Agriculture & Food Security

CIFOR Newsletter Highlights Climate Change and Biodiversity Relationships to Forests [viewed]

4 November 2012: In the October issue of its Newsletter, the Center for International Forestry Research's (CIFOR) new Director General, Peter Holmgren, presents a vision for sustainability objectives in forest ecosystems to complement sustainability in agriculture.

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Event: Second International Conference on Water Resources and Environmental Management (ICWRE 2013) [viewed]

This conference will convene around the theme “Water, Food, Energy Security and Climate Change,” and discussions will be organized around sub-themes including: water for sustainable future; global water security; water supply and sanitation; integrated water resources management (IWRM); and environment, water and health. The conference is being organized by Global Institute for Water, Environment, and Health (GIWEH), based in Geneva, Switzerland, and the Mohamadia School for Engineers, Rabat, Morocco, in partnership with UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education. It is convening in collaboration with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), among others.  

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FAO Report Describes Role of Women in Conserving Livestock Diversity [viewed]

FAO5 November 2012: A new report by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) finds that two-thirds of the poor individuals raising livestock are women, and that they play an important role in maintaining indigenous breeds. 

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UNGA Debates Agricultural Development, Food Security [viewed]

5 November 2012: In meetings of the UN General Assembly's (UNGA) Second Committee, Member States called for increased efforts to address agriculture and food security in the international development agenda, stressing that climate change exacerbates food security concerns.

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World Meteorological Congress Approves Implementation Plan of the Global Framework for Climate Services [viewed]

WMO5 November 2012: The extraordinary session of the World Meteorological Congress concluded with the approval of the governance structure and implementation plan for the Global Framework for Climate Services, an initiative aimed at rolling out user-driven services such as seasonal climate outlooks and El Niño watches, flood prediction and drought monitoring tools.

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UNFCCC Publishes Workshop Report on Quantified Economy-wide Emission Reduction Targets [viewed]

UNFCCC2 November 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the fourth workshop report on quantified economy-wide emission reduction targets by developed parties (FCCC/AWGLCA/2012/INF.6).

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UNFCCC Publishes Workshop Report on Developing Countries' NAMAs [viewed]

UNFCCC2 November 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the fourth workshop report on furthering the understanding of the diversity of nationally appropriate mitigation actions (NAMAs) by developing country parties, underlying assumptions, and any support needed for implementation of these actions (FCCC/AWGLCA/2012/INF.7).

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UNECE Reports on Workshop on Neman River Basin Management in a Changing Climate [viewed]

UNECE5 November 2012: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) newsletter for the week of 5-9 November 2012 reports on workshops on challenges and prospects for the joint management of the Neman River basin, which addressed the impacts of climate change.

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ADB, Australia to Support Drought Preparedness in the Greater Mekong Subregion [viewed]

ADB7 November 2012: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has reported that, together with the Government of Australia, through the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID), it plans to provide loans and grants to the Governments of the Lao People's Democratic Republic (PDR) and Viet Nam. The finance will be used to fund infrastructure upgrades, community-based disaster risk management, and enhanced regional forecasting to improve flood and drought preparedness in the Greater Mekong Subregion.

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UNFCCC Publishes Workshop Report on Issues Relating to Kyoto Protocol Methodological Issues [viewed]

UNFCCC8 November 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the report of the workshop on the implications of the implementation of certain decisions by the seventh session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (COP/MOP 7) on its previous decisions on methodological issues related to the Kyoto Protocol (FCCC/SBSTA/2012/INF.12).

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