Agriculture & Food Security

UNPFII Considers Reports on Climate Change Policies [viewed]

26 April 2010: The Ninth Session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) is taking place in New York, US, from 19-30 April 2010, around the theme “Development with Culture and Identity.” In his opening statement, Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General, underlined that indigenous cultures, languages and ways of life are under constant threat from climate change, armed conflict, lack of educational opportunities and discrimination.

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EU-US Development Dialogue Re-launched [viewed]

25 April 2010: The EU-US Development Dialogue, providing a framework for cooperation in tackling poverty worldwide, was re-launched on 25 April 2010, in Washington DC, US, after a decade of inactivity. Three roadmaps were agreed for joint action on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), food security, and climate change.

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World Bank Holds Seminar on Climate Change and Africa [viewed]

25 April 2010: The need for Africa to speak with one voice and make itself heard at the upcoming 16th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 16) to the UNFCCC, to be held in Cancun, Mexico, at the end of 2010, was highlighted during a seminar on climate change and Africa organized by the World Bank.

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UN Humanitarian Chief and WFP Focus on West African Food Crisis [viewed]

26 April 2010: UN World Food Programme (WFP) Executive Director Josette Sheeran has indicated that the intense droughts in Niger are escalating the humanitarian crisis and contributing to mass migration from rural to urban areas as well as to neighboring countries. She has announced that WFP will step up its aid to support 2.3 million people, particularly pregnant women and children, in the arid eastern Sahel region.

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Brazil Convenes IBSA and BRIC Meetings [viewed]

15 April 2010: Government representatives from Brazil met with their counterparts from India and South Africa (IBSA), and with Russia, India and China (BRIC), in Brasilia, Brazil, on 15 April 2010, to discuss climate change among other issues.

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WFP to Use Carbon Calculator [viewed]

26 April 2010: The World Food Programme (WFP) has begun using a tool to calculate emissions from the organization's travel in order to track its environmental impact.

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Partnership Platform of the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme Discusses Agriculture-Climate Change Frameworks [viewed]

21 April 2010: The sixth Partnership Platform Meeting of the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) took place from 22-23 April 2010, in Johannesburg, South Africa, to address agriculture, food security and poverty reduction, in line with the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

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Global Research Alliance Holds First Meeting on Emissions from Agriculture [viewed]

April 2010: The first meeting of the Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Research met from 7-9 April 2010, in Wellington, New Zealand. The Alliance brings together representatives from 29 developed and developing countries to discuss mitigation options for greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from agriculture.

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Proposed EU MDGs Action Plan Includes Climate Financing [viewed]

21 April 2010: The European Commission put forward an action plan for the EU to speed up progress towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The action plan also sets out a possible EU position ahead of the UN Summit on the MDGs, scheduled to take place in September 2010, in New York, US.

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Event: MSI+5 High-Level Review [viewed]

The five-year review of the Mauritius Strategy for the Implementation (MSI+5) of the Barbados Programme of Action for the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) will take place in September 2010, during the High-Level Dialogue of the UN General Assembly (UNGA).  

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