Meeting

South-North Dialogue to Address Food Security and Energy Security [viewed]

June 2008: This event will take place in

Geneva, Switzerland, on 17 June 2008, and is organized by the South Centre,

together with the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Indonesia to the UN and

other Geneva-based international organizations. The Dialogue will seek to raise

awareness of underlying causes and policy dilemmas related to energy, food and

livelihood security.

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Asia Clean Energy Forum Calls for Investments to Enhance Energy Security and Address Global Warming [viewed]

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3 June 2008: Private and public

sector participants in the Asia Clean Energy Forum, which convened from 2-6

June 2008, in Manila, the Philippines, called for new investments in clean

energy, amid spiraling costs for oil and coal and the growing threat of climate

change.

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Consultation Discusses Climate Change Strategies for the African Development Bank and World Bank [viewed]

4 June 2008: The African Development Bank (AfDB) and the World

Bank jointly organized a fourth regional consultation to discuss their

respective strategies on climate change. The 4 June 2008 consultation in Dakar,

Senegal, was the last in a series aimed at brainstorming and seeking ways to

strengthen collaboration with African institutions and development partners in

order to efficiently implement the strategies. Participants identified three

main challenges – energy security and access, cushioning the adverse effects of

climate change, and climate change risk management and adaptation.

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UNCTAD: Supachai Panitchpakdi Calls for the Phase-out of Agricultural Subsidies [viewed]

3 June 2008: In his address to the High-Level Conference on

World Food Security: the Challenges of Climate Change and Bioenergy, which

convened from 3-5 June 2008, in Rome, Italy, the Secretary-General of the UN

Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), Supachai Panitchpakdi, criticized

subsidized exports from the developed world, noting that many former net

exporters of food in Africa, Asia and Latin America are now net importers as a

result of the market distortions caused by the subsidies.

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Third African Ministerial Conference on Financing for Development to Discuss Climate Change and the MDGs [viewed]

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June 2008: The Third African Ministerial Conference on Financing for Development will be held in Kigali, Rwanda, from 12-13 June 2008. Discussions will focus on the

theme “Climate Change, an additional challenge for meeting the MDGs in Africa.”

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TICAD IV Agrees on a Blueprint for African Development [viewed]

Ticadiv_logo_230 May 2008: Representatives from 51 African countries, including 40 Heads of State and Government, joined Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda from 28-30 May 2008, in Yokohama, Japan, to develop a framework for African growth at the Fourth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD IV).

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UNCCD Suggests Expanding CDM Coverage of Agricultural Land Use [viewed]

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5 June 2008: Deputy Executive Secretary Grégoire de Kalbermatten

addressed the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) High-Level Conference on

Food Security on 5 June 2008, and emphasized actions to enhance carbon

sequestration in soil. He suggested that the climate change negotiations should

give increased attention to land and soil, including by expanding the Clean

Development Mechanism's (CDM) coverage of agricultural land use, particularly

projects focusing on carbon sequestration in soil.

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FAO, IFAD and WFP Sign MOU with Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa [viewed]

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4 June 2008: At the UN Food and Agriculture Organization

(FAO) High-Level Conference on World Food Security, held in Rome Italy, from

3-5 June 2008, FAO, the World Food Programme (WFP), the International Fund for

Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the Alliance for a Green Revolution in

Africa (AGRA) signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to boost food

production in Africa's breadbasket regions – regions with relatively good

rainfall, soils, infrastructure and markets – and to support smallholder

farmers.  

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UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Calls for Human Rights Approach to World Food Crises [viewed]

4 June 2008: Speaking at the FAO High-Level Conference on

World Food Security, which convened in Rome, Italy, from 3-5 June 2008, Louise

Arbour, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, said that the food crisis is a

forceful signal “about individual human rights and the need for collective

action.” Reporting on a special session of the Human Rights Council on the food

emergency, she called for a human rights framework to analyze the causes of the

crises and “to clarify the power imbalances inside and between countries that

trigger or exacerbate the food crisis, including unfair trade practices or

skewed policies involving incentives and subsidies.”

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CGIAR Alliance Calls for Resurgence of Investment in Agricultural Research [viewed]

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3 June 2008: Speaking at the FAO High-Level Conference on

World Food Security, which convened in Rome, Italy, from 3-5 June 2008, Emile

Frison, Chair of the Alliance of Centres supported by the Consultative Group on

International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) and Director General of Bioversity

International, said that, among other factors, lack of investment in

agricultural research has contributed to the global food price crises. He

highlighted the importance of such investment, citing a World Bank report on

investment into agricultural development that found “an average internal rate

of return of 43 percent.”

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