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Davos, 9 Feb 2015. The 45th Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos had many synergies with the Global Donor Platform for Rural Development. In setting the priorities for improving the global economy, world governmental and business leaders repeatedly mentioned topics such as climate change, inequality, gender parity, development goals and sustainable development investments. Following the discussions, several publications and initiatives were launched including a Global Challenge Initiative on Food Security and Agriculture.

Berlin, 17 Jan 2015. Optimal and renewable use of biological resources holds great potential to maintain and create economic growth and jobs in rural, coastal and industrial areas and improve the economic and environmental sustainability of primary production and processing industries. It promotes a more innovative, resource efficient and competitive society that reconciles food security with the sustainable use of renewable resources for industrial purposes, while ensuring environmental protection. Bio economy refers to the knowledge based production and use of biological resources to provide products, processes and services in all economic sectors within the frame of a sustainable economic system.This definition is used by the German Bioeconomy Council in their policy paper Synopsis and Analysis of the Strategies in the G7.

Online, 9 Jan 2015. Effective the 1 January the French government decided to merge six technical assistance agencies. The aim of the merger is to improve the effectiveness of French technical assistance by giving partners one single contact. This way the government aims to increase the value and Efficiency of French assistance in the world.

The State of the Global Partnership for Development

Online, 19 Sep 2014. A year before the MDG’s deadline, the report from the Millennium Development Goals Gap Task Force shows mixed results on the MDG8 targets. There is still a persistent gap between the committed and actually delivered support on providing the poorest developing countries with greater access to aid, trade, debt relief, essential medicines and technologies. The report finds that there are many targets under MDG8, which are close to being achieved, but also others where a lot of work is still needed.

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