Agriculture & Food Security

FAO Releases Report on Impact of Climate Change-Related Disasters on Food Security in Pacific Islands [viewed]

2 December 2008: The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has released a report entitled Climate Change and Food Security in Pacific Island Countries, jointly published with the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme and the University of the South Pacific. The report warns that climate change-related disasters such as cyclones, flash floods and droughts have constrained development efforts in the Pacific islands and are likely to have a serious impact on their food production.

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IEA Releases Report on Second Generation Biofuel Technologies [viewed]

From 1st- to 2nd-Generation Biofuel Technologies: An overview of current industry and RD&D activities 28 November 2008: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has released a report entitled “From 1st- to 2nd-Generation Biofuel Technologies: An overview of current industry and RD&D activities,” which outlines the technical challenges facing second generation biofuels, evaluates their costs and examines related current policies to support their development and deployment.

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UNESCO: Ready to Facilitate International Dialogue on Biofuels [viewed]

UNESCO is ready to support the worldwide debate on biofuels 26 November 2008: Speaking at the International Conference on Biofuels, which took place in São Paulo, Brazil, from 17-21 November 2008, UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Deputy Director-General Marcio Barbosa indicated the Organization's readiness to facilitate dialogue among governments on biofuel technology.

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FAO-Backed Research Project Indicates Africa Could Be a Significant Carbon Sink [viewed]

CarboAfrica project25 November 2008: According to research conducted by CarboAfrica, an international research consortium of 15 institutions from Africa and Europe that includes the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Africa could be absorbing more carbon from the atmosphere than it emits.

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UN Secretary-General Stresses Linkages Between Climate Change, Development and the Global Economy [viewed]

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon 24 November 2008: In an editorial published in the Japan Times, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon underscores that the financial crisis is unique and potentially overwhelming, and warns against the risk of it evolving into “tomorrow's human crisis.”

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FAO Adopts Immediate Plan of Action to Address Crucial Challenges [viewed]

The FAO Conference in session. 22 November 2008: The 35th Special Session of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Conference, which convened from 18-22 November 2008, in Rome, Italy, has adopted a three-year Immediate Plan of Action (IPA), which will implement an agenda for “reform with growth” as recommended by an independent external evaluation completed last year.

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Brazil's President Lula Closes International Biofuels Conference, Calls for Investments in New Energy Sources [viewed]

President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva 21 November 2008: Speaking at the closing of the International Conference on Biofuels, which convened from 17-21 November 2008, in São Paolo, Brazil, Brazil's President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva called on industrialized countries to invest in the production of biofuels in impoverished countries that have available land, such as African countries.

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UN Deputy Secretary-General Calls for Greater Involvement of Women in Decision-Making Processes in Addressing Climate Change [viewed]

Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro 21 November 2008: UN Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro, in an address to the Sixth African Development Forum, emphasized that, while many African countries have experienced economic growth in recent years, glaring gender disparities remain.

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UN Secretary-General: African Industrialization Can Help Tackle Climate Change [viewed]

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon 20 November 2008: In a message marking Africa Industrialization

Day, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for strengthening African industry

so that it can “play its rightful, catalytic role” and help overcome the

current triple financial, food and climate crises as well as make critical

progress on eradicating poverty.

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UN Secretary General: WIPO Can Be “a Champion” in Joining Efforts to Tackle Climate Change [viewed]

UN Secretary General and WIPO Director General. 18 November 2008: During his first visit to the World

Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

reaffirmed WIPO's unique role within the UN system in promoting intellectual

property, innovations and investment in new technology, which are crucial to

stimulate economic development and to tackle the current financial, climate,

food and oil crisis.

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