Agriculture & Food Security

FAO Reviews Risks and Responses to Climate Impacts on Food Security [viewed]

fao_headquarters15 January 2016: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has released a paper reviewing the latest evidence on the impacts of climate change for food security and nutrition and options for response actions that enhance resilience of agricultural systems. The paper, titled 'Climate Change and Food Security: Risks and Responses,' concludes that reducing vulnerabilities should be a priority as poor vulnerable populations feel the worst impacts of climate change.

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WEF Identifies Climate Change as Risk with Greatest Potential [viewed]

World Economic Forum14 January 2015: A failure of climate change mitigation and adaptation is the risk with the greatest potential to impact society, finds the World Economic Forum's (WEF) Global Risks Report 2016. This report is one of several publications released in advance of the WEF's Annual Meeting. Reports address risk, gender gaps and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), among other topics.

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Event: World Economic Forum Annual Meeting [viewed]

The World Economic Forum's (WEF) Annual Meeting will take place under the theme, ‘Mastering the Fourth Industrial Revolution,' with the aim of building a shared understanding of current changes and shaping a collective future that places humans at the center. The "Fourth Industrial Revolution" refers to the creation of new capabilities and impacts on economic, political and social systems as a result of a fusion of technologies across the biological, digital and physical worlds. The WEF will discuss climate change, environment and resource scarcity, food security and agriculture, inclusive, sustainable growth and security, employment, skills and human capital, gender parity, and the future of the global financial system, among other current challenges. The Annual Meeting will bring together over 40 heads of state and government with 2,500 leaders from UN agencies, business and civil society.  

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WMO Reports on Second Iteration of METAGRI Operational Project [viewed]

WMO6 January 2016: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has reported some of the main outcomes from the four-year METAGRI Operational Project. During this second iteration of the Project, which ran from 2012-2015 in 17 West African countries, over 10,600 farmers took part in 260 roving seminars aimed at helping them access and use meteorological tools and information. WMO also announced that over 4,500 rain gauges were distributed, along with training on basic weather principles and observation.

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IGOs, Development Banks and UN Agencies React to Paris Agreement [viewed]

paris_agreementDecember 2015: Upon adoption of the Paris Agreement by the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC in Paris, France, a broad array of stakeholders, including UN agencies, development banks and intergovernmental organizations (IGOs), responded to the outcome reached by the 196 UNFCCC Parties. The Agreement, which will be opened for signature in April 2016, aims to strengthen the global response to climate change, hold the increase in global average temperature to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels, and pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5°C.

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December 2015 Climate Finance Update [viewed]

December 2015 Climate Finance Update21 December 2015: During the month of December, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the African Development Bank (AfDB), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the World Bank, the Green Climate Fund (GCF), the Adaptation Fund and the Secretariat of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), among others, reported on new financing pledges and other climate finance news. Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs), climate funds and UN initiatives launched studies, reports and briefs on, inter alia, climate risks and resilience, and adaptation finance. A large number of climate finance-related side events were held during the UN Paris Climate Change Conference in December 2015.

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Global Soil Partnership Outlines Mitigation Potential of Soil Organic Carbon [viewed]

Global Soil Partnership (GSP)15 December 2015: The Intergovernmental Technical Panel on Soils (ITPS) of the Global Soil Partnership (GSP) has released a briefing paper on the role of soil organic carbon (SOC) in offsetting climate change. The paper reviews recent research on SOC and concludes that actions to reverse the loss of soil organic matter could be one of the most effective tools to mitigate climate change.

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WTO Reports Progress on Environmental Goods Agreement [viewed]

World Trade Organization (WTO)14 December 2015: The World Trade Organization (WTO) has achieved "considerable progress and a high degree of convergence" toward an environmental goods agreements (EGA) to lower trade barriers on environmental goods, according to the chair of the negotiations, Andrew Robb of Australia. The EGA would contribute to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, Robb notes.

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Saint Kitts and Nevis, Venezuela Submit INDCs [viewed]

UNFCCC12 December 2015: The UNFCCC Secretariat has reported that Saint Kitts and Nevis and Venezuela have formally submitted their intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs), bringing the total number of Parties that have made their submissions to 188.

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Mountain Day Focuses on Mountain Products; Launches Reports on Food Insecurity and Adaptation [viewed]

mountain_international_day11 December 2015: International Mountain Day (IMD) took place under the theme ‘promoting mountain products,' with the aim of highlighting the potential of mountain products and services to contribute to livelihoods and sustainable employment in mountain areas. The Day highlighted opportunities for growth, such as the production of high quality, high value products like fair trade, organic cocoa, coffee, herbs, honey, spices and other niche market products, and underscored constraints in mountain development, especially with regard to food insecurity and climate change.

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