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WHO Assessment Finds Unhealthy Environments Contribute to 12.6 Million Deaths Annually [viewed]

WHO15 March 2016: Environmental risk factors, such as air, water and soil pollution, chemical exposures, climate change, and ultraviolet radiation contribute to more than 100 types of diseases and injuries, amounting to 12.6 million people dying each year as a result of living or working in an unhealthy environment, according to a global assessment undertaken by the World Health Organization (WHO).

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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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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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Malaysia MPA Will Protect Sharks, Local Livelihoods [viewed]

coral-triangle-initiative7 March 2016: Malaysia's Minister for Tourism, Culture and Environment, Datuk Seri Masidi, announced that Malaysia will establish a 1.6 million hectare marine protected area (MPA) in north Sabah in Malaysian Borneo, a region with the second largest concentration of coral reefs in Malaysia. The Tun Mustapha Marine Park and shark sanctuary aims to balance the livelihoods of growing coastal populations with environmental protection, as part of regional efforts through the Coral Triangle Initiative on Coral Reefs, Fisheries and Food Security (CTI-CFF).

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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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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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FAO, RECOFTC Review Forest Landscape Restoration Approaches in Asia and the Pacific [viewed]

fao_headquartersFebruary 2016: Launched during the Asia-Pacific Forestry Week, a multi-country study by the Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the Center for People and Forests (RECOFTC) reviews the status of forest and land degradation in the Asia-Pacific region, the restoration approaches commonly used, and the policy and institutional environments that can support them.

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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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