Intergovernmental Organization

New Plant Breeding Academy to Improve Food Security in Africa [viewed]

World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)10 December 2013: To improve Africa's resilience to climate change, pests and disease, the African Plant Breeding Academy (APBA) has announced that it will train scientists and technicians to breed plants and trees that have previously received little scientific research attention because of their low market value. The APBA was established to boost the profile and production of "orphan crops," which are neglected but nutritious crops.

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CIFOR Outlines Emerging Research Priorities [viewed]

CIFORDecember 2013: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) has released a report to inform donors, partners and staff on how the Center's research priorities align with its vision to keep forests high on the political agenda, and to promote understanding of the importance of forests for livelihoods and ecosystem services.

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Central American Ministers Adopt Efficient Lighting Strategy, Action Plan [viewed]

sica-meso-unep-enlighten6 December 2013: The energy ministers of all of the countries in Central America, the Dominican Republic, Colombia and Mexico have adopted a regional strategy on efficient lighting that will phase out incandescent bulbs, mercury content in other lamp types, increase lighting efficiency and lead to a common approach to handling lighting waste.

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EEA Black Carbon Report Highlights Health and Climate Change Impacts [viewed]

EEA10 December 2013: A new report published by the European Environment Agency (EEA) on measuring black carbon in the air reviews monitoring networks currently measuring black carbon, measurement methodologies and the use of data.

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UNCCD's GM and IOM Collaborate on Land Degradation and Migration in West Africa [viewed]

UNCCD GLOBAL MECHANISM (GM)9 December 2013: In the context of desertification, land degradation and drought leading to migration across West Africa, the Global Mechanism (GM) of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) in partnership with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) have launched a partnership to address land degradation and environmental migration.

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Elysée Summit on Africa Adopts Declaration on Peace and Security, Climate Change [viewed]

sommet-afrique-elysee7 December 2013: The Elysée Summit for Peace and Security in Africa concluded with the adoption of a Declaration that includes sections on peace and security, economic partnership and development, and climate change.

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Global Conference Paves the Way to an Alliance on Climate-Smart Agriculture [viewed]

growsmartgetherday5 December 2013: The Third Global Conference on Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Security and Climate Change focused on building partnerships that will lead to the establishment of an Alliance on Climate Smart-Agriculture (CSA).

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IEA Report Offers Guidance on Climate and Energy Policy Integration [viewed]

IEA5 December 2013: The International Energy Agency (IEA) provides guidance for policymakers in its report “Managing Interactions between Carbon Pricing and Existing Energy Policies.” The report, part of IEA's 2013 Insight Series, considers options for designing climate-energy policy packages that maximize policy synergies and minimize tradeoffs which could undermine policy objectives, raise societal costs, create investment uncertainties, and increase risk of stranded assets.

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ECLAC Highlights Climate Change Impacts on Grain Production in Central America [viewed]

ECLAC29 November 2013: The Subregional headquarters for Mexico and Central America of the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) issued a study finding substantial potential climate change impacts on basic grains production in the seven countries of Central America, and suggesting possible strategies to promote adaptation.

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IEA Report Outlines Conditions Necessary for Transition to Low Carbon Energy [viewed]

IEANovember 2013: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has published a report analyzing electricity security challenges associated with decarbonization and outlining best practices for a successful transition to a sustainable energy future.

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