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IFAD’s new investment programme to boost private funding of rural businesses and small-scale farmers

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 17 luglio 2021

Rural businesses, which are so vital for transforming our food systems, will get a much needed boost from an ambitious new financing programme launched today by the UN’s International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), as part of its broader efforts to address rising hunger and poverty levels in the world’s poorest countries.The Private Sector Financing Programme (PSFP) aims to spearhead an increase in much-needed private investment in small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), farmers’ organizations and financial intermediaries servicing small-scale farmers, which are too often neglected by investors. It will provide loans, risk management instruments (such as guarantees), and equity investments.“We can end poverty and hunger! But to achieve this, we urgently need to stimulate more private sector investments to rural areas and unlock the immense entrepreneurial potential of millions of rural SMEs and small producers,” said Gilbert F. Houngbo, President of IFAD. “With access to capital, they can attract more investors and partners, grow their businesses and create employment opportunities – especially for young people and women.”As part of its launch, the PFSP announced its first loan of US$5 million to a Nigerian social impact enterprise, Babban Gona, which has a strong background in successfully moving small-scale farmers from subsistence to a more market-orientated model. The loan will help Babban Gona support 377,000 small-scale rice and maize producers in Nigeria with a comprehensive package of training, quality inputs, and marketing services. Babban Gona will also store and sell the harvest on behalf of its farmers when prices are higher. They aim to create up to 65,000 jobs for women and 66,500 jobs for youth by 2025. By committing these funds, the PSFP aims to stimulate larger contributions from other investors and help Babban Gona meet its target to raise $150 million to reach millions of small producers.

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2021-2027 EU Customs programme gains political backing

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 17 dicembre 2020

The 950 million EUR (in current prices) EU Customs programme is vital to protect the EU from unfair and illegal trade, whilst facilitating legitimate business activity. It is the main tool for customs policy financed by the long-term 2021-2027 EU budget (multi-annual financial framework) and is designed to improve cooperation and build IT capacity in order to ease trade.The electronic systems used by European customs authorities are necessary to guarantee EU-wide cooperation, implement customs rules, and innovate the EU’s customs policy. The development and operation of these systems is essential in order to have high levels of security, for maintenance purposes and to guarantee quality as well as to support modernisation. The agreement reached makes the EU’s customs system more transparent and provides a legal oversight of EU customs policy, while enabling smooth operational decision-making in the development of IT projects.

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Digital Europe programme: MEPs strike deal with Council

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 16 dicembre 2020

Plans for the EU to deploy digital technologies like AI, supercomputing and data platforms more widely were informally agreed with Council on Monday.The programme will fund the increase in the capacity of European supercomputing and data processing (€2.2billion), and make supercomputing more accessible and user-friendly in public health especially in health, the environment, security and industry, and in particular for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).It will strengthen and support artificial intelligence testing and experimentation in health and mobility sectors, and encourage member states to cooperate in this area, with the aim of setting up a European data space. Businesses and public administrations will also be able to use artificial intelligence more (€2 billion).€1.6 billion are also dedicated to cybersecurity, to strengthen coordination between member states, boost Europe’s capabilities and support the deployment of cyber-security technology, infrastructure and competence across the economy, through initiatives such as the EU cybersecurity competence centre and network. The programme will also help support the existing workforce to train in order to have the skills needed.

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New volunteering programme for young people in Europe and beyond agreed

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 14 dicembre 2020

Parliament and Council reached a political agreement on the European Solidarity Corps for 2021-2027, worth more than one billion EUR. “Today’s agreement is excellent news for young people in the EU and beyond. The programme will start in January 2021 and Parliament managed to secure many gains for volunteers. Volunteering will the main activity of the programme, which has been our priority from the very beginning. We are now able to guarantee a higher quality of volunteering activities, by obliging hosts to offer new, useful skills and competences. Similarly, from now on we will be able to include many more people with fewer opportunities”, said Michaela Šojdrova (EPP,CZ), rapporteur on the European Solidarity Corps (ESC). MEPs ensured that host organisations will need to prove the quality of the volunteering activities on offer, with a focus on learning, and gaining skills and competences. Similarly, the organisations will need to prove they comply with occupational health and safety regulations.Parliament also succeeded in better protecting target groups. Special clearance will be needed for volunteers working with children and people with disabilities. Programmes will also be required to prove that they contribute to positive societal changes in local communities.Thanks to MEPs, the Commission and member states will have to present how they plan to include people with fewer opportunities. Young people will be able to volunteer in their own country, in particular those with fewer opportunities. Since humanitarian action poses specific challenges, MEPs insisted that the age limit of humanitarian aid volunteers be extended to 35 with a possibility to hire experts and coaches without the age limit.In line with the European Green Deal, volunteering activities will have to respect the “do no harm” principle and the programmes will later be evaluated taking into account their contribution to the EU’s climate objectives, such as choosing climate-neutral means of transportation.The agreement reached today still needs to be formally approved by both Parliament and Council.

