Events - Monday, 4 February 2013

Launch Workshop of the Global Soil Partnership in Western and Central Africa: Towards an African Soil Partnership

The Global Soil Partnership (GSP) was launched in September 2011 to raise awareness among decision makers on the vital role of soil resources for achieving food security, adapting to and mitigating climate change and guaranteeing the provision of other environmental services. The Terms of Reference of the GSP were approved in December 2012. The Partnership aims to improve governance of the planet's limited soil resources in order to guarantee healthy and productive soils for a food secure world, as well as support other essential ecosystem services. The five pillars of action of the GSP include the promotion of sustainable management of soil resources; the encouragement of investment, technical cooperation, policy, education awareness and extension in soils; the promotion of targeted soil research and development focused on identified gaps and priorities; the enhancement of the quantity and quality of soil data and information; and lastly, the harmonization of methods, measurements and indicators for sustainable soil management, with national validation accounting for the differences of production systems and ecosystems. At the core of the GSP is the establishment of Regional Soil Partnerships to contextualize the needs and priorities of soil actions to be implemented in each region. This workshop will launch the West and Central African consultation among national soil institutions and regional partners.  

dates: 4-6 February 2013   location: Accra, Ghana  

CBD Sustainable Ocean Initiative Capacity-Building Workshop for West Africa

Established during the 10th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the Sustainable Ocean Initiative provides a global platform to build partnerships and enhance capacity to achieve the Aichi biodiversity targets related to marine and coastal biodiversity in a holistic manner. This workshop will showcase regional experiences focusing on West Africa, covering ecologically or biologically significant marine areas, and integrated marine and coastal area management towards achieving Targets 6 and 11 in a holistic manner.  

dates: 4-8 February 2013   location: Senegal  

6th African Union Course on Gender-Responsive Economic Policy-Making in Africa

The African Union Women Gender and Development Directorate is hosting the 6th course on Gender Responsive Economic Policy Making in Africa. The course aims to improve and increase Member States' conceptual understanding as well as provide practical skills to mainstream gender concepts and tools into economic and social development policy and practices on the continent.  

dates: 4-15 February 2013   location: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia