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Speakers at Opening Session for CSD IPM Highlight Linkages with Climate Change [viewed]

Sha Zukang, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs

23 February 2009: Speakers at the opening session of the Intersessional Preparatory Meeting (IPM) for the 17th session of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD17) highlighted linkages between climate change and CSD17's thematic cluster of issues: agriculture, Africa, drought, desertification, land and rural development. The IPM is meeting in New York, US, from 23-27 February 2009.

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WMO Workshop Recommends Developing a Drought Index [viewed]

World Meteorological Organization (WMO)

19 February 2009: The International Workshop on Drought and Extreme Temperatures, organized jointly by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the China Meteorological Administration, took place from 16-17 February 2009, in Beijing, China. The workshop brought together over 40 scientists from climate and agricultural research institutes, universities and environmental monitoring organizations, and concluded with the adoption of several recommendations to cope with increasing droughts and extreme temperatures on agriculture, rangelands and forestry.

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UNEP Releases Year Book 2009 [viewed]

UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Year Book 2009

16 February 2009: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released the UNEP Year Book 2009, which highlights environmental trends and relevant innovation, and points to the need for a low carbon economy.

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UNCCD Submits Proposal on Carbon Sequestration in Soils to AWG-LCA 5 [viewed]

UNCCD Submits Proposal on Carbon Sequestration in Soils to AWG-LCA 513 February 2009: The UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has submitted to the fifth Session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA 5) a proposal stressing the need to include in the UNFCCC negotiation agenda practical approaches, such as biochar-related (charcoal) mitigation, focusing on increased land productivity.

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High-Level Meeting on African Agriculture Calls for Support for Climate Change Adaptation, Forwards Declaration to CSD 17 [viewed]

Libertina Amathila, Deputy Prime Minister, Republic of Namibia

10 February 2009: The High-Level Meeting on African Agriculture in the 21st Century - Meeting the Challenges, Making a Sustainable Green Revolution, which convened from 9-10 February, in Windhoek, Namibia, adopted a declaration in which participants called for, among other measures, support to help African farmers adapt to climate change.

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UNCCD Announces Conference to Discuss Monitoring and Assessment of Desertification and Land Degradation [viewed]

Organized by the Dryland Science for Development Consortium (DSD) with the assistance of the UNCCD Secretariat.

6 February 2009: The UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has released information concerning the scientific conference to be held in conjunction with the next meeting of its Committee on Science and Technology. The conference will consider “Bio-physical and socio-economic monitoring and assessment of desertification and land degradation, to support decision-making in land and water management.”

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WMO Expert Team on Droughts to Meet in Beijing [viewed]

World Meteorological Organization (WMO)

February 2009: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Expert Team Meeting on “Drought and Extreme Temperatures: Preparedness and Management for Sustainable Agriculture, Rangelands, Forestry, and Fisheries” will be held from 18-19 February 2009, in Beijing, China.

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WMO to Hold Workshop on Adaptation to Climate Change in West African Agriculture [viewed]

World Meteorological Organization (WMO)

February 2009: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) with the Drylands Development Centre of the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN Environment Programme are organizing an International Workshop on Adaptation to Climate Change in West African Agriculture in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, which is tentatively scheduled for March 2009.

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IFAD President Calls on the Arab Agricultural Sector to Address Challenges of Food Security and Climate Change [viewed]

Lennart Båge, President of the UN International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)

18 January 2009: Speaking at the 31st Summit of the League Arab States (LAS), held from 17-18 January 2009, in Kuwait City, Lennart Båge, President of the UN International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), called for re-engaging the agricultural sector to meet the challenges of food security and climate change, with particular attention to energy efficiency, water scarcity and the environment.

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World Water Forum Prepcom Highlights Impacts of Climate Change on Water Scarcity [viewed]

Agriculture is by far the biggest water user

21 January 2009: The Third Preparatory Committee (PrepCom) meeting of the Ministerial Process of the Fifth World Water Forum, hosted by the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and co-organized by the World Water Council, is being held at UN Food and Agriculture (FAO) headquarters in Rome, Italy, from 21-23 January 2008. The meeting has gathered delegates from over 60 countries to continue negotiations on a global plan of action for adapting to global changes that affect the management of freshwater resources.

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