Agriculture & Food Security

FAO Electronic Forum to Address Biotechnology for Bioenergy [viewed]

FAO Electronic Forum on Biotechnology in Food and Agriculture September 2008: The next UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Electronic Forum on Biotechnology in Food and Agriculture, to be held from 10 November to 7 December 2008, will address the potential role that agricultural biotechnologies can play for bioenergy production in

developing countries, in particular liquid biofuels.

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UN Private Sector Forum Discusses Business Action in Achieving the MDGs and Food Sustainability [viewed]

Former United States President Bill Clinton and World Bank President Robert Zoellick.

24 September 2008: The first UN Private Sector Forum on the

Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and Food Sustainability convened on the

side of the opening of the UN General Assembly, to further business commitment

towards the MDGs and serve as platform to articulate business perspectives on

actions needed for their achievement.

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ILO/UNEP Release Green Jobs: Towards Decent Work in a Sustainable, Low-Carbon World [viewed]

Green Jobs: Towards decent work in a sustainable, low-carbon world 24 September 2008: The International Labor Organization

(ILO), UN Environment Programme (UNEP), International Trade Union Confederation

and the International Organization of Employers have released the first

comprehensive study on the emergence of a “green economy” and its impact on the

world of work.

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UN Secretary-General Calls for Global Leadership to Tackle Current Crises [viewed]

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses a high-level General Assembly meeting on the development needs of Africa: State of Implementation of Various Commitments, Challenges and the Way Forward. 23 September 2008: In his speech to the opening of the

General Debate of the 63rd session of the UN General Assembly, UN Secretary-General

Ban Ki-moon recalled that the global food, energy and financial crises, as well

as the challenge of climate change, demand global solutions.

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UNGA President Stresses the Need for Solidarity [viewed]

Miguel D'Escoto Brockmann, President of the 63rd session of the General Assembly 23 September 2008: The President of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), Miguel D'Escoto, opened its annual High-Level debate by stating that the confluence of global interrelated crises, including climate change, high food prices, disasters and financial troubles, highlight the need to overturn the culture of selfishness and shift towards solidarity.

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Africa Commission Conference Examines African Economic Growth in the Context of Climate Change [viewed]

H.E. Raila Odinga, Prime Minister, Kenya, highlighted the relevance of the meeting towards addressing climate change in the context of job creation. 19 September 2008: The Danish Government's Africa Commission

held a thematic conference on employment and economic growth in the context of

climate change in Nairobi, Kenya, on 18 September. The event was the fourth in

a series of five thematic conferences, initiated by the Africa Commission,

convened between June-October 2008, in various African cities.

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FAO Releases Figures on Impact of High Food Prices on Hunger and Poverty [viewed]

Hunger on the rise. Soaring prices add 75 million people to global hunger rolls 18 September 2008: On the eve of the opening of the 63rd

session of the UN General Assembly, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization

(FAO) released a briefing paper on the impact of high food prices on hunger,

which states that rising food prices pushed 75 million more people into hunger

and threatens efforts to realize the goal of halving the number of those in

hunger by 2015. The paper will inform a high-level event on the Millennium

Development Goals (MDGs), to be held on 25 September.

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UNGA: Climate Change to be a Priority during 63rd Session [viewed]

New General Assembly President calls for democratization of United Nations 16 September 2008: Miguel D'Escoto Brockmann, a former

foreign minister of Nicaragua and the new President of the UN General Assembly

(UNGA), opened its 63rd session with a call to democratize the UN in order to

deal more effectively with the world's most pressing problems, including the

impact of climate change, widespread hunger and poverty, and unequal access to

water.

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WFP, FAO, IFAD and World Bank Urge EU to Provide Assistance to Ease Global Food Crisis [viewed]

Josette Sheeran, WFP's Executive Director 15 September 2008: Leaders of the Rome-based UN agencies,

the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), World Food Programme

(WFP) and International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), together with

the World Bank, presented a common statement to the European Parliament's

Development Committee, urging it to take the lead in providing assistance to

help farmers cope with surging food and commodity prices.

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EU Parliament Supports Biofuel Targets, Recommends Higher Share for Alternative Biofuels and Calls for Tighter Sustainability Criteria [viewed]

EU Parliament Supports Biofuel Targets 11 September 2008: The EU Parliament's Industry Committee decided to support the EU Commission's target to achieve a 10% share of biofuels used in road transport by 2020, while insisting that 40% of that renewable energy must come from alternative sources not competing with food production, such as electricity and hydrogen produced from renewable sources as well as “second generation” biofuels made from waste, lingo-cellulosic biomass or algae.

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