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Illegal logging and associated timber trade constitute complex and serious challenges for the international community. Various resolutions and decisions on this topic have been passed at the highest levels of international diplomacy, and several UN bodies have been directed to assist in fighting env…
Soils are the basis of human existence by being the substrate for food and crop production. Soils hovever, are increasingly threatened by degradation, pollution, erosion, loss of organic matter, salinization and other processes that render them unuseable for crop and food production. Soil degradatio…
IFLA’s capacity-building International Advocacy Programme (IAP) is now fully underway. “50 countries have joined IFLA in this journey, and are already making progress towards promoting and supporting the role libraries can play in the planning and implementation of the UN 2030 Agenda and the Sustain…
A key challenge to conserving and sustainably using agrobiodiversity – the variety and variability of animals, plants and micro-organisms that are used directly or indirectly for food and agriculture – is to measure it. To date there is no consistent framework for decision makers to track agrobiodiv…
The objective of these guidelines is to support countries in the integration of biodiversity into all relevant policies, programmes and national and regional plans of action addressing malnutrition in all its forms, and specifically to promote knowledge, conservation, development and use of varietie…
As an outcome of the debut edition of the UN Reflection Series, the United Nations System Staff College in collaboration with the Hertie School of Governance launched a publication titled “UN Reflection Series 2016: Development Cooperation, Policy Advice and Middle Income Countries”.
In 2010, the Conference of Parties of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) agreed to an ambitious set of 20 targets, called the Aichi Biodiversity Targets, as part of their commitment to the CBD Strategic Plan. One of the Targets (Target 17) called for each country to revise its National Bio…
Arab Countries Renew Pledge to Implement 2030 Agenda. Three ministerial panel discussions focused on national-level SDG implementation, based on an ESCWA report on: external and internal challenges faced by member States in implementing the SDGs; the impact of conflict or occupation on implementing…
The UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) released its 2016 Least Developed Countries (LDCs) report, which finds that global poverty is increasingly concentrated in the world’s 48 most vulnerable countries.
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) launched the report titled, ‘Asia and the Pacific Regional Overview of Food Insecurity: Investing in a Zero Hunger Generation,’ at the 5th Global Forum of Leaders for Agricultural Science and Technology (GLAST-2016). GLAST-2016 addressed the them…
FAO recognizes the potential of rural women and men in achieving food security and nutrition and is committed to overcoming gender inequality, in line with the pledge to “leave no one behind”, which is at the heart of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the 2030 Agenda. The publication illu…
This year, the world suffered many weather-related shocks and civil conflicts which pressured food security for many countries, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), said today in a new report, which said that while the global agricultural situation is posited to improve in 201…
This publication is a collection of articles written by economists, sociologists, and gender specialists and practitioners from twelve post-Soviet countries in Eastern Europe, South Caucasus and Central Asia. It is unique in its effort to review and analyze the issues that are at the intersection of…
In the words of Yang and Lu (2016), "wind erosion is a major environmental problem in dryland areas, which causes land degradation (Funk et al., 2004; Lal, 1993) and affects regional development (Yang et al., 2005)." Consequently, they felt it was important to evaluate the intensity of wind erosion…
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Large sand and dust storms, which result from a combination of strong winds and loose dry soil surfaces in arid and semiarid areas, are detrimental to human health, agricultural land, infrastructure, and transport. Every year, an estimated 2,000 million tons of dust is emitted into the atmosphere. W…
Currently land degradation affects 25% of land, causing severe impacts to global food security, climate and human and environmental wellbeing. The urgent need to reverse this trends calls scientific and development communities to take action and promote a shift to more sustainable land management (S…
Around the world, 26.7 million hectares of agricultural land have been transferred into the hands of foreign investors since the year 2000. This means that these investors possess approximately 2 per cent of the arable land worldwide, or roughly the equivalent to the total area covered by United Kin…
The EU-funded project INSPIRATION aims to develop a European research roadmap on sustainable land management practices. The agenda would help focus Europe's research, supporting policymaking on environmentally friendly, socially acceptable and economically affordable soil and land use management.
The increase in the number of conflicts, their complexity, their protracted nature, the accelerated environmental degradation and increasing impacts of climate change worldwide results in a growing number of people forcibly displaced or migrating under distress than ever before.
Agriculture and rural development (ARD) are key to addressing the root causes of migration. By 2050, over half of the population in the least developed countries will still live in rural areas. Three-quarters of the extreme poor base their livelihoods on agriculture or other rural activities. In Afr…
2016 Asia and the Pacific Regional Overview of Food Insecurity – Investing in a Zero Hunger Generation – the first post-Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) report of its kind. The report outlines declining progress towards defeating hunger in Asia and the Pacific, noting that nearly one-in-three chi…
"When we talk to investors," explain Sofia Faruqi and Andrew Wu from WRI, "one of their first questions is, 'How do we make money in restoration?'" A new infographic reveals the financial opportunities, the major revenue streams from restored land.
Advances in Bioenergy is a new book series that provides both principles and recent developments in bioenergy technologies, including feedstock development, conversion technologies, energy and economics, and environmental analysis
Our water footprints have gone global. The drivers include modern agribusiness and the unprecedented reach of value chains. Those living where rain falls or rivers flow may give little thought to the water demands of their lifestyles. Others do not have that privilege. Worldwide, people’s water uses…