Agriculture & Food Security

ICARDA Identifies Effective Climate Change Interventions in Agriculture [viewed]

ICARDA-Logo30 April 2015: The CGIAR International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) has published a report on the water and food security challenges facing the Mediterranean region, emphasizing that many of the most effective climate change interventions have their roots in agriculture.

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International Experts Workshops Discuss Methane Emissions, Response Measures [viewed]

International Experts Workshops Discuss Methane Emissions30 April 2015: A two-part workshop on carbon management, organized by Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources and Saudi Aramco, focused on methane emissions and mitigation in the oil and gas sector, as well as the adverse social and economic impacts of mitigation measures (response measures).

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April 2015 Climate Finance Update [viewed]

April 2015 Climate Finance30 April 2015: During April 2015, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the African Development Bank (AfDB), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the Nordic Environment Finance Corporation (NEFCO), the Adaptation Fund, the Climate Investment Funds (CIF), the Green Climate Fund (GCF), the World Bank, Climate Finance Options and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) DTU Partnership reported on project news and other climate finance-related developments.

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Scientific Advisory Board Highlights Science, Technology and Innovation as MOI [viewed]

United Nations29 April 2015: Members of the UN Secretary-General's Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) called for improving the interface between science and policy in order to develop and implement solutions to global challenges. The call was made at a roundtable with UN Member States on means of implementation (MOI) and the post-2015 development agenda. The Board also underscored the importance of science in facilitating transformations toward local low-carbon economies and sustainable urbanization.

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April 2015 Water Finance Update [viewed]

afdb_gef_idb_gwpApril 2015: During the month of April, international financial institutions (IFIs), including the African Development Bank (AfDB), Global Environment Facility (GEF), Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and World Bank, announced financing for projects related to water resource management, sanitation services and water conflict resolution. In addition, the Global Water Partnership (GWP) undertook an initiative for climate-proofing water investment in the Caribbean.

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Kampala Declaration Stresses Cross-Regional Cooperation on Climate Services [viewed]

WMO23 April 2015: During a Workshop on Improving Climate Services for Farmers in Africa and South Asia, farmers and experts adopted the Kampala Declaration on promoting cross-regional cooperation on sharing and using knowledge on climate products and services. The Declaration came about because of the increased recognition that significant progress has been made in weather and climate forecasting through improved data availability and advances in numerical modeling.

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Bioversity Examines Role of Biodiversity in Climate-Smart Agriculture [viewed]

Bioversity InternationalApril 2015: Bioversity International has released a brochure discussing the role of agricultural biodiversity at the genetic, species and landscape levels in climate-smart agriculture.

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Global Soil Week 2015: Healthy Soils and Land Justice Underpin Transformation to Sustainability [viewed]

global_soil_week24 April 2015: “A transformation towards sustainable soil management is possible if all actors are integrated in the search for solutions.” This statement was among concluding remarks made by Klaus Töpfer, Executive Director, Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) and Chair of the Third Global Soil Week. Töpfer welcomed the contribution of the Secretariats of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), noting “this sends a strong signal” of the growing shift from silos towards "a systems approach” in addressing multiple agendas.

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Liechtenstein Submits INDC [viewed]

Liechtenstein flag22 April 2015: The Government of Liechtenstein has officially submitted its intended nationally determined contribution (INDC) to the UNFCCC Secretariat. In its contribution to the anticipated 2015 climate change agreement, Liechtenstein states that it will aim to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 40% by 2030, using 1990 as the baseline. The INDC assumes the possibility of incorporating reductions achieved abroad. The target will be subject to parliamentary approval.

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International Mother Earth Day Celebrated around the World [viewed]

ban_ki_moon_concert22 April 2015: In celebration of Earth Day, multilateral institutions and organizations worldwide held public concerts and forums, revealed a 'forest pavilion,' and released special newsletters and statements, among many other commemorative activities. The UN kicked off its Earth Day events with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaking at the Global Citizen Earth Day Concert on 18 April in Washington DC, US, where he told the crowd, "Take your passion and compassion and build a better, sustainable world."

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