Near East

ITPGR Celebrates Tenth Anniversary, Releases List of Benefit-sharing Grantees [viewed]

14 November 2011: On the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the adoption of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR), a high-level celebration was hosted by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), and the ITPGR Secretariat released the list of new projects to be funded under the Treaty's Benefit-sharing Fund, to support farmers and breeders to adapt key crops to climate change.

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Event: International Conference on Adaptation to Climate Change and Food Security in West Asia and North Africa [viewed]

This workshop aims to address critical food security and livelihood challenges in West Asia and North African (WANA) countries and has the specific objectives to: provide a better understanding and assessment of the climate change impacts on agriculture and the associated vulnerability in the WANA region; discuss and develop informed decisions on practical adaptation strategies for the agricultural sector in the WANA region; discuss and suggest the appropriate ways to promote adaptation planning and implementation and its integration into the sustainable development planning in different countries in the WANA region; and develop a Regional Adaptation Framework for continuous information exchange on climate change impacts and adaptation amongst the different countries in the WANA region. The meeting is being co-sponsored by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the Association of Agricultural Research Institutions in the Near East and North Africa, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA), and others. ICARDA is a member of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR).  

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UNFCCC Publishes Submissions on REDD+ Methodological Guidance [viewed]

19 October 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published views (FCCC/SBSTA/2011/MISC.7) on methodological guidance for activities relating to reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation and the role of conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks in developing countries (REDD+).

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UNFCCC Publishes Submissions by Saudi Arabia and Singapore on Response Measures [viewed]

UNFCCC4 October 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published an addendum containing submissions from countries on further views on the elements for the development of a work programme and a possible forum on response measures (FCCC/SB/2011/MISC.4/Add.1).

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en.Lighten Middle East and North Africa Conference Adopts Beirut Declaration [viewed]

30 September 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and Global Environment Facility (GEF) en.lighten Partnership has announced that government officials in the Middle East and North Africa have agreed to phase-out incandescent light bulbs.

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UNFCCC Publishes Submissions to AWG-LCA 14 [viewed]

UNFCCC23 September 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published 12 submissions from parties, which will be considered by the third part of the 14th session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA 14), which will be held in Panama City, Panama, from 1-7 October 2011. 

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Sandwatch Newsletter Highlights Launch of New Website, Expansion of Teams [viewed]

September 2011: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has announced the release of the September 2011 issue of its newsletter, The Sandwatcher, featuring articles from Sandwatch teams in 20 countries, from the Caribbean, Indian and Pacific Ocean regions, Africa, Australia and Europe.

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Silva Mediterranea Newsletter Highlights PES and REDD Activities [viewed]

FAO21 September 2011: Silva Mediterranea, a statutory body of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) that works on forest issues in the Mediterranean region, has released the September 2011 issue of its newsletter, which reports on recent forest-related activities within the Mediterranean region, including a regional conference on payments of ecosystem services (PES) and a project on REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stocks).

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UNCCD News Focuses on Food Security and a Brown Revolution [viewed]

September 2011: The lastest issue of "UNCCD News," a newsletter published by the Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), focuses on food security and efforts that have been undertaken to mitigate the effects of food crisis through sustainable land management.

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Report by UNESCO and Partners Reviews Challenges in Managing Iraq's Marshlands [viewed]

25 August 2011: According to a newly released report by the UN Integrated Water Task Force, UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), within the context of the first four-year UN Development Assistance Framework for Iraq, marshlands in Iraq must be managed by balancing the various benefits derived from their ecosystems.

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