2014-annual-survey
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UNGA's Second Committee Launches Work[viewed]

The UN General Assembly's Second Committee (Economic and Financial) held its organizational session for UNGA 69, on 19 September 2014, in New York, US. The Second Committee will conduct its substantive work from 7 October until 26 November, beginning with the general debate on 7-9 October.

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IDRC Project in Ethiopia Improves Nutrition through Plant Breeding[viewed]

Farmers in southern Ethiopia have achieved a two-fold increase in chickpea productivity through enhanced soil health and improved crop varieties. At the same time, improved food processing, preparation methods and education programs have contributed to better nutrition, including through the incorporation of chickpeas into diets.

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Event: Joint CBD, UNCCD Workshop on NBSAPs - NAP Synergies[viewed]

The Secretariats of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) are jointly organizing a workshop on synergies for the design, development and implementation of CBD National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs) and UNCCD National Action Programmes (NAPs).

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Samoa, UNDP Sign Agreement on Implementing Rio Conventions[viewed]

The Government of Samoa and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) signed a project agreement on ‘Capacity for Implementing Rio Conventions in Samoa.' The project aims to accelerate Samoa's efforts to meet its international obligations on biodiversity, climate change and desertification.

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IPBES Task Force Calls for Submissions on ILK and Pollinators[viewed]

The Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) is conducting a global assessment on pollination and pollinators associated with food production. The IPBES Indigenous and Local Knowledge (ILK) task force is calling for submissions to generate worldwide inputs on ILK for this thematic assessment.

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ELD Publishes a Practitioner's Guide to Land Valuation[viewed]

The Economics of Land Degradation (ELD) Initiative has published a step-by-step guide to ecosystem service valuation based on a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) held from 2 March to 17 May 2014, and on the ELD's Interim Report. Titled ‘Practitioner's Guide: The Economics of Land Degradation,' the publication seeks to support practitioners and decision-makers in making an economic case for sustainable land management.

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Climate Economy Report Urges Decoupling Economic and Emissions Growth[viewed]

The New Climate Economy, a project of the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate, has released a report that finds that competitive markets and consistent government policy signals are critical for businesses and investors to create low-carbon jobs and growth. The report, titled 'Better Growth, Better Climate: The New Climate Economy Report,' was launched at UN Headquarters in New York, US, and presented to governments, as well as to business and finance leaders.

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Arab Countries Highlight Regional Priorities for Post-2015 DRR Framework[viewed]

The 2nd Arab Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) provided the opportunity for approximately 400 Arab government officials, donors, policy makers, planners, academics, civil society representatives and development experts to discuss DRR in the region. The Conference highlighted progress made in DRR efforts, reviewed implementation of the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA) 2005-2015 in the region, and discussed regional priorities towards the post-2015 DRR framework.

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SOFI 2014 Recommends High-level Political Commitment to Food Security and Nutrition[viewed]

The Millennium Development Goal (MDG) hunger target, to halve the proportion of undernourished people in developing countries by 2015, is within reach, according to 'The State of Food Insecurity (SOFI) in the World 2014: Strengthening the enabling environment for food security and nutrition.' SOFI 2014 cautions, however, that food security remains a challenge, and calls for sustained, high-level political commitment to food security and nutrition to eradicate hunger.

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ICRAF, Embrapa Strengthen Cooperation on Alternative Biofuel Crops[viewed]

The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) and the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (Embrapa) have signed a cooperation agreement that builds on the relationship between the two institutions. Ravi Prabhu, ICRAF Deputy Director General for Research, said the agreement expands possibilities for collaboration between ICRAF and Embrapa not just within Brazil, but also in other regions where both institutions have active programmes, such as Central America, the Caribbean and sub-Saharan Africa.

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