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Monthly e-bulletin which focusses on specific UN and FAO events related to one of the 17 SDGs.


Libraries and the Sustainable Development Goals: How the FAO Library is translating the SDGs into tangible knowledge
The FAO Library presented the poster "How the FAO library is translating the SDGs into tangible knowledge" at the 85th IFLA World Library and Information Congress
in Greece last August 2019. The poster focusses on the Library's monthly SDGs e-bulletin.




18-21 November
FAO Rome

International Symposium on Fisheries Sustainability

16 October
UN Day
FAO Rome

World Food Day 2019

24-25 Sept.
UN summit

The UN Summit on Sustainable Development Goals

Includes available for download:

OECD. Measuring distance to the SDG targets 2019. An assessment of where OECD countries stand. Paris, France, OECD. 
Terlau, W., Hirsch, D. & Blanke, M. 2019. Smallholder farmers as a backbone for the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals. Sustainable Development, 27, Issue 3: 523-529 


17-21 June

Fourth Asia-Pacific Forestry Week

Includes available for download:
FAO Forestry Department. 1976. Forestry for local community development: secretariat note. Committee on Forestry, Sess. 3, Rome, 22-27 November 1976. FAO, Rome, Italy: 8 p.

20 May
UN Day

World Bee Day

Visit the digital photo gallery with striking book covers and plates on bees and beekeeping from 17th until the beginning of the 20th century.

2-3 April

High level event on "Food and Agriculture in times of crisis"

Includes available for download:
Boyd Orr, John. 1943. The role of food in post-war reconstruction
Boyd Orr, John. 1945. Welfare and peace

22 March
UN Day

World Water Day
First WASAG International Forum on water scarcity in agriculture in Cabo Verde,
19-22 March

Includes available for download:
Falkenmark, Malin, Lundqvist, Jan & Widstrand, Carl (1989-11-01). Macro-scale water scarcity requires micro-scale approaches. Natural Resources Forum, 13 (4): 258–267
Special report: Water. Thirsty planet, The Economist, March 2nd-8th 2019


12-13 Feb 


The First FAO/WHO/AU International Conference on Food Safety

Inlcudes available for download:
FAO. 1961. Proposed Joint FAO/WHO Program on Food Standards (Codex Alimentarius), Rome, 4 November 1961.
FAO/WHO. 1963. Report of the Joint FAO/WHO Conference on Food Standards, Geneva, 1-5 October 1962.
FAO/OMS. 1963. Rapport de la Conférence mixte FAO/OMS sur les normes alimentaires, Genève, 1-5 octobre 1962.
FAO/OMS. 1963. Informe de la Conferencia Conjunta FAO/OMS sobre Normas Alimentarias, Ginebra, 1-5 de octubre de 1962.






21 March
UN Day


International Day of Forests


3-5 April
FAO Rome


2nd International Symposium on Agroecology

Includes available for download:
Agroecology: reweaving a new landscape

2-4 May
FAO Rome


Global Symposium on Soil Pollution

Includes available for download:
Chapter 5 "Realms of soil" of Silent Spring by Rachel Carson

8 June
UN Day

International Ocean Day 

Includes available for download:
New Scientist, May 2018
Carpenter, E. J., & Smith, K. L, Jr. 1972. Plastic on the Sargasso Sea surface. Science, 175: 1240–1241.
Carpenter, E. J., Anderson, S. J., Harvey, G. R., Miklas, H. P. & Peck, B. B. 1972. Polystyrene spherules in coastal waters. Science, 178: 749–750002E.
Bean, M. J. 1987. Legal strategies for reducing persistent plastics in marine environments. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 18: 357–360.
Thompson, R. C., Olsen, Y., Mitchell, R. P., Davis, A., Rowland, S. J., John, A. W. G., et al. 2004. Lost at sea: Where is all the plastic? Science, 304: 838.

16-20 July
FAO Rome



FAO Committee on Forestry (COFO24)

Includes available for download:
Report of the first session of the Committee on Forestry (COFO), Rome, 8-13 May 1972
Rapport de la premier session du Comite des Forests, Rome, 8-13 mai 1972
Informe del premier periodo de sesiones del Comite de Montes, Roma, 8-13 mayo 1972

12 September
UN Day


International Day of South-South Cooperation

Includes available for download:
South-South Cooperation beyond the myths: rising donors, new aid practices? (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017)
The Bandung Conference / by A. Appadorai. - New Delhi : The Indian Council of World Affairs, 1955. - 31 p. ; 21 cm.
Rural reconstruction / Afro-Asian Rural Reconstruction Organization. - v. 1(1) Aug 1966 - v. 1(4)  May 1967. - New Delhi : AARRO, 1966-1967. - vp. ; 25 cm.
The collected documents of the Group of 77. V. 1: Special anniversary edition / edited by Mourad Ahmia. - Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2006. - 1250 p. ; 26 cm.

16 October
UN Day
FAO Rome


World Food Day

Includes available for download:
FAO. 1982. Food comes first: World Food Day, 16 October. Rome, Italy, 1982.  34 p.
Palmer, Ingrid. 1981. Women, food chains and agrarian reform: World Food Day, 16 October. Rome, Italy, FAO. 13 p.
FAO. 1981. Poverty main cause of hunger: World Food Day, 16 October 1981. Rome, Italy, FAO. 2 p.

21-23 November
FAO Rome

International Symposium on Agricultural Innovation for Family Farming


2-14 December

24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP24)

Includes available for download:
Implications of the action plan of the UN Conference on the Human Environment on FAO Programmes: 59. session, Rome, 20 November - 1 December 1972. – Rome : FAO, 1972. – 7 p. ; 28 cm