Agriculture & Food Security

ECOSOC Concludes General Segment [viewed]

Consensus Reached on 2007 Ministerial Declaration Resolution 24 July 2008: The Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) concluded the

work of its general segment, adopting 15 resolutions and 8 decisions, including

on strengthening the coordination of emergency humanitarian assistance.

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ECOSOC Addresses Gender Aspects of Climate Change [viewed]

23 July

2008: Opening the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) discussion on ‘mainstreaming

a gender perspective into all UN policies and programmes, women and

development, and the advancement of women,' Rachel Mayanja, Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on

Gender Issues and Advancement of Women, noted the particular vulnerability of

women to climate change and the food crisis.

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UNCCD's Global Mechanism Advising COMESA on Carbon Finance Platform [viewed]

Global Mechanism responds to call for cooperation with COMESA

21 July 2008: The Global Mechanism (GM) of the UN Convention

to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has announced that it has been invited by the

Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) to join an advisory

group assisting with the development of a Carbon Fund/Facility.

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ASEAN Ministers Agree to Focus on Climate Change, Energy and Food Security [viewed]

 Joint Communique of the 41st ASEAN Ministerial Meeting 21 July: In a Joint Communiqué adopted during the forty-first Association

of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Ministerial Meeting, which took place from

20-21 July 2008, in Singapore, Ministers addressed the issues of climate

change, the food and energy crises, and disaster relief.

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UN General Assembly Concludes Debates on the Global Food and Energy Crisis [viewed]

Raise Investment in Agriculture or Face Political Unrest, International Community Urged As General Assembly Concludes Debate on Global Food, Energy Crises

21 July 2008: The UN General Assembly

reconvened, on Monday, 21 July, to conclude the plenary meeting on the global

food and energy crisis that began on 18 July 2008. A number of countries,

including Cape Verde and Syria, stressed the interlinkages between the food,

energy and climate challenges.

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FAO's Harmonized World Soil Database to Facilitate Assessments of Soil's Carbon Storage and Sequestration Capacities [viewed]

New database for soil information

21

July 2008: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has announced the

development of a new database on the world's soils. This database seeks to

improve knowledge of current and future land productivity, as well as the

carbon storage and carbon sequestration potential of the world's soils. Using

the database, the FAO has also produced a global Carbon Gap Map, which allows

for the identification of areas where soil carbon storage is greatest and the

physical potential for billions of tons of additional carbon to be sequestrated

in degraded soils.

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UN General Assembly Discusses Concerted Action to Tackle the Global Food and Energy Crises [viewed]

Srgjan Kerim, United Nations General Assembly President 18 July 2008: Addressing the UN General Assembly during its 112th plenary meeting, held on the global food and energy crisis, Srgjan Kerim, President of

the General Assembly, and UN Secretary-General Ban

Ki-moon urged coordinated action to tackle the three challenges of climate

change, the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), and the food and oil crises.

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General Assembly President and Vietnamese Official Discuss Climate Change and Food Crisis [viewed]

18 July 2008: General Assembly President Srgjan Kerim has

briefed Viet Nam's Foreign Minister Pham Gia Khiem on the priority issues of

the Assembly's current session, addressing in particular climate change, and

the global food and energy crises.

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UK-Caribbean Ministerial Forum Pledges to Work Towards Agreement in Copenhagen [viewed]

17 July 2008: Ministers at the Sixth UK-Caribbean Forum, which took place in London, UK, from 14-16 July 2008, highlighted the threat posed by climate change to security and prosperity, and agreed to continue to raise awareness of the threats of climate change and to work towards a rapid transition to a low carbon economy.

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ECOSOC Highlights Interlinkages between Food and Energy Crises [viewed]

Current Global Food Crisis Will Require Increasing Amounts of Humanitarian Assistance for Some Time to Come, Economic and Social Council Told 17 July 2008: The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) concluded

its three-day Humanitarian Affairs Segment by convening a panel discussion on “Humanitarian

challenges related to global food aid, including enhancing international

efforts and cooperation in this field,” chaired by

Council Vice-President Park In-kook (Republic of Korea) and moderated by John Holmes, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs.

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