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EMG SOM20 Focuses on UN System-Wide Strategy on Environment, SDGs[viewed]

During the 20th Senior Officials Meeting (SOM20) of the Environment Management Group (EMG), senior management of 38 UN agencies, multilateral agreement bodies and intergovernmental financial institutions focused on coherence in environmental programming, sustainable operations and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The senior officials also undertook important discussions on the Group's contribution to the preparation of a UN System-Wide Strategy on the Environment.

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Mountain Partnership Secretariat, Ev-K2-CNR to Launch Federation of Mountain PAs[viewed]

The Mountain Partnership Secretariat and Ev-K2-CNR will launch a Federation of Mountain Protected Areas (FMPA) to support mountain protected areas (PAs) globally. The FMPA will facilitate the exchange of experiences, information, knowledge and management practices on mountain PAs.

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ITPGR Highlights Impact of Farmers' Rights on Food Security and Nutrition[viewed]

An event organized by the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) during the 41st session of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS 41) discussed how to improve food security and nutrition through the sustainable use of plant genetic resources for food and agriculture (PGRFA) as realized through farmers' rights.

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CBD COP 12 Commits to Funding Increase, Highlights Biodiversity's Contribution to Sustainable Development Agenda[viewed]

Held from 6-17 October 2014, in Pyeongchang, the Republic of Korea, the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 12) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) adopted a series of decisions, including the 'Pyeongchang roadmap for the enhanced implementation of the Strategic Plan and achievement of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets,' addressing resource mobilization, capacity building, scientific and technical cooperation, linking biodiversity and poverty eradication, and monitoring implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020.

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Nagoya Protocol COP/MOP 1 Celebrates Entry into Force, Establishes Compliance Committee[viewed]

Held from 13-17 October 2014 in Pyeongchang, the Republic of Korea, during the second week of the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the first meeting of the COP serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization (NP COP/MOP 1) marked the entry into force of the Nagoya Protocol on 12 October 2014, and adopted a series of decisions to facilitate its effective implementation, including on the Access and Benefit-sharing (ABS) Clearing-house and on compliance.

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UN Celebrates 2014 World Food Day, FAO Releases State of Food and Agriculture Report[viewed]

The 2014 International World Food Day, celebrated on 16 October, focused on 'Family Farming: Feeding the World, Caring for the Earth.' The day, syncing with the 2014 International Year of Family Farming, featured statements, events, and reports from the UN system on the important role of family farmers.

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SOFA 2014 Focuses on Family Farming and Innovation[viewed]

Family farmers are crucial to eradicating hunger and achieving sustainable food security and rural development, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN's (FAO) State of Food and Agriculture (SOFA) 2014, ‘Innovation in Family Farming.' The report highlights innovation as key for family farmers to achieve these goals.

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UN Spotlights Role of Rural Women in Climate, SDGs[viewed]

This year's International Day of Rural Women emphasized that rural women are critical for achieving the transformational economic, environmental and social changes required for sustainable development. In a statement marking the day, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said rural women are essential for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and a universal climate agreement, and urged addressing the discrimination and deprivation that rural women suffer, including lack of access to land, markets, finance, social protection and services.

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CFS Endorses Principles for Investing in Agriculture and Food Systems[viewed]

Governments and stakeholders approved the 'Principles for Responsible Investment in Agriculture and Food Systems' at the 41st session of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS 41). The Committee, which also endorsed policy recommendations on food loss and waste, and sustainable fisheries and aquaculture, met on 13 October 2014, in Rome, Italy.

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EU Presents B4Life Flagship Initiative[viewed]

In a side event on the theme, 'Does biodiversity matter for development?' held at the margins of the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP12), the EU launched the 'Development Cooperation B4Life Flagship Initiative.' Over the next seven years, the EU will use the Biodiversity for Life (B4Life) Initiative to support developing countries' efforts to protect biodiversity, ensure sustainable livelihoods and combat wildlife crime.

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