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UNCCD Global Mechanism Highlights Development Programming at Country Level Supported by Effective International Policy Making Processes [viewed]

17 June 2008: On the occasion of 2008 World Day to Combat

Desertification and Drought, celebrated on 17 June, the Global Mechanism (GM)

of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) emphasized that “the

current strategy and policy debates around climate resilience, sustainable

agriculture and food security point to the conclusion that none of these global

challenges and threats to human well-being should be tackled in isolation, but

as part and

parcel of development programming at country level, supported

by effective

international policy making processes.”

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IFAD Calls for Sustainable Agriculture to