25 August 2008: A UN-sponsored International Symposium on
Climate Change and Food Security in South Asia, taking place from 25-30 August
in Dhaka, Bangladesh, aims to develop an agriculture mitigation and adaptation
framework for climate change implementation in South Asia. Participants are
also expected to recommend policy and financial innovations to enable the
implementation of the framework and its integration into the sustainable
development planning of South Asia countries.
21 August 2008: The Supporting Entrepreneurs for Sustainable Development (SEED) Initiative has announced the winners of its 2008 SEED Awards for Entrepreneurship in Sustainable Development. The SEED Initiative is a global network for action on sustainable development partnerships, founded by IUCN, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), to deliver progress toward the internationally-agreed goals in the UN's Millennium Declaration and the commitments made at the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg in 2002.
August 2008: The Parliamentary Forum on Sustainable
Development and Aid Effectiveness will take place in Nairobi, Kenya, from 26-28
August 2008, and will focus on climate change, food security and aid
effectiveness. The event will bring together African parliamentarians and
experts, as well as members of parliament from Europe and Japan.
August 2008: The Global Partnership Initiative for Plant Breeding Capacity Building (GIPB), a platform and partnership of public, private and civil society institutions hosted by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), in collaboration with the FAO Inter-Departmental Working Group on Bioenergy, has called for expanded, up-to-date information on genetic resources and breeding of selected underutilized species, together with detailed analysis of their potential as bioenergy crops adaptable to sustainable smallholder production systems.
13 August 2008: The Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has launched a new webpage on the
interrelationship between land and climate. The webpage highlights that soil
can make a difference in addressing climate change issues, and presents
information on land and climate change, land degradation and poverty, energy
security, food security, and UNCCD processes to address climate change and
12 August 2008: In a speech delivered during the opening of the Food and Agriculture Organization/International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) International Symposium on Induced Mutations in Plants, Werner Burkart, IAEA
Deputy Director General, noted that in 2008, the international community became conscience of the links between climate change, the food and energy crises and hunger.
6 August 2008: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has invited submissions regarding experiences in the
development and application of tools relevant to the sustainable production and
use of biofuels, as well as relevant information from research on, and
monitoring of, the positive and negative impacts of the production and use of
biofuels on biodiversity and related socioeconomic aspects, including those
related to indigenous and local communities.
11 August 2008: The International Atomic Energy Agency
(IAEA) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) are organizing
an International Symposium on Induced Mutations in Plants, from 12-15 August
2008, in Vienna, Austria. The event will bring together scientists to focus on
the latest innovations aimed at improving crop productivity in an effort to
solve the food and energy crises.
8 August 2008: On the eve of the International Day for the World's Indigenous Peoples, which is celebrated on 9 August, Regina Laub, the
UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) focal point for Indigenous Peoples,
noted that climate change and limited land rights increasingly threaten
indigenous peoples' livelihoods.
August 2008: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN
(FAO), the International Labor Organization (ILO), and the International Fund
for Agricultural Development (IFAD) have announced a call for papers addressing
“Gender dimensions of agricultural and rural employment: differentiated
pathways out of poverty” to be presented at a global technical expert workshop
to be held in March-April 2009 (dates to be confirmed), in Rome, Italy. The
workshop comes as a follow up to recent international policy discussions on
rural employment, a central element in equitable growth and poverty reduction,
but which faces the challenges of the global food crisis and climate change.