Agriculture & Food Security

UN Deputy Secretary-General Addresses AU Assembly: “Climate Change Strikes at the Heart of Africa's Key Development Concerns” [viewed]

© UN1 July 2009: In a speech to the 13th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union (AU), taking place in Sirte, Libya, from 1-3 July 2009, Asha-Rose Migiro, UN Deputy Secretary-General, underlined that tackling climate change must be a top priority for Africa.

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UNCTAD Discusses African Food Security [viewed]

© UNCTAD30 June 2009: A panel on “African Food Security: Lessons from the Recent Global Food Crisis” was held on 30 June 2009, in Geneva, Switzerland, during the UN Conference on Trade and Development's (UNCTAD) Trade and Development Board Executive Session on Africa.

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UNESCAP Convenes Green Growth Seminar for Asia and the Pacific [viewed]

© UNESCAP28 June 2009: The UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) convened the first “training of trainers” seminar on low carbon and green-growth development for policy makers, from 22-27 June 2009, in Bangkok, Thailand.

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UNGA Continues Debate at UN Conference on World Financial Crisis, Highlights Impacts of Climate Change [viewed]

© UN29 June 2009: The UN General Assembly (UNGA) met in New York, US, to continue the plenary debate of its Conference on the World Financial and Economic Crisis and Its Impact on Development, which began on 24 June, and sought to identify emergency and long-term responses to mitigate the impact of the crisis.

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UN Conference on the World Financial and Economic Crisis Highlights Role of Green Economy Initiatives [viewed]

26 June 2009: The UN Conference on the World Financial and Economic Crisis took place from 24-26 June 2009, at UN Headquarters in New York, US, and underscored the role of green economy initiatives in tackling the crisis.

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UN Secretary-General Urges Concrete Action on Climate Change in Remarks to Conference on World Economic Crisis [viewed]

© UN24 June 2009: Addressing the UN Conference on the World Financial and Economic Crisis and its Impact on Development taking place in New York, US, from 24-26 June 2009, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stated that we are still going through a multiple food, energy, and economic crisis, and that “the effects of climate change and extreme poverty have become even starker.”

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UNDP and Partners Launch Report on Climate Index Insurance [viewed]

© UNDP24 June 2009: During the Global Humanitarian Forum held in Geneva, Switzerland, from 23-24 June 2009, the International Research Institute for Climate and Society of the Columbia University, in partnership with the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the World Food Programme (WFP) and others, launched the second issue of Climate and Society, titled “Index insurance and climate risk: prospects for development and disaster management.”

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OECD-FAO Agricultural Outlook 2009 Analyzes Interactions between Food Prices, Energy Markets and Biofuel Policies [viewed]

© FAO June 2009: The 15th edition of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)-UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Agricultural Outlook addresses, among other issues, the interdependence between food and energy markets and the possible impacts of expanding demand for biofuels on agricultural commodity prices.

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Global Humanitarian Forum and WMO Announce Initiative to Revolutionize Africa's Weather Monitoring Network [viewed]

© WMO18 June 2009: The Global Humanitarian Forum and its President, former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, together with Ericsson, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), mobile telecommunications company Zain, and the Earth Institute at Columbia University have announced an initiative, dubbed “Weather Info for All,” which will seek to improve Africa's weather monitoring network in the face of the growing impact of climate change.

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ECLAC Organizes Seminar on Carbon Footprint of Consumer Goods and Carbon Labeling [viewed]

© ECLAC18 June 2009: The UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) is organizing an expert meeting on “The Carbon Footprint in Agro food Goods and Services: A Contribution to Combating Global Warming” in Santiago, Chile, from 18-19 June 2009.

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