Agriculture & Food Security

FAO Releases New Issue of FoodClimate Newsletter [viewed]

© FAO22 April 2009: The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has released the fourth issue of its FoodClimate newsletter, which contains interviews, updates and notes on upcoming events on climate change relating to agriculture, fisheries and forestry. The feature story, an interview with members of a livelihood adaptation to climate change project in Bangladesh, focuses on technology transfer, actor involvement and other prerequisites for and obstacles to community adaptation.

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FAO's Committee on Agriculture Addressing Role of Agricultural Production in Adaptation and Mitigation [viewed]

© FAO22 April 2009: The 21st meeting of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Committee on Agriculture, taking place from 22-25 April 2009, in Rome, Italy, is addressing, among other issues, the role of agricultural production in adapting to climate change and mitigation. The Committee will consider challenges arising from the need for adaptation and mitigation in agriculture, as well as from increased demand for biofuels.

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World Bank Civil Society Forum to Address CSO Approaches to Reducing Vulnerability [viewed]

© World BankApril 2009: The World Bank Development Dialogue on Values and Ethics and the Civil Society Team are organizing a session within the Civil Society Forum on the challenges ahead to reduce the magnitude of climate change as well as its impact, with the discussion based on findings from the draft World Development Report on climate change.

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G8 Agriculture Ministers Adopt Declaration on the World Food Emergency [viewed]

© G8 Agriculture Ministers' Meeting.jpg20 April 2009: The Ministers of Agriculture of the G8 countries and Brazil, China, India, Mexico, South Africa, Argentina, Australia and Egypt convened from 18-20 April 2009, in Cison di Valmarino, Italy, to discuss food security under the theme “The World Food Emergency.” The meeting was also attended by the Heads of UN agencies that are members of the UN Secretary-General's High-Level Task Force on Food Security and other intergovernmental bodies.

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UNESCAP 65th Session to Discuss Food-Fuel-Financial Crisis and Climate Change [viewed]

© UNESCAPApril 2009: The 65th Session of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) will convene in Bangkok, Thailand, from 23-29 April 2009. The meeting will include a report from the Committee on Disaster Reduction, the establishment of subregional offices, and a ministerial segment.

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UN Secretary-General Proposes New Multilateralism to Address Climate Change [viewed]

© UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon17 April 2009: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon spoke at a colloquium at Princeton University, US, on “The Imperative for a New Multilateralism,” in which he proposed focusing on securing global public goods, including global financial and economic stability, a major push against poverty, restoring peace and stability, addressing climate change, advancing global health, countering terrorism, and ensuring disarmament and non-proliferation.

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Dialogue on Climate Change Adaptation for Land and Water Management Adopts Nairobi Statement [viewed]

17 April 2009: The Dialogue on Climate Change Adaptation for Land and Water Management convened at UN Environment Programme (UNEP) headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya, from 16-17 April 2009. The event was co-hosted by UNEP and the Minister for Development Cooperation of Denmark, Ulla Tørnæs. The Dialogue addressed the need to: tackle existing problems in land and water management to build resilience to climate change; strengthen institutions for land and water management; and increase financing targeted towards the most vulnerable people.

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UN Deputy Secretary-General Calls for Renewed Partnership to Tackle Food, Energy and Climate Crises [viewed]

© UN16 April 2009: In a lecture delivered at McGill University, Montreal, Canada, on 16 April 2009, UN Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro addressed “Forging a Renewed Partnership for Development.”

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UN Secretary-General Calls for Addressing the Health Impacts of Alternatives to Fossil Fuels [viewed]

16 April 2009: In a message to the 18th International Conference on Health and Environment, which took place in New York, US, from 15 16 April 2009, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged adopting policies that promote health benefits to help tackle climate change and food insecurity.

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Conference to Synthesize Research on Human Security and Global Change [viewed]

© GECHSApril 2009: The Global Environmental Change and Human Security (GECHS) Project will hold its Synthesis Conference, “Human Security in an Era of Global Change,” from 22-24 June 2009, at the University of Oslo, Norway. The GECHS conference will synthesize the results of 10 years of research on the human security theme and gather researchers, policy makers and stakeholders from different fields to discuss interactions among various processes of change and their implications for human security.

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