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The year 2016 may well come to be seen as the start of a shift in course for Africa-Europe relations, as both continents faced major challenges and these will unavoidably affect the way they relate to one another. The 2017 edition of European Centre for Development Policy Management annual Challenge…
Soils face a global threat as population pressure, human development and swelling cities lead to mounting cropland loss. The world is about to surrender some of its richest farmland. As a consequence, crop production by 2030 could fall by up to 4% at a time when the planet gains another 1.1 billion…
This paper continues a line of research on improving strategic decisions (SD). The nature of governance issues (complex and uncertain world, lack of information, consideration of qualitative and quantitative information, participation of different actors in the decision making processes, etc.) impli…
Scientists call for urgent protection of ecologically valuable roadless areas as map shows that roads lead to loss of biodiversity and damage to ecosystems. European, Brazilian and US scientists have delivered a new map of humanity’s mark on the world. Roads now fragment the terrestrial landscape an…
Wind and solar photovoltaics (PV) are currently the fastest-growing sources of electricity globally. A "next generation" phase of deployment is emerging, in which wind and solar PV are technologically mature and economically affordable. The success of variable renewable energy (VRE) is also bringing…
The World Economic Situation and Prospects (WESP) is the definitive report of the United Nations on the state of the world economy. One of the most highly anticipated economic reports from the United Nations, it is jointly produced by the Department of Economic and Social Affairs, the United Nations…
Given the context of transitions related to rapid urbanization, the roles that rural economies and societies will have to play (particularly smallholder farmers and other rural producers) in creating sustainable and inclusive food systems, in generating employment and incomes and in contributing to…
Explore employment trends around the world. Where is unemployment highest? Where are workers most likely to be in vulnerable employment? Where are they most likely to be living in poverty? Explore the data behind the World Employment and Social Outlook – Trends 2017.
Policymakers often have to make decisions under great complexity, uncertainty and time pressure. A new study presents a support tool for the first stage of policymaking: identifying and exploring alternatives to solve problems. The software tool, called QUICKScan, increases the speed of this process…
Emphasizing that water is critical for sustainable development and the eradication of poverty and hunger, that water, energy, food security and nutrition are linked and that water is indispensable for human development, health and well-being and a vital element of achieving the Sustainable Developme…
The purpose of this report is to provide a comparative perspective of China’s ‘One Belt, One Road’ initiative (OBOR), as seen from the various European Union member states
Chinese companies plan to spend $1 billion over the next two years building a giant solar farm on land contaminated by the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. It was the worst nuclear accident in history, directly causing the deaths of 50 people, with at least an additional 4,000 fatalities believed to be c…
Rising Carbon Emissions from Warming Soil Highlight Benefits of Land Restoration. A new study in the journal Nature explores a vicious cycle: as a changing climate driven by greenhouse gas emissions warms the planet, soils heat up and the micro-organisms that live in the soil start to expel heat-tra…
As a WMO, Regional Specialized Meteorological Center with activity specialization on Atmospheric Sand and Dust Forecast, it provides daily operational dust forecasts for Northern Africa (north of equator), Middle East and Europe.
World Employment and Social Outlook 2016: Trends for Youth. The report provides updated figures on global and regional youth unemployment. It also looks at working poverty rates, decent work opportunities in both developed and developing economies as well as gender inequalities and migration trends…
Tanzania has adopted a new national land policy which, among others, lowers the ceiling under which foreign investors can lease land from the current 99 to 33 years. The new policy comes barely months after the East African nation embarked on a campaign to seize “idle” land and deter “rogue investor…
Natural forests support life in complex ways. Forest ecosystems are habitats for animals and humans, they regulate air quality, temperature and carbon cycling, protect soils and water quality, help mitigate climate change, and much more. ‘Planted forests’, “composed of trees established through plan…
When the headlines talk about food prices rising, which foods are they actually talking about? Too often, they represent basic staple grains or a basket of foods unrelated to nutritional needs. A project called Indicators of Affordability of Nutritious Diets in Africa (IANDA) is working to change th…
Farmers, gardeners, homeowners, landscapers—anyone who owns or manages land—can follow these simple principles and not only restore carbon to the soil but help rebuild the marvelous system that nature has put in place to renew our atmosphere. Carbon farming not only functions to remove carbon from t…
‘Researchers at the University of Minnesota Institute on the Environment (IonE), United States, have used household census data to map smallholder farms in developing countries.‘Despite the fact that smallholder and family farms are crucial to feeding the planet, little is known regarding the locati…
Overall, the growth prospects of the Emerging Asian economies (Southeast Asia, China and India) are expected to remain robust over the medium term amid global economic uncertainty.
Cropland losses will have consequences especially for Asia and Africa, which will experience growing food insecurity as cities expand
The consequences of climate change are already being felt all over the globe. But some regions are particularly affected. These so-called “hotspots” are areas where strong physical and ecological effects of climate change come together with large numbers of vulnerable and poor people and communities…
The training manual is composed of 5 learning blocks beginning with an overall introduction to the training by creating an enabling space for personal gender reflection.
Climate change is having devastating impacts on communities’ lives, livelihoods and food security across South Asia. Its consequences are so severe that it is increasingly contributing to migration, and this incidence is likely to escalate much more in the years to come as climate change impacts bec…