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Report from Workshop on Synergies Among the Rio Conventions Released [viewed]

CBDFebruary 2013: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has made available the report of the workshop on capacity building for pilot countries on the implementation of synergies among the Rio Conventions.

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GCOS Newsletter Outlines Implementation Efforts on Climate Monitoring and Climate Services [viewed]

February 2013: The Global Climate Observing System (GCOS) has released the first edition of its newsletter for 2013, outlining events of relevance to climate monitoring and recent activities of the programme, including, among other things, discussions at the 18th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 18) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) on GCOS adequacy and progress reports.

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UNEP Releases Compendium of Global Environmental Goals [viewed]

20 February 2013: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released a compendium of Global Environmental Goals (GEGs), aiming to inform governments and relevant stakeholders and promote cooperation in achieving their objectives in a more coherent and harmonized manner. The publication was announced in a UNEP Conference Room Paper (UNEP/GCSS.XII/CRP.2), dated 20 February 2013.

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CIMMYT Opens Bioscience Facility [viewed]

13 February 2013: The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) has inaugurated a new $25 million research complex that will help researchers speed up climate-resilient seed development for maize and wheat.

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Event: Food Security Futures I: Research Priorities for the 21st Century [viewed]

The first Food Security Futures conference will bring together senior researchers from the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) and Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) to present their perspectives on research priorities for the 21st century. The conference is being held in Dublin, Ireland, the week before the EU Presidency (held the by Irish government) Meeting on ‘Hunger – Nutrition – Climate Justice: Making Connections for a More Sustainable World'. Topics will include: overarching food security issues and challenges for sustainable food security; nutrition dimensions of food security and challenges for sustainable food security; food security and sustainable resource use; and food security and climate change. A substantive research paper on research priorities will be presented for each topic, with comments by selected scientists, participants from the private sector and others. Attendees will address next steps to be taken by international organizations charged with addressing the research needs of a sustainable, food-secure future. More technical meetings in the 2-3 days leading up to the formal program will also be organized.  

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CCAFS Outlines Opportunities for Agricultural NAMAs [viewed]

November 2012: A policy brief from the Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security Program (CCAFS) of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) describes early experiences with the development of nationally appropriate mitigation actions (NAMAs) in the agriculture sector.

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IFAD Governing Council Meeting Forges Alliances for Smallholder Agriculture [viewed]

14 February 2013: The 36th Session of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) Governing Council convened from 13-14 February 2013, in Rome, Italy, and focused on building partnerships to reduce poverty and ensure food security in rural communities worldwide.

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IEA Bioenergy Annual Report Highlights Risks and Opportunities of Bioenergy [viewed]

12 February 2012: The 2012 Annual Report of the International Energy Agency's Implementing Agreement on Bioenergy (IEA Bioenergy) features an article on "Biomass Feedstocks for Energy Markets," and provides an overview of activities of the Executive Committee (ExCo) and the 12 ongoing Tasks during 2012.

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Event: GEF Expanded Constituency Workshop (ECW) in Senegal [viewed]

The Expanded Constituency Workshop (ECW) will host discussions on priority issues, development and implementation of Global Environment Facility (GEF) projects, and project integration in national development frameworks. The event will bring together focal points from the GEF, UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs), with representatives from civil society, the GEF Secretariat, and the GEF Agencies. The event will include exercises on national capacity development (NCSA), results-based management, monitoring and evaluation, synergies in project design, as well as discussions on the GEF 2020 Strategy, the new GEF Fee Policy, and Project Cycle harmonization. The registration deadline for civil society participants is 17 February 2013.  

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CGIAR Launches Series of Studies on Quantifying GHG Emissions from Agricultural Lands [viewed]

12 February 2013: The Climate Change, Agriculture, and Food Security (CCAFS) program of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) has released a series of freely available articles in the journal Environmental Research Letters to improve the understanding of emissions from the agriculture sector.

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