4 December 2020 | 13:00-14:30 CET
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World Soil Day (WSD) is held annually on 5 December as a means to focus attention on the importance of healthy soil and advocating for the sustainable management of soil resources.

This year's campaign, "Keep soil alive, Protect soil biodiversity" urges us to focus our attention on the workers belowground - from tiny bacteria to agile millipedes and slimy earthworms - all of which contribute to processes that are indispensable to life on Earth.

The WSD ceremony will be held virtually on 4 December with the participation of Mr Qu Dongyu  - FAO Director-General, Ms Elizabeth Maruma Mrema (tbc) - Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity and thousands of soil fans. The winners of the Glinka prize and King Bhumibol WSD award will be announced during the celebration. An interactive quiz will challenge your knowledge of soil biodiversity.

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The Director-General spoke at the High-Level Dialogue on the Establishment of the International Platform for Digital Food and Agriculture, an online event FAO hosted to discuss the digital world’s opportunities for agri-food systems with policy makers, farmers’ representatives, business managers and technology companies.
The FAO Food Price Index averaged 105.0 points during the month, up 3.9 percent from October and 6.5 percent higher than its value a year earlier.
Ensuring the free movement of food across the world and well-functioning markets has been a central pillar of the global response to COVID-19 pandemic but difficulties with access to food at national level still remain, FAO Director-General QU Dongyu said today at a high-level panel discussion.
Levels of hunger reach record levels, requiring urgent action
To catalyze ways of accelerating opportunities of increasing carbon sequestration, FAO hosted “Forests and soils: A new opportunity for the Planet”, an online seminar to explore possibilities of carbon markets developed by Costa Rica, a pioneer in the field, for Spanish companies.
The event "Transforming agri-food systems and fostering inclusive rural development in the context of COVID-19 to end rural poverty" was held virtually, on the side-lines of the UN General Assembly's Special Session in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The United Nations calls for the targeting of new policies and investments in the lagging territories of Latin America and the Caribbean.

Wednesday 2nd December, 15:00-16:00 (Geneva Time)
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The Global Nutrition Technical Alliance (formally the GTAM) warmly invites you to join us for the official launch of the GNC Technical Alliance. 

The GNC Technical Alliance is an initiative to support practitioners to improve the quality of nutrition preparedness, response, and recovery, by enabling and providing coordinated, accessible, and timely technical support through multiple channels.  

The upcoming webinar will officially launch the initiative and provide more detailed information about the ambition, objectives, and activities of the GNC Technical Alliance.  

Guest speakers: Víctor Aguayo - Chief of Nutrition, Associate Director, UNICEF, Kalil Sagno - Nutrition Cluster Coordinator DRC, and Dan Irvine- Senior Director Health and Nutrition,  World Vision International.

The webinar will be hosted in English with French, Spanish, and Arabic Translation available. 

Follow the GNC Technical Alliance on LinkedIn and Facebook or https://ta.nutritioncluster.net/

GNC Technical Alliance brief

Tuesday, December 01, 2020 | 09:30 am to 11:15 am (EST)
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The world is facing a new nutrition reality in which persistent undernutrition and escalating overweight and obesity coexist within countries, communities, households, and individuals. This double burden of malnutrition brings a set of new challenges for policy and programming.

This seminar will present new global evidence on the magnitude of the double burden of malnutrition, describe the interconnected biological, societal, and ecological drivers of it, and propose a way forward on designing and estimating the cost-effectiveness of double-duty actions to tackle multiple forms of malnutrition simultaneously. The COVID-19 pandemic exemplifies the urgency of re-thinking nutrition policy and programming to tackle the new nutrition reality.

Agenda

Introduction

  • Francesco Branca, Director, Department of Nutrition for Health and Development (NHD), World Health Organization (WHO)

Speakers

  • Corinna Hawkes, Director, Centre for Food Policy, City, University of London
  • Rachel Nugent, Vice President and Director, Center for Global Non-communicable Diseases, RTI International and Associate Affiliate Professor of Global Health, University of Washington
  • Barry Popkin, W. R. Kenan Jr. Distinguished Professor of Nutrition, Department of Nutrition, Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina
  • Jonathan Wells, Professor of Anthropology and Paediatric Nutrition, UCL Institute of Child Health

Closing remarks

  • Meera Shekar, Global Lead, Nutrition, Health, & Population, World Bank Group

Moderator

  • Marie Ruel, Director, Poverty, Health, and Nutrition Division, IFPRI