Agriculture & Food Security

Rio Conventions Pavilion Showcases Actions for Land, Biodiversity and Climate [viewed]

20 October 2011: The Rio Conventions Pavilion was organized during the 10th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), to showcase actions to stop land degradation and save biodiversity while meeting the challenges of climate change.

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Event: International Conference on Climate Change and Food Security [viewed]

Co-hosted by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), a centre of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), and the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS), this conference will provide a forum for leading international scientists and young researchers to present their latest research findings, exchange their research ideas, and share their experiences in the field of climate change and food security. Topics addressed by the conference will include: estimating trends in impacts of climate change on food security; managing climate variability and risk; accelerating adaptation to progressive climate change; and improving measurement and monitoring.  

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WMO Stresses Role of Global Framework for Climate Services in Addressing Desertification [viewed]

WMO18 October 2011: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) highlighted the role of better climate services during the tenth session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 10) of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), taking place in Changwon, Republic of Korea.

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UN Secretary-General Discusses Sustainable Development and Climate Change in Switzerland [viewed]

Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary General17 October 2011: During an official visit to Switzerland, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon discussed climate change and sustainable development issues with government officials, highlighting crucial upcoming meetings in each area.

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SPC Announces Support for PICTs on DRR and Climate Change Adaptation [viewed]

30 September 2011: The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) has announced that, with financial support from the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ), it is assisting Pacific Island countries and territories (PICTs) in developping disaster risk reduction (DRR) and climate change adaptation responses.

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World Resources Report Focuses on Decision Making in a Changing Climate [viewed]

18 October 2011: The World Resources Institute (WRI), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the World Bank have released the latest edition of the World Resources Report titled “Decision Making in a Changing Climate.”

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UNESCO, UNEP Release Youth Guidebook on Climate Change [viewed]

17 October 2011: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) have jointly released a YouthXchange guidebook on climate change and lifestyles.

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Eradication of Poverty Day Focuses on Sustainability and Inclusive Development [viewed]

17 October 2011: This year's commemoration of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty promoted recognition that a sustainable future is not reachable when over 40% of the world's population, about 2.6 billion people, live in poverty and face threats from natural disasters and economic shocks. 

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World Food Day Focuses on Food Prices and Horn of Africa Crisis [viewed]

17 October 2011: International organizations participated in events across the world marking World Food Day on 17 October 2011 under the theme: “Food prices – from crisis to stability.”

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UN Secretary-General Calls on Parliamentarians to Drive Progress to Rio+20 [viewed]

16 October 2011: Opening the 125th Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on parliamentarians to help drive progress in the lead up to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in June 2012.

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