Biodiversity

New Plant Breeding Academy to Improve Food Security in Africa [viewed]

World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)10 December 2013: To improve Africa's resilience to climate change, pests and disease, the African Plant Breeding Academy (APBA) has announced that it will train scientists and technicians to breed plants and trees that have previously received little scientific research attention because of their low market value. The APBA was established to boost the profile and production of "orphan crops," which are neglected but nutritious crops.

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UNGA's Oceans and Law of the Sea Resolution Focuses on Marine Debris, Climate Change [viewed]

UNGA9 December 2013: The UN General Assembly (UNGA) has adopted, by a recorded vote of 115 in favor to one against (Turkey), with two abstentions (Colombia, Venezuela), its annual omnibus resolution on oceans and the law of the sea (Resolution A/RES/68/70).

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Stakeholders Provide Input on SDGs Online [viewed]

UndsdDecember 2013: The UN Division for Sustainable Development (DSD) has posted stakeholder input on the issues for discussion at the upcoming meetings of the UN General Assembly's Open Working Group (OWG) on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Major Groups and other stakeholders were invited to share information through the online Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform, including regarding the civil society steering committees and panelists for each topic.

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UNEP Atlas Shows Rapid Environmental Change in Arab Region [viewed]

UNEP10 December 2013 : A report, released by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Abu Dhabi Global Environmental Data Initiative (AGEDI), and supported by the Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD), indicates that the pace of environmental change in the Arab region may be faster than in the rest of the world due to growing populations and increasing environmental pressures.

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Elysée Summit on Africa Adopts Declaration on Peace and Security, Climate Change [viewed]

sommet-afrique-elysee7 December 2013: The Elysée Summit for Peace and Security in Africa concluded with the adoption of a Declaration that includes sections on peace and security, economic partnership and development, and climate change.

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ECLAC Highlights Climate Change Impacts on Grain Production in Central America [viewed]

ECLAC29 November 2013: The Subregional headquarters for Mexico and Central America of the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) issued a study finding substantial potential climate change impacts on basic grains production in the seven countries of Central America, and suggesting possible strategies to promote adaptation.

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UNESCO Panel Recognizes Critical Role of Mountain Regions in Water Security [viewed]

Unesco14 November 2013: Water resources in mountainous areas play a critical role in agriculture, biodiversity, hydroelectricity and water supply, according to a High Level Panel Session organized during the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization's (UNESCO) 37th General Conference. The panel, titled ‘Climate Change Impacts on Water Resources and Adaptation Policies in Mountainous Regions,' recognized the high sensitivity of mountains to climate change and discussed strategies for coping with climate change impacts on water resources in mountainous areas.

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Africa Day Focuses on Agriculture and Climate Change [viewed]

africa-days-event19 November 2013: Africa Day, a full-day event held on the margins of the Warsaw Climate Change Conference, brought together African leaders, scientists and other stakeholders to discuss climate change and agricultural development on the continent. Presented by the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), the African Union Commission (AUC), and the African Development Bank (AfDB), the event aimed to reach African development partners as well as negotiators from other regions.

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Ocean Acidification Report Highlights Climate Change Link and Need for Greater Observation and Coordination [viewed]

UNESCO IOC18 November 2013: During a side-event to Warsaw Climate Change Conference, the UN Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) launched a publication titled 'Ocean Acidification: Summary for Policymakers,' the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) presented its Ocean Acidification Coordination Centre, and recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) findings on ocean acidification were discussed.

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UNCCD Sets Theme for 2014 World Day to Combat Desertification [viewed]

UNCCD logo19 November 2013: The Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has announced that, on 17 June 2014, the World Day to Combat Desertification (WDCD) will focus on the theme of ecosystem-based adaptation and take place under the slogan 'Land belongs to the future, let's climate proof it!' 

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