Africa

Guest Article #55: Interview with Mario Boccucci, Head of the UN-REDD Programme Secretariat [viewed]

To mark the occasion of the International Day of Forests, celebrated annually on 21 March, IISD RS conducted an interview with Mario Boccucci, Head of the UN collaborative initiative on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (UN-REDD) Programme.

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Transportation Declaration to Combat Illegal Wildlife Trade, Rhinos, Tigers and Birds the Focus of Additional Conservation Efforts [viewed]

cites_cms_itto_birdlife_iucn15 March 2016: Representatives from the transport sector came together to sign the 'United for Wildlife Transport Taskforce Buckingham Palace Declaration,' which offers commitments and measures to stop the transport of illicitly acquired wildlife products.

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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: Women and Land: Localizing the 2030 Agenda [viewed]

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the International Land Coalition (ILC), the Huairou Commission, Landesa and Oxfam will host this event on the sidelines of the 60th Session of the Convention on the Status of Women (CSW 60). The event aims to catalyze action to implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including by highlighting the importance of women's land rights in the context of sustainable development, sharing approaches to promote the meaningful participation of women in decision-making, and discussing best practices for innovative financial mechanisms to ensure that resources reach rural women and communities. The event will feature a panel discussion on rural women's roles in localizing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Speakers, including representatives from rural organizations, policymakers and grassroots leaders, will discuss policy approaches, measures and tools to secure land rights for women and share experiences in mobilizing rural women to contribute to achieving the SDGs, with examples from Guatemala, Honduras, Kenya, and Tanzania.  

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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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InforMEA Seeks Feedback on Effectiveness [viewed]

InforMEAMarch 2016: The United National Information Portal on Multilateral Environment Agreements (MEAs) (InforMEA) has launched a survey seeking input from stakeholders on the effectiveness and usefulness of InforMEA, and seeking input on how it may be improved. Responses are requested by 23 March 2016.

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African Parliamentarians Discuss Strategies to Enhance Women's Access to Land [viewed]

Pan African Parliament1 March 2016: A workshop on 'Strengthening women's rights to land access: a parliamentarian response to close the gender gap for economic development through agriculture,' aimed to assess progress in implementing the Maputo Protocol to the African Charter on Human and People's Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa, and to strengthen parliamentarians' capacity to advocate for women's land rights.

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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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UN Calls for 'Stepping it Up' to Achieve Gender Equality, SDGs [viewed]

womenday20168 March 2016: The world must take immediate actions to close gender gaps and promote women's empowerment to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and leave no one behind, said UN leaders on the occasion of this year's International Women's Day (IWD), marked on 8 March 2016. UN agencies and other international organizations called for gender equality and women's empowerment at special events and in new publications.

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