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Monday, 16 October 2017

European Parliament
- 18/19 June: Committee on Foreign Affairs
- 18/19 June: Committee on Development
- 20/21 June: Committee on International Trade 
- 18/19 June: Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development
- 22 June:  Committee on Industry, Research and Energy
- 20/21 June : Committee on Environment
Council of ministers
- 18 June: Meeting of Agriculture and Fisheries Council (AGRI) (Luxembourg)
- 20 June: COREPER I (Brussels)
- 20/21 June: COREPER II  (Brussels)
ACP Group
- 18 June: 3rd Meeting  of ACP Ministers responsible for Fisheries (Fiji)
- 20/22 June: Rio+20 - United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)

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The next Brussels Development Briefing will be held on 26 June from 8.30 – 13h00 on Food Losses and Food Waste. Roughly one third of the food produced in the world for human consumption every year — approximately 1.3 billion tonnes — gets lost or wasted! This briefing wants to address the concerns revolving around global hunger, food security, sustainability and waste recovery.A variety of different actors – farmers, retailers, governments and consumers – involved in the food supply chain contribute to large amounts of global food losses and waste.
Several strategies are available for the reduction of food losses and waste. However, these strategies are not always known and much action needs to be taken to reduce losses and waste at global, regional and national scale.
Thus, the objectives of the Briefing are to raise awareness of the causes and impact of food losses and waste in low, medium and high-income countries, increase an exchange of information and expertise relating to strategies and successes in preventing and reducing them and to facilitate networking amongst development partners working in these areas.
The briefing will be webstreamed.

You can register online at brusselsbriefings.

Managing sustainable fisheries resources will be the main agenda at the 3rd African, Carribean and Pacific (ACP) Fisheries Ministers’ meeting hosted by the Fijian Government in Nadi on June 18 and 19.
A statement from Government says that the 100 delegates or so from the ACP region will focus on the regional management of fish stocks apart from other issues pertaining to fisheries.

UNEP's fifth Global Environment Outlook was launched last Wednesday, June 6. Meetings were simultaneously held in Rio de Janeiro, Brussels and Geneva to reveal the results of the study, namely that significant progress relating to the assessment of 99 environmental goals and objectives has only been made in four: eliminating the production and use of substances that deplete the ozone layer, the removal of lead from fuel, increasing access to improved water supplies and boosting research to reduce pollution of the marine environment. Some progress has been made in 24 goals (climate change, fish stocks, desertification and drought) and little or no progress has been made in 40 goals (climate change, fish stocks, desertification and drought). Further deterioration was revealed for 8 goals (the state of the world's coral reefs), while 14 other goals were unable to be assessed due to a significant lack of data.

According to Pascal Lamy, WTO Director-General, in his comments during a conference on global commodities finance, held in Geneva, governments’ sensitivities on commodities can lead to policies that backfire, sometimes with disastrous results. Therefore the trading community should lobby governments to strengthen trade rules and avoid the pitfalls.

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