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FAO SDG Action: Marking the mid-way point of the 2030 Agenda









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    Joint Call to Action for Forests towards 2030
    New York, 18 September 2023
    2023
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    The Collaborative Partnership on Forests is an innovative voluntary inter-agency partnership established in 2001 to support the UN Forum on Forests and its Member States, and to enhance cooperation and coordination on forest issues. Through its resolution 2015/33, the UN Economic and Social Council defined the core functions of the CPF as a component of the International Arrangement on Forests. The CPF is comprised of 16 global international organizations, institutions and secretariats that all have substantial programmes on forests. On 18 September 2023, the Heads and senior representatives of the CPF member organizations met to commit to reinforcing actions to strengthen global and national efforts to fully unlock the contribution of forests to SDGs and achieve the CPF joint vision for forests towards 2030, by launching The CPF Joint Call to Action for Forests towards 2030.Convinced that renewed and enhanced commitment, anchored in international solidarity and effective cooperation, and collective action are needed, The CPF Joint Call to Action is a vehicle to bring much needed attention to the importance of achieving the Global Forest Goals and to the contribution of forest conservation, restoration and sustainable use to achieving the SDGs. This is even more urgent considering the global climate crisis, biodiversity loss, wildfires, and the need to support vulnerable people across the globe and acknowledging that the 2023 Sustainable Development Goals Summit is a critical moment to take stock of progress made, address remaining barriers, and accelerate action for achieving joint vision for forests by 2030. The purpose of this CPF Joint Call to Action outlines how the CPF will scale up its efforts in supporting the role of forests in achieving Global Forest Goals and SDGs towards 2030, but does not intend to establish new structures or frameworks. It contains a list of priority areas for actions, which are expected to result in more effective and impactful implementation and synergies, with lower transaction costs. In this way, the CPF-wide effort will serve as a flagship for the Decade of Action for the SDGs.
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    Post-2015 Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals: Where Are We Now? Global Opportunities to Address Malnutrition in all Its Forms, Including Hidden Hunger 2018
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    Combatting malnutrition in all its forms - undernutrition, micronutrient deficiencies, overweight, and obesity - is one of the greatest challenges that countries are facing. Much has happened in less than 10 years to redefine the international nutrition landscape and place nutrition at the heart of global development efforts. The food crises of 2008 and the Lancet first series on maternal and child undernutrition helped galvanize world attention. The enormous health and economic consequences of malnutrition were recognized, and far more attention began to be paid to the multiple burdens of malnutrition. In 2014, the Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2) endorsed 2 outcome documents, committing world leaders to establishing national policies aimed at eliminating malnutrition in all its forms, including hidden hunger, and transforming food systems to make nutritious diets available to all. In 2015, 193 Member States of the United Nations adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), global objectives to guide the actions of the international community over the next 15 years (2016-2030). Member States placed high priority on addressing malnutrition in all its forms by committing, under SDG 2, to “end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture.” However, nutrition has also a role to play in achieving other goals of the 2030 Agenda, including goals related to poverty, health, education, social protection, gender, water, work, growth, inequality, and climate change. In 2016, the United Nations General Assembly endorsed the ICN2 outcome documents and proclaimed the years 2016-2025 as the United Nations Decade of Action on Nutrition. The Nutrition Decade reaffirmed the commitments under the ICN2 and the 2030 Agenda to end malnutrition in all its forms. Together, the ICN2, the 2030 Agenda, and the Nutrition Decade have placed nutrition firmly at the heart of the development agenda with the recognition that transformed food systems have a fundamental role to play in promoting healthy diets and improving nutrition. This paper reviews the major international nutrition system changes called for, and provides an analysis of recent governance initiatives to address malnutrition in all its forms, including hidden hunger problems. See also https://www.karger.com/Article/Abstract/484334
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    Towards a new generation of policies and investments in agricultural water in the Arab region
    Fertile ground for innovation
    2019
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    The Arab region needs a new generation of policies and investments in agricultural water. Agricultural water management has always posed challenges and opportunities in the Arab world. However, unprecedented and accelerating drivers such as climate change, population growth, and land degradation make agricultural water management a more urgent priority than ever before. In addition, as part of the 2030 UN Agenda for Sustainable Development, Arab countries have committed to work towards an ambitious set of development targets, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Unless the right policies and investments are put in place, it will be difficult to achieve the SDGs, including ending hunger and providing clean water and sanitation for all. This paper is part of an ongoing collaboration between the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the International Water Management Institute to foster dialogue on agricultural water policies and investments in the context of the FAO led Regional Water Scarcity initiative. The purpose of the paper is to frame the key challenges and opportunities in the sector – including emerging innovations in digital agriculture, water accounting, water supply and wastewater reuse – and to lay out broad strategic directions for action.

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