Agriculture & Food Security

Montpellier Declaration Urges Coordinated Action on Climate Change, Land Degradation [viewed]

desertifactions13 June 2015: More than 300 participants from 57 countries attending Désertif'actions 2015 (D'a15) - an international civil society forum on combating desertification and land degradation - adopted the Montpellier Declaration, highlighting the “undeniable link” between land degradation, sustainable development and international stability, “in a context of present and future impacts of global warming.”

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ECOSOC Humanitarian Affairs Segment Highlights Financing Needs, Sendai Framework [viewed]

ecosoc-has19 June 2015: The 2015 Humanitarian Affairs Segment of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) adopted a resolution encouraging UN Member States to support climate change adaptation and strengthen early warning systems, welcoming the adoption of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) 2015-2030 and the holding of the first World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, Turkey, in May 2016. It also called for integrating work on development and humanitarian issues.

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Papal Encyclical Highlights Climate Change as Critical ‘Moral Issue' [viewed]

vatican18 June 2015: Pope Francis has released his encyclical, which calls on the Catholic world and "all men and women of good will” to address global environmental deterioration. The papal letter, titled ‘Laudato Si' or ‘Praised Be' (a reference to a prayer from the Pope's namesake St. Francis, the patron saint of ecology), declares that climate change is one of the principal challenges facing humanity and that the science of climate change is clear. Pope Francis adds that the Catholic Church views climate change as a moral issue that must be addressed in order to protect the Earth, "our common home."

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World Desertification Day 2015 Showcases Champions of Land Restoration [viewed]

wdcd201517 June 2015: The global observance event for the 2015 World Day to Combat Desertification (WDCD), which took place in Milan, Italy, on 17 June as part of the ongoing UN EXPO Milano, featured high-level speakers, visual and verbal testimonies from community representatives and well-known personalities, and a live music show by the Senegalese band, Titi & Baribagass. The celebrations recognized the 2015 winners of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) 'Land for Life Award' and international short-writing and cartoon contests, as well as 34 new National Drylands Champions from Brazil and Portugal.

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Southern, Eastern European Countries Seek Ways to Adopt Climate-friendly Technologies [viewed]

fao-iea-ebrd17 June 2015: A workshop for post-Soviet and southern and eastern Mediterranean countries convened to discuss policies and investment conditions conducive to the development and transfer of energy efficiency, renewable energy and other low-carbon technologies. The workshop was organized by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the International Energy Agency (IEA) in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), and hosted by the Turkish Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources.

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World Desertification Day Highlights SLM-Food Security Links [viewed]

wdcd201517 June 2015: Various Heads of UN institutions and other international organizations published messages to mark the 2015 World Day to Combat Desertification (WDCD) on 17 June, which was commemorated under the slogan, ‘No such thing as a free lunch: Invest in healthy soils.'

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Multilateral Development Banks Report 19% Increase in Climate Finance [viewed]

mdbs-logos-pr-header16 June 2015: Six multilateral development banks (MDBs) have launched the fourth edition of their annual joint report on climate finance. The report finds that, in 2014, the MDBs committed more than US$28.35 billion in financing to developing countries and emerging economies, with US$23.28 billion dedicated to mitigation efforts, and US$5.07 billion to adaptation work.

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Event: Oceans Day at UNFCCC COP 21 [viewed]

Oceans Day will be held on the sidelines of the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). It aims to advance the oceans and climate change agenda at COP 21 and beyond. Activities undertaken for the Day will: report on the science of oceans and climate change; showcase successful efforts in policies on oceans and climate, such as on ocean acidification and linkages among biodiversity, climate change and fisheries, among others; identify key actions on oceans and climate change to be addressed through the UNFCCC process; identify what the oceans community can do to advance the oceans and climate change agenda outside of the UNFCCC process; and mobilize resources.

Oceans Day at COP 21 is expected to result in a strategic action plan for the oceans and climate change agenda for the next five years.  

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UNEP Report Assesses Emission Reduction Impact of Climate Initiatives by Non-State Actors [viewed]

Unep Logo10 June 2015: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has published a report, titled 'Climate commitments of subnational actors and business: A quantitative assessment of their emission reduction impact.' The report examines actions by cities, companies and sectors that could complement government efforts on climate change mitigation and save up to 1.8 gigatonnes carbon dioxide equivalent (GtCO2e) by 2020.

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Event: 51st Meeting of the GEF Council [viewed]

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council meets twice a year to approve new projects with global environmental benefits in the GEF's focal areas of biodiversity, climate change mitigation, chemicals and waste, international waters, land degradation, and sustainable forest management; and in the GEF's integrated approach programs on sustainable cities, taking deforestation out of commodity chains, and sustainability and resilience for food security in Sub-Saharan Africa. The Council also provides guidance to the GEF Secretariat and Agencies. The 25-27 October GEF Council meeting will be preceded on 24 October by a consultation with civil society organizations (CSOs) at the same location. On 27 October the Council will convene as the 21st meeting of the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF) and Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF) also at the same location.  

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