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Event: UNCCD COP 12[viewed]

The 12th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 12) to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) will take place over two weeks in Ankara, Turkey.

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CGRFA Finalizes State of the World's Animal Genetic Resources Report; Agrees on Guidelines on ABS and Genetic Diversity for Climate Adaptation [viewed]

The fifteenth session of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN's (FAO) Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA 15) addressed a series of sectoral and cross-sectoral issues, including: animal, forest and plant genetic resources; access and benefit-sharing (ABS) for genetic resources for food and agriculture (GRFA); biodiversity and nutrition; and climate change and GRFA. The session was held from 19-23 January 2015, in Rome, Italy.

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Negotiations Consider Four Elements of Post-2015 Agenda[viewed]

At the first sessions of intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda, UN Member States and other participants addressed the four elements expected to comprise the new agenda: a declaration; a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and targets, along with eventual indicators; their means of implementation (MOI) and a new Global Partnership for Development; and follow-up and review of implementation. The “stocktaking session” was the first of eight scheduled sessions to prepare the outcome that will be adopted at the UN Summit on the Post-2015 Development Agenda in September 2015.

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UNDP Leads Davos Session on Deforestation Free Supply Chains[viewed]

Helen Clark, Administrator of the UN Development Programme (UNDP), led a drafting session discussion addressing the drivers of deforestation linked to agriculture, during the 2015 World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. The event built on commitments made at the UN Climate Summit in New York, US towards deforestation free supply chains and considered how such commitments can be achieved when considering agricultural commodities.

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FOREST EUROPE Agrees on Process to Update SFM Indicators[viewed]

The FOREST EUROPE Expert Level Meeting (ELM) for the preparations of the 7th Ministerial Conference agreed on a process to update the pan-European set of indicators for sustainable forest management (SFM) based on the framework of the six existing criteria. The meeting recognized the need for updating the indicators, but noted that drastic change should be avoided and that synergies should be sought with other processes related to criteria and indicators (C&I).

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FAO Convenes Global Meeting of Criteria and Indicators Experts[viewed]

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) convened an expert meeting on criteria and indicators (C&I) for sustainable forest management (SFM) to discuss progress in the implementation of the project, ‘strengthening criteria and indicators for sustainable forest management in policy and practice.'

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UNFF Launches Website to Support Financing for SFM[viewed]

The UN Forum on Forests (UNFF) launched a website to support the ongoing Facilitative Process adopted to assist developing countries in identifying and accessing financing for sustainable forest management (SFM). The Facilitative Process is based on the tenants of a bottom-up approach that takes into account the multiple uses and values of forests as well as the range of ecosystem services they provide.

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Event: Intergovernmental Negotiations on Post-2015 Development Agenda – Seventh Session[viewed]

The seventh session of the intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda will take place on 20-24 July 2015.

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Event: Intergovernmental Negotiations on Post-2015 Development Agenda – Sixth Session[viewed]

The sixth session of the intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda will take place on 22-25 June 2015.

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Event: Intergovernmental Negotiations on Post-2015 Development Agenda – Fifth Session[viewed]

The fifth session of the intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda will take place on 18-22 May 2015.

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