Agriculture & Food Security

CBD Secretariat Study on Biofuels and Biodiversity Highlights Opportunities, Risks [viewed]

September 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has released a report analyzing and summarizing some of the major issues related to biofuels and biodiversity on the basis of the best available scientific information.

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UNDP CAP-NET Launches Capacity Development Network for Water in Central Asia [viewed]

2 October 2012: A new capacity development network, named CAR@WAN, has been formed by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) Capacity Building for Sustainable Water Resources Management Network (CAP-NET).

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African Water Facility Grant to Bolster Zambian Water, Food Security [viewed]

AfDB26 September 2012: A €950,000 grant from the African Water Facility has been approved by the African Development Bank (AfDB) for developing an updated framework for the construction of multi-purpose dams in Zambia, which are expected to increase water security.

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UNW-DPAC Publishes Review of UN Publications on Water [viewed]

September 2012: The UN-Water Decade Programme on Advocacy and Communication (UNW-DPAC) published its bimonthly publications review, highlighting UN publications on water from June, July and August that address a variety of issues, including green accounting and sustainable development, water and food security, and water security.

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Event: ECLAC Technical Advisory Committee Meeting on the Economic and Social Impacts of Climate Change in the Caribbean [viewed]

This meeting is organized by the UN Economic Commission on Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), and will bring together technical experts and government representatives of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries, Cuba and the Dominican Republic to examine the results of assessments of the economic and social impacts of climate change on the agriculture, coastal and marine, energy, health, tourism and water sectors in the Caribbean.  

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UNGA High-level Debate Calls for Increased Action on Climate Change [viewed]

27 September 2012: World leaders speaking during the third day of the High-level Debate of the 67th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) have highlighted the need for urgent action on climate change and called for greater commitment to climate change mitigation and adaptation. 

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FAO Launches Energy from Biomass Project in Argentina [viewed]

FAO25 September 2012: The Government of Argentina and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) have signed an agreement for a three-year project that seeks to triple biomass as a share of the Argentinian national energy balance by converting forest wastes, animal excreta and crop wastes into biogas and other forms of bioenergy.

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GIZ-IICA Forum Presents Research on Adapting Maize and Bean Production to Climate Change [viewed]

10 September 2012: A technical forum organized by the Organization of American States' specialized agency, the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), presented the main conclusions and lines of work of two Central American projects that are aimed at helping to adapt the region's maize and bean production to climate change.

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UNFCCC Publishes EU's GHG Inventory Review Report [viewed]

26 September 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the report of the centralized review of the 2011 annual submission of the EU (FCCC/ARR/2011/EU) that states that total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions decreased by 13% between 1990 and 2009.

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UNGA High-level Debate Recognizes Climate Change Effects on Vulnerable States [viewed]

26 September 2012: During the second day of the High-level Debate of the 67th session UN General Assembly (UNGA), several speakers expressed commitments to address climate change. Others expressed concerns about the effects of climate change on vulnerable States and highlighted the potential for climate change to contribute to conflicts.

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