Event: UNECE COFFI 74 [viewed]

The 74th session of the Committee on Forests and the Forest Industry (COFFI 74) of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) will review and guide activities in data collection and analysis, policy support, capacity building and communication, and will focus on the commercial aspects of forest-based industries. It will also contribute to the Strategic review of the Integrated Programme of Work 2014-2017 and provide recommendations for the future programme. It will be followed by a workshop, on 'Measuring the value of forests in a green economy,' on 21 October 2016.  

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Event: World Soil Day 2016 [viewed]

World Soil Day has been commemorated annually since 2013, following the adoption of a Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) Council resolution calling on the wider UN System to recognize 5 December as World Soil Day and to institutionalize its observance. The resolution was subsequently adopted by the 68th UN General Assembly. World Soil Day 2016 will feature celebrations at global, regional and national levels under the theme of ‘Soils and pulses, a symbiosis for life'.  

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Event: Global Dialogue on Accelerating Progress towards the Aichi Biodiversity Targets [viewed]

The Sustainable Ocean Initiative (SOI) is hosting a ‘Global Dialogue with Regional Seas Organizations and Regional Fisheries Bodies on Accelerating Progress Towards the Aichi Biodiversity Targets'. The dialogue will bring together regional bodies to share lessons learned on regional-scale cooperation and scientific mechanisms to implement and make progress towards achieving the Aichi Biodiversity Targets and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in marine and coastal areas. Participants will also discuss implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and opportunities for global processes and initiatives to better support regional-level collaboration and implementation of the Strategic Plan, the Aichi Biodiversity Targets and the SDGs. The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), Secretariat of the North East Atlantic Fisheries Commission, Secretariat of the Nairobi Convention, IUCN-CEM-Fisheries Expert Group, and Global Ocean Biodiversity Initiative are organizing the dialogue.  

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Policy Update #24: Wildlife Crime: Fanning the Ivory Pyres [viewed]

Stopping wildlife crime has truly become, as the title of a recent International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Conservation Congress (WCC) high-level dialogue pronounced, “Everybody's Business.” And it seems everyone - from multilateral organizations to national governments to the private sector and to non-governmental organizations - is getting in on the action.

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2016 Our Ocean Conference Generates 136 Initiatives on Oceans, with US$5.24 Billion in Support [viewed]

our_oceans16 September 2016: Participants at the third Our Ocean Conference announced over 136 initiatives on protecting ocean areas, promoting sustainable fisheries, reducing marine pollution, addressing climate and the ocean, building capacity, supporting coastal communities, and mapping and further understanding the ocean. Financial commitments included more than US$5.24 billion in support and commitments to protect nearly four million square kilometers of the ocean.

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FAO Action Plan Addresses Antimicrobial Resistance in Food and Agricultural Systems [viewed]

fao_headquarters14 September 2016: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has published an 'Action Plan on Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) 2016-2020' that aims to help countries develop strategies to minimize the emergence and spread of AMR in their food chains.

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FAO Releases Proceedings of Symposium on Agricultural Biotechnologies [viewed]

fao_headquartersSeptember 2016: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released the proceedings of an international symposium on 'The Role of Agricultural Biotechnologies in Sustainable Food Systems and Nutrition.' Participants at the symposium discussed how such technologies can address the needs of small farmers and vulnerable populations in combating hunger and adapting to climate change.

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Event: 2016 Arctic Circle Assembly [viewed]

The Arctic Circle is the largest network of international dialogue and cooperation on the future of the Arctic. The annual Arctic Circle Assembly is the largest annual international gathering on the Arctic, attended by more than 2000 participants from 50 countries. The Assembly is held every October at the Harpa Conference Center and Concert Hall in Reykjavík, Iceland. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will attend the 2016 Arctic Circle Assembly and deliver a keynote speech.  

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Event: Our Global Commons: An International Dialogue [viewed]

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) and International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) are hosting an International Dialogue on the Global Commons, taking place in Washington DC, US, from 12-13 October 2016. This invitation-only event, preceded by a “Science Day” on October 11, is supported by the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, Stockholm Resilience Centre, World Resources Institute and the World Economic Forum. It will gather leaders, experts and innovative thinkers to review new scientific assessments and discuss transformative solutions to rethink the global commons and the risks and opportunities they represent to a prosperous, but crowded, planet.  

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Guest Article #60: Why Legal Timber Matters [viewed]

Have you ever run your hand across a gleaming table top and wondered where its wood came from? Or asked whose job it was to cut the logs that became your new bookcase? Whose trees were used to produce that pencil you're chewing on?

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