Publication

FAO Calls for Review of Biofuel Policies [viewed]

The State of Food and Agriculture 2008 7 October 2008: The 2008 edition of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) State of the World's Food and Agriculture Report focuses on the prospects, risks and opportunities for biofuels. The report addresses key questions relating to the benefits and impacts of biofuel production and use, including impacts on food security, land and water resources, as well as contributions to greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction and agricultural development.

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UNCTAD Publication: Making Certification Work for Sustainable Development: The Case of Biofuels [viewed]

Making Certification Work for Sustainable Development: The Case of Biofuels 3 October 2008: This UN Conference on Trade and Development publication reviews biofuel certification schemes that are already in place or are being developed, including: benefits and drawbacks of such schemes; implications for developing countries; and possible ramifications of certification in the context of the World Trade Organization.

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IFPRI Publishes Essays on Policy Responses to Food Crisis [viewed]

Policy Responses to Food Crisis October 2008: The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFRPI) has published three essays addressing critical questions regarding policy responses to the current food crisis. The essays by Joachim von Braun, IFPRI Director General, Josette Sheeran, Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme (WFP), and Namanga Ngongi, President of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), point to the dangers and pitfalls of misguided policies, but also to the potential opportunities for responding in a way that prevents future crises and ensures food security in the long term. In addition to the most pressing questions of delivering immediate relief to populations affected by hunger and the strategic issues of the long-term stabilization of food production and food markets, the essays also address impacts of current biofuel policies and climate change on agriculture.

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UNEP and UNESCO Release Youth Training Kit to Keep the Planet “Cool” [viewed]

YouthXchange Training Kit 1 October 2008: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the

UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) have released an

updated version of the YouthXchange Training Kit, which seeks to promote

sustainable consumption among youth worldwide. The joint initiative aims to

change purchasing patterns by reducing waste from discarded products such as

mobile phones and outdated fashion, while engaging youth in the fight against

climate change.

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Report of Twelfth Meeting of the JI Supervisory Committee Available [viewed]

Report of Twelfth Meeting of the JI Supervisory Committee Available September 2008: The report of the 12th meeting of the Joint

Implementation Supervisory Committee (JISC) is now available on the JI website.

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CDM Executive Board Report Published [viewed]

September 2008: The Clean Development Mechanism (CDM)

Executive Board has released the report of its 42nd meeting, which convened

from 24-26 September 2008, at the UN Campus in Bonn, Germany.

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CDM Executive Board Calls for Comments on “Elaboration of CDM Accreditation Requirements” [viewed]

29 September 2008: The Executive Board of the Clean

Development Mechanism (CDM) has launched a call for public comments on the

draft document “Elaboration of CDM Accreditation Requirements,” from 29

September 2008 to 27 October 2008.

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Impacts of Europe's Changing Climate – 2008 Indicator-Based Assessment [viewed]

Impacts of Europe's changing climate - 2008 indicator-based assessment 29 September 2008: This European Environment Agency (EEA) report presents past and projected climate change and impacts in Europe, based on approximately 40 indicators, and identifies sectors and regions that are vulnerable and require adaptation.

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IEA Study Compares Renewable Energy Promotion Policies [viewed]

29 September 2008: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has launched a new study entitled “Deploying Renewables: Principles for Effective Policies,” which includes a comparative analysis of the performance of various renewables promotion policies around the world.

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UN Private Sector Forum Discusses Business Action in Achieving the MDGs and Food Sustainability [viewed]

Former United States President Bill Clinton and World Bank President Robert Zoellick.

24 September 2008: The first UN Private Sector Forum on the

Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and Food Sustainability convened on the

side of the opening of the UN General Assembly, to further business commitment

towards the MDGs and serve as platform to articulate business perspectives on

actions needed for their achievement.

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