IPCC Plans Special Reports on a 1.5°C Limit, Land Use and Oceans During AR6 Cycle [viewed]

ipcc4313 April 2016: During the 43rd session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC-43), the Panel considered its role in supporting the implementation of the Paris Agreement as the IPCC embarks on its sixth assessment cycle. In planning for the cycle, the IPCC decided to undertake three special reports (SRs), flag cities as an SR for the seventh assessment report (AR7) cycle, refine the IPCC 2006 Guidelines for National Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Inventories through a methodology report and integrate regional aspects more thoroughly into AR6. It was also announced that Abdalah Mokssit (Morocco) will be the next IPCC Secretary.

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EU FLEGT Facility Releases Factsheet on VPAs and the SDGs [viewed]

euflegt30 March 2016: The EU Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Facility has released a factsheet and a briefing exploring how Voluntary Partnership Agreements (VPAs) between the EU and timber-exporting countries contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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Event: Sixth Special Session of the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN) [viewed]

The sixth special session of the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN) will address the theme 'Agenda 2030 and Paris Agreement: From policy to implementation in Africa'. The session opens with a two-day meeting of the expert group, followed by the ministerial segment on 18 and 19 April 2016. The objective of the meeting is to provide an opportunity for ministers and experts to deliberate on how to move forward with the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, as well as to assess the implications for Africa of the Paris agreement on Climate Change, especially in relation to the swift implementation of the African initiatives on Renewable Energy and Adaptation. Established in December 1985 following a conference of African ministers of environment held in Cairo, Egypt, AMCEN's mandate includes advocating for environmental protection in Africa and ensuring that: basic human needs are met adequately and in a sustainable manner; social and economic development is realized at all levels; and agricultural activities and practices meet the food security needs of the region. Regular sessions of AMCEN have been convened every second year since its inception. In addition, several special sessions have been convened in between regular sessions to consider specific issues of concern.  

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Event: High-Level Forum on Connecting Smallholders to Markets [viewed]

Convened as a "one-off" open-ended working group, this meeting will finalize the outcomes of the High-Level Forum (HLF) on Connecting Smallholders to Markets in June 2015, in order to present recommendations to the 43rd Session of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS 43) for endorsement. The meeting follows a request by CFS 42 that the HLF outcomes, including the good practices and lessons presented in the background document and during the discussion, be further analyzed with a view to preparing a set of draft policy recommendations and practices. The meeting is expected to identify potential recommendations and practices aimed at overcoming barriers and maximizing opportunities for smallholders, as well as set out a process to finalize and agree on the final version of the document to be presented to the CFS 43 in October 2016.  

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Bioversity International Examines Policy and Practice of Protecting Farmers' Crop Varieties [viewed]

Bioversity International11 April 2016: Bioversity International has published an edited volume examining technical, policy and legal issues relating to the conservation and use of crop plant varieties developed by local farmers. The publication also examines approaches to increase the share of benefits farmers receive from the use of such varieties.

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FAO Conference Discusses Policy Framework for Integrating Africa's Agricultural Production Targets with the SDGs [viewed]

fao_au8 April 2016: A report, titled ‘Boosting Africa's Soils: From the Abuja Declaration on Fertilizers to a Sustainable Soil Management Framework for Food and Nutrition Security in Africa by 2030,' explores how various regional plans for enhancing agricultural productivity can take “better consideration of the approaches and needs of African farmers under the umbrella of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).” Published by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the Global Soil Partnership (GSP), the policy document was discussed at a high-level session on the sidelines of the 29th FAO Regional Conference for Africa (ARC29), which took place from 4-8 April, in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire.

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IPPC Governing Body Discusses Management of Plant Pests and Risks Related to Sea Shipping Containers [viewed]

ippc8 April 2016: The eleventh annual meeting of the Commission on Phytosanitary Measures (CPM 11), the Governing Body of the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC), discussed, among other issues, phytosanitary standards for the management and treatment of plant pests and pathogens as well as risks relating to plant pest introduction through sea shipping containers. Held under the theme 'Plant Health for Food Security,' CPM 11 highlighted the role of plant pest management and phytosanitary measures for achieving the Sustainable Development Goal to "end hunger, achieve food security and improve nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture" (SDG 2).

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Asia-Pacific Countries Take Action on Forestry, Freshwater Resources, Illegal Logging and Wildlife Trade [viewed]

asian_pacificApril 2016: Countries in Asia and the Pacific have engaged in a range of recent project activities and workshops that aim to promote forestry, biodiversity and coastal wetland conservation, ensure sufficient freshwater resources and address threats from illegal trade in wildlife, illegal logging and invasive alien species (IAS).

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Event: Soils and Pulses: Symbiosis for Life [viewed]

Convened under the auspices of the International Year of Pulses 2016, this seminar will be jointly hosted by the Global Soil Partnership (GSP), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), Bioversity International of the CGIAR Consortium and the Permanent Representative of Italy to the UN. The event will focus on the reciprocal relationship between soils and pulses, while also discussing how the cultivation of pulses can help achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The meeting will specifically address how pulses can contribute to Sustainable Development Goal (SDG 2) (end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture) and SDG 15 (protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss). Sub-themes will explore: pulses in crop rotations and intercropping to increase soil fertility, biodiversity and land productivity; increased consumption of pulses for economic, social and human well-being; awareness raising about the nutritional value of pulses to help consumers adopt healthier diets; and how to develop good practices and policy solutions with a view to contributing to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda.  

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First PrepCom on BBNJ Makes Progress on Instrument under UNCLOS [viewed]

BBNJ11 April 2016: The first session of the Preparatory Committee (PrepCom 1) on the elements of a draft text of an international legally binding instrument under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction (BBNJ) agreed on a number of procedural and substantial issues. The meeting marked the beginning of discussions on a formal process that is expected to lead to the adoption of a new UNCLOS implementing agreement on deep-sea biodiversity.

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