Agriculture & Food Security

General Assembly President Elect Outlines Priorities [viewed]

15 June 2010: At a press conference held at UN Headquarters in New York, US, on 15 June 2010, the General Assembly President elect for the 65th session, Joseph Deiss ( Switzerland), outlined the priorities of his tenure, including human rights, the environment and environmental governance, as well as the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

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UNDP Releases Report on Energy Access in Nepal [viewed]

22 June 2010: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has released a report titled “Capacity development for scaling up decentralized energy access programmes.”

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IEA Releases Paper on Renewables in Southeast Asia [viewed]

21 June 2010: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has released a working paper titled "Renewables in Southeast Asian Countries: Trends and Potentials."

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UNDP Releases International Assessment of the MDGs [viewed]

17 June 2010: The UN Development Programme has released a report titled "What Will It Take to Achieve the Millennium Development Goals? An International Assessment," which is based on a review of 50 country studies, and finds that the resources and know-how necessary to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) exist.

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Event: Thirteenth Session of the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA 13) [viewed]

Held under the auspices of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), this meeting will will focus on plant and aquatic genetic resources, the application and integration of biotechnologies in the conservation and utilization of genetic resources, as well as on climate change and genetic resources for food and agriculture. Furthermore, the Commission will consider policies and arrangements for access and benefit-sharing (ABS) for genetic resources for food and agriculture, including relevant aspects of the Nagoya Protocol on ABS, adopted at the tenth Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). Other agenda items include: the updated Global Plan of Action for the Conservation and Sustainable Utilization of Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture; review of cooperation with the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) and the CBD; review of the information base for aquatic genetic resources and key issues for the State of the World's Aquatic Genetic Resources; and review of progress in other areas of the CGRFA's Multi-Year Programme of Work (MYPOW), including Forest genetic resources and animal genetic resources and overall MYPOW implementation and review.  

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World Bank Outlines Brazil's Opportunities for Low-Carbon Growth [viewed]

17 June 2010: The World Bank has released a study titled "Brazil Low-Carbon Country Case Study," which finds that this country could reduce its gross greenhouse gas (GHG)  emissions by up to 37% between 2010 and 2030, while maintaining the development goals set out by the government for that period, and without negatively affecting growth or jobs.

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FAO Releases Report on Bioenergy and Food Security in Tanzania [viewed]

June 2010: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released a report on “Bioenergy and Food Security: The BEFS Analysis for Tanzania,” which aims to support the development of bioenergy policies that are aligned with Tanzania's poverty reduction and food security strategies.

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World Day to Combat Desertification Celebrated [viewed]

17 June 2010: In statements marking World Day to Combat Desertification, celebrated annually on 17 June, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) Executive Secretary Luc Gnacadja have called attention to the interlinkages between soil, biodiversity and climate change.

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WFP Releases Annual Report for 2010 [viewed]

June 2010: The World Food Programme (WFP) has released its annual report for 2010, titled "Fighting Hunger Worldwide." The report indicates that the number of hungry people worldwide grew to over one billion.

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OECD, FAO Release Agriculture Outlook 2010-2019 [viewed]

15 June 2010: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) have released their sixth Agriculture Outlook, which projects the global markets of key agricultural commodities in order to build consensus on how global agriculture may evolve in the coming decade and the key issues impacting its course.

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