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Third Asia-Pacific Urban Forestry Meeting (APUFM)

25–29 October 2021, Zoom virtual event










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    The International Symposium on Sustainable Animal Production and Health – Current Status and Way Forward, organized by the Animal Production and Health Section of the Joint FAO/IAEA Centre of Nuclear Techniques in Food and Agriculture, found its departing point in these challenges. Within the five days of discussions and debates, the Symposium comprised a panel discussion and eight thematic sessions: a) molecular tools for animal production and health, b) advances in vaccinology, c) emergency preparedness and response, d) zoonotic diseases, COVID-19 and ZODIAC, e) enhancing livestock’s contribution to One Health and the Sustainable Development Goals, f) challenges for better livestock production in the developing world; g) advances in biotechnologies for improving livestock breeding and feeding, h) application of improved technologies for sustainable livestock productivity: the way forward. The symposium, held virtually, was attended by more than 3000 participants and observers from more than 160 countries, as well as by representatives of international organizations including the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE). The more than 50 presentations were related to research and development actions for the sustainable improvement of animal production and health, emphasizing the role of nuclear technologies. These presentations were complemented by more than 145 synopses and posters from the participants, which were made available in a Book of Synopses. This publication is a compilation of the contributions emanating from the symposium. It encompasses the three opening speeches of the IAEA Director General, Mr. Rafael Mariano Grossi, the FAO Director General, Mr. Qu Dongyu, and the OIE Director General, Ms. Monique Eloit; and 47 papers from participants and speakers, which have been peer-reviewed by FAO and IAEA colleagues, independent outside experts and the Scientific Committee. The Book of Proceedings provides vital information and evidence on how nuclear and nuclear related techniques can contribute to the development of sustainable livestock production systems, as well as noting the constraints and opportunities for their use in developing countries. The book hopes to serve as guidance for scientists as well as government and institutional policy and decision makers.
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    The first-ever hybrid World Forestry Congress, at which participants from 160 countries met in person and virtually, was held on 2–6 May 2022 in Seoul, the Republic of Korea. It was coorganized by the Government of the Republic of Korea and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). Centred on the theme of building a green, healthy and resilient future with forests, the Congress was convened against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has affected people, forests and forestry worldwide. After a week of rich discussions in ministerial dialogues, technical sessions under six sub-themes and numerous special and plenary events, participants endorsed the Seoul Forest Declaration and about 150 “action points” – steps that need to be taken to solve challenges and seize opportunities. These outcomes were complemented by the Youth Call for Action and the Ministerial Call on Sustainable Wood.
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    The population growth rate and urbanization rate in Africa have created unprecedented challenges in the already existing problems of urban poverty, overcrowding conditions, food insecurity and inadequate provision for water, sanitation, drainage and healthcare. Coupled with the anticipated increase in temperature and erratic rainfall patterns and the total urban population surpassing the rural population by 2035, African cities are among the most vulnerable to climate change, urban poverty and food insecurity. To counter the growing vulnerabilities, build resilience and adapt to climate change, an evidence-based decision support system through geospatial technologies is increasingly used in developmental planning (e.g., through multi-criteria analysis, weighted sum model). However, access to the technical and technological advancements in geospatial tools, technologies, and public platforms and forums to interact and share information and expertise in Africa is lacking. To improve knowledge sharing on the use of geospatial technologies in support to sustainable urban and agricultural development, the virtual event “Geospatial for Sustainable Agriculture and Urban Development” was organized on September 15, 2022. This virtual event gathers 90 participants from 39 countries and 52 organizations to share experiences and strengthen collaboration on using geospatial information and resources for sustainable urban environments, agriculture, and food security in Africa. The Director of the Land and Water Division at FAO gave the opening remark for the event and highlighted FAO’s commitment to improving food security, sustainable agriculture and urban forestry through evidence-based decision-making and geospatial tools and technologies.

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