CBD'S Djoghlaf Highlights Risks of Agricultural Biodiversity Loss [viewed]


2 July 2008: On the occasion of the Fourth International

Conference on Sustainable Agriculture for Food, Energy and Industry, held from

2-5 July 2008, in Sapporo, Japan, the Convention on Biological Diversity's

(CBD) Executive Secretary, Ahmed Djoghlaf, highlighted that around 20% of

domestic animal breeds are at risk of extinction, with an average of one breed

lost each month.

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FAO World Food Day to Focus on Challenges of Climate Change and Bioenergy [viewed]


July 2008: The theme of this year's World Food Day (WFD), to be held 16 October

2008 in Québec City, Canada, will be “World Food Security: the Challenges of

Climate Change and Bioenergy.” “Rarely has WFD assumed greater meaning than at

the present time, as rapidly rising food prices risk increasing the number of

hungry people,” said Sidaty Aidara, Chief of WFD events at the Food and

Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO).

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G8: Summit Concludes with Agreement on Climate Change [viewed]


8 July 2008: The Group

of Eight Industrialized Countries (G8) Hokkaido Toyako

Summit took place from 7-9 July 2008

in Japan. On 8 July, the G8 leaders agreed on a Document on Environment and

Climate Change. The leaders of the G8

agreed to share with parties to the UNFCCC the vision of a goal of achieving at

least 50% reduction of global emissions by 2050, recognizing that this global

challenge can only be met by the contributions from all major economies,

consistent with the principle of common but differentiated responsibilities and

respective capabilities.

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Ramsar Standing Committee Addresses Climate Change and Biofuels [viewed]

6 June 2008: The Ramsar Standing Committee held its 37th meeting from 2-6 June 2008, in Gland,

Switzerland. The Committee was charged with making the final preparations for

the documents to be considered at the tenth meeting of the Conference of the

Parties (COP10), which will take place in Changwon, Republic of Korea, from 28 October to 4 November 2008. During the meeting, the Committee approved

for transmittal to the COP a draft Resolution (DR) on climate change and

wetlands, and one on wetlands and biofuels.

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UNCCD Highlights Links between Land Degradation and Agriculture on World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought [viewed]


17 June 2008: The UN

Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) selected “Combating land

degradation for sustainable agriculture” as the theme for 2008 World Day to

Combat Desertification and Drought, celebrated on 17 June. On the occasion,

UNCCD Executive Secretary Luc Gnacadja highlighted that the conversion of land

to “unsustainable uses can exacerbate the vicious circle of land degradation,

loss of biodiversity and climate change.”

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WTO's Lamy Says More International Trade Prevents Climate Change and Water Scarcity [viewed]


3 June 2008: The World Trade

Organization's (WTO) Director-General, Pascal Lamy, addressed the High-Level

Conference on World Food Security, which met in Rome, Italy, from 3-5 June

2006, where he highlighted climate change's impacts on agriculture, including

the potentially greater scarcity of water, and called attention to the

water-saving potential of international trade, by preventing the unnecessary

growth of agriculture in countries without access to sufficient water resources.

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OECD Ministerial Council and Forum Focus on the Economics of Climate Change [viewed]


5 June 20

08: The Organisation for

Economic Co-operation and Development's (OECD) Forum 2008 and the annual

OECD Council at ministerial level considered ‘Climate Change, Growth and

Stability' and ‘Outreach, reform and the economics of climate change,'

respectively, during their meetings in Paris, France, from 3-5 June 2008.

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UNESCO to Convene Forum on Gender Equality [viewed]



2008: Women are both the most exposed

to the consequences of climate change, and the best placed to influence changes

in behaviour, according to the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural

Organization (UNESCO). According to

UNESCO, this situation exists because women are most affected by natural

disasters while at the same time they play a key role in managing water and

fuel resources, thus wielding an essential influence for change.

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FAO High-Level Conference Identifies Measures to Ensure World Food Security [viewed]

5 June 2008: The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) High-Level

Conference on World Food Security: the Challenges of Climate Change and

Bioenergy, which convened in Rome, Italy, from 3-5 June 2008, adopted a

Declaration, outlining immediate as well as medium- and long-term measures to

ensure food security.

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CBD'S Ahmed Djoghlaf Underlines Link between Biodiversity Conservation, Climate Change and Food Security [viewed]



June 2008: In a message to the High-Level Conference on World Food Security

(3-5 June 2008, Rome, Italy), Ahmed Djoghlaf, Executive Secretary of the

Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), underlined the current loss of

agricultural and livestock biodiversity, which he said is further increased by

climate change.

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