UNDP, FNC Collaborate in Colombia to Grow Sustainable Coffee [viewed]

UNDPMay 2015: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) is working with the National Federation of Coffee Growers (FNC) to help transform the coffee landscape in Colombia, specifically in the departments of Valle del Cauca, Nariño and Quindio, by promoting an innovative and integrated approach that delivers social, economic and environmental benefits to communities.

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Event: Establishment of the International Network of Soil Information Institutions [viewed]

This proposed network falls under Pillar 4 of the Global Soil Partnership (GSP) Action Plan, which focuses on “enhancing the quantity and quality of soil data and information: data collection (generation), analysis, validation, reporting, monitoring and integration with other disciplines”. The network will contribute towards the GSP strategy of ‘Building the global system to monitor and forecast the condition of the Earth's soil resources'.  

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MDBs Will Collaborate to Mobilize Resources for Achievement of SDGs [viewed]

mdbs_210 July 2015: In the lead-up to the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD), the African Development Bank (AfDB), Asian Development Bank (ADB), European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), European Investment Bank (EIB), Inter-American Development Bank (IADB), World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) signaled their intention to extend over US$400 billion in financing over the next three years and to work more closely with each other and with public and private sector partners to mobilize resources to support the achievement of the proposed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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World Heritage Committee Grants Heritage Status to Biodiversity-Rich Sites in Jamaica, South Africa, Viet Nam [viewed]

world-hereditage-coonvention8 July 2015: During its 39th session, the World Heritage Committee of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) inscribed 24 new sites to UNESCO's World Heritage List and made significant modifications to the boundaries of three additional ones, including cultural, natural and mixed properties. The inscriptions include the Blue and John Crow Mountains in Jamaica, the Singapore Botanical Gardens, and extension of the boundaries of the Cape Floral Region Protected Area in South Africa and of the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park in Viet Nam, as well as many cultural sites around the globe.

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ICRAF Examines Landscape Approaches in Africa and LAC [viewed]

World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)July 2015: The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) has published a chapter, titled ‘Integrated landscape initiatives in practice: assessing experiences from 191 landscapes in Africa and Latin America,' in a book addressing ‘Climate-Smart Landscapes: Multifunctionality In Practice.' The chapter explains that landscape approaches are being undertaken more frequently in order to realize positive outcomes related to agricultural production, ecosystem conservation, rural livelihoods and multi-stakeholder coordination.

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Event: 4th Working Session of the Intergovernmental Technical Panel on Soils [viewed]

The Intergovernmental Technical Panel on Soils (ITPS) was established at the first Plenary Assembly of the Global Soil Partnership (GSP) to provide scientific and technical advice and guidance on global soil issues to the GSP primarily, and to specific requests submitted by global or regional institutions. The ITPS also advocates for addressing sustainable soil management in the different sustainable development agendas.  

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Event: 2nd Africa Food Security and Adaptation Conference (AFSAC2) [viewed]

This conference will convene under the theme ‘Africa's Soil the New Frontier: Re-imagining Africa Food Security Now and into the Future under a Changing Climate'. The conference will explore how to sustainably tap into soil, one of Africa's key resources, in order to enhance food security and climate change resilience, while creating new employment opportunities for the continent's increasing youth population. Specific sessions will address a range of strategies to promote and transform ecosystem-based adaptation (EBA) driven agriculture in Africa, including how to: build scalable and inclusive business models; tap into innovative financing; involve women and youth more effectively; harness education, information and communication technology, and data; scale up EBA extension and knowledge services; incentivize private sector involvement; and contribute to increased South-South cooperation and capacity building. Building on the thematic discussions, the conference will focus on how to maximize policy frameworks and develop an action plan for implementing and scaling up EBA approaches and agro-value chains across Africa.

The conference is co-organized by the UN Environmental Programme (UNEP), the Food and Agricultural Organization of the UN (FAO) and the African Union Commission (AUC), in collaboration with a range of partners from UN Agencies, international research and policy organizations, civil society networks and the private sector.  

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Event: 10th Meeting of AEWA Standing Committee [viewed]

The 10th Meeting of the African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbird Agreement (AEWA) Standing Committee (StC10) will consider, inter alia: preparations for the 6th ordinary session of the Meeting of the Parties (MOP6) to the AEWA to be held in Bonn, Germany, 9-14 November 2015; celebration of the 20th Anniversary of AEWA; the African Initiative for the Conservation of Migratory Waterbirds and their Habitats in Africa; and revision of the Communication Strategy. StC10 will also consider nominations for new members of the AEWA Technical Committee and the selection of winners of the AEWA Conservation Awards for presentation at MOP6.  

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IFAD, CCAFS Outline Smallholder Farmers' Role in Reducing Emissions [viewed]

ifad-ccafs8 July 2015: The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) have released the 'Mitigation Advantage Report' at Our Common Future Under Climate Change Science Conference held by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in Paris, France.

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UNEP Report Analyzes Trade-offs of Natural Resource-related SDGs [viewed]

UNEP6 July 2015: The UN Environment Programme's (UNEP) International Resource Panel (IRP) has published a report warning that “unless prudent natural resources management becomes an integral part of policy packages," the proposed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will not achieve their purpose of ending extreme poverty by 2030. The report, ‘Policy Coherence of the Sustainable Development Goals: A Natural Resource Perspective,' contends that sustainable prosperity for current and future generations requires maintaining and restoring ecosystem health.

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