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The United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) 3rd international scientific conference will be held in Mexico from 9 to 12 March 2015 and address the following issues: How to better...
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  • FAO calls for “paradigm shift” towards sustainable agriculture and family farming
    08 October 2014

    FAO’s Director-General José Graziano da Silva has called for a "paradigm shift’’ to lower the use of agricultural inputs, especially water and chemicals and thereby put agriculture, forestry and fisheries on a more sustainable and productive long-term path. 

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  • New Partnership established with the Foundation for Sustainable Development
    01 October 2014

    At the margins of the annual conference of the Ecosystem Services Partnership (ESP7), held from 8-12 September 2014 in Costa Rica, the Global Mechanism (GM) of the UNCCD and the Foundation for Sustainable Development (FSD) signed a Memorandum of Understanding sealing their commitment to work in partnership to facilitate the transition to land degradation neutrality.   

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  • GM Liaison Office at FAO officially inaugurated
    19 June 2014

    The Global Mechanism’s new Liaison Office on Land, Security and Resilience (LLSR) was officially inaugurated on 17 June, during a special event organized to mark this year’s World Day to Combat Desertification (WDCD). The Office is housed at the Headquarters of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations.

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  • World Day to Combat Desertification
    16 June 2014

     Every year on 17 June, the global community celebrates the World Day to Combat Desertification (WDCD). The theme of this year's WDCD is “Land Belongs to the Future - Let’s Climate Proof It” and focuses on ecosystem-based adaptation.    

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  • Regional training paves way for simplified UNCCD reporting process
    10 June 2014

    A new support system, designed to make the UNCCD reporting process more straightforward and easier to complete, was put to the test during a series of regional training workshops held worldwide for National Focal Points and Reporting Officers during May 2014.

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  • Global Mechanism relocated to Bonn, Germany
    14 April 2014

    The Global Mechanism (GM) of the UNCCD was relocated to Bonn, Germany on April 1 2014, in a move that opens a new chapter for the GM and sets the stage for closer cooperation between the Convention’s principal bodies.

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There is a growing recognition that diaspora migrant groups across the globe have a key role to play as “agents of development”, providing vital social capital in the shape of people, networks, finance, ideas and attitudes. Remittances sent home by the global diaspora currently top US$450 billion every year and play a vital role in the development of their respective countries of origin by fostering investments in sectors such as tourism, trade, housing and infrastructure. Although remittances used for agricultural purposes in rural areas are estimated to account for only five per cent of this huge figure, according to the International Fund for Agriculture (IFAD), this still corresponds to four times the global official development assistance for agriculture. In this context, a landmark conference focusing on, ‘Integrating Migration and Development – Diaspora as a Development Enabler’, was held in Rome, Italy on 2-3 October 2014, by the Italian...
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