Agriculture & Food Security

CSD17 IPM Addresses Climate Change in the Context of Sustainable Agriculture, Drought and Desertification [viewed]

CSD-17 Chair Gerda Verburg (the Netherlands)

27 February 2009: The Intergovernmental Preparatory Meeting (IPM) for the 17th session of the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD17) took place from 23-27 February 2009, at UN Headquarters in New York, US. The IPM's role was to provide a forum to discuss policy options and possible actions to enable the implementation of measures and policies concerning agriculture, rural development, land, drought, desertification and Africa – the thematic issues under consideration during the CSD16/CSD17 two-year “implementation cycle.”

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Speakers at Opening Session for CSD IPM Highlight Linkages with Climate Change [viewed]

Sha Zukang, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs

23 February 2009: Speakers at the opening session of the Intersessional Preparatory Meeting (IPM) for the 17th session of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD17) highlighted linkages between climate change and CSD17's thematic cluster of issues: agriculture, Africa, drought, desertification, land and rural development. The IPM is meeting in New York, US, from 23-27 February 2009.

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UNEP Report Finds Climate Change Could Generate New Conflicts [viewed]

Over Forty Per cent of Intrastate Conflicts Linked to Natural Resources, Says UNEP Report

20 February 2009: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released a report titled “From Conflict to Peacebuilding - The Role of Natural Resources and the Environment.”

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EC Funds Transatlantic Dialogue on Climate Change and Security [viewed]

February 2009: The European Commission (EC) is funding the Transatlantic Dialogue on Climate Change and Security, which will be launched on 25 February 2009, by the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) in Washington DC, US.

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UN Secretary-General: Progress in Disarmament Could Free Up Resources to Tackle Climate Change [viewed]

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters

18 February 2009: In an address to the UN Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters, which is holding its 51st session from 18-20 February 2009, in New York, US, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed that progress towards disarmament would free up resources to meet other challenges.

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UNEP Releases Report on the Environment's Role in Averting Future Food Crises [viewed]

The Environmental Food Crisis

17 February 2009: Unless action is taken, 25 percent of the world's food production may be lost by 2050 due to environmental breakdown, according to a UNEP report released during the 25th session of the UNEP Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum, which is convening from 16-20 February 2009, in Nairobi, Kenya.

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High-Level Officials Call for a Green Global Economy at UNEP Governing Council's Opening [viewed]

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17 February 2009: At the opening of the 25th Session of the Governing Council of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), which will run from 16-20 February 2009, at UN headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya, President Mwai Kibaki of Kenya called on world leaders to support a “Green New Deal” to address climate change and revitalize the global economy.

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UNCCD Submits Proposal on Carbon Sequestration in Soils to AWG-LCA 5 [viewed]

UNCCD Submits Proposal on Carbon Sequestration in Soils to AWG-LCA 513 February 2009: The UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has submitted to the fifth Session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA 5) a proposal stressing the need to include in the UNFCCC negotiation agenda practical approaches, such as biochar-related (charcoal) mitigation, focusing on increased land productivity.

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UNFCCC Releases Information Note on Pre-sessional Meetings and Workshop of AWG-KP 7 and AWG-LCA 5 [viewed]

Negotiations in 2009 leading to Copenhagen

12 February 2009: The UNFCCC Secretariat has prepared an information note on pre-sessional meetings and workshops of the seventh session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol (AWG-KP 7) and the fifth session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA 5) that will take place in Bonn, Germany (CAS/INF/FEB/09).

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High-Level Meeting on African Agriculture Calls for Support for Climate Change Adaptation, Forwards Declaration to CSD 17 [viewed]

Libertina Amathila, Deputy Prime Minister, Republic of Namibia

10 February 2009: The High-Level Meeting on African Agriculture in the 21st Century - Meeting the Challenges, Making a Sustainable Green Revolution, which convened from 9-10 February, in Windhoek, Namibia, adopted a declaration in which participants called for, among other measures, support to help African farmers adapt to climate change.

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