Agriculture & Food Security

UNFCCC Executive Secretary Discusses Security and Climate Change [viewed]

15 February 2011: In an address to the Congress of Deputies of Spain at the Superior Centre of National Defence Studies in Madrid, Spain, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres noted that the link between security concerns and climate change has gained importance over the past few years.

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UN Secretary-General Addresses the Challenges of Sustainable Development and Equality [viewed]

15 February 2011: Addressing students and faculty at the University of San Marcos in Lima, Peru, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon listed the "sweeping changes in the global landscape," highlighting "disasters striking with greater force" and "the impacts of climate change growing ever clearer."

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Norway, Germany Support FAO Work on Mitigation in Agriculture [viewed]

15 February 2011: The Governments of Norway and Germany have committed a total of US$5 million to support the Mitigation of Climate Change in Agriculture (MICCA) programme of the the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO).

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IEA Bioenergy Releases Report on Bioenergy and Land Use Change [viewed]

January 2011: International Energy Agency's (IEA) Bioenergy Task has published a report for policy makers titled “Bioenergy, Land Use Change and Climate Change Mitigation,” which addresses how the climate change mitigation from the use of bioenergy can be influenced by greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions arising from land-use change.

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Event: Quantifying and Managing Land Use Impacts of Bioenergy [viewed]

Jointly organized by IEA Bioenergy and the Brazilian Bioethanol Science and Technology Laboratory (CBTE), this workshop aims discuss land use change impacts of bioenergy production, and provide strategies to mitigate them. Specifically, it will look at methods for quantifying direct and indirect land use change, recognizing further land use impacts of bioenergy such as in greenhouse gas accounting and renewables programs, and finally how to minimize the lands use impacts of bioenergy. Expressions of interest in participation should be sent by 15 March 2011. The deadline for submission of paper abstracts is 30 May 2011.  

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Event: Natural Resources Management, Food Security and Extension Strategies: Contributions to the Design of Policies for Climate Change Adaptation in Latin America [viewed]

This workshop aims to exchange experiences between projects in Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala, Panama, Peru, El Salvador and Honduras. It will include representatives from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO). Participants will discuss: national policies for natural resource management that help to create strategies for climate change adaptation; links between natural resource management, risk and disaster management and adaptation; and synergies between different countries.  

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UNECE Co-organizes Workshop on Transboundary Water Cooperation [viewed]

10 February 2011: Hungary's Ministry of Rural Development, the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), and the International Water Assessment Centre (IWAC) organized a workshop on transboundary water cooperation in Central and Western Europe, in Budapest, Hungary, from 8-10 February 2011.

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European Commission Launches Sustainable Growth Initiative [viewed]

26 January 2011: The European Commission has launched "A resource-efficient Europe: Flagship initiative under the Europe 2020 Strategy," which set out its views on a strategic framework towards a more sustainable use of natural resources and the shift towards resource-efficient, low-carbon growth in Europe.

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OECD Brochure Highlights Work on Environment and Green Growth [viewed]

7 February 2011: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has published a brochure titled “OECD Work on Environment,” which highlights past and upcoming work on a range of environmental issues, as well as key OECD publications addressing them.

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Event: Bonn 2011 Conference: The Water Energy and Food Security Nexus – Solutions for the Green Economy [viewed]

The theme for this conference is "The Water, Energy and Food Security Nexus: Solutions for the Green Economy." This high-level, invitation-only conference is organized by the German Federal Government in collaboration with the World Economic Forum (WEF), the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). It will seek to contribute to the run-up to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), scheduled for June 2012. The background paper for the conference, "Understanding the Nexus," is now available at: http://www.water-energy-food.org/en/bonn_2011_process/show__50_understanding_the_nexus.html  

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