Agriculture & Food Security

FAO Conference Elects New Director-General [viewed]

26 June 2012: At the Conference of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), José Graziano da Silva (Brazil) was elected Director-General, succeeding Jacques Diouf (Senegal).

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Event: Asia-Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Forum [cancelled] [viewed]

This Forum was cancelled due to flooding in Bangkok. It was being organized by the Regional Climate Change Adaptation Knowledge Platform for Asia and the Asia Pacific Adaptation Network. Convening under the theme "Mainstreaming Adaptation in Development: Adaptation in Action," this Forum will provide an opportunity to share findings and innovations, opportunities and challenges in mainstreaming climate change adaptation into development. Panel sessions will address, inter alia: managing water for food and agriculture; disaster management and climate change adaptation; transport and communication infrastructure; gender and adaptation mainstreaming; business responsibilities and contributions; options for small island States; climate-induced migration and livelihood security; and integrating adaptation and mitigation actions. The Adaptation Knowledge Platform has been jointly established by the Asian Institute of Technology/UN Environment Programme Regional Resource Centre for Asia and the Pacific (AIT - UNEP RRC.AP) the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), the Swedish Environmental Secretariat for Asia (SENSA) and UNEP with funding support from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA). The Adaptation Network, part of the Global Adaptation Network, aims to build climate resilience of vulnerable human systems, ecosystems and economies through the mobilization of knowledge and technologies to support adaptation capacity building, policy-setting, planning and practices.  

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IDB Supports Lending for Green Projects in Latin America [viewed]

IDB23 June 2011: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) will lend US$50 million to the Portuguese financial institution Banco Espirito Santo de Investimento SA (BESI), which will in turn lend towards infrastructure, renewable energy and energy efficiency projects in Latin America.

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CPF Members Release Calendar of Year of Forests Events [viewed]

International Year of Forests 2011June 2011: The members of the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF), a consortium of 14 forest-related organizations and secretariats, have put together a joint calendar of thematic press releases to disseminate the activities taking place throughout the world to celebrate the International Year of Forests.

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G20 Agriculture Meeting Adopts Declaration and Action Plan on Food Price Volatility [viewed]

G2023 June 2011: The first meeting of the G20 Agriculture Ministers concluded with the adoption of an Agriculture Ministerial Declaration and Action Plan on Food Price Volatility and Agriculture that supports initiatives on food production and information exchange, including the International Research Initiative for Wheat Improvement (IRIWI), the Agricultural Market Information System (AMIS), and the Global Agricultural Geo-Monitoring Initiative (GAGI).

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UNDP Climate Change Adaptation Bulletin Highlights Projects in Africa, Asia and the Pacific [viewed]

UNDP23 June 2011: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has released the sixth issue of its Climate Change Adaptation Bulletin, a quarterly publication that provides an overview of the technical assistance to countries at the national, sub-national and community-levels. The Bulletin reports on projects carried out in Liberia, Cape Verde, Bangladesh, Lao PDR, Samoa and Cambodia.

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General Assembly Elects President of 66th Session [viewed]

Amb. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser of Qatar addresses the General Assembly following his election as President of the 66th session22 June 2011:  The UN General Assembly (UNGA) has elected by acclamation Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser (Qatar) to be its next President. He will succeed Joseph Deiss (Switzerland) when he takes over the presidency in mid-September 2011 as the 66th session of the Assembly begins.

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CBD Announces Date and Venue of COP 11 [viewed]

CBD20 June 2011: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has announced that the eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 11) to the CBD will be held from 8-19 October 2012, in Hyderabad, India.

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OECD Releases Preliminary Report on Green Growth for Food and Agriculture [viewed]

A Green Growth Strategy for Food and AgricultureJune 2011: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has released a preliminary report outlining a strategy for green growth in the agricultural sector.

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First Africa Drylands Week Highlights Potential for Sustainable Development [viewed]

UNCCD17 June 2011: The first "Africa Drylands Week" has concluded with a message by Luc Gnacadja, Executive Secretary of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), underlining the potential of drylands for the development and sustainable growth of their populations and countries.

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