Agriculture & Food Security

New York Declaration on Forests Pledges to Halt Natural Forest Loss by 2030 [viewed]

United Nations23 September 2014: The 'New York Declaration on Forests', as announced at the Climate Summit 2014, pledges to halve the rate of deforestation by 2020, halt the loss of natural forests by 2030, and restore 350 million hectares of degraded areas. Twenty-seven developed and developing countries, 34 companies, 16 indigenous peoples' organizations, and 45 non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and civil society organizations (CSOs) have endorsed the Declaration.

read more »

ECLAC Assesses Climate Change Costs for Latin America and Caribbean [viewed]

1280784375ECLAC_logo22 September 2014: A report by the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) calculates that, in a 2.5°C temperature rise scenario, the economic costs of climate change will equal approximately 2.5% of the region's annual gross domestic product (GDP). The study notes that the region is faced with “an asymmetrical dual challenge” given its limited contribution to total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and high vulnerability to climate change. It estimates the annual adaptation costs for the region at approximately 0.5% of the region's annual GDP.

read more »

UN Report Reviews Efforts to "Deliver as One" on Climate Change [viewed]

United Nations22 September 2014: Ahead of the Climate Summit 2014, the UN released a report, titled 'How the United Nations System Supports Ambitious Action on Climate Change: The United Nations System Delivering as One on Climate Change and Sustainable Development.'

read more »

GOC Petition Calls for Urgent Action on Oceans [viewed]

goc22 September 2014: The Global Ocean Commission (GOC) delivered a global petition to the UN, calling for a new international agreement on high seas protection at an event organized by The Ocean Elders in New York, US. Over 260,000 people have signed the petition, titled ‘Ban Ki-moon: Help secure a living ocean, food and prosperity-propose a new agreement for high seas protection in September 2014.'

read more »

UNGA's Second Committee Launches Work [viewed]

UNGA19 September 2014: The UN General Assembly's Second Committee (Economic and Financial) held its organizational session for UNGA 69, on 19 September 2014, in New York, US. The Second Committee will conduct its substantive work from 7 October until 26 November, beginning with the general debate on 7-9 October.

read more »

CCAC Report Urges Immediate Action on Short-Lived Climate Pollutants [viewed]

CCAC19 September 2014: The Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (CCAC) has released a report, titled ‘Time to Act – To reduce short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs).' The report details the causes and sources of SLCPs, and outlines the potential benefits of control measures.

read more »

World Bank Group Designs Pilot Auction Facility for Methane and Climate [viewed]

Worldbanklogo15 September 2014: The World Bank Group has announced the design of the Pilot Auction Facility for Methane and Climate Change Mitigation (PAF), a pay-for-performance instrument that aims to stimulate investment in projects that reduce emissions while maximizing the impact of scarce public resources and leveraging private sector financing through the use of auctions.

read more »

Guest Article #110: Should We Stop the Green Oil Rush Altogether? [viewed]

Are biofuels a smart technology that can help solve the looming energy crisis or are they a threat to an already compromised global food and water security? Some thoughts on the climate change, food security and biofuels nexus. Two visions, who is right?

read more »

Climate Economy Report Urges Decoupling Economic and Emissions Growth [viewed]

the-new-climate-economy16 September 2014: The New Climate Economy, a project of the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate, has released a report that finds that competitive markets and consistent government policy signals are critical for businesses and investors to create low-carbon jobs and growth. The report, titled 'Better Growth, Better Climate: The New Climate Economy Report,' was launched at UN Headquarters in New York, US, and presented to governments, as well as to business and finance leaders.

read more »

Arab Countries Highlight Regional Priorities for Post-2015 DRR Framework [viewed]

UNISDR16 September 2014: The 2nd Arab Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) provided the opportunity for approximately 400 Arab government officials, donors, policy makers, planners, academics, civil society representatives and development experts to discuss DRR in the region. The Conference highlighted progress made in DRR efforts, reviewed implementation of the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA) 2005-2015 in the region, and discussed regional priorities towards the post-2015 DRR framework.

read more »