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EP and EU ministers agree on Erasmus+ programme for 2021-2027

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 14 dicembre 2020

EP and Council negotiators struck a provisional deal on the EU’s Erasmus+ programme for 2021-2027 on Friday, worth more than 26 billion EUR in current prices.“We were able to secure an additional 2.2 billion EUR over seven years, meaning that we can now spend more than 26 billion euros on training, education and more. We can also boost inclusion, enable more people to benefit from the programme and properly fund the three initiatives that have been successfully piloted since 2018 – the Centres of Vocational Excellence, DiscoverEU and European Universities”, said the rapporteur Milan Zver (EPP, SL) after the trilogue.“Until now, Erasmus+ has had low levels of participation among people with fewer opportunities. That must change. Those who have missed out in the past will have significantly improved access to learning and mobility, through the specific provisions we have inserted”, said Chair of EP Culture and Education Committee Sabine Verheyen (EPP, DE). She added that “the Parliament fought hard to have a stronger oversight and decision-making role over the next seven years, which will make the programme more democratic.” MEPs insisted that the new edition of Erasmus+ includes specific measures to enable more people with fewer opportunities to participate in the programme, regardless of whether those disadvantages are due to disability, poverty, remote location, migrant background or other reasons.Both the Commission and member states will have to develop action plans to identify barriers and increase participation of people who are disadvantaged. They will also be able to provide top-up grants, including up-front payments for those in need to pay for the initial costs. According to the agreed text, projects cannot be rejected for having higher costs linked to measures that guarantee inclusion.In order to better adapt to the changes caused by the green and digital transitions as well as the COVID-19 pandemic, and the need to acquire new work and life skills, Parliament successfully expanded the scope of the Erasmus+. People enrolled in adult education programmes – for example, learning digital skills or taking evening, professional or personal development classes, will be able to participate in mobility programmes from 2021.As part of the political agreement on the multi-annual budget for 2021-2027, MEPs managed to secure an additional 2.2 billion EUR — the equivalent of one year’s funding under the current Erasmus+ programme.Thanks to the efforts of MEPs, the programme is now simpler and more manageable, as there are better and more user-friendly IT systems and less paperwork. Access to financing under the EU Regional Development Fund or Social Fund will be facilitated via a ‘Seal of Excellence’ that will be awarded for quality Erasmus+ applications that have not succeeded in obtaining financing under this programme. In line with the European Green Deal and Parliament’s September resolution, Erasmus+ will in the future measure its contribution to achieving the EU’s climate spending targets and reduce its own environmental footprint, for example by promoting climate-friendly means of transportation for participants. The agreement reached today still needs to be approved by Parliament as a whole as well as Council.

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Breakthrough to create €4.2 billion Single Market Programme

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 11 dicembre 2020

Parliament and Council negotiators reached a provisional political agreement on the new €4.2 billion programme to strengthen the EU’s internal market.The Single Market Programme for 2021-2027 will support a wide range of activities, from guaranteeing health and food safety to supporting SMEs and improving consumer protection. Its overarching goal is to foster cooperation and make the internal market more sustainable.The programme will focus on the following areas: • Supporting EU businesses: Actions to support SMEs will focus on international competitiveness, development of digital and entrepreneurial skills and the green transition. Support can also be granted to business clusters and social economy enterprises. • Better governance of internal market: Market surveillance will be financed via the new programme with a separate budgetary envelope, contributing to efforts to curb the risks for consumers, whether through scams, or unsafe or counterfeit products at a time when e-commerce is on the rise. The programme will support actions promoting greater choice of high quality products and services offered in the internal market. • Stronger consumer protection: The priority actions include improving overall protection and awareness of EU consumer rights, as well as actions to promote sustainable consumption and ensure product safety. • High level of health and safety: A big part of the programme will be dedicated to guaranteeing health and food safety, for example by supporting effective veterinary and phytosanitary controls in case of health crises, endorsing safe production, and making the EU food industry more competitive. • The programme will also finance data gathering for high-quality, comparable, and reliable European statistics.

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Raccolta fondi per sostenere il World Food Programme

