Science, Assessment & Monitoring

UNESCO Advances SDG Monitoring of Water Cooperation, Management [viewed]

unep-ihg-usg15 March 2016: Indicators for the water-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) should address both integrated water resources management (IWRM) and transboundary water cooperation, argues a paper from the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization's (UNESCO) International Hydrological Programme (IHP) and the Strathclyde Centre for Environmental Law and Governance (SCELG). The paper underscores the importance of transboundary water cooperation to achieve other SDGs and targets, including ones on environment, energy and food.

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International Year of Pulses 2016: National, Regional and International Activities Gather Momentum [viewed]

yip_2016March 2016: The UN General Assembly (UNGA) designated 2016 as the International Year of Pulses (IYP 2016), with the aim of enhancing public awareness of the nutritional and food security benefits of pulses and their contribution to sustainable food production and the livelihoods of millions of smallholder farmers. Officially launched on 10 November 2015, and coordinated by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the year-long celebrations will include 10 ‘Signature Events' around the world, the launch of a global pulses database, and commemoration of World Soil Day 2016 on the theme ‘Soils and pulses: symbiosis for life.'

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Event: Pulses for Nutritional Security and Agricultural Sustainability [viewed]

Organized as one of 10 ‘Signature Events' of the 2016 International Year of Pulses (IYP 2016), the "PulsCon2016" international conference will provide a forum for researchers, policy makers, extension workers, traders and entrepreneurs to discuss various strategies for nutritional security and environmental sustainability through pulse crops, and to draft a road map for increasing the productivity and profitability of pulses. The themes to be addressed include: global trade, marketing and policy issues in pulses production and consumption; genetic enhancement; production and biotic stress management; secondary agriculture initiatives, including nutrition and health, biofortification, and processing and value addition; and participatory technology development and adoption. The conference is co-convened by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) and its national research partners, in partnership with the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), the International Center for Agriculture Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) of the CGIAR Consortium, and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO).  

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Event: Second International Legume Society Conference [viewed]

Organized under the auspices of the 2016 International Year of Pulses (IYP 2016), the Second International Legume Society Conference aims to encourage connections throughout the food chain with a view to enhancing the utilization of pulse-based proteins, increasing the global production of pulses, improving crop rotations; and addressing trade challenges in the pulses sector. The conference will address the following themes: legume quality and nutrition; farming systems/agronomy; abiotic and biotic stress responses and breeding; legume genetic resources; and new “Omics” resources for legumes. Cross-cutting themes will include health and environment benefits and legumes markets. As the final meeting of the EU-FP7 ABSTRESS project, the conference will also share results and conclusions from this, and related European research programmes.  

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Event: Annual Meeting of the Central American Cooperative Program for Crop and Animal Improvements (IYP 2016) [viewed]

Convened as one of 10 ‘Signature Events' of the 2016 International Year of Pulses (IYP 2016), this regional conference will discuss regional strategies for food security, mitigation and adaptation to climate change, rural and territorial development, family farming and agricultural innovations to improve yields through the efficient use of natural resources. A key objective of the conference will be to promote the production and consumption of beans, as one of the most important sources of protein in Latin America and the Caribbean. Countries participating in the Central American Cooperative Program for Crops and Animal Improvements (PCCMCA) are Costa Rica, Cuba, El Salvador, the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama and Puerto Rico.  

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Policy Update #19: Can Three Indicators Spur National Implementation Across the Rio Conventions? Insights from the UNCCD [viewed]

As all UN Member States work to develop their national plans for implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), they will encounter challenges in ensuring policy coherence among the 17 Goals and with existing international obligations.

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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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