Agriculture & Food Security

WEF Addresses Energy Poverty, Rio+20 [viewed]

30 January 2012: The World Economic Forum (WEF) held its annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, from 25-29 January 2012, gathering industry, business, government and other world leaders to discuss current issues. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon participated in two panels, on ending energy poverty and on the perspectives for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), warning “we cannot build a green economy on the backs of the poorest and most vulnerable people.”

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Third Intergovernmental Review Meeting on the GPA Adopts Manila Declaration [viewed]

27 January 2012: The Third Intergovernmental Review (IGR-3) of the Implementation of the Global Programme of Action for the Protection of the Marine Environment from Land-Based Activities (GPA) concluded with the adoption of the Manila Declaration on Furthering the Implementation of the GPA, and of the GPA's Programme of Work 2012-1016. These outcomes will be forwarded for consideration and adoption by the UN Environment Programme's (UNEP) Governing Council at its 12th Special Session.

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GLOC Forwards Recommendations to IGR-3 [viewed]

24 January 2012: The Global Conference on Land-Ocean Connections (GLOC) took place immediately prior to the Third Intergovernmental Review (IGR-3) on the Implementation of the Global Programme of Action for the Protection of the Marine Environment from Land-Based Activities (GPA), in order to provide recommendations to the IGR-3.

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UNFCCC Launches Database of Private Sector-Led Adaptation Activities [viewed]

26 January 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has launched the Adaptation Private Sector Initiative database, a new online tool that showcases how businesses and communities can adapt to the inevitable effects of climate change. It features good practices and profitable climate change adaptation activities being undertaken by private companies (sometimes in partnership with NGOs or the public sector) from a wide range of regions and sectors.

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Inter-agency Report Focuses on the Green Economy in Marine Sectors [viewed]

25 January 2012: An inter-agency report, titled "Green Economy in a Blue World," concludes that the ecological health and economic productivity of marine and coastal ecosystems can be enhanced from well-managed marine sectors.

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UN Secretary-General Outlines "The Future We Want" [viewed]

25 January 2012: In a statement titled, “The Future We Want” delivered at the UN General Assembly (UNGA), UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon outlined his plans for action over the next five years. He underscored sustainable development as first in his list of “five generational opportunities to creatively deliver on our core mission." His vision for advancing on sustainable development includes making progress on climate change, sustainable energy, and empowerment of women.

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UN Special Rapporteur Calls for International Food Assistance to the Sahel [viewed]

24 January 2012: The UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food Olivier De Schutter has warned that drought, poor harvests and rising food prices pose an imminent threat to the countries of the Sahel region, and he called for an immediate international response.

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IFAD Supports Malawi's Efforts to Improve Food Security [viewed]

24 January 2012: The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) signed a loan worth US$22.85 million and a grant for US$22.85 to Malawi to address food security and poverty in six rural districts.

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IFAD Supports Chinese Smallholder Farmers in Preparing for Climate Change [viewed]

20 January 2012: The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) has announced a US$47 million loan to China to enhance the livelihoods of rural men and women through the Guangxi Integrated Agricultural Development Project.

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Romania Designates Two Ramsar Sites [viewed]

20 January 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention) has announced that the Government of Romania has designated two new Wetlands of International Importance, bringing its total number of Ramsar sites to eight.

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