This meeting is organized by the Ministry of Environment of Ecuador, and will be facilitated by representatives of the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the Coalition for Rainforest Nations (CfRN)/CD-REDD, the Mitigation of Climate Change in Agriculture (MICCA) Programme of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), and the UN-REDD Programme. The main objective of the meeting is to develop a joint effort to support capacity development on: implementing greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory in the Agriculture, Forestry and Other Land Use (AFOLU) sector; reporting under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC); and setting of institutional arrangement and facilitating communication among relevant stakeholders in Ecuador.
dates: 18-21 March 2013 location: Quito, Ecuador
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), through the Global Soil Partnership (GSP) and in agreement with EMBRAPA-SOLOS, is currently funding the implementation of the “Sistema de Información de Suelos de Latinoamerica” Phase I and II. Capacity development on digital soil mapping is the core of this project and is implemented by EMBRAPA-Solos with the active participation of 20 countries in the region. Distance and in-situ training sessions have been successfully implemented, with 60 soil scientists in the region taking part in the effort. From 18 to 22 March 2013, the second training will take place at EMBRAPA-SOLOS with lectures from this institution and the Instituto Nacional de Tecnología Agropecuaria (INTA), Argentina.
dates: 18-22 March 2013 venue: EMBRAPA-SOLOS location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
This workshop is organized jointly by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the Secretariat of the Basel Convention, through the Basel Convention Regional Center for Central America and Mexico (BCRC-CAM), in cooperation with the Partnership for Action on Computing Equipment (PACE). This training session on e-waste management will promote the environmentally sound handling of used and end-of-life electronic equipment through the PACE guidelines on environmentally sound testing, refurbishment and repair of used computing equipment and on environmentally sound material recovery and recycling of end-of-life computing equipment, as well as through the ITU-T Recommendations and its Toolkit on Environmental Sustainability for the ICT Sector.
dates: 19-21 March 2013 location: San Salvador, El Salvador
Organized by the Secretariat of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR), this technical workshop aims to strengthen the capacities of the National Programmes on Plant Genetic Resources in Latin America (CAP-FITOGEN). The workshop will: contribute to the improvement of skills and capacity of the technical staff in the area of conservation and sustainable use of plant genetic resources for food and agriculture; promote the use and adoption of several data management tools adapted to the needs of the national programmes of the region; and gather information on the need to further develop new tools within the framework of the Global Information System on Plant Genetic Resources.
dates: 19-22 March 2013 location: Bogota, Colombia
Organized and hosted by the Government of Mexico in collaboration with the UN system, this consultation, titled "Post-2015 Development Agenda and the Energy Future We Want for All," is a part of a series of regional meetings to discuss links between energy and the post-2015 development framework. It aims to facilitate dialogue with stakeholders from Latin America and the Caribbean region. The meeting will focus on the key questions of: why energy matters for the post-2015 agenda; what are the challenges/opportunities in this regard; and how energy should be effectively integrated into the post-2015 agenda? A range of issues related to energy as a part of sustainable development will be considered. In particular, the meeting focus on the four key topics of: promoting universal energy access; increasing energy efficiency; increasing the use of renewable energy; and the energy-sustainable development nexus (including cross-cutting issues such as water, food security, climate change, and gender inequalities).
dates: 20-21 March 2013 location: Merida, Mexico
The International Day of Forests will be observed for the first time on 21 March 2013. Considering that there was no globally-recognized date commemorating and raising awareness on this issue, the UN General Assembly (UNGA) adopted a resolution in December 2012, on the recommendation of its Second Committee, proclaiming 21 March the annual International Day of Forests. The text encourages member States to organize annual events on forests and trees outside forests, including, for example, tree-planting campaigns. The draft requests the Secretariat of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF) to act as the facilitator of the International Day in collaboration with governments, the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF) and other relevant organizations.
date: 21 March 2013 location: worldwide