17 July 2008: The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) concluded
its three-day Humanitarian Affairs Segment by convening a panel discussion on “Humanitarian
challenges related to global food aid, including enhancing international
efforts and cooperation in this field,” chaired by
Council Vice-President Park In-kook (Republic of Korea) and moderated by John Holmes, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs.
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.”
17 December 2008: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) is helping the Bangladesh Meteorological Department to upgrade and strengthen its network of agrometeorological observatories, as announced at the opening of a national seminar on agrometeorology taking place in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Other international organizations such as the World Bank, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization and the World Food Programme are also participating in the seminar to discuss the country's need for improved weather and climate data in support of agriculture.
26 March 2009: King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden met with Jacques Diouf, Director-General, UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Lennart Båge, President, International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), and Josette Sheeran, Executive Director, World Food Programme (WFP), to discuss the global food security situation, the impact of climate change on agriculture and the effects of the financial crisis on food prices.
24 June 2009: During the Global Humanitarian Forum held in Geneva, Switzerland, from 23-24 June 2009, the International Research Institute for Climate and Society of the Columbia University, in partnership with the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the World Food Programme (WFP) and others, launched the second issue of Climate and Society, titled “Index insurance and climate risk: prospects for development and disaster management.”
16 July 2009: On 8 July 2009, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the World Food Programme (WFP) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), which reflects shared concerns about climate change issues and the relation between climate and meteorological aspects on the one hand, and hunger, nutrition and food security on the other.
27 July 2009: The UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) has reported that farmers have lost their crops in the drought-affected regions of southern Madagascar.
8 September 2009: The UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has reported that the number of victims affected by the floods across West Africa has now increased to 600,000.
21 September 2009: Vulnerable Group Development is a joint programme between the World Food Programme (WFP), the Government of Bangladesh and local NGOs, which provides monthly rations of flour and “life-skills” training to vulnerable women primarily in disaster-prone areas.
10 November 2009: In an official visit to Mali, UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) Executive Director Ann Veneman discussed the impacts of climate change on child health, stressing that it could increase the numbers of undernourished people in the near future.