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SDNP Convention and Treaties
Environmental Conventions and Agreements

FAO is a key partner in the implementation of three environmental conventions, namely, the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (UNCBD) - FAO's mandate involving agrobiodiversity - the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Environmental conventions and agreements addresses mainly technical and policy issues related to these three conventions. It deals mostly with normative activities (such as policy and technical guidelines and databases), but it also includes information on field programmes. Selected technical and institutional links to many other partners that support these conventions are also included under this theme.

Challenges and opportunities for the World Summit on Sustainable Development
"Challenges and opportunities for the World Summit on Sustainable Development: FAO's perspective" was prepared as a contribution to the World Summit on Sustainable Development, Johannesburg, 26 August-4 September 2002. more................

Earth Summit+5: progress on the road from Rio
The FAO is Task Manager for four of Agenda 21's key chapters - planning and management of land resources, combating deforestation, sustainable mountain development, and sustainable agriculture and rural development. It is actively involved in the implementation of others - such as combating desertification and drought, and conservation of biological diversity - and in broader areas covered by Agenda more..................

Potential impacts of sea-level rise on population and agriculture
This Special addresses issues related to the potential impacts of sea level rise on the world's coastal populations and agriculture. It is a global study mostly based on national data. The paper stresses that both the impacted system (population and coastal agriculture) and the extreme physical factors have their own dynamics, and that those dynamics are not independent. Some thought is given to more...................

Biological diversity for food and agriculture
FAO's goal is to help build a food-secure world for present and future generations, through access of all people at all times to sufficient nutritionally adequate and safe food. This requires the conservation and utilization of biological diversity, particularly biological diversity for food and agriculture, within sustainable ecosystems. FAO assists in the implementation of biodiversity-related more...................

FAO report for the Third Conference of Parties of the Convention to Combat Desertification (CCD) This report to the conference, held in Recife, Brazil, 16-29 November 1999, reviews FAO's past and current activities in the fight against desertification, including monitoring and normative programmes as well as field projects more...................

Report: Sustaining agricultural biodiversity and agro-ecosystem functions
This report was presented at the International Technical Workshop organized jointly by FAO and the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity, in Rome, 2-4 December 1998. The workshop resulted in a set of provisional recommendations for the further development and implementation of an integrated Work Programme on Agricultural Biodiversity. The article contains the workshop context, term more...................

Url :  PrimeMinister Foreword , The World Summit on Sustainable Development, to be held in Johannesburg this year, is an important landmark in the global imperative of sustainable development. Coming a decade after the historic United Nations Conference on Environment and Development at Rio de Janeiro, it will take a look at the road travelled so far, assess our successes and many shortcomings, and proclaim again our collective commitment to sustainability, without which "development" is meaningless.

Major Agreements and Conventions relating to sustainable development
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