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 4 dicembre 2020

N26 ha annunciato oggi una nuova campagna di fine anno che valorizza la partnership con Mastercard a sostegno del World Food Programme (WFP) delle Nazioni Unite, l’istituzione a cui è stato assegnato il Premio Nobel per la Pace nel 2020. Dal 1° al 24 dicembre 2020, N26 donerà il valore di un pasto per un bambino in difficoltà ogni volta che uno dei 5 milioni di clienti in Europa effettuerà un pagamento online con la propria N26 Mastercard.La campagna mira a sostenere i bambini in difficoltà di tutto il mondo offrendo un contributo significativo a nome dei clienti che scelgono di pagare con N26. Inoltre, i clienti di N26 potranno contribuire a questa importante iniziativa anche attraverso donazioni proprie, sempre nel periodo di svolgimento della campagna, grazie all’integrazione della nuova funzione “charity” nell’app N26. La nuova funzionalità consentirà a chiunque abbia un account N26 di inviare con estrema facilità una donazione di qualsiasi importo direttamente al WFP in pochi secondi. Il World Food Programme delle Nazioni Unite è la più grande organizzazione umanitaria del mondo che ha come obiettivo la salvaguardia di vite umane in situazioni di emergenza e che, attraverso programmi di assistenza alimentare, costruisce un percorso di pace, stabilità e prosperità per le persone che sono coinvolte in conflitti e disastri ambientali e sono colpite dall’impatto del cambiamento climatico. Attualmente attivo in più di 80 Paesi e in grado di prestare assistenza a quasi 90 milioni di persone in tutto il mondo, WFP mira a creare un mondo senza fame entro il 2030. Tutte le transazioni digitali effettuate con una N26 Mastercard dal 1° dicembre alle 12:00 al 24 dicembre alle 23:59, compresi gli acquisti online, gli abbonamenti digitali, i pagamenti in-app e gli acquisti in app-store, si tradurranno nella donazione di un pasto per il World Food Programme. I prelievi al bancomat, i pagamenti in negozio e i trasferimenti di denaro non sono rilevanti per l’iniziativa.

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Autodoc launches special concessions programme for regular customers

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 31 maggio 2020

Autodoc, benchmark in online sales of automotive spare parts in Europe, is launching its “Autodoc Plus” discount programme for regular customers. Customers who purchase car parts frequently from Autodoc will be able to reserve additional premium options at reduced prices, have their order prioritised and secure additional discounts on delivery costs and products. Autodoc Plus memberships can be reserved in three price categories, each with graduated benefits to customers. The idea behind this originated with customers’ inquiries regarding a benefits programme for frequent customers. The Autodoc Plus discount programme is part of the company’s constant effort to continually improve the customer’s experience. The launch of the “Autodoc Club” platform at the end of 2019 is part of this, alongside the expansion of the product range and improving the shop websites. This enhances the range on offer with digital advice. Autodoc Plus is expanding the range with additional benefits by means of premium features for active customers. Basic members receive a 20% discount on the “Secure Order” option, priority status for their orders and notification of which items are ready for rapid dispatch. Optimum customers have the discount increased to 35% and in addition receive twice the bonus credits in the parts dealer’s loyalty programme. For the highest level of Professional, the discount on Secure Order rises to 50%, and in addition to the abovementioned benefits there is a 30% discount on dispatch costs and a minimum discount of 20% on items in the online shop. Payment terms are either monthly or annually. Autodoc Plus is offered across Europe in almost all markets, with the exception of the United Kingdom, Norway and Switzerland. Autodoc Plus is already available on the desktop website and will soon come up on the mobile version. Customer inquiries will correspondingly be provided in the Autodoc App in the medium term.http://www.cometis.de

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COVID-19: Reform Support Programme must be transformed into major recovery tool

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 27 aprile 2020

Statement on the Reform Support Programme by co-rapporteurs of the Budgetary Affairs and Economic and Monetary Affairs Committees.The health, economic and social situation in Europe is currently deteriorating rapidly. The COVID-19 pandemic might lead to unprecedented shocks to our economy and labour markets. The European Parliament, and in particular the Committee on Budgets (BUDG) and the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs (ECON), are at the forefront of the debate, working on instruments that would help Europe’s long-term recovery.
The BUDG-ECON co-rapporteurs Eider Gardiazabal Rubial (S&D/ES) and Dragoş Pîslaru (Renew/RO) highlighted that “this crisis has clearly demonstrated the need to urgently deepen the Economic and Monetary Union and to improve the resilience of member states’ economies to sizeable shocks, both symmetric and asymmetric. European solidarity and a coordinated response are key to both an effective crisis strategy as well as a design of the post-crisis recovery.”“While present efforts and all the available means must foremost concentrate on addressing the immediate fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic, we must lay down the foundations for recovery and equip our economies with the means to make both national economies and the EU stronger and more united. In this respect, the ambitious 2021-2027 Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) is part of a solution. Within the EU long-term budget, the Budgetary Instrument for Convergence and Competitiveness (BICC), which is to be integrated within the Reform Support Programme (RSP), will be one of the key instruments to strengthen”, the MEPs said.The Programme will be a tool to incentivise member states to implement structural reforms and pursue investments that will ensure EU welfare. It should strengthen and support the enlargement of the euro area, with reforms and investments building more resilience to shocks, coupled with direct support for accession towards the euro area. In addition, the technical assistance component will strengthen member states’ capacity to prepare and implement growth-sustaining administrative and structural reforms, and share valuable good practices across the EU.The MEPs also stressed that “BUDG and ECON will work expeditiously on the RSP in order for member states to be able to use this instrument also for post-crisis reconstruction. Our focus will be on stimulating the implementation of structural reforms in order to set the recovery on a sustainable path, unlocking the growth potential, adapting to current challenges, strengthening the adjustment capacity and supporting the process of upward economic and social convergence. The scope and size of this instrument must be significantly strengthened if we want to live up to the task that lies ahead. As to the scope, it is of utmost importance that reforms and investments are prioritised that make our health, social and economic systems more resilient. Regarding the overall size, the current budget (about EUR 17 billion over 7 years) must be beefed up to become macro-economically relevant. This could be achieved by exploring possible links between the BICC and external budgetary funding.”Finally, Members called “on the Commission and the Council to push forward a proposal on the MFF to endow the Reform Support Programme with adequate resources that could transform it into one of the major tools of the EU Recovery Plan post COVID-19 outbreak.”

