Agriculture & Food Security

UNCTAD and FAO Support Workshop on Organic Agriculture [viewed]

4 June 2010: The Workshop on Harmonization and Equivalence on Organic Agriculture in Asia was held under the auspices of the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)/UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)/International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) Global Organic Market Access (GOMA) project, which aims to promote global access to organic products.

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UNCCD and UNISDR Sign MOU [viewed]

30 May 2010: The Secretariats of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in Bonn, Germany, on 30 May 2010. The MOU establishes a framework for collaboration on reducing the vulnerability of communities to drought-related risk and to expand networks that will advance the prevention of drought-associated disasters.

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UN General Assembly Concludes Human Security Debate [viewed]

21 May 2010: The UN General Assembly met from 20-21 May 2010, to discuss the concept of human security, based on the report of the Secretary-General on the follow-up to the outcome of the Millennium Summit (A/64/701).

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UNEP Releases Report on Ecosystem Restoration [viewed]

3 June 2010: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released a new report titled "Dead Planet, Living Planet: Biodiversity and Ecosystem Restoration for Sustainable Development." The report highlights that the repair of forests, lakes and other types of nature reserves that have been damaged or depleted can generate wealth, create jobs, sequester carbon and alleviate poverty.

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Report on Impacts of Consumption and Production Released [viewed]

2 June 2010: The International Panel for Sustainable Resource Management, hosted by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), has released a report titled "Assessing the Environmental Impacts of Consumption and Production - Priority Products and Materials."

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FAO Releases Report on Forests and Climate Change After Copenhagen [viewed]

May 2010: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and RECOFTC-Center for People and Forests have released a report on perspectives for Asia-Pacific with regard to forests and climate change following the 15th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC (COP 15), which took place in Copenhagen, Denmark, in December 2009.

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World Bank Approves First Climate Change Development Policy Loan [viewed]

25 May 2010: The World Bank approved its first development policy loan dedicated to climate change mitigation and adaptation, in Indonesia.

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Event: Agriculture and Rural Development Day 2010 [viewed]

Agriculture and Rural Development Day (ARDD) will convene in conjunction with the Cancun Climate Change Conference. The day will be hosted by the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), the Global Donor Platform for Rural Development, the CGIAR Challenge Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), and the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food of Mexico.  

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Africa-France Summit Discusses Climate Change Cooperation [viewed]

1 June 2010: Heads of State and Government from the African continent, representatives of international institutions and European Commissioner for Development Andris Piebalgs took part in the 25th Africa-France Summit, which convened from 31 May-1 June 2010, in Nice, France.

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First World Congress on Cities and Adaptation Adopts Bonn Declaration [viewed]

30 May 2010: The first World Congress on Cities and Adaptation to Climate Change, which addressed the theme "Resilient Cities 2010," convened from 28-30 May 2010, in Bonn, Germany. The Congress was organized by ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainable Development, the World Mayors Council on Climate Change and the City of Bonn, and it sought to support the implementation of the UNFCCC Nairobi Work Programme on Adaptation by providing a forum for exchange, learning, networking, debating and policy making on approaches and solutions for climate change adaptation and resilience-building in cities and municipalities, including local adaptation practices.

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