Agriculture & Food Security

UN Secretary-General Addresses the Climate and Food Crisis in a Joint Session of the Mexican Senate and Chamber of Deputies [viewed]

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon 4 August 2008: In an address to the Joint Session of the

Mexican Senate and Chamber of Deputies, UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon,

noted their pivotal role in bridging the local and global, highlighting the

three inter-related challenges faced by the world today, namely, a climate

crisis, a food crisis, and an emerging development emergency.

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Fifteenth SAARC Summit Declaration Addresses Climate Change and Food Security [viewed]

The fifteenth Summit meeting of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC)3 August 2008: The fifteenth Summit meeting of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), held from 2-3 August 2008, in Colombo, Sri Lanka, concluded with the adoption of the Colombo Declaration and the Colombo Statement on Food Security. In the Declaration, entitled “Partnership for Growth for Our People,” the Heads of State and Government reiterate the need for increased regional cooperation in tackling climate change, in particular for capacity building, the development of Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) projects, and awareness raising.

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General Assembly President Discusses Climate Change on Latin American Tour [viewed]

Statement by H.E. Dr. Srgjan Kerim, President of the United Nations General Assembly

31 July 2008: On his three-country tour of Latin America,

Srgjan Kerim, President of the UN General Assembly, has discussed climate

change with Michelle Bachelet, President of Chile, and addressed its importance

at a conference on the role of the UN in a globalized world.

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FAO Calls for Investment into Research on Cassava to Boost Yields for Food and Biofuel Production [viewed]

Global Cassava Partnership for Genetic Improvement (GCP21)

25 July 2008: At the first global scientific conference of the Global Cassava Partnership, held from 21-24 July, 2008 in Ghent, Belgium, scientists and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) called for a significant increase in investment in research and development needed to boost farmers' yields and explore promising industrial uses of cassava, including biofuels production.

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Fifth Summit of the Americas' Draft Declaration Addresses Climate Change [viewed]

Fifth Summit of the Americas' 24 July 2008: The Draft Declaration of Commitment for the Fifth Summit of the Americas was presented during a meeting of National Coordinators of the Summit Implementation Review Group held at the headquarters of the Organization of American States (OAS) in Washington DC, US.

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WBCSD and IUCN Report Highlights Agriculture's Dilemma between Food Security, Conservation and Climate Change Adaptation [viewed]

Understanding agriculture's dilemma between food security and conservation – new publication

July

2008: The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and IUCN

have published a report entitled “Agricultural Ecosystems, Facts and Trends.”

The Report presents facts and figures on trends in agricultural production and

consumption to help governments, farmers, consumers and industry better

understand the challenges facing the sustainable management of agricultural

ecosystems, such as meeting demands from a fast-growing world population,

adapting to climate change impacts, and managing the natural resources of an

increasingly depleted planet.

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FAO Provides Data on Crop Prospects, the Food Situation and Countries in Crisis Needing External Assistance [viewed]

Crop Prospects and Food Situation July 2008: Through its Global Information and Early Warning System on Food and Agriculture (GIEWS), the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) provides regularly updated information on

the current situation of global agriculture and food security.

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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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