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Familix Nature Programme

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 20 febbraio 2020

Alto Adige (BZ) E’ un nuovo programma per far vivere ai bambini di tutte le età la Natura a 360° gradi. Il FAMILIX NATURE PROGRAMME è la novità 2020 nei Familienhotels Südtirol, gli specialisti per la vacanza a misura di famiglia in Alto Adige. Il progetto ludico-didattico FAMILIX è offerto in tutte e 25 le strutture ed è presentato alle famiglie al momento del check-in con la consegna di un libretto illustrativo (personalizzabile, con giochi, letture ed esperimenti) quest’anno dedicato al tema dell’Albero. Martina Thanei, pedagogista con più di trent’anni d’esperienza, specializzazione come accompagnatrice dei processi naturali e master in pedagogia e scienze dell’educazione presso l’Università di Innsbruck, si è occupata assieme ad un team di sviluppare e dare vita al programma FAMILIX.«Nasce a seguito della richiesta sempre più crescente da parte delle famiglie di un programma dedicato alla Natura, ma soprattutto disponibile in tutte le strutture del gruppo Familienhotels Südtirol; è stato quindi sviluppato un progetto che potesse essere realizzato in tutti gli hotel e che lasciasse ai bambini il ricordo di una vacanza indimenticabile».«Il programma si rivolge a due diverse fasce d’età, suddivise in base al saper già leggere o meno. Per questo vengono consegnati due tipologie di libretto illustrativo “FAMILIX Mini” per bambini fino ai 7 anni e “FAMILIX Junior” per bambini a partire dai 7 anni. Il programma dà la possibilità di vivere e conoscere, attraverso esperienze coinvolgenti, la ricca varietà paesaggistica e naturale dell’Alto Adige; l’obbiettivo è sensibilizzare i bambini al rispetto della natura, e quindi a loro stessi, e far stabilire loro un rapporto più consapevole con il mondo circostante».
«Il programma FAMILIX 2020 si compone di quattro moduli che hanno come obbiettivo finale l’incremento della percezione globale da parte dei bambini degli elementi naturali, in questo caso l’Albero, attraverso numerose esperienze sensoriali: le sensazioni rimangono impresse nei ricordi, molto più delle spiegazioni. Il primo modulo vuole stuzzicare la curiosità sul tema dell’albero e stimolare il desiderio di scoperta. Il secondo si propone di acuire la percezione e di rappresentarlo come simbolo e fonte di energia. Col terzo modulo si impara a conoscere l’albero in tutte le sue parti (foglie, corteccia, semi, aghi) e ci si focalizza sulla sua funzione come materia prima di costruzione e sulle infinite possibilità di impiego. Con il quarto, infine, si mette in evidenza come l’albero sia essenziale per l’uomo, gli animali e l’ambiente. Ad accompagnare tutti i moduli ci sono le storie di Rudy, un tarlo curioso che incoraggia i bambini all’esplorazione e all’osservazione della Natura».
«La formazione è rivolta sia agli educatori pedagogici, sia a chi lavora alla reception. Ha una durata di otto ore, durante le quali si spiega ai partecipanti come “attuare” il programma nel dettaglio, sottolineando che l’invito alla scoperta e all’esplorazione devono essere sempre al centro».

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MEPs back partial agreement on Justice Programme

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 18 aprile 2019

The EU should promote non-discriminatory access to justice for all its citizens, as well as support gender equality. Plenary endorsed with 490 votes to 120, and 42 abstentions, the partial agreement reached between co-legislators on the EU Justice Programme for 2021-2027. The Programme will continue cultivating a European area of justice based on the rule of law, independence and impartiality of the judiciary, access to justice, mutual recognition and trust and cross-border cooperation.The Programme will, in all its actions, also promote gender mainstreaming, particularly gender equality, the rights of the child, the protection of victims and the effective application of the principle of equal rights and non-discrimination.More specifically, the programme aims to:facilitate and support judicial cooperation in civil and criminal matters, including by supporting the efforts to improve the effectiveness of national justice systems and enforcement of decisions;
support and promote judicial training to develop a common legal, judicial and rule of law culture among justice professionals; and to improve judicial cooperation and trust in cross-border proceedings;
facilitate non-discriminatory access to justice for all and effective redress, by promoting efficient procedures and supporting the rights of all victims of crime, including by electronic means.

