Capacity Building & Education

CGIAR and Partners to Sequence 100 African Orphan Crop Species [viewed]

icraf-aocc20 January 2014: The African Orphan Crops Consortium has announced the names of one hundred species that will be researched over the coming years in an effort to improve food security and nutrition for smallholder farmers in Africa. The first species to be considered by the Consortium will be the Baobab.

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UNSC Releases Draft Statistical Notes on SDGs [viewed]

UNSC7 January 2014: The UN Statistical Commission's (UNSC) Friends of the Chair (FOC) Group on Broader Measures of Progress released the first drafts of ten statistical notes prepared for the Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The FOC also released an information note that describes the statistical notes, as well as a note on the timetable and responsibilities for the review and submission of the statistical notes to the OWG.

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Event: Third International Conference on the Use of Space Technology for Water Management [viewed]

The UN Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA), the Government of Morocco and the Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz International Prize for Water are jointly co-organizing this conference, with the European Space Agency and the Inter-Islamic Network on Space Sciences and Technology as co-sponsors. The Conference will discuss how space technology can contribute in better managing water resources, including combating desertification, ensuring access to safe drinking water, and managing water-related emergencies in developing countries.  

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UNFCCC Releases NAMA Workshop Report [viewed]

UNFCCC17 January 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the report from the first workshop under the work programme on further understanding the diversity of nationally appropriate mitigation actions (NAMAs) by developing countries, underlying assumptions and support required for implementing such NAMAs.

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UNITAR Supports Launch of Comoros SAICM Project [viewed]

SAICM UNITAR10 January 2013: The UN Institute of Training and Research (UNITAR) provided technical support to the Comoros National Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) Planning and Inception Workshop, which launched a SAICM project to: prepare a SAICM Implementation Plan; create a chemical database; strengthen national governance and legal structures; and develop of a national policy on SAICM Implementation.

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Bioversity Releases Seeds for Needs Policy Briefs [viewed]

seedsforneedJanuary 2014: Bioversity International has released policy briefs from its Seeds for Needs project, which seeks to combine climate change scenarios with information on crop diversity to better understand autonomous and planned adaptation strategies in the face of climate change.

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Event: Second High Level Meeting of the Africa-EU Energy Partnership [viewed]

The second High Level Meeting of the Africa-EU Energy Partnership (AEEP), jointly organized by the Government of Ethiopia and the African Union Commission (AUC), will gather African and European Ministers, AU and European Union (EU) Commissioners, and other high-level policy-makers, international organizations, the private sector, academia, and civil society to discuss Africa-EU cooperation on energy and foster further commitments and action on the energy challenges facing the two continents. The High Level Meeting will take place from 12-13 February 2014, and a business exhibition showcasing technologies for overcoming Africa's energy challenges will take place at the same venue from 11-13 February 2014.  

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Bioversity International Initiates Survey on Crops and Adaptation [viewed]

Bioversity International9 January 2014: In order to draw attention to the role of traditional crops in climate change adaptation and to help identify future avenues of research, Bioversity International is launching a global survey on stress-tolerant crops that have the potential to improve livelihoods of farmers and communities.

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CGIAR Explores Participatory Action in East African Agricultural Carbon Projects [viewed]

CCAFS9 January 2014: To evaluate the challenges and opportunities for strengthening and integrating local institutions into smallholder carbon projects, the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research's (CGIAR) Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security Program (CCAFS) has released a research report, titled 'Development of a Participatory Action Research Approach for Four Agricultural Carbon Projects in East Africa.'  

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UNEP, CITES and Others Applaud China's Destruction of Ivory Stockpiles [viewed]

Destruction of Ivory Stockpiles6 January 2014: China, during a public ceremony held in Dongguan, destroyed 6.15 tonnes of seized elephant ivory accumulated through enforcement actions, indicating its commitment to address elephant poaching and illegal ivory trade. The UN Environment Programme, (UNEP), the Convention in International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS), the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and TRAFFIC have lauded the event, the first of its kind in China.

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