Economics, Trade & Investment

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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Event: International Mountain Day 2016 [viewed]

International Mountain Day 2016 will focus on the theme ‘Mountain Cultures: Celebrating Diversity and Strengthening Identity'. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) will lead global observance events that aim to create awareness about the importance of mountains to life, highlight the opportunities and constraints in mountain development, and build alliances that will bring positive change to mountain peoples and environments. In 2002, the UN General Assembly designated 11 December as International Mountain Day to foster understanding and respect for the traditional knowledge and techniques of mountain communities that are key to managing and enhancing fragile mountain ecosystems. Events in 2016 will also highlight ways to boost livelihoods in mountain areas through a focus on high value sustainable products and tourism. #WeLoveMountains  

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CSOs Address 'No One Left Behind', Follow-Up and Review, Development Financing [viewed]

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)March 2016: Civil society groups and researchers are examining the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development's focus on leaving no one behind, with some stressing its importance for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and calling for incorporating human rights principles into follow-up and review mechanisms. Other recent publications provide recommendations for the High-Level Political Forum's (HLPF) national reviews, address the changing actors and politics of development financing, and provide guidance on migration concerns in conservation.

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Event: Forests for the Future: New Forests for Africa Conference [viewed]

This conference is part of the initiative 'Forests for the Future - New Forests for Africa,' which focuses on large-scale reforestation in Africa. Organized by the Dutch forestry consultation company Form International, the sustainable forestry plantation company Form Ghana, Nyenrode Business University based in the Netherlands, and in strong cooperation with the Forestry Commission, Ghana, and the World Resources Institute, the conference will have a strong focus on the financial aspects of reforestation.  

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UNEP Report Describes Benefits of Blue Economy [viewed]

UNEP LogoFebruary 2016: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has published a report highlighting six case studies that: reflect the diversity and flexibility of the ‘blue economy' concept; illustrate how economic indicators and development strategies can better reflect the true value of ocean benefits; and demonstrate practical applications that can be implemented at the regional, country and community levels. In the forward to the report, titled ‘Blue Economy: Sharing Success Stories to Inspire Change,' UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner expressed that "ocean related issues are integral to most of the Sustainable Development Goals and to the transition towards the inclusive green economy."

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IFAD Governing Council Focuses on Inclusive Investment to Address Hunger and Poverty [viewed]

IFAD19 February 2016: The Governing Council of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) has called for increased investment in smallholder agriculture to ensure food security, climate change adaptation, equitable prosperity and the prevention of conflict and migration. Holding its 39th meeting, on the theme 'Inclusive Investment: Rural people, state and business in the post-2015 agenda,' the Council discussed the role of investment in achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, as well as how to undertake such investment in order to eradicate poverty and food and nutrition insecurity, and realize rural communities' potential.

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