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MEPs back deal on Justice programme for 2021-2027

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 5 aprile 2019

The EU should promote non-discriminatory access to justice for all its citizens, as well as support gender equality. Legal Affairs and Civil Liberties MEPs backed with 49 votes to 7, with 1 abstention, the partial agreement reached between co-legislators on the EU Justice Programme for 2021-2027. The Programme will continue cultivating a European area of justice based on the rule of law, independence and impartiality of the judiciary, access to justice, mutual recognition and trust and cross-border cooperation.
Co-legislators managed to ensure that the Programme will, in all its actions, also promote gender mainstreaming, particularly gender equality, the rights of the child, the protection of victims and the effective application of the principle of equal rights and non-discrimination.More specifically, the programme aims to:
facilitate and support judicial cooperation in civil and criminal matters, including by supporting the efforts to improve the effectiveness of national justice systems and enforcement of decisions;
support and promote judicial training to develop a common legal, judicial and rule of law culture among justice professionals; and to improve judicial cooperation and trust in cross-border proceedings;
facilitate non-discriminatory access to justice for all and effective redress, by promoting efficient procedures and supporting the rights of all victims of crime, including by electronic means.
EU co-legislators were able to start negotiations before the EU elections on a significant number of proposals for the EU’s next long term budget. The budgetary allocations for the Justice Programme were left outside the scope of this agreement, meaning that negotiations will be finalised under the next European Parliament based on this partial agreement and on the Parliament’s negotiating mandate.

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New business opportunities for EU SMEs in India through EC matchmaking programme

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 14 settembre 2018

The next matchmaking event for SMEs and clusters organised by the EC-funded “Business Beyond Borders” (BBB) initiative will take place at Renewable Energy India (REI) (17-21 September, Greater Noida).The event will mark the first time that BBB hosts its brokerage sessions in the South Asia region, and it will focus on companies operating in the renewable energy sector.Welcoming the upcoming BBB event, Henriette Faergemann Bredsten, Environment, Energy & Climate Change Counsellor of the Delegation of the European Union to India and Bhutan, stated: “India is the fastest growing economy in the world and its energy sector will have to cater for fast-paced economic development. It is a priority market in EU business and trade relations, and particularly in the field of clean energy. The European Commission-funded “Business Beyond Borders” matchmaking and technical sessions at REI are a unique opportunity for renewable energy companies on both sides to explore and enter new markets; and a great support for the climate and environmental commitments set out in the EU-India Strategic Partnership.” Likewise Poul V. Jensen, Director of the European Business and Technology Centre, highlighted the importance of the BBB event at REI for expanding companies: “As the primary cleantech innovation gateway for European business and research in India, the EBTC is delighted to be the local partner for the Business Beyond Borders event at REI. We are sure this matchmaking opportunity will excite companies and clusters in the energy and environmental sector, and will be extremely valuable by creating strong business ties between the EU and India.” The BBB event at Renewable Energy India will include the presence of the EU Delegation to India and Bhutan, and will be organised in collaboration with UBM India, the European Business and Technology Centre (EBTC). More than 200 European and international SMEs and clusters are expected to participate in the BBB matchmaking sessions, as well as the technical workshops included the initiative package.“Business Beyond Borders” helps businesses, especially SMEs and clusters, to trade across borders and explore third markets. It has held six successful international events (in Madrid, Cape Town, Paris, Milan, Cannes, Santiago, Sydney and Tehran) where over 250 new business partnerships have been agreed.www.businessbeyonborders.info.

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“Fellowships Programme for Technical Cooperation Capacity Building and Human Resources Development”

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 2 giugno 2018

Roma 7 giugno (dalle 14 alle 16) SIOI-UNA ITALY Piazza di San Marco, 51 seminario informativo sul: “Fellowships Programme for Technical Cooperation Capacity Building and Human Resources Development,” che si svolgerà alla SIOI, il prossimo 7 giugno (dalle 14 alle 16).Il Fellowships Programme è un’iniziativa finanziata dal Governo Italiano attraverso la Direzione Generale per la Cooperazione allo Sviluppo del Ministero degli Affari Esteri e della Cooperazione Internazionale e l’Agenzia Italiana per la Cooperazione allo Sviluppo e curata dal Dipartimento degli Affari Economici e Sociali delle Nazioni Unite (UN/DESA) ed ha l’obiettivo di offrire la la possibilità di svolgere un percorso di formazione professionale presso uffici delle Organizzazioni internazionali in Paesi in via di sviluppo o presso sedi estere dell’Agenzia Italiana per la Cooperazione allo Sviluppo.

