Intergovernmental Process

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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Madrid High-level Meeting on Food Security for All Calls for Exploring Options for a Global Partnership for Agriculture and Food Security [viewed]

L-R: Lennart Bage, Anne Veneman, Josette Saheeran, Jacques Diouif, Peter Power, Ngozi N. Okonjo-Iweala and Luis Riera.

27 January 2009: The High-level Meeting on Food Security for All, held from 26-27 January 2009, in Madrid, Spain, issued a statement that calls for a consultative process on options for a Global Partnership for Agriculture Food Security and Nutrition. Convened by the Government of Spain and the UN, and attended by representatives of 126 countries as well as UN agencies, civil society, trade unions, academia, donor agencies and the private sector, the meeting reviewed progress in addressing the global food crisis since the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) High-level Conference on World Food Security: the Challenges of Climate Change and Bioenergy, held in June 2008. 

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IFAD Discusses Opportunities and Risks of Biotechnologies [viewed]

International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)

21 January 2009: Ides Willebois, on behalf of Leonard Båge, President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), delivered a statement to the German Bundestag outlining IFAD's perspective on the risks and opportunities of agro-biotechnology and other agricultural technologies.

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Sudan Assumes G77 Chairmanship, Says Climate Change Requires the Widest Cooperation and Commitment [viewed]

Group of 77 (G77)

23 January 2009: In his statement at the assumption of the chairmanship of the Group of 77 (G77) for 2009, Altigani Salih Fidail, Sudan's Minister of International Cooperation, said the Group will tackle multiple and inter-related crises in 2009, including climate change, drought, desertification and the loss of biological diversity, and stressed that the lack of implementation of internationally agreed goals remains the “Achilles heel of the UN development agenda.”

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South Centre Releases Report on Climate Change Financing [viewed]

January 2009: South Centre, an intergovernmental think tank of developing countries, has released a report entitled “Developed Country Climate Financing Initiatives Weaken the UNFCCC,” which examines the level and delivery vehicles of public financing for climate change actions in developing countries from Annex I parties of the UNFCCC.

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World Water Forum Prepcom Highlights Impacts of Climate Change on Water Scarcity [viewed]

Agriculture is by far the biggest water user

21 January 2009: The Third Preparatory Committee (PrepCom) meeting of the Ministerial Process of the Fifth World Water Forum, hosted by the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and co-organized by the World Water Council, is being held at UN Food and Agriculture (FAO) headquarters in Rome, Italy, from 21-23 January 2008. The meeting has gathered delegates from over 60 countries to continue negotiations on a global plan of action for adapting to global changes that affect the management of freshwater resources.

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Ministerial Conference on Transport Calls on IMO and ICAO to Pursue Work on Reducing GHG Emissions [viewed]

Ministerial Conference on Global Environment and Energy in Transport

19 January 2009: The Ministerial Conference on Global Environment and Energy in Transport took place from 14-16 January 2009, in Tokyo, Japan, with the participation of representatives from G8 and other States as well as relevant international organizations, to discuss issues and consider measures on greenhouse gas (GHG) and air pollutant emissions from the transport sector.�

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IFPRI Releases Paper on Climate Variability and Maize Yield in South Africa [viewed]

December 2008: The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) has released a discussion paper entitled “Climate Variability and Maize Yield in South Africa: Results from GME and MELE Methods.” The paper investigates the impact of climate variability on maize yield in the Limpopo Basin of South Africa using the Generalized Maximum Entropy (GME) estimator and Maximum Entropy Leuven Estimator (MELE).

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ICRISAT's BioPower Initiative Develops Biofuels from Sweet Sorghum [viewed]

ICRISAT's Principal Sorghum Breeder BVS Reddy in a field of sweet sorghum.

December 2008: The International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), a research center of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), published an overview of achievements, research needs and outlook for sweet sorghum as resource for pro-poor biofuel development. The article, published in ICRISAT's newsletter on the State of the Art on Semi-arid Agriculture (SASA), describes the work of ICRISAT's BioPower Initiative on the use of sweet sorghum for food, fodder and as feedstock for ethanol production in different countries.

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IFPRI Publishes Discussion Paper on Causes and Consequences of Surging Food Prices [viewed]

The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

December 2008: The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), a center of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), published a discussion paper entitled “Anatomy of a Crisis: The Causes and Consequences of Surging Food Prices,” which provides a comprehensive review of causes and consequences of recent increases in international food prices.

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