resources. The briefs review how the accounts are produced, summarize their potential benefits and provide examples from WAVES Partnership countries. In addition, the Partnership recently supported a workshop to help African countries that are parties to the Gaborone Declaration to establish NCA priorities and accounts.

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FAO Report Assesses Impacts of Drought on Food Security in the Caribbean [viewed]

fao_headquarters22 June 2016: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has published a report titled, ‘Drought Characteristics and Management in the Caribbean,' which estimates that between 1970 and 2000, the Caribbean region suffered direct and indirect losses of between US$700 million and US$3.3 billion due to natural disasters associated with weather and climate events.

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