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The UN General Assembly recently declared that achieving land degradation neutrality “would serve as an accelerator to ending poverty and hunger, tackling inequality, empowering women and stimulating economic growth.” It cannot come too soon. For a very long time, land was forgotten. It was unapprec…
The Global Soil Week 2017 aims to contribute to the successful implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It will do so by looking at the subset of SDGs that are under review by the High-level Political Forum 2017 (HLPF) through the perspective of land and soils, thereby providing a…
Over 30 million people were newly internally displaced in 2016 by conflict and disasters, according to a new report. In examining trends around the world for its annual Global Report on Internal Displacement, the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) and the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC)…
A group of scientists announced a surprising discovery in Science magazine: There are vast forests in the world's deserts and drylands—about 1.8 million square miles of them (467 million hectares), an area larger than the size of India! Researchers at the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, WRI an…
Rising temperatures and more extreme, unpredictable climate events are making sustainable livelihoods tough for many people living in semi-arid regions of the world. To adapt, local communities, and especially farmers, use different strategies and responses. Research in India and Africa shows that a…
“Road to Resilience” is a guide to increasing the resiience of cities, especially in India but also elsewhere in the world. The book is aimed at urban policy makers and planners and provides bottom-up resilience building options for improving urban services through the conservation of local resource…
Climatic changes have real implications for food security in Alberta’s urban centres, including the cities of Calgary and Edmonton. More frequent extreme weather events could damage critical infrastructure required to transport food supplies to and within cities, as well as impair the capacity of ci…
As the climate changes, so too do the conditions in which non-state armed groups operate. The complex risks presented by conflicts, climate change and increasingly fragile geophysical and socio-political conditions can contribute to the emergence and growth of non-state armed groups. Our new report…
Frank, relevant and candid dialogue is fundamental to resolving conflict and transforming societies. The Tana High-Level Forum on Security in Africa is an annual meeting that brings together African leaders and stakeholders to engage and explore African-led security solutions. Currently in its 6th e…
Science and technology, including Earth observation, provide critical inputs for disaster risk reduction - not only at international, national and regional levels, but also at the local level. The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA), through its Platform on for Disaster Management…
This book helps all those involved in international tourism develop the new skills, tools and investments required to protect irreplaceable global resources from the impacts of escalating tourism demand over the next 50 years. It documents how technology and the growing global middle class are drivi…
Dag Hammarskjöld Library (DHL)is pleased to announce that the United Nations Digital Library (UNDL) is now available and can be accessed globally free of charge. A result of the successful collaboration between the Dag Hammarskjöld Library (DHL) at UN Headquarters and the United Nations Office at Ge…
Over the past decade there have been extraordinary advances towards drought risk reduction with the development of new water-conserving technologies, and new tools for planning, vulnerability and impact assessment, mitigation, and policy. Drought and Water Crises: Integrating Science, Management, an…
African governments need to integrate entrepreneurship more fully into their industrialisation strategies, according to the African Economic Outlook (AEO) 2017 released Monday, May 22 at the African Development Bank Group’s 52nd Annual Meetings . In 2016, Africa’s economic growth slowed down to 2.2%…
The nexus between food and nutrition security, and migration: Clarifying the debate and charting a way forward.(Discussion Paper 212). Maastricht: ECDPM
Agroecology is our best option for creating an agrifood system capable of nurturing people, societies, and the planet. But it is still not widespread. Fertile Ground, edited by Groundswell International‘s Executive Director Steve Brescia, offers nine case studies authored by agroecologists from Afri…
In recent decades, the various strands of the food movement have made enormous strides in calling attention the many shortcomings and injustices of our food and agricultural system. However, the movement for fairer, healthier, and more autonomous food is continually blocked by one obstacle: land acc…
In 2015, India announced an ambitious goal of to increasing renewable power capacity to 175 gigawatts (GW) by 2022, with 100 GW of solar, 60 GW of wind, 10 GW of bioenergy and 5 GW of small hydro. That would mean increasing renewable power capacity fivefold in seven years, making India a clean energ…
AquaCrop is a crop-water productivity model developed by FAO’s Land and Water Division to address food security and assess the effect of the environment and management on crop production. AquaCrop simulates the yield response of herbaceous crops to water and is particularly well suited to conditions…
Drought, a devastating natural hazard, affects a significant proportion of the global population, particularly those living in semi-arid and arid regions. The consequences for agricultural communities can be stark, often reversing gains in food security and poverty, hampering efforts to reach SDG1 a…
Measuring how efficiently water is used in agriculture, particularly in water-scarce countries, is going high-tech with the help of a new tool developed by FAO. The WaPOR open-access database has gone live, tapping satellite data to help farmers achieve more reliable agricultural yields and allowing…
The Toolkit for the application of Green Negotiated Territorial Development, a new working paper from FAO’s Land and Water Division, sets out methods and tools to bring everybody together, gather the needed information and attain agreement on how to move forward.
Researchers have modelled the exposure to multiple hazards across different regions of Europe in relation to heat, cold, drought, wildfire, flooding and wind. The study indicated that, over the next century, environmental hazards are likely to increase, particularly along coastlines and on floodplai…
A new study has estimated how changes to climate might affect the value of European farmland. Based on data for over 41 000 farms, the results suggest that their economic value could drop by up to 32%, depending on the climate scenario considered. Farms in southern Europe are particularly sensitive…
IFLA Global Vision materials for self-facilitated discussions.The challenges facing the library field from ever-increasing globalisation can only be met and overcome by an inclusive, global response from a united library field. IFLA’s Global Vision discussion brings together thousands of representat…