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Get ready for the European Maritime Day 2018

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 2 maggio 2018

31 May & 1 June, Burgas, Bulgaria. With the conference programme for this year’s European Maritime Day shaping up, get ready for what will surely be another great opportunity to gain new insights into maritime affairs and blue growth and related EU policies and funding opportunities.
The EMD 2018 conference programmeSearch for available translations of the preceding link includes:18 stakeholders workshops covering a wide range of topical themes: Aquaculture and the blue bio-economy, on marine litter, digitalization and big data, marine research, innovation, ports, maritime security, spatial planning, offshore energy and ocean literacy.
A political opening, with Karmenu Vella, European Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries and Iskra Mihaylova, Chair of the Regional Development Committee at the European Parliament. Karmenu Vella together with Ivaylo Moskovski, Bulgarian Minister of Transport, Information Technology and Communications will welcome a number of fellow Ministers around the Black Sea to share their vision for the development of the Blue economy in the region (Ministerial Declaration towards a Common Maritime Agenda in the Black Sea).
A plenary debate on what we termed ‘Big Bang Black Sea’ with leaders from the European Union, national governments, international organizations and NGOs to discuss challenges and opportunities for sustainable blue growth in the Black Sea. Three DG MARE info sessions on Measuring the EU Blue Economy, Turning Marine Litter into a sustainable business, and Financing strategic cooperation for Blue Growth. A plenary session on European funds post 2020 – what’s new? that will provide an indication on the expected future funding landscape for fisheries and blue growth as well as for maritime research and innovation. A networking reception in a splendid location looking out to the harbour, an exhibition and a pitch stage during the networking breaks.

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Evotec and Bayer Advance Third Endometriosis Programme into Phase I Clinical Development

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 22 aprile 2018

Evotec AG (Frankfurt Stock Exchange: EVT, TecDAX, ISIN: DE0005664809) announced today that its multi-target alliance with Bayer has advanced another promising small molecule into Phase I for the treatment of endometriosis, a painful, debilitating reproductive condition that affects approximately 176 million women worldwide. This milestone was achieved under the highly successful strategic alliance Evotec and Bayer entered in October 2012. The goal of this collaboration is to discover three clinical candidates within the five-year alliance. Both parties contribute innovative drug targets and high-quality technology infrastructures and share the responsibility for early research and pre-clinical characterisation of potential clinical candidates in the disease area of endometriosis. Since the beginning of the collaboration, six first-in-class/best-in-class non-hormonal pre-clinical candidates have been generated, three of which have now advanced into clinical trials.Dr Mario Polywka, Chief Operating Officer of Evotec, commented: “Since we began collaborating with Bayer in 2012, the joint teams have combined cutting-edge science, significant drug discovery expertise, and a shared commitment to bring new therapeutic options to the millions of women suffering from endometriosis. Today, we have delivered on our very high expectations with the advancement of our third novel drug candidate into Phase I studies to treat this high unmet medical need. Bayer is a great partner and we look forward to further advancing our endometriosis pipeline.”

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World Food Programme (WFP) Italia

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 1 marzo 2018

La quarta edizione di Seeds&Chips – The Global Food Innovation Summit (7-10 Maggio 2018, MiCo Milano Congressi) sarà patrocinata dal World Food Programme (WFP) Italia. Il WFP è la più grande organizzazione umanitaria impegnata a combattere la fame, che ancora oggi affligge 815 milioni di persone nel mondo. Seeds&Chips, che annualmente riunisce a Milano i grandi protagonisti del settore accademico, della politica e delle istituzioni internazionali intorno ai temi dell’innovazione agroalimentare, sosterrà con parte del ricavato dei biglietti venduti, le operazioni di emergenza alimentare del WFP in risposta alla grave malnutrizione in Nigeria.Marco Gualtieri, Presidente e fondatore di Seeds&Chips ha commentato: “Anche quest’anno abbiamo aderito con grande entusiasmo alle iniziative del WFP e siamo felici di poter contribuire ad aiutare le popolazioni della Nigeria. Il Summit unisce da sempre cibo, sostenibilità e innovazione attraverso la compartecipazione di startup, aziende, opinion leader e media mondiali, per affrontare il grande tema del food e delle nuove soluzioni che lo sviluppo tecnologico può offrire, non solo per i Paesi economicamente più evoluti, ma soprattutto per le popolazioni che vivono una condizione di povertà e scarsità di risorse”.Oltre a supportare le operazioni di assistenza alimentare del WFP, Seeds&Chips sarà promotore di ShareTheMeal, la app realizzata dal WFP che permette di sfamare un bambino con un semplice tocco sul cellulare: bastano solo 40 centesimi di euro per donare cibo per un giorno.“Dal suo lancio due anni fa, ha dichiarato Massimiliano Costa, direttore di ShareTheMeal, più di un milione di persone hanno scaricato la app e hanno condiviso oltre 21 milioni di pasti con migliaia di bambini affamati, per sostenere il WFP nelle emergenze alimentari più critiche. Nel mondo ci sono 20 volte più smartphones che bambini affamati: tramite ShareTheMeal, possiamo sconfiggere la fame, il rischio numero uno alla salute nel mondo. Per questo ringrazio il WFP Italia e Seeds&Chips perché hanno dato la possibilità a tutti i partecipanti al Summit di sostenere con ShareTheMeal le operazioni del WFP nel Nord-Est della Nigeria, dove ShareTheMeal ha come obiettivo di provvedere cibo salva-vita per 100 giorni ai bambini malnutriti.”
“L’innovazione ha un ruolo cruciale nella lotta contro la fame, non solo per il World Food Programme ma anche per chiunque lavori per migliorare la condizione di vita di coloro che ne hanno più bisogno” ha affermato Robert Opp, Direttore della Divisione Innovation and Change Management del WFP. “Le nuove tecnologie di cui oggi disponiamo rappresentano un’importante opportunità. Abbiamo bisogno di valutare quali di questi approcci funzionino più efficacemente, per declinarli nelle migliori innovazioni”. Robert Opp sottolinea anche l’importanza di iniziative come quella di Seeds&Chips, che rappresenta un momento strategico per approfondire reciproci punti di vista e per stringere nuove partnership per un mondo a Fame Zero.“Le nuove tecnologie e l’innovazione applicata allo sviluppo sostenibile rappresentano una straordinaria opportunità per il WFP”, ha affermato Vincenzo Sanasi d’Arpe, Presidente del WFP Italia. “In alcune delle aree più remote, l’utilizzo delle tecnologie innovative ha permesso di trovare soluzioni più efficaci ed inedite per fornire assistenza alimentare ai più fragili. Siamo orgogliosi – ha proseguito il Presidente Sanasi – di dare anche quest’anno il nostro patrocinio a Seeds&Chips, che ringraziamo per il supporto alle operazioni umanitarie del WFP nel Nord-Est della Nigeria. Insieme a Seeds&Chips, invitiamo tutti a sostenere il WFP scaricando la prima app contro la fame del mondo, ShareTheMeal”.Il WFP ricorda che negli Stati di Borno, Yobe e Adamawa, nel Nord-Est della Nigeria, la violenza di Boko Haram sta pregiudicando le vite e i mezzi di sussistenza di milioni di persone. 2,6 milioni di persone soffrono la fame e 450.000 bambini sono gravemente malnutriti. La violenza e l’insicurezza stanno causando esodi di massa: 1,62 milioni di persone vivono in campi ospitati da comunità nel Paese stesso e decine di migliaia stanno cercando rifugio nei paesi confinanti, come Camerun, Ciad e Niger. Molti fra coloro che avevano lasciato il paese ora stanno tornando e hanno bisogno di cibo e di un tetto.

