Agriculture & Food Security

2011 Human Development Report Focuses on Sustainability and Equity [viewed]

2 November 2011: The 2011 Human Development Report, titled "Sustainability and Equity: A Better Future for All,” highlights that equity and sustainability are inextricably linked. It notes that, if bold actions are not taken, environmental damage, including climate change effects, can slow or reverse development progress made in recent years. 

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CEB's Common Statement on Rio+20 Notes Climate Change Impacts [viewed]

31 October 2011: The UN System Chief Executives Board for Coordination (CEB) has issued a common statement on the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), following the CEB's biannual meeting and retreat. The statement underscores that eradicating poverty and promoting sustainable development "must start with the recognition that the world has changed in fundamental ways."  

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EU Leaders Outline Expectations Ahead of Cannes G20 Summit [viewed]

30 October 2011: European Commission President José Manuel Barroso and European Council President Herman Van Rompuy sent a letter to their G20 partners summarizing the EU expectations ahead of the G20 summit to be held in Cannes, France, from 3-4 November 2011, including on food security, financing for development and climate change.

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UN Agencies Release Blueprint for Ocean and Coastal Sustainability Ahead of UNCSD [viewed]

1 November 2011: Several UN entities have issued a Blueprint for Ocean and Coastal Sustainability, which highlights the role of oceans in sustainable development and offers recommendations ahead of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).

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IPCC Awards Nine Scholarships for 2011-2012 [viewed]

7 October 2011: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has announced that nine students and researchers from developing countries have been awarded scholarships for postgraduate studies or research on climate science for 2011-2012.

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African Economic Conference Endorses Green Growth for Future Prosperity [viewed]

28 October 2011: The Sixth African Economic Conference (AEC), convened under the theme of "Green Economy and Structural Transformation," closed with an endorsement from delegates for green growth and structural transformation of ec0nomies on the continent to ensue future economic growth and job creation.

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CIFOR Newsletter Highlights Protected Areas, Forest Day 5 [viewed]

28 October 2011: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) has released the October edition of its News Update with a selection of stories on: protected area effectiveness; Indonesia's forestry concession ban; interactions between farms and biodiversity; Forest Day 5 at the 17th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 17 ) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC); and the Dry Forests Symposium.

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World Bank Institute Climate e-Bulletin Focuses on Durban [viewed]

World Bank20 October 2011: The October edition of the World Bank Institute's Climate Change Practice quarterly e-bulletin presents dialogues with various climate change experts, recorded via videoconference, that are focused on preparations for the upcoming 17th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 17) to the UNFCCC.

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CIMMYT Introduces Climate-Resilient Crops in Ethiopia and China [viewed]

October 2011: The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) has reported on the release of new wheat and maize varieties that are resistant to disease and adapted to climate change in China and Ethiopia.

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FAO Releases Environmental Impact Assessment Guidelines [viewed]

FAOOctober 2011: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Guidelines for FAO Field Projects, which include climate change and biodiversity considerations.

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