Agriculture & Food Security

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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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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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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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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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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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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Stakeholder Conference Discusses Drinking Water and Climate Change, Intersectoral Importance of Water [viewed]

3 October 2012: The European Commission's Directorate-General for the Environment has held a stakeholder conference under the framework of the project on “Adapting Drinking Water Resources to the Impacts of Climate Change in Europe" (ADWICE).

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CBD COP 11 Opens with Focus on Strategic Plan Implementation, Climate and Marine Issues [viewed]

8 October 2012: The 11th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 11) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) opened on 8 October 2012, in Hyderabad, India, directly following the sixth Meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety. The two-week meeting will address a series of cross-cutting and ecosystem-related issues, as well as financial, administrative and implementation-related topics.

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Guest Article #85: How Climate Services Can Help Countries Adapt to Climate Variability and Change [viewed]

The Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS) was launched in 2009 by the World Climate Conference – 3 as a global partnership of governments and organizations that produce and use climate services[1]. This initiative of the United Nations system seeks to facilitate global access to continuously improved climate services in the four priority sectors of agriculture and food security, disaster risk reduction (DRR), health and water by the end of 2017. The objective for end-2021 is to facilitate access to improved climate services across all climate-sensitive sectors.

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CCAFS Reports Highlight Vulnerability of Agricultural and Aquatic Systems to Climate Change [viewed]

October 2012: The Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security Program (CCAFS) of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Resarch (CGIAR) has released a working paper that describes the likely impacts of climate change on the commodities and natural resources under the mandate of the CGIAR.

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