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Asia Pulp & Paper (APP): cresce ulteriormente in Indonesia il portfolio di prodotti certificati PEFC

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 9 giugno 2015

giacartaGiacarta. Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) sarà in grado di offrire ai clienti, entro la fine del 2015, una gamma accresciuta di prodotti certificati PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification), in tutti i suoi mercati globali, grazie alla certificazione ottenuta da IFCC (Indonesian Forestry Certification Cooperation) che accredita in PEFC 300.000 ettari di piantagioni dei fornitori di APP.
I 306.400 ettari di piantagioni certificate IFCC-PEFC sono gestiti da due fornitori di APP nella provincia di Riau, indonesia; PT, Arara Abadi e PT. Satria Perkasa Agung, rispettivamente. Inoltre, più di 1 milione di ettari di piantagione stanno per terminare l’iter di accreditamento per la certificazione IFCC-PEFC, prevista a breve. APP, dunque, prosegue a ritmo serrato il proprio percorso di Sustainability Roadmap Vision 2020, con l’obiettivo di avere il 100% di fornitori di legname con certificazione di sostenibilità per le aree forestali entro il 2020, obiettivo che potrebbe raggiungere in netto anticipo sui tempi.“I consumatori sono sempre più esigenti rispetto alla certificazione e alla sostenibilità dei prodotti. APP abbraccia tutti i programmi di certificazione credibili e autorevoli ed è membro e sostenitore di PEFC. Abbiamo lavorato duramente allo sviluppo di una certificazione nazionale Indonesiana di sostenibilità per le aree forestali, e ci siamo assicurati che si allineasse agli standard globalmente riconosciuti perché riteniamo che per i nostri clienti sia molto importante la garanzia di una gestione sostenibile delle aree forestali. Grazie al nostro lavoro a supporto dello sviluppo del programma di certificazione indonesiana IFCC per il suo riconoscimento da parte di PEFC e il duro lavoro svolto dai nostri fornitori per rispettare gli standard internazionali di IFCC, possiamo dire di aver raggiunto questo scopo”.“Questo è ormai il terzo anno di attuazione del nostro impegno nella deforestazione zero. Insieme a questo impegno abbiamo operato per la certificazione PEFC che permette a chi acquista da APP non solo di essere certi dell’alta qualità dei suoi prodotti ma anche della loro tracciabilità e del loro supporto ad una gestione sostenibile della aree forestali in tutta l’Indonesia” ha commentato Aida Greenbury, managing Director Sostenibilità di APP.Il programma di certificazione IFCC è stato approvato formalmente da PEFC nell’ultimo trimestre 2014. Conseguentemente, i fornitori di legname di APP certificati IFCC-PEFC hanno provveduto all’istituzione di una nuova fonte locale di materiale certificato PEFC, mentre precedentemente tutti i materiali PEFC utilizzati da APP venivano importati.Il Segretario Generale di PEFC International, Ben Gunneberg ha dichiarato: “PEFC è lieto delle prime certificazioni generate dallo standard di gestione forestale IFCC indonesiano. L’Indonesia sta avanzando nel suo impegno verso i consumatori di tutto il mondo per una gestione sostenibile delle foreste”.Dradjad H Wibowo, Presidente di IFCC, ha aggiunto: “Questa è la realizzazione di tanto duro lavoro e di un’ambizione tenacemente perseguita. Ossia assicurare alle foreste dell’Indonesia una certificazione autorevole e riconosciuta internazionalmente. Il nostro è un obiettivo duplice, stimolare l’economia indonesiana assistendo le realtà industriali del legname presenti nel territorio, compresi i piccoli arboricoltori, proteggendo nel contempo una delle più importanti risorse del paese, le nostre foreste naturali, e ottenere la certificazione PEFC è una garanzia di prodotti approvvigionati responsabilmente”.

