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The Federal German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) has invited an international group of high-level experts to elaborate a Charter Document on Rural Development, which shall be presented as an input to the BMZ International Conference on Rural Development titled: ONE WORLD – No Hunger, Future of the rural world. This conference will be held in Berlin on April 27 and 28, 2017.

LONDON – March 16, 2017 – Twelve of the world's leading cocoa and chocolate companies agreed to a statement of collective intent committing them to work together, in partnership with others, to end deforestation and forest degradation in the global cocoa supply chain, with an initial focus on Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana. The agreement, concluded here during a meeting hosted by HRH The Prince of Wales, commits the participating companies to develop and present a joint public-private framework of action to address deforestation at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change 23rd Conference of the Parties (COP 23) meeting in Bonn in November of this year.

Call for experiences and effective policy approaches in addressing food security and nutrition in the context of changing rural-urban dynamics

Following the CFS Forum on Urbanization, Rural Transformation and Implications for Food Security and Nutrition held at the last CFS Plenary session, CFS is compiling experiences and effective policy approaches for addressing food security and nutrition in the context of changing rural-urban dynamics. The aim is to draw a set of key policy messages and to support the upscaling of successful approaches and programmes that lead to improved food security and nutrition.

The second annual Multi-stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the Sustainable Development Goals (STI Forum) will be held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, on 15–16 May 2017.

In preparation for the Forum, a Call for Innovations has been launched for the sharing of innovations that provide solutions targeted to SDGs 1, 2, 3, 5, 9 and 14. Innovators from around the world are invited to submit their scientific and technological solutions to the challenges posed by these six SDGs by 24 March 2017 at This year, special emphasis will be placed on learning about innovations where the Internet may have played a significant role in knowledge sharing and technology transfer.

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