10 July 2008: The International Symposium on Coping with Global Change in
Marine Social-Ecological Systems took place from 8-11 July 2008, in Rome, Italy. The Symposium,
organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the Global
Ocean Ecosystem Dynamics and the European Network of Excellence for Oceans Ecosystem
Analysis, brought together over 200 experts and policymakers from around
the globe to share experiences
and identify key next steps to promote resilience of marine social-ecological systems.
July 2008: In a joint statement, the heads of the Food and Agriculture
Organization of the UN (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural
Development (IFAD) and the World Food Programme (WFP) urged G8 leaders to
“strike a decisive blow in the fight against hunger and poverty” by reversing
the decline in agricultural investment, which has been one of the underlying
causes of the current world food crisis.”
July 2008: The theme of this year's World Food Day (WFD), to be held 16 October
2008 in Québec City, Canada, will be “World Food Security: the Challenges of
Climate Change and Bioenergy.” “Rarely has WFD assumed greater meaning than at
the present time, as rapidly rising food prices risk increasing the number of
hungry people,” said Sidaty Aidara, Chief of WFD events at the Food and
Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO).
June 2008: Speaking at the twenty-fifth African Regional Conference,
Director-General of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Jacques
Diouf, underlined the challenges of climate change and the recent rise in food
prices for African agriculture.
3 June 2008: The World Trade
Organization's (WTO) Director-General, Pascal Lamy, addressed the High-Level
Conference on World Food Security, which met in Rome, Italy, from 3-5 June
2006, where he highlighted climate change's impacts on agriculture, including
the potentially greater scarcity of water, and called attention to the
water-saving potential of international trade, by preventing the unnecessary
growth of agriculture in countries without access to sufficient water resources.
5 June 2008: The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) High-Level
Conference on World Food Security: the Challenges of Climate Change and
Bioenergy, which convened in Rome, Italy, from 3-5 June 2008, adopted a
Declaration, outlining immediate as well as medium- and long-term measures to
ensure food security.
5 June 2008: Addressing the
High-Level Conference on World Food Security (3-5 June 2008, Rome, Italy),
UNEP's Deputy Executive Director Angela Cropper cautioned against a
reductionist model to agricultural production that reduces farming to a simple
process of intensification and ignores the wealth of agricultural biodiversity.
June 2008: In a message to the High-Level Conference on World Food Security
(3-5 June 2008, Rome, Italy), Ahmed Djoghlaf, Executive Secretary of the
Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), underlined the current loss of
agricultural and livestock biodiversity, which he said is further increased by
3 June 2008: In his address to the High-Level Conference on
World Food Security: the Challenges of Climate Change and Bioenergy, which
convened from 3-5 June 2008, in Rome, Italy, the Secretary-General of the UN
Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), Supachai Panitchpakdi, criticized
subsidized exports from the developed world, noting that many former net
exporters of food in Africa, Asia and Latin America are now net importers as a
result of the market distortions caused by the subsidies.
5 June 2008: Deputy Executive Secretary Grégoire de Kalbermatten
addressed the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) High-Level Conference on
Food Security on 5 June 2008, and emphasized actions to enhance carbon
sequestration in soil. He suggested that the climate change negotiations should
give increased attention to land and soil, including by expanding the Clean
Development Mechanism's (CDM) coverage of agricultural land use, particularly
projects focusing on carbon sequestration in soil.