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UN World food programme responds to urgent needs of displaced people in Iraq

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 13 giugno 2014

Onu palaceERBIL, IRAQ ­ The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is launching an initial emergency operation to provide food assistance to 42,000 of the most vulnerable people displaced by conflict this week in Iraq. WFP has deployed emergency and logistics staff to Erbil in the Kurdistan region to determine further food needs on the ground following the displacement of hundreds of thousands of people from Mosul to Erbil and neighbouring areas over the past two days. In its initial response, WFP will deliver approximately 550 metric tons of food a month support the operation, at a cost of $1.5 million. An airlift of emergency food and other supplies is planned from the WFP-run UN Humanitarian Response Depot (UNHRD) in Dubai and another flight with non-food assistance is planned from Brindisi, in Italy. The crisis in Iraq is escalating quickly. In some areas on the borders between Iraq and Kurdistan where newly displaced people are arriving, there are reports of unavailability of food in the shops. Meeting the food needs of the most vulnerable groups is a crucial step for WFP¹s mission in the country, said WFP Representative and Country Director in Iraq, Jane Pearce. WFP will be sending its food assistance into Iraq through Turkey to families displaced by the Mosul conflict. Along with the newly displaced, WFP is already assisting about 240,000 people displaced by conflict in Iraq¹s al-Anbar region, as well as more than 100,000 refugees from the conflict in Syria, who are sheltering in Iraq.WFP is the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide, delivering food in emergencies and working with communities to build resilience. In 2013, WFP assisted more than 80 million people in 75 countries.

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Charity leaders should use shock tactics that push their organisation outside of its comfort zone

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 5 giugno 2014

cancerProviding organisations with energy and pushing teams outside of their comfort zones are two key roles for charity sector leaders, delegates to a Resource Alliance breakfast briefing entitled ‘From battling cancer to conquering the catwalk, what does real leadership look like?’ heard yesterday morning. David Milton, Worldwide Cancer Research’s Head of Fundraising, said: “From an internal point of view it’s almost like using shock tactics. It’s about getting the organisation moving and getting staff and trustees to believe in their own potential. This is the role of a leader. However, he caveated his comments by adding that the only way to do this is for the leader to acknowledge their weaknesses as well as their strengths. Using an example from his own organisation where he persuaded a board comprising individuals 40 years his senior to launch the Smarty Pants fundraising appeal, Milton said: “We set up steering group of venture capitalists, business psychologists, and corporate event marketing directors to provide advice and expertise. This way it wasn’t just my voice but others too. That was me acknowledging my limits. Leadership is knowing your place and applying energy where you can.”Also on the panel was Andrew Hind CB, Editor of Charity Finance Magazine. He said: “We are all temporary custodians of the organisations we work for. We all have responsibility to hand over our organisations in a stronger position than they were when we found them.”He added: “Successful leadership is a mixture of the heart and the head. Just because someone can inspire and engage hearts doesn’t mean they can be lead in a sustainable way over the long term.”Justina Mutale, Founder & Chief Executive of Positive Runway and African Woman of the Year 2012, emphasised how emotional intelligence is key to successful leadership. She said: “As leaders we try and focus on some of key attributes of effective leadership: moral integrity, clear principles and morals and beliefs that guide decisions. A healthy leader is infectious and inspires others to work with them. They are willing to learn new things and to learn from others, and are aware of how others feel and to relate to them.”Geraldine Kilbride, a business psychologist and Programme Director of the Resource Alliance’s Future Leaders Programme, said “good leadership is a rare commodity”. She said: “Fifty per cent of people who aspire to be leaders fail, either because they fail to meet their KPIs or because they fail to inspire others. Why is this? We attribute leadership qualities to individuals which very often match our own patterning, but also the bright side of personalities, the socially confident and competent people interview very well. Unfortunately, often what happens is that you hire the bright sunny person and then Frankenstein appears and the organisation suffers.”

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