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Egypt, UN Partner on Sustainable Development Priorities

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Thu, 03/29/2018 - 22:24
The strategic partnership with the UN for the period 2018-2022 was designed following national consultations, in line with Egypt’s priorities, and with more than 400 agencies. The agreement’s economic development component will be based on achieving agreed goals regarding sustainable economic development, job creation, capacity building and training. The environmental pillar focuses on effectively managing Egypt’s natural resources and mitigating environmental and climate change risks.

Event: 48th Session of the IPCC

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Thu, 03/29/2018 - 06:30

The 48th session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC 48) will convene from 1-5 October 2018, in Incheon, Republic of Korea.

The IPCC is currently in its sixth assessment cycle. During this cycle, the Panel will produce the Sixth Assessment Report (AR6), a Methodology Report to refine the 2006 IPCC Guidelines for National Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Inventories, and three special reports: the Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C (SR15); the Special Report on Climate Change and Land (SRCCL); and the Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate (SROCC). The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of IPCC 47 is here.

Event: World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2019

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Thu, 03/29/2018 - 06:29
The World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos-Klosters convenes world leaders to discuss the global, regional and industry agendas at the beginning of each year. The World Economic Forum’s mission is to improve the state of the world, which has driven the design and development of the Annual Meeting objectives.

Event: Global Education Meeting

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Thu, 03/29/2018 - 06:23
A Global Education Meeting will take place in Brussels, Belgium, from 3-5 December 2018. The meeting will follow consultations in Bolivia, France, Kenya, Thailand and Tunisia on the in-depth review of SDG 4, taking place at the 2019 session of the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF).

Event: Roundtable Meeting on a Legally Binding Agreement on Forests in Europe

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Thu, 03/29/2018 - 06:20
Following the Madrid Ministerial Decision adopted in October 2015, this meeting will address options for the procedural follow-up in order to explore possible ways to find common ground on a legally binding agreement on forests in Europe.

Event: 2nd AI for Good Global Summit

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Thu, 03/29/2018 - 06:08
Organized by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) – the UN specialized agency for Information and Communication Technology (ICT) – in partnership with the XPRIZE Foundation, the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and UN sister agencies, the 2nd annual AI for Good Global Summit will take action to ensure that AI accelerates progress towards the SDGs. Partner UN organizers include the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), World Food Programme (WFP), International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), International Labour Organization (ILO), UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), UN University (UNU), World Health Organization (WHO), UN Environment Programme (UNEP), International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), UN Development Programme (UNDP), World Bank and UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA).

Event: 2018 ISDR Asia Partnership Forum

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Thu, 03/29/2018 - 06:02
The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) Regional Office for Asia and Pacific (UNISDR-AP) and the Government of Mongolia will convene the ISDR-Asia Partnership (IAP) Forum, which seeks to, inter alia, share global and regional updates in disaster risk reduction (DRR), including implementation of the Asia Regional Plan, and firm up the agenda of the 2018 Asian Ministerial Conference on DRR (AMCDRR) to be held in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, from 3-6 July 2018. The IAP Forum is an informal multi-stakeholder platform for DRR through implementation of the Sendai Framework for DRR and the Asia Regional Plan. The Forum includes governments, regional intergovernmental organizations, civil society organizations, UN and international organizations, and bilateral and multilateral donors. The Forum meets twice a year and serves as the main consultation forum for the Asian Ministerial Conferences. Collectively, the IAP and AMCDRR form the regional platform for DRR in the Asia-Pacific region.

Event: World Meteorological Day 2018

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 03/28/2018 - 23:10
‘Weather-ready, climate-smart’ is the theme of World Meteorological Day 2018. The theme highlights the need for informed planning for day-to-day weather and hazards like floods, as well as for naturally occurring climate variability and long-term climate change. World Meteorological Day takes place on 23 March annually, to commemorate the entry into force, on that date in 1950, of the convention creating the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).

PH coffee stakeholders converge at 3rd PCC

DA-CAR Latest News - Wed, 03/28/2018 - 19:50

Stakeholders of the tree of peace converged for the third time, following through the first two Philippine Coffee Conference (PCC), on March 20-21, 2018 at the Hotel Supreme, Baguio City.

 The PCC is a collaborative effort between the Department of Agriculture (DA) and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) but for this year, the adhoc Philippine Coffee Council debuts and took oath in the event as a new partner to represent the private sector.

“Growing and Brewing Together” is the theme for the 3rd PCC, which takes off from the need of a union of all coffee players, guided by the Philippine Coffee Road Map. The conference is an avenue for people to discuss and figure out how to promote and sell Philippine coffee not only in the local scene but also internationally, amidst the growing demand said Narciso Edillo, DA-Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR).

“About 80% of our coffee requirement is imported and the demand and supply for coffee in the global market is huge. May we learn in this conference new ways on how to promote coffee as a livelihood and its environmental contributions and benefits as an agricultural crop,” added Edillo.

  Myrna Pablo, Regional Director of DTI-CAR, further discussed that the 3rd PCC is also a report on the initial implementation of the Philippine Coffee Road Map. Quality excellence of the coffee production is a major goal which led to the Philippine Coffee Quality Competition wherein Oliver Oliem of Atok Kape topped the Arabica category.

“The enabalers and operators now need to work together. Our target is production and processing of quality products with zero defects. The goal is sustainable income for all in the coffee value chain,” stressed Pablo.

From taking back the focus and bringing interest on the coffee value chain in the first PCC to looking for ways to increase productivity while being sustainable on the second, the future of the coffee industry in the Philippines is looking bright as everyone joins together guided by the signed road map.

“The conference can continue to be a source of insight and practical wisdom in understanding the growth and decline of the industry in our respective domains,” said Edillo. //Ayra Galanza

 

DA-CAR initiates Regional Management Committee Meeting with its attached agencies

DA-CAR Latest News - Wed, 03/28/2018 - 19:25

To strategize interventions of the Department of Agriculture-Regional Field Office-Cordillera Administrative Region (DA-RFO-CAR) initiated the Regional Management Committee (RMC) Meeting with its attached agencies for the first quarter at the DA Conference Hall, Guisad, Baguio City on March 27, 2018.

The meeting was attended by representatives from Philippine Fiber Industry Development Authority (FIDA) of Regions I, II, and CAR; National Meat Inspection Service (NMIS); Agricultural Training Institute (ATI); Baguio National Crops Research Development Center- Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI-BNCRDC); Agricultural Credit Policy Council (ACPC); National Food Authority (NFA)-Benguet; Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR); Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) of Region I, II, III, IV-B and CAR; and staffs of DA-RFO-CAR headed by Regional Executive Director Narciso A. Edillo.

The above agencies presented their programs and projects that are being implemented in the Cordillera this year. Also, issues and concerns were clarified during the meeting.

The RMC meeting will be conducted quarterly to determine and assess how the RFO and its attached agencies will complement each other’s projects and programs.

Edillo said that DA should come together to be able to accomplish the moral obligation of the present administration to provide available and affordable food for the Filipinos.// Karen T. Gawigawen and Rebecca Dibdiben