FAO Council Session Considers Alignment with SDGs, Global Forest Resources Assessment [viewed]

fao_headquartersJanuary 2016: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has made available online the report of the 153rd session of the FAO Council, held from 30 November to 4 December 2015, at FAO headquarters in Rome, Italy. The Council addressed a number of issues related to forestry, including alignment of the FAO Strategic Framework with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the outcomes of the XIV World Forestry Congress and the findings of the FAO Global Forest Resources Assessment 2015, and recommended that FAO support strengthening the contributions of its work on forests to the FAO Strategic Objectives.

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CBD Forum to Support Information Sharing on Invasive Alien Species Control [viewed]

CBD20 January 2016: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has established an online forum to support the sharing of technical and scientific information and ideas to achieve Aichi Biodiversity Target 9 on invasive alien species (IAS).

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European Timber Trade Federation Launches ITTO-Supported Timber Trade Portal [viewed]

timbertradeporta14 January 2016: With support from the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO), the European Timber Trade Federation has launched a one-stop, online information platform designed to enhance and facilitate legal trade in timber. The platform is focused primarily on tropical species.

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ILC Unveils 2016-2021 Strategy [viewed]

ILC12 January 2016: The International Land Coalition (ILC) has set out its strategic framework for 2016-2021, which aims to shift the Coalition's focus from land reform advocacy to implementation.

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PROFOR Issues Update on Forest-Related Activities Funded in 2015 [viewed]

PROFORJanuary 2016: The Program on Forests (PROFOR) has issued an update on the activities it funded during 2015 across a wide range of countries, contexts and forest-related issues, including studies in Burkina Faso, El Salvador, Honduras and Lao PDR, a report on the political economy of decision-making in forestry, and a report on the principle of fair, prior and informed consent (FPIC).

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Policy Update #14: Demystifying International Environmental Law [viewed]

In the final hours of the Paris Climate Change Conference negotiations, agreement was nearly derailed by a single word. The word “shall” appeared where negotiators had agreed the provision should start with “should.” For some countries, reverting “shall” back to “should” had legal implications with regard to their mitigation obligations. For those unfamiliar with the nuances of environmental law, the stand-off over these rather similar words might have seemed trivial, belying the nature of international negotiations. The reality is, however, that the carefully crafted language of multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs) matters, and has enormous implications on an agreement's form and function.

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Event: Third Meeting of the CFS OEWG on SDGs [viewed]

The Open-Ended Working Group (OEWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) was created by the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) at its 42nd session, with the task to discuss how CFS can put the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the SDGs at the center of its work. Specifically, the OEWG is expected to analyze those SDGs that are related to sustainable agriculture and food security and nutrition, agree on how CFS can provide a platform for sharing, learning and identifying challenges and achievements, and address policy gaps.  

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CELAC Countries Commit to Eradicating Hunger by 2025 [viewed]

celac27 January 2016: The members of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) approved a declaration reaffirming their commitment to implement the CELAC Plan for Food and Nutrition Security and the Eradication of Hunger 2025, and reiterating their request for support from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO).

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UNEP GEMS/Water Supports SDG Implementation, Opens Capacity Development Centre in Ireland [viewed]

unep_gems_water27 January 2016: The UN Environment Programme Global Environmental Monitoring System, Water (UNEP GEMS/Water) has opened a global Capacity Development Centre in Ireland, hosted by the University College Cork (UCC). The Centre will build capacity in developing countries for water quality monitoring and assessment, supported by the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government, Ireland, and Irish Aid.

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CFS OEWG Discusses Work to Support SDG Implementation [viewed]

CFS21 January 2016: Meeting at the headquarters of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), member countries and multi-stakeholder participants of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) Open-ended Working Group (OEWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) addressed the OEWG workplan for the year and next steps regarding CFS work in support of implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and achievement of the SDGs.

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