ITPGR Training Workshop for Asia Report Available Online [viewed]

ITPGR17 January 2014: Titled 'Enhancing Capacities to Understand and Implement the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture: Report of an International Training Workshop,' and published by Bioversity International, this report documents a training course on the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) held in Tsukuba, Japan.

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Bioversity International to Run Training Course on Preservation of Plant Genetic Resources [viewed]

Bioversity InternationalJanuary 2014: In an effort to build capacity in the conservation of the thousands of species with difficult-to-store seeds or challenging clonal propagation, up to fifteen scientists will be trained in tissue culture, cryopreservation and in vitro conservation of crops, as well as in molecular techniques and protocols for conservation of plant seeds and tissues through a course at the Indian National Bureau of Plant Genetic Resources (NBPGR).

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Two French Collections of Forages and Potato Included in the ITPGR MLS [viewed]

ITPGRJanuary 2014: France has notified the Secretariat of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) that two new collections of forages and potato are now included in the ITPGR Multilateral System (MLS) of Access and Benefit-sharing and available for transfer under the terms and conditions of the Standard Material Transfer Agreement (SMTA).

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Event: GEO-XI [viewed]

The eleventh plenary session of the Group on Earth Observations (GEO-XI) will, among other things, review the draft of the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) Implementation Plan for 2015-2025 that will guide GEO work for ten years.  

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Event: CBD Workshop for Central Asia and Central and Eastern Europe on the Fifth National Report [viewed]

Organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), this workshop will focus on the preparation of the fifth national reports under the CBD, including: assessing the status and trends of, and threats to, biodiversity; implementation of national biodiversity strategies and action plans and biodiversity mainstreaming; and assessing progress towards the Aichi biodiversity targets and relevant 2015 targets of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), including the pilot online reporting system to monitor progress on implementation.  

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New UNCCD Drylands Ambassador to Promote SLM in SDGs [viewed]

UNCCD logo16 January 2014: The Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has announced that Tarja Halonen, former President of Finland, has been designated a UNCCD Drylands Ambassador.

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Mountain Partnership Calls for Including Mountains in Post-2015 Development Agenda [viewed]

Mountain Partnership10 January 2014: Representatives from Argentina, Italy, Kyrgyzstan and Peru called for including mountains in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) during an event on the margins of the seventh session of the UN General Assembly's (UNGA) Open Working Group (OWG) on SDGs. Also at the event, which took place on 8 January 2014, in New York, US, the Mountain Partnership Secretariat introduced two policy briefs highlighting sustainable mountain development as a priority. 

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CMS and UNEP/AEWA Launch Manual for NFPs [viewed]

cms aewa15 January 2014: The Secretariats of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) and the UN Environment Programme/African-Eurasian Waterbird Agreement UNEP/AEWA have announced the release of the 'Manual for the National Focal Points (NFPs) for CMS and its Instruments.'

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CGIAR Integrates TK and Rights of Indigenous Peoples and Communities into Research [viewed]

CGIAR15 January 2015: The Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) has highlighted its efforts to link traditional knowledge (TK) of farmers to laboratory and experimental field based research, as well as steps members of the Group are taking to secure the TK rights of indigenous peoples and local communities.

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UN-REDD, Kenya Assess REDD+ Corruption Risk [viewed]

UN-REDD Programme14 January 2014: The UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation (UN-REDD) has reported that Kenya's Ministry of Environment, Water and Natural Resources has launched 'A Corruption Risk Assessment for REDD+ in Kenya.' The study was conducted by the Anti-Corruption Resource Centre (U4) with the support of the UN-REDD Programme with engagement of Kenya's Ethics and Anti Corruption Commission.

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