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Latest News - 28 July 2014
HDR 2014 Identifies Climate Change as Critical Development Challenge
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24_July_2014: Addressing vulnerabilities is critical to ensure equitable and sustainable human development, according to the 2014 Human Development Report (HDR). The report, titled ‘Sustaining Human Progress: Reducing Vulnerabilities and Building Resilience,' considers factors that contribute risks to human development and ways to strengthen resilience. continued...
Global Soil Partnership Endorses Plans of Action
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24_July_2014: The second session of the Plenary Assembly of the Global Soil Partnership (GSP) has endorsed a number of measures to safeguard soil resources, including four Plans of Action, a global soil information system, a capacity development program, and a report on world soil resources. Recommendations of the Plans of Action include strong government regulations and investments for sustainable management of soils that contribute to the eradication of hunger, food insecurity and poverty. continued...
CIFOR Draws Links between Forests and Food Security
Read More: CIFOR Draws Links between Forests and Food Security
July_2014: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) has released a factsheet on the links between 'Forests, Food Security and Nutrition,' in the context of a growing global population and rising demand for food. continued...
2014 HDR Focuses on Resilience and Vulnerability
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24_July_2014: The 2014 Human Development Report (HDR) finds that reducing poverty, as well as vulnerability to falling into poverty, must be a central objective of the post-2015 development agenda. "Eliminating extreme poverty is not just about 'getting to zero;' it is also about staying there,” according to the report. ‘Sustaining Human Progress: Reducing Vulnerabilities and Building Resilience' was launched in Tokyo, Japan, on 24 July 2014, by Japan's Prime Minister Shinz┼Ź Abe, UN Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Helen Clark, and HDR Director Khalid Malik. continued...
IGC 28 Reviews Cross-Cutting Elements, Forwards Texts to WIPO General Assembly
Read More: IGC 28 Reviews Cross-Cutting Elements, Forwards Texts to WIPO General Assembly
18_July_2014: At its 28th session, the Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore (IGC) of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) reviewed cross-cutting elements of the negotiating texts on genetic resources, traditional knowledge and traditional cultural expressions, and decided to forward the three negotiating draft texts as developed during IGC 26 and 27 to the WIPO General Assembly, to be held in September 2014. continued...
UNESCO-IHE Consortium Supports 'Water Wise' Development in Kenya
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17_July_2014: A public-private-partnership of Dutch, Kenyan and German partners to develop and conserve the Mara River Basin, the Mau Mara Serengeti (MaMaSe) Sustainable Water Initiative, was launched to support “water-wise” sustainable economic development and biodiversity conservation in the Mara-Serengeti in Kenya. continued...
FAO Steering Committee Discusses ITPGR Action Plan for Near East and North Africa
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13_July_2014: Hosted by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the first meeting of the Steering Committee discussed the implementation of the Near East and North Africa (NENA) Action Plan for the Benefit-sharing Fund of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR). continued...
ITPGR Secretariat Issues Publication on Farmers and Climate Change
Read More: ITPGR Secretariat Issues Publication on Farmers and Climate Change
July_2014: The Secretariat of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) has published a booklet titled, "Enabling Farmers to Face Climate Change,' which provides an overview of the projects that are being implemented as part of the second project portfolio of the ITPGR Benefit-sharing Fund. continued...
African Regional Coverage Calendar: Current & Upcoming Events
26th Meeting of the LDC Expert Group Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany 4 Aug - 7 Aug
US-Africa Leaders Summit Washington D.C., US 5 Aug - 6 Aug
International Workshop on Open Data for Science and Sustainability in Developing Countries Nairobi, Kenya 6 Aug - 8 Aug
NAP Expo Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany 8 Aug - 9 Aug
CBD International Workshop on Financing for Biodiversity Ittingen, Switzerland 18 Aug - 19 Aug
Hands-On Training Workshop on the Preparation of BURs for Africa Region Malawi 18 Aug - 20 Aug
GRID-Arendal Marine Symposium Arendal, Aust-Agder, Norway 21 Aug - 22 Aug
Third International Conference for Small Island Developing States Apia, Tuamasaga, Samoa 1 Sep - 4 Sep
15th World Lake Conference Perugia, Umbria, Italy 1 Sep - 5 Sep
GRASP Regional Meeting – East Africa Bujumbura, Burundi 4 Sep - 5 Sep
CBD Expert Workshop on Practical Guidance for Marine Spatial Planning Montreal, Quebec, Canada 9 Sep - 11 Sep
65th Meeting of the International Whaling Commission Portoroz, Slovenia 11 Sep - 18 Sep
Ninth meeting of the Open-ended Working Group of the Basel Convention (OEWG 9) Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland 16 Sep - 19 Sep
69th Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 69) New York City, US 16 Sep - 1 Oct
International Symposium on Agroecology for Food Security and Nutrition Rome, Lazio, Italy 18 Sep - 19 Sep
 
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