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UNFCCC and Partners Launch UN Alliance on Climate Change Education, Training and Awareness [viewed]

UNFCCC3 December 2012: The Secretariat of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) launched the UN Alliance on Climate Change Education, Training and Public Awareness along with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF), the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).

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Event: World Soil Day [viewed]

At its 144th meeting, held from 11-15 June 2012, the FAO Council adopted a decision requesting the wider UN System to recognize 5 December as World Soil Day and to institutionalize its observance. To recognize the Day, an event focused on "Securing healthy soils for a food secure world: A day dedicated to soils" will be organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in the framework of the Global Soil Partnership, to raise awareness on the importance of soils in achieving food security, as well as their pivotal role for providing a range of ecosystem services. World Soil Day was first proposed by the International Union of Soil Sciences in 2002.  

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FAO Report Highlights Links between Mitigation and Adaptation, and Forests and Trees [viewed]

FAO29 November 2012: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released a report highlighting its contribution to climate change adaptation and mitigation in forests.

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Event: International Seminar: Watershed Management and Climate Change [viewed]

The governments of the Colombian municipality of Neiva and Department of Huila, with support from Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean (RLC) of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), will discuss watershed management in the face of climate change. The seminar will examine integrated watershed management as an approach to conserve water, soil and biodiversity resources, while supporting and improving local livelihoods and promoting sustainable development at the basin and national levels. The seminar specifically will discuss: public policies; financial tools, including payment for environmental services; techniques, bioengineering approaches and traditional knowledge regarding water stewardship, soil conservation and erosion control; and successful case studies from Colombia and the rest of Latin America.  

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FAO Workshop Recommends Actions to Increase Adaptability and Resilience of Lake Chad Region [viewed]

FAO27 November 2012: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released the proceedings of a workshop on "Climate change implications for fishing communities in the Lake Chad Basin: What have we learned and what can we do better?"

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UN-REDD Newsletter Highlights Country Progress [viewed]

21 November 2012: The UN Collaborative Programme on reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries (UN-REDD) has released its November newsletter. The newsletter highlights progress in Cambodia, Indonesia, Republic of the Congo, Tanzania and Viet Nam.

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UNISDR, UNESCO Convene Retreat on Post-Hyogo Disaster Framework [viewed]

19 November 2012: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) and the UN Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) convened a two-day UN High-Level Retreat to initiate work on a UN strategic plan for disaster risk reduction. Attended by representatives from 20 UN agencies, the Retreat was held from 19-20 November, in Paris, France.

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IPPC, Ozone Secretariat to Cooperate on Methyl Bromide Use [viewed]

IPPC14 November 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Ozone Secretariat and the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO)-based International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) have have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to improve methyl bromide management. Methyl bromide is an ozone depleting substance used to prevent the spread of pests and diseases.

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Dry Lands Conference Focuses on Links Among Climate Change, Food Security and Water Management [viewed]

15 November 2012: The International Conference on Food Security in Dry Lands aimed to develop recommendations in areas related to policy strategies and investments to boost agricultural production, enhance food security and increase resilience to price shocks. Conference participants focused on issues related to food security, water management and responsible investment.

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GCARD Conference Focuses on Engaging Smallholder Farmers [viewed]

1 November 2012: During the Second Global Conference on Agricultural Research for Development (CGARD) a broad range of stakeholders discussed the importance of open access to agricultural research, best practices on engaging smallholder farmers and implementation of the GCARD six-point Road Map.

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