IPBES Regional Consultations Reports Available in Preparation for IPBES-2 [viewed]

ipbesOctober 2013: The Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) has concluded a series of regional consultations, for which the reports are now available. The consultations were held in Nairobi, Kenya (Africa region), Budapest, Hungary (Eastern Europe region), Sao Paolo, Brazil (Latin American and the Caribbean region), Leipzig, Germany (Pan-European Stakeholder group) and Ramsar City, Iran (Asia region).

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Event: 40th Meeting of the Committee on World Food Security [viewed]

The Committee on World Food Security (CFS) was established in 1974 as an intergovernmental body to serve as a forum in the United Nations System for review and follow-up of policies concerning world food security, including production and physical and economic access to food. This session will feature policy round tables on ‘Biofuels and food security' and ‘Investing in smallholder agriculture for food security and nutrition'. There will also be a discussion session leading to the adoption of concrete policy recommendations on these two topics. The session will also highlight: principles for responsible agricultural investments; the agenda for action for addressing food insecurity in protracted crises; and monitoring the implementation of CFS decisions.  

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Event: CCAFS Workshop on South-South Learning on Scaling Up Institutions and Policies [viewed]

The 'CCAFS workshop on South-South learning on scaling up institutions and policies to manage current as well as future climatic risks in the agriculture sector' will focus on promoting South-South learning on institutions and policies. Participants will share lessons to be learned from their experience in piloting policies and creating institutions to manage current as well as future climatic risks in the agricultural sector. On 4-5 December, the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) will organize a capacity strengthening workshops on prioritization tools for participants.  

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Event: Forests Asia Conference: Sustainable Landscapes for Green Growth in ASEAN [viewed]

This conference, organized by the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) as part of global celebration on the International Day of Forests, will discuss sustainable forest landscapes within the Association of Southeast Asian Nations' (ASEAN) post-2015 sustainable development efforts. The conference will focus on governance, trade and investment in order to manage forests for green returns, climate change mitigation and adaptation, energy and low-carbon development, food security and nutrition.  

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Event: Strength in Numbers: International Conference on Forest Producer Organizations [viewed]

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the Forest and Farm Facility (FFF) and the Asia-Pacific Network for Sustainable Forest Management and Rehabilitation (APFNet) are convening this conference in collaboration with a number of partners in order to follow up on the findings of the report ‘Strength in numbers: Effective forest producer organizations'. As such, the objective of the conference is to support sustainable forest management (SFM) by smallholders and communities through forest producer organizations. The conference will identify challenges and criteria for success with regard to forest producer organizations, build an enabling environment for capacity building, and explore ways and means to deliver multiple benefits through forest producer organizations including for society and the environment.  

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Event: IPBES Stakeholder Meeting [viewed]

A stakeholder meeting will be convened by the interim Intergovernmental Platform for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) Secretariat at the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), in coordination with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), and co-facilitated by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the International Council for Science (ICSU). The meeting will provide first-time IPBES Plenary participants with an opportunity to understand the way IPBES works, as well as to discuss the engagement of stakeholders in IPBES.  

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Event: 2014 Climate Summit [viewed]

The 2014 Climate Summit, which will be organized by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, will take place in September 2014 with the aim to mobilize political will for a universal and a legally-binding comprehensive agreement in 2015.  

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Angola Joins CITES as 179th Party [viewed]

CITES9 October 2013: The Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) announced that the Republic of Angola has joined the Convention as its 179th Party. 

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Second Committee Organizes Work for 68th Session [viewed]

UNGA9 October 2013: The UN General Assembly's Second Committee (Economic and Financial) held its organizational meeting for the 68th Session, electing the Vice-Chairs and Rapporteur, reviewing and approving the calendar of meetings, and discussing proposed changes to the Committee's working methods.

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CBFF Directors Plan for Strategic Improvements [viewed]

cbfp-afdb9 October 2013: The Congo Basin Forests Fund (CBFF) has reported on the outcomes of the 13th meeting of its board of directors, which considered progress in the implementation of the fund and approved the 2012 annual report.

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