Event: Eurasian Soil Partnership (EASP) Workshop [viewed]

Under the auspices of the Global Soil Partnership (GSP), the Eurasian sub-regional Soil Partnership (EASP) was launched in November 2013, and its Secretariat is hosted by the Eurasian Center for Food Security (ECFS), in Moscow, the Russian Federation. This workshop follows the finalization of a five year rolling sub-regional Implementation Plan during the second Plenary Meeting of the Eurasian Soil Partnership that took place in Izmir, Turkey, in June 2015. The Implementation Plans call for regular follow up workshops as part of GSP's goal of ensuring concrete field action at regional, national and local levels.  

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Event: Seventh International Conference of the African Soil Science Society (ASSS) [viewed]

Addressing the theme ‘Critical soil solutions for sustainable development in Africa,' this conference was initially organized under the auspices of the International Year of Soils (IYS) 2015, but postponed due to the security situation in Burkina Faso. Organizing partners include the Burkina Faso Ministry of Rural Development and several national soil science and research institutes; the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO); the International Union of Soil Science (IUSS); the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) and ISRIC - World Soil Information. Conference sub-themes include: soil productivity in tropical agrosystems; land ownership and sustainable land management; soil and climate change; and education and capacity building in soil science in Africa. The conference will comprise a three-day scientific meeting gathering soil scientists, land planners and users and related specialists, followed by a post-conference tour focusing on issues such as food insecurity, climate change, land degradation, land and water knowledge management and renewable energies. In addition, IITA and other partners will convene a special sub-regional program on the theme: ‘Soil fertility management recommendations for sustainable agricultural intensification in West and Central Africa.' The aim of the special program is to enable a wide range of stakeholders to use real-time information towards development outcomes in policy-making and technologies for land management, thus contributing to increased food production and improved natural resource management.  

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

Established under the auspices of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS), this Open-ended Working Group (OEWG) on Nutrition will consider CFS' role in advancing nutrition. It is expected to discuss proposals for a CFS workstream on nutrition, and will convene three times in 2016, with meetings scheduled 14 January, 24 February and 29 April. The OEWG will report to CFS 43 in October 2016 and CFS 44 in October 2017.  

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Event: Second Meeting of the CFS OEWG on Nutrition [viewed]

Established under the auspices of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS), this Open-ended Working Group (OEWG) on Nutrition will consider CFS' role in advancing nutrition. It is expected to discuss proposals for a CFS workstream on nutrition and will convene three times in 2016, with meetings scheduled 14 January, 24 February and 29 April. The OEWG will report to CFS 43 in October 2016 and CFS 44 in October 2017.  

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Event: CFS OEWG on Nutrition [viewed]

Established under the auspices of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS), this Open-ended Working Group (OEWG) on Nutrition will consider CFS' role in advancing nutrition. It is expected to discuss proposals for a CFS workstream on nutrition and will convene three times in 2016, with meetings scheduled 14 January, 24 February and 29 April. The OEWG will report to CFS 43 in October 2016 and CFS 44 in October 2017.  

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Event: Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week 2016 [viewed]

Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW) is an Abu Dhabi government initiative to address the interconnected challenges affecting energy, water and sustainable development. The largest sustainability gathering in the Middle East, ADSW encourages outcomes that pave the way toward sustainability, and provides the opportunity for dialogue and cooperation through policy dialogues, conferences, exhibitions and other events. ADSW 2016 is comprised of: an opening ceremony; the World Future Energy Summit (WFES), including a solar expo and sustainable transport zone; the International Water Summit; the EcoWaste exhibition; and the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) Assembly. It also will also include the following events: Women in Sustainability, Environment and Renewable Energy; IRENA Financial Times Debate; Egypt Energy Forum; Abu Dhabi Global Action Day; and the Zayed Future Energy Prize, the United Arab Emirate's international awards for energy and sustainability pioneers.

Speakers during the opening event include: Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto; UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon; and nine heads of states, including those from the Seychelles, Palau, Kosovo, Serbia, Nigeria and Morocco.

ADSW is being hosted by Masdar, Abu Dhabi's renewable energy company, and is expected to attract more than 33,000, with over 80 heads and ministers of state, and other participants from more than 170 countries.  

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Event: Dialogue on Food and Sustainable Development [viewed]

The UN Development Programme's (UNDP) Sustainable Development Goals Fund (SDG-F) is hosting a dialogue on Food and Sustainable Development. The event features a discussion with Joan, Jordi and Josep Roci, internationally acclaimed chefs who explore the intersections of culinary traditions and food security and nutrition, on sustainable development and sustainable food practices that can make food accessible to everyone everywhere. The event will also address how innovative food and farm practices can contribute to environmental sustainability and diversity, poverty reduction and inclusive growth, and how food education can promote improved nutrition.  

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Thailand Takes Over as G-77 Chair for 2016 [viewed]

G77logo12 January 2016: Thailand officially commenced its tenure as Chair of the Group of 77 (G-77), taking over from South Africa during a special ceremony at UN Headquarters in New York. Thailand announced the theme ‘From Vision to Action: Inclusive Partnership for Sustainable Development,' to be used as an underpinning principle during its chairmanship.

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GEF-FAO-GOF Program to Strengthen Capacity for Participation in ABNJ Negotiations [viewed]

common_oceansJanuary 2016: The Global Environment Facility (GEF), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the Global Ocean Forum (GOF) project on ‘Strengthening Global Capacity to Effectively Manage Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (ABNJ)' will seek to strengthen the capacity of leaders from small island developing States (SIDS) and developing countries to address ABNJ resources and issues through the 2016 ABNJ Regional Leaders Program.

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Event: Preparatory Committee on BBNJ [viewed]

Pursuant to General Assembly resolution 69/292 the Preparatory Committee will make substantive recommendations to the General Assembly on the elements of a draft text of an international legally binding instrument on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity beyond areas of national jurisdiction (BBNJ) under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). The preparatory committee will start its work in 2016, meeting from 28 March to 8 April and from 29 August to 12 September 2016.  

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