Intergovernmental Process

ICRISAT and Government of India Launch Platform for Translational Research on Transgenic Crops [viewed]

International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT)

9 February 2009: The International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), a research center of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), and the Government of India's Department of Biotechnology (DBT) have initiated the establishment of a Platform for Translational Research on Transgenic Crops (PTTC). The Platform will combine the expertise of DBT and ICRISAT and build partnerships for agri-biotechnological research and development of products that meet the needs of agricultural growth and benefit poor farmers by improving their incomes.

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Scientific Congress to Update the IPCC Fourth Assessment Report [viewed]

February 2009: An international scientific congress titled “Climate Change: Global Risks, Challenges and Decisions,” organized by the International Alliance of Research Universities, will take place on 10-12 March 2009 in Copenhagen, Denmark. The congress will be hosted by the University of Copenhagen.

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World Forestry Congress to Address Forests in Development [viewed]

The World Forestry Congress 2009

February 2009: The 13th World Forestry Congress will address the theme “Forests in Development – A Vital Balance.” Organized by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and institutions from various sectors of Argentina, the Congress provides an opportunity to present an overview of the state of forests and forestry around the world, to discern trends, adapt policies and raise awareness among policy makers, the public and other stakeholders. The 13th Congress will take place in Buenos Aires, Argentina, from 18-25 October 2009, and presentations will address themes including: forests and biodiversity; development opportunities; forests in the service of people, including forests and climate change; organizing forest development; and people and forests in harmony. 

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IFPRI's Director Awarded Bertebos Prize of the Royal Swedish Academy of Agriculture and Forestry [viewed]

29 January 2009: Joachim von Braun, Director of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), a center of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), received the Bertebos Prize of the Royal Swedish Academy of Agriculture and Forestry for his work in development economics and as the head of several development research institutions focusing on food, agriculture and rural poverty.

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ECA Executive Secretary Urges African Participation at COP 15 [viewed]

Statement by Mr. Abdoulie Janneh, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of ECA

29 January 2009: In a statement delivered at the 14th Ordinary Session of the Executive Council of the African Union, taking place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Abdoulie Janneh, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), noted that although Africa' s economic performance is commendable, it is not sufficient to achieve the Millennium Development Goals and the continent now faces the pressing challenges of global financial crisis, climate change and the maintenance of peace and security. He stressed that the continent will bear most of the burden of climate change, and called for mainstreaming mitigation, adaptation, financing and technology issues into the African policy agenda.

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IUCN Releases Reports on Sustainable Bioenergy Production and Linkages between Energy, Ecosystems and Livelihoods in the Face of Climate Change Impacts [viewed]

January 2009: The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has published two reports on sustainable bioenergy production and on linkages between energy, ecosystems and livelihoods.

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World Bank Releases Technical Report on Development and Climate Change [viewed]

World Bank Releases Technical Report on Development and Climate Change

28 January 2009: The World Bank has released an extensive technical report that serves as a background document for its strategic framework for climate change approved in 2008, titled “Development and Climate Change: A Strategic Framework for the World Bank Group.”

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IDB Supports Renewable Energy Matrix in Peru [viewed]

IDB supports creation of new sustainable energy matrix in Peru

28 January 2009: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) will provide financial and technical support to the Government of Peru to support an integrated approach to developing conventional and renewable energy sources in order to contribute to climate change mitigation. A new energy matrix is the centerpiece of a package of measures Peru has agreed to carry out under a US$150 million programmatic policy-based loan approved by the IDB Board of Executive Directors on 28 January 2009.

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OECD's Secretary-General's Message to Davos: Promote a “Green” Recovery [viewed]

Article by OECD's Secretary-General

27 January 2009: The World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2009 opened in Davos, Switzerland, under the overall theme “Shaping the Post-Crisis World.” Over 2,500 participants and 40 Heads of State and government are participating in the meeting, where business, civil society and government leaders have gathered to share ideas on how to shape the post-crisis agenda, from economic reform to climate change. In an article entitled “The world needs to rewrite the rules of finance and global business,” Angel Gurría, Secretary-General of the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD), writes that the Organisation is focusing on a strategic response to the crisis involving specific policy recommendations. He stresses the need for new thinking in various areas, including in tackling climate change, social exclusion and poverty, and calls for encouraging “the low-carbon innovation needed for a “green” recovery.”

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G-20 Summit to Consider a Low-Carbon Economy [viewed]

 G-20 summit in April will look at boosting low-carbon economy

27 January 2009: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has reported that a summit of the leaders of 20 major economies (G-20) on the financial crisis will convene on 2 April 2009, in London, UK, and will include discussions on the creation of a low-carbon economy.

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