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Berlin Meeting Launches Process for GEO-6[viewed]

Held from 21-23 October 2014, in Berlin, Germany, the Global Intergovernmental and Multi-stakeholder Meeting for the sixth edition of the Global Environment Outlook (GEO-6) report endorsed the guiding framework for the report and took what it describes as the necessary preparatory steps for a scientifically robust process.

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European Commission JRC Study Identifies Areas at Risk of Desertification[viewed]

A study by the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission (JRC) has identified areas in South America, Africa and Asia at climatological risk of desertification. The study, which used information from two indexes, found significant shifts in climate zones resulting from changes in the global hydrological cycle. As a result, arid areas have increased by 1.4-3.4% globally.

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International Land Coalition Publishes Study on Land Governance in China[viewed]

The International Land Coalition (ILC) has published a study that examines land reform and governance in China in the broader social, political and economic contexts, and from historical and contemporary perspectives. The study, titled ‘Land Governance in China: Historical context and critical junctures of agrarian transformation,' is part of the ILC's ‘Framing the Debate' series, aimed at deepening global understanding on land governance debates at regional and national levels.

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CGIAR, UNU Study Reveals Cost of Salt Build-up on Agricultural Lands[viewed]

A report from the UN and the CGIAR consortium reveals that land degradation due to salt build-up is causing damages in some 75 countries, estimated at more than US$27 billion per year.

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First African Mountains Regional Forum Adopts Arusha Outcomes[viewed]

The First African Mountains Regional Forum (AMRF) addressed the theme ‘Towards a Shared Mountain Agenda for Africa.' Participants adopted the Arusha Outcomes, which are aimed to raise the profile of the African sustainable mountain development (SMD) agenda.

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GEF Council CSO Consultation Discusses Gender Policy, Public Involvement[viewed]

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council consultation meeting with civil society organizations (CSOs) gathered approximately 150 participants to focus on four topics: a dialogue with the GEF CEO; gender mainstreaming and public involvement in GEF projects; the work of the GEF-CSO Network; and CSO engagement in the sixth replenishment of the GEF (GEF-6).

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Western Balkans and Turkey Agree to Develop Regional Early Warning System[viewed]

Representatives from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Kosovo, Serbia and Turkey agreed to establish a region-wide approach to climate change adaptation and disaster resilience at the conclusion of a two-year project, ‘Building Resilience to Disasters in Western Balkans and Turkey.'

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FAO, IFAD, WFP Launch Community of Practice on Food Loss Reduction[viewed]

The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the World Food Programme (WFP) launched a digital platform to tackle food loss during a side event to the 41st session of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS), which took place in Rome, Italy, on 13 October 2014. The platform allows stakeholders to share best practices and access resources on food loss reduction and post-harvest management.

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Global Donor Working Group on Land Welcomes RAI Principles[viewed]

The Global Donor Working Group on Land has welcomed the Committee on World Food Security's (CFS) endorsement of the Principles for Responsible Investment in Agriculture and Food Systems (RAI), especially Principle 5 on ‘Respect tenure of land, fisheries, forests and access to water.' The voluntary RAI principles aim to promote food and nutrition security and support the progressive realization of the right to adequate food.

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UN Appoints Senior Official to Follow Up WCIP[viewed]

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed a senior official to coordinate a UN system-wide action plan for raising awareness of the rights of indigenous peoples and increasing the coherence of UN activities with regard to indigenous issues, following on a decision made at the World Conference of Indigenous Peoples (WCIP) in September 2014 (A/69/L.1). Wu Hongbo, UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, will coordinate the UN system's follow-up action for the Conference.

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