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FAO Calls for Investment into Research on Cassava to Boost Yields for Food and Biofuel Production [viewed]

Global Cassava Partnership for Genetic Improvement (GCP21)

25 July 2008: At the first global scientific conference of the Global Cassava Partnership, held from 21-24 July, 2008 in Ghent, Belgium, scientists and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) called for a significant increase in investment in research and development needed to boost farmers' yields and explore promising industrial uses of cassava, including biofuels production.

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UN International Youth Day to Focus on Climate Change [viewed]

July

2008: This year's theme for the UN International Youth Day (IYD), which is

celebrated on 12 August, will be “Youth

and Climate Change: Time for Action.” IYD aims to provide the

opportunity to recognize the potential of youth, celebrate their achievements,

and bring together all stakeholders to ensure that young people are included in

decision-making at all levels.

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UN-Spider Workshop on Disaster Management and Space Technology [viewed]

United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) July 2008:

This Workshop will be held around the theme “Disaster Management and Space Technology

- Bridging the Gap,” and will be held in Bonn,

Germany, from 13-15 October 2008.

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UN-Spider Pacific Regional Workshop on Disaster Management and Emergency Response [viewed]

July

2008: The UN Office for Outer

Space Affairs is organizing a workshop on the theme ‘Building Upon Regional Space-based

Solutions for Disaster Management and Emergency Response for the Pacific

Region' to be held in Suva, Fiji, from 16-19 September 2008.

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FAO Provides Data on Crop Prospects, the Food Situation and Countries in Crisis Needing External Assistance [viewed]

Crop Prospects and Food Situation July 2008: Through its Global Information and Early Warning System on Food and Agriculture (GIEWS), the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) provides regularly updated information on

the current situation of global agriculture and food security.

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UPU and PostEurop Agree to Jointly Manage their Carbon Footprint [viewed]

UPU and PostEurop Agree to Jointly Manage their Carbon Footprint. Photo Credit, UPU

24 July 2008: PostEurop, a

Restricted Union representing 48 European public postal operators, has agreed

to form a joint technical committee with the Universal Postal Union's (UPU)

Sustainable Development Project Group, which will establish measures to reduce the

sector's carbon dioxide emissions.

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World Bank's Effectiveness in the Environment Evaluated [viewed]

World Bank's Effectiveness in the Environment Evaluated 22 July 2008: The Independent Evaluation Group, an

independent unit within the World Bank that reports directly to the Bank's

Board of Executive Directors, has released its report evaluating

the effectiveness of World Bank Group (WBG) support to the environment from

1990 to 2007.

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IAEA Director General Calls for a Global Energy Agency [viewed]

IAEA Director General, Mohamed ElBaradei Calls for a Global Energy Agency. Photo credit, IAEA 23 July 2008: In an editorial published in the Financial Times, Mohamed ElBaradei, Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), calls for the creation of an international organization on energy. In the article, which he indicates represents his personal views, ElBaradei describes the current energy crisis, stressing the need for environmentally friendly alternatives to fossil fuels and coordinated action on energy and

related issues, including climate change.

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UNEP Announces Climate Neutral Partnership with Norwegian Rock and Jazz Festivals [viewed]

Climate Neutral Network (CN Net) 21 July 2008:

The UN Environment Programme's (UNEP) Climate Neutral Network (CN Net)

announced that two Norwegian music festivals have joined the international

fight against climate change. The two festivals are the first music events to

sign on to CNNet, which aims to federate solutions and actions to realize a

low, even zero pollution, world.

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World Bank: Countries Chosen as Forest Carbon Partnership Facility Members [viewed]

First Countries Named to Benefit from Forest Carbon Partnership Facility 21 July 2008: Fourteen

developing countries - Bolivia, Costa Rica, the Democratic Republic of Congo,

Gabon, Ghana, Guyana, Kenya, Lao PDR, Liberia, Madagascar Mexico, Nepal,

Panama, and Vietnam - will be beneficiaries of funding from the Forest Carbon

Partnership Facility (FCPF), launched at the Bali climate negotiations. The

FCPF partners donor countries, the World Bank, and developing countries in an

effort to build capacity for reducing emissions from deforestation and forest

degradation.

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