Intergovernmental Process

European Ministries for Agriculture Prepare for Copenhagen [viewed]

15 September 2009: European Ministries for Agriculture recently met to discuss the impacts of climate change on agriculture and the role of agriculture in curbing climate change, in preparation for Copenhagen.

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Guest Article #21: Climate Neutral Cities [viewed]

Over this past decade, the effects of climate change have revealed the many facets of this unprecedented challenge. What was initially understood to be a limited environmental challenge has now been shown to impact the lives and future of all of us, in many interlinked ways.

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EU Environmental Ministers Call for Stronger Links between REDD, Biodiversity and Development [viewed]

11 September 2009: Environmental ministers and senior officials of the European Union met in Strömstad, Sweden, with a view to contributing to the revision of the Strategic Plan of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) after 2010. At the High-level Meeting entitled “Visions for Biodiversity Beyond 2010 – People, Ecosystems and the Climate Crisis,” held on 7-9 September 2009, participants endorsed a target to halt global forest cover loss by 2030 and to reduce gross tropical deforestation by at least 50% by 2020 compared to current levels.

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Event: International Conference on Food Security and Climate Change in Dry Areas [viewed]

This meeting will share expertise on food security issues expected to be impacted by climate change and identify mechanisms for cooperation between national, regional and international organizations. The meeting is organized by the International Center for Agricultural Research in Dry Areas (ICARDA), a member of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), in partnership with regional agricultural institutions. It will be hosted by Jordan's Ministry of Agriculture.  

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Guest Article #20: Climate change and the labour market - friends or foes? [viewed]

Less than one hundred days before the Copenhagen climate change conference, the prospect of a prolonged increase in unemployment, underemployment, worsening poverty and inequality and the continuing closure of enterprises due to the global economic crisis form a threatening cloud over the talks.

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UNEP-Sponsored Project Finds Ecosystem Preservation Plays Key Role in Countering Climate Change [viewed]

© TEEB2 September 2009: Investing in the restoration and maintenance of the Earth's ecosystems can play a key role in countering climate change and climate-proofing vulnerable economies, says a new climate issues update by The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) project.

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IFPRI Maps South African Farming Sector Vulnerability to Climate Change and Variability [viewed]

© IFPRI August 2009: This paper, authored by Glwadys Aymone Gbetibouo and Claudia Ringler and published by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), analyzes the vulnerability of South African farmers to climate change and variability by developing a vulnerability index and comparing vulnerability indicators across the country's nine provinces.

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IWMI Produces Report on Flexible Water Storage Options and Adaptation to Climate Change [viewed]

© IWMI August 2009: The International Water Management Institute (IWMI) has released a Water Policy Brief addressing “Flexible Water Storage Options and Adaptation to Climate Change.”

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Guest Article #19: New Climate Regime: Soil as the medium for change [viewed]

The international community should prioritize sustainable land and water management in order to address climate change more effectively. The new climate change regime should also provide for greater synergy among the Rio Conventions than is the case under the Kyoto Protocol.

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Guest Article #18: The Road to Copenhagen [viewed]

We need an ambitious agreement in Copenhagen. An agreement that includes all nations, enables us to keep global warming below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels and unleashes the forces for sustainable development.

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