Agriculture & Food Security

EFSA Report Discusses Climate Change as Driver of Emerging Risks to Plant Health [viewed]

EFSANovember 2011: The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has released the report of a scientific colloquium on emerging risks in plant health covering, among other issues, climate change as a driver of emerging threats to plant health.

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UN, ASEAN Conclude Joint Declaration on Climate, Economy, Energy, Food and Disaster Cooperation [viewed]

UN, ASEAN Conclude Joint Declaration on Climate, Energy, Food and Disaster Cooperation19 November 2011: The UN Secretariat and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) have concluded a Joint Declaration on a Comprehensive Partnership on the occasion of the fourth ASEAN-UN Summit, held on 19 November 2011 in Bali, Indonesia.

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Climate Change and Food Security in West and North Africa Conference Adopts Kuwait Declaration [viewed]

WMO18 November 2011: The International Conference on Adaptation to Climate Change and Food Security in West and North Africa addressed concerns over the sustainability of agriculture production systems in the region, noting the importance of agriculture for local livelihoods and the poor, as well as concerns over water scarcity.

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EBRD Invests in Energy Efficiency Projects in Bulgaria [viewed]

EBRD17 November 2011: The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is investing in power sector restructuring and energy efficiency in Bulgaria.

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WMO GHG Bulletin Highlights New High of Atmospheric Greenhouse Gases [viewed]

WMO Greenhouse Gas Bulletin - November 201121 November 2011: The latest edition of the World Meteorological Organization's (WMO) Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Bulletin describes the new high of GHG in the atmosphere in 2010 since pre-industrial time, and notes an acceleration in the rate of increase.

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APEC Ministers Commit to Greening Growth and Public-Private Partnerships to Increase Disaster Resilience [viewed]

APEC Ministers Commit to Greening Growth and Public-Private Partnerships to Increase Disaster Resilience (photo courtesy of APEC)16 November 2011: The Asia-Pacific Economic Forum (APEC) has pledged to promote green growth and to increase public-private partnerships (PPPs) to improve disaster resilience in its member countries. The pledges were made at the APEC Ministerial Meetings held from 10-11 November 2011, in Honolulu, US.

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Event: 11th Meeting of the CODEGALAC Chapter for Mexico, Central America, Cuba and the Dominican Republic [viewed]

The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Council created the Commission on Livestock Development for Latin America and the Caribbean (CODEGALAC) in 1986 to help governments in the region to develop sector-specific policies. In 2010, FAO's Regional Conference for LAC recommended that the CODEGALAC become the Commission on Sustainable Livestock Development and focus on sustainable development issues, including adaptation to climate change. This meeting of its chapter for Mexico, Central America, Cuba and the Dominican Republic will have as its theme "Policies of Differential Support for the Sustainable Support of the Livestock Sector." The Chapter's Technical Committee will meet 23-24 November, and its Executive Committee on 25 November.  

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SPREP, UNDP Hold Cost Benefit Analysis Training [viewed]

SPREP, UNDP Hold Cost Benefit Analysis Training15 November 2011: The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) held a training workshop on how to carry out a cost-benefit analysis of the Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change (PACC) demonstration projects. 

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UNEP Green Economy Report Highlights Benefits of a Sustainable Growth Trajectory [viewed]

UNEP Green Economy Report Highlights Benefits of a Sustainable Growth Trajectory16 November 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) released its final report on green economy. Titled "Towards a Green Economy: Pathways to Sustainable Development and Poverty Eradication," the full report expands on UNEP's previous green economy publications - a synthesis for policy makers and summary of conclusions, inter alia - challenging the assumption of a trade-off between the economy and the environment. It argues that with appropriate policies, governments can grow their economies consistently with environmental goals. 

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Global Commission Outlines Steps for Achieving Food Security in the Face of Climate Change [viewed]

Achieving Food Security in the Face of Climate Change16 November 2011: The Commission on Sustainable Agriculture and Climate Change, an independent commission of scientists, has released a summary for policy makers, including a set of seven recommendations. Among the recommendations, the Commission calls for significantly raising global investments in sustainable agriculture, intensifying agricultural production on existing land base while reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and reducing losses and waste in the food system.

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