Agriculture & Food Security

This section includes stories relating to the impacts of climate change on agricultural production, including changes in temperature, precipitation, water supply and resulting impacts on crop yields. The section also covers the agricultural sector’s role as emitter of greenhouse gases, in particular methane and nitrous oxide, and approaches and new technologies for emissions reduction and carbon sequestration. Food security issues in the context of climate change and related trends, such as biofuels production, as well as impacts of land-use changes on the Earth’s ability to absorb or reflect heat and light are also included.

Event: World Food Day 2016 [viewed]

Organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and partners, World Food Day 2016 will be celebrated under the theme 'Climate is Changing, Food and Agriculture Must too,' with a focus on raising awareness about the actions people around the world can take to mitigate and adapt to climate change. The official World Food Day Ceremony will take place at FAO headquarters in Rome, Italy on Friday, 14 October, coinciding with the Second Meeting of Mayors committed to the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact. On Sunday, 16 October, a Zero Hunger Run will take place in Rome to recall Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 2 (end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture). FAO also invites contributions to poster and video contests to illustrate the World Food Day theme. Further events will be held at different locations around the world, including a World Food Festival in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, and a Children's Poster Competition organized by the Rajshahi Education Board in Rajshahi, Bangladesh.  

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71st General Debate Concludes with Reflections on SDG Implementation, Calls for Climate Action [viewed]

ga-71-logo26 September 2016: The 71st UN General Assembly (UNGA) has concluded its general debate. In a closing address delivered on his behalf, UNGA President Peter Thomson welcomed Member States' work to implement the SDGs and their support for the UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) and the UN Conference on SDG 14. He urged all governments to include the SDGs on their country's education curricula, stressing that youth are the ones who will inherit the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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CCAC WG Discusses Agenda, Communiqué for HLA on Short-Lived Climate Pollutants [viewed]

CCAC22 September 2016: The 18th Working Group (WG) meeting of the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (SLCPs) convened to, inter alia, prepare for the High-Level Assembly (HLA) that will meet on the sidelines of the 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 22) to the UNFCCC in Marrakesh, Morocco, in November 2016. Participants discussed the draft agenda for the HLA and possible elements for a draft communiqué, both of which will be revised and updated in advance of the HLA.

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September 2016 Climate Finance Update: Readiness and Access Get a Boost, Stranded Assets Get under the Spotlight [viewed]

unfccc_gcf_ndf_af_adb_unepdtu26 September 2016: During the month of September, climate finance was highlighted at the highest level, during the Group of Twenty (G20) Summit and the General Debate of the 71st Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 71). Readiness and access support received a major boost through the establishment of two major initiatives, underpinned by millions of US$ in funding. The UNFCCC released several reports in the run-up to the UN Climate Change Conference in Marrakech. Studies by an investor coalition and a regional development bank explored climate risk in investments and stranded assets.

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Major Economies Forum Addresses Climate and Security, Finance [viewed]

MEF23 September 2016: The Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate Change (MEF) convened on the margins of the 71st General Debate of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) to prepare for the 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC (COP 22) and discuss implementation of the Paris Agreement, progress toward a hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) amendment to the Montreal Protocol and the global market-based measure (MBM) to curb aviation emissions under consideration by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

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FAO, IFAD, WFP Take 'Zero Hunger Challenge' Forward [viewed]

fao_wfp_ifad22 September 2016: As UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon nears the end of his tenure, he has asked the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the World Food Programme (WFP) to take the Zero Hunger Challenge forward. Speaking at the 'Pathways to Zero Hunger' high-level event on the sidelines of the 71st UN General Assembly (UNGA), FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva, IFAD President Kanayo Nwanze and WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin committed their organizations to take over the Zero Hunger Challenge and pursue its goals.

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UNGA Debate Speakers Cite Actions to Implement SDGs, Paris Agreement [viewed]

ga-71-logo22 September 2016: UN Member States highlighted national actions to implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement on climate change, as the 71st session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) entered the third day of its general debate at UN Headquarters in New York, US, on 22 September 2016. The debate is focusing on the theme 'The SDGs: a universal push to transform our world.'

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Urban Food Systems Affect Almost All 17 SDGs: EATx UNGA 2016 [viewed]

eatX201620 September 2016: A high-level event on nutritional challenges in urban settings illuminated challenges with urban food systems, and linkages with racial and economic injustice, advertising, climate change, and rural communities. Johan Rockström, Executive Director of the Stockholm Resilience Centre, who moderated the panel discussion during the event, said sustainable urban food systems are a sine qua non for the 2030 Agenda, and without them the world will not be able to deliver on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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2016 Our Ocean Conference Generates 136 Initiatives on Oceans, with US$5.24 Billion in Support [viewed]

our_oceans16 September 2016: Participants at the third Our Ocean Conference announced over 136 initiatives on protecting ocean areas, promoting sustainable fisheries, reducing marine pollution, addressing climate and the ocean, building capacity, supporting coastal communities, and mapping and further understanding the ocean. Financial commitments included more than US$5.24 billion in support and commitments to protect nearly four million square kilometers of the ocean.

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Event: Our Global Commons: An International Dialogue [viewed]

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) and International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) are hosting an International Dialogue on the Global Commons, taking place in Washington DC, US, from 12-13 October 2016. This invitation-only event, preceded by a “Science Day” on October 11, is supported by the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, Stockholm Resilience Centre, World Resources Institute and the World Economic Forum. It will gather leaders, experts and innovative thinkers to review new scientific assessments and discuss transformative solutions to rethink the global commons and the risks and opportunities they represent to a prosperous, but crowded, planet.  

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