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FAO Calls for Investment into Research on Cassava to Boost Yields for Food and Biofuel Production [viewed]

Global Cassava Partnership for Genetic Improvement (GCP21)

25 July 2008: At the first global scientific conference of the Global Cassava Partnership, held from 21-24 July, 2008 in Ghent, Belgium, scientists and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) called for a significant increase in investment in research and development needed to boost farmers' yields and explore promising industrial uses of cassava, including biofuels production.

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South Africa-EU Declaration on Climate Change Calls for Emission Reduction Targets [viewed]

L-R: Thabo Mbeki of South Africa and Nicolas Sarkozy of France - Photo credit: EU Presidency. Click to download the declaration on climate change 25 July 2008: At the conclusion of the first South Africa-EU Summit, held in Bordeaux, France,

participants adopted a Declaration on Climate Change in which they agreed on the

need to conclude

negotiations by the end of 2009 on a strengthened and effective global

agreement for the climate change regime post 2012.

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Fifth Summit of the Americas' Draft Declaration Addresses Climate Change [viewed]

Fifth Summit of the Americas' 24 July 2008: The Draft Declaration of Commitment for the Fifth Summit of the Americas was presented during a meeting of National Coordinators of the Summit Implementation Review Group held at the headquarters of the Organization of American States (OAS) in Washington DC, US.

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UN-Spider Workshop on Disaster Management and Space Technology [viewed]

United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) July 2008:

This Workshop will be held around the theme “Disaster Management and Space Technology

- Bridging the Gap,” and will be held in Bonn,

Germany, from 13-15 October 2008.

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Upcoming Session of UNECE Committee on Housing and Land Management to Address Energy Efficiency [viewed]

69th UNECE Session of the Committee on Housing and Land Management 16 July 2008: The 69th UN Economic Commission for Europe's (UNECE) Committee on Housing and Land Management is scheduled to take place from 22-23 September in Geneva, Switzerland.

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ECOSOC Concludes General Segment [viewed]

Consensus Reached on 2007 Ministerial Declaration Resolution 24 July 2008: The Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) concluded the

work of its general segment, adopting 15 resolutions and 8 decisions, including

on strengthening the coordination of emergency humanitarian assistance.

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ECOSOC Addresses Gender Aspects of Climate Change [viewed]

23 July

2008: Opening the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) discussion on ‘mainstreaming

a gender perspective into all UN policies and programmes, women and

development, and the advancement of women,' Rachel Mayanja, Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on

Gender Issues and Advancement of Women, noted the particular vulnerability of

women to climate change and the food crisis.

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ASEAN Ministers Agree to Focus on Climate Change, Energy and Food Security [viewed]

 Joint Communique of the 41st ASEAN Ministerial Meeting 21 July: In a Joint Communiqué adopted during the forty-first Association

of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Ministerial Meeting, which took place from

20-21 July 2008, in Singapore, Ministers addressed the issues of climate

change, the food and energy crises, and disaster relief.

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General Assembly President Distributes Informal Summary of Thematic Debate on ‘Climate Change and the Most Vulnerable Countries- the Imperative to Act' [viewed]

Pga 21 July 2008: UN General Assembly President Srgjan Kerim has

circulated to member States the President's informal summary of the General

Assembly's thematic debate, held on 8 July 2008, on the theme ‘Climate Change

and the Most Vulnerable Countries- the Imperative to Act.'

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UNCCD Selects Consortium to Jointly Organize 2009 CST Scientific Conference [viewed]

Selected Consortium following the Call for Expression of Interest 22 July 2008: The Bureau of the Committee on Science

and Technology (CST) of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has

selected the ‘Drylands Science for Development' consortium as its partner to

jointly organize a scientific conference for the CST's 2009 session.

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