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UNESCO Launches International Year for the Rapprochement of Cultures, Highlighting Challenge Posed by Climate Change [viewed]

18 February 2010: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has launched the International Year for the Rapprochement of Cultures and inaugurated a panel of prominent political, intellectual and religious figures from all regions entrusted with furthering peace founded on justice, respect for human rights, gender equality and solidarity in the context of the challenges posed by an increasingly globalized world, including climate change, management of resources and ethical and economic issues.

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Event: Agricultural biotechnologies in developing countries [viewed]

This meeting will address the role of biotechnologies for crops, forestry, livestock, fisheries and agro-industry to face the challenges of food insecurity and climate change. It is hosted by the Government of Mexico with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) and other partners.  

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IFAD's 33rd Governing Council Addresses Climate Change, Food Security and Smallholder Agriculture [viewed]

18 February 2010: The Governing Council of the International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD) held its 33rd session from 17-18 February 2010, in Rome, Italy, to discuss: the Eighth Replenishment of IFAD's resources; IFAD's budget; revisions of IFAD's lending policies and criteria; progress on the performance-based allocation system; progress on the Global Mechanism of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD); and a synthesis of the global meeting of the Farmers' Forum 2010.

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FAO Publishes Information Note on Agriculture in the Post-Copenhagen Process [viewed]

18 January 2010: The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has released an information note on the potential role for agriculture in the post-Copenhagen process.

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WMO Technical Conference Addresses Changing Climate and Demands for Climate Services for Sustainable Development [viewed]

16 February 2010: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO), together with its World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) and the Turkish State Meteorological Service, are holding the Technical Conference on “Changing Climate and Demands for Climate Services for Sustainable Development” in Antalya, Turkey, from 16-18 February 2010.

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CBD Finance Meeting Addresses Climate Change Funding and Biodiversity [viewed]

February 2010: The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Secretariat has circulated its Monthly Bulletin of Activities for January 2010, including a report on a workshop on innovative financial mechanisms, which addressed, among other items, climate change funding and biodiversity.

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IFAD Factsheet Highlights the Challenges for Rural Development Posed by Climate Change [viewed]

February 2010: The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) has released a factsheet titled "Climate Change: a development challenge," which describes its work on climate change mitigation and adaptation.

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Event: FAO Climate Change Days-Share and Learn [viewed]

The purpose of this event is to offer an opportunity to field personnel of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in regional and sub-regional offices and those working on field projects relating to climate change issues, to share their experiences, learn from each other and receive training on skills needed for effective field work.  

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UN-HABITAT Highlights the Need to Confront the Challenge of Urbanization in Africa in the Context of Climate Change [viewed]

16 February 2010:  A conference on Sub-Saharan Africa, held during the first week of February 2010 at Wiston House in Wilton Park, Sussex, UK, focused on the challenges faced by Africa half way between the report of the Commission for Africa, tabled at the Gleneagles Summit in 2005, and the target date for completion of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in 2015.

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European Commission Scientific Newsletter Focuses on Climate and Health [viewed]

11 February 2010: The most recent issue of Science for Environment Policy, the newsletter published by the European Commission to inform policy makers of recent research findings, includes several pieces on climate change and a special thematic issue on climate change and health.

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