Adaptation

FAO and World Leaders Gear Up for High-level Conference on World Food Security [viewed]

Fao_229 April 2008: “Soaring food prices in recent months are dramatically worsening the living conditions of the ‘bottom billion' of poor people who live on a dollar a day or less,” said Jaques Diouf, FAO Director General, in a statement announcing preparations for the FAO's “High-level Conference on World Food Security: the Challenges of Climate Change and Bioenergy,” to be held 3-5 June 2008 at FAO Headquarters in Rome, Italy.

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Biodiversity Loss Affects Human Health - Study [viewed]

24 April 2008: According to a new book, a new generation of medical treatments may be lost unless the current rate of biodiversity loss is reversed. The book, Sustaining Life: How Human Health Depends on Biodiversity, was supported by UNEP, the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity, the UN Development Programme and IUCN, and was edited and written by Eric Chivian and Aaron Bernstein, from Harvard Medical School, along with more than 100 contributing scientists.

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FAO Releases Report on Gender and Equity Issues in Liquid Biofuels Production [viewed]

Fao21 April 2008: A new FAO study warns that the rapid expansion of large-scale production of liquid biofuels in developing countries could exacerbate the marginalization of women in rural areas and threaten their livelihoods. The study, entitled "Gender and Equity Issues in Liquid Biofuels Production – Minimizing the Risks to Maximize the Opportunities," discusses the potential gender-differentiated risks of liquid biofuels production and identifies research and policy strategies to better understand and address them.

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Bangkok Climate Talks and UNFCCC Executive Secretary Focus on Work during the Coming Months [viewed]

Yvo_de_boerThe first session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action (AWGLCA 1) and the fifth session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (AWG 5) attracted over 1000 participants, including more than 100 media representatives, to their “Bangkok Climate Change Talks” in Bangkok, Thailand, from 31 March to 4 April 2008.

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Human Rights Council Adopts Resolution on Climate Change [viewed]

UnThe United Nations Human Rights Council, 28 March 2008, adopted by consensus a resolution tabled by the Maldives on the subject of human rights and climate change.

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World Bank President Proposes “New Deal for a Global Food Policy” [viewed]

Robert_b_zoelliRobert B. Zoellick, World Bank President, called, on 2 April 2008, for a “New Deal for a Global Food Policy” to combat world hunger and malnutrition, in the face of skyrocketing food and oil prices, through a combination of emergency aid and long-term efforts to boost agricultural productivity in developing countries. Zoellick said the new deal is needed to combat the “forgotten” Millennium Development Goal of overcoming malnutrition, a problem that causes 3.5 million deaths a year in children under 5 and has long-lasting impacts on health and achievement. According to Zoellick, this new deal “should focus not only on hunger and nutrition, access to food and its supply, but also the interconnections with energy, yields, climate change, investment, the marginalization of women and others, and economic resiliency and growth.”

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UNDP Launches Adaptation Learning Mechanism [viewed]

AlmThe UN Development Programme's Adaptation Team has launched “Country Adaptation Profiles,” which are available for over 140 countries and provide two key services: linking climate change risks to national development priorities; and sharing up-to-date information on climate change adaptation, including ongoing efforts, science and assessments.

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Pacific Islands Observing Systems Publishes Second Newsletter [viewed]

Pigoos3_copyThe second issue of Vai Pasifika, the quarterly newsletter of the Pacific Islands Observing Systems that aims to encourage a unified approach to observing the Pacific climate ecosystem, was issued last month.

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World Health Day 2008 Focuses on Climate Change [viewed]

Margaret_chan_bioThe World Health Organization (WHO) celebrated World Health Day on 7 April 2008 under the theme “Protecting health from climate change.” WHO selected this theme in recognition of the diverse threats to global public health security that climate warming poses, including the changing dynamics of infectious diseases outbreaks; the recurrence of natural disasters; and intensification of deforestation, floods and desertification.

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G8 Development Ministers Highlight Climate Change-Development Link [viewed]

April 2008: G8 Ministers and senior officials responsible for development cooperation met from 5-6 April 2008, in Tokyo, Japan, along with representatives from Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, Republic of Korea, South Africa, the ASEAN Secretariat, the AU Commission, the OECD, UNDP, UNESCO, UNICEF, WHO and the World Bank. The meeting was held with a view to provide political input and support to the Fourth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD IV), the G8 Hokkaido Toyako Summit, the Third High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in Accra, Ghana, the UN high-level meeting on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), and the Follow-up Conference on Financing for Development in Doha. Ministers addressed the development agenda for the G8 Hokkaido Toyako Summit, and held outreach sessions on: expanding partnerships for development; climate change and development; and human security and the achievement of the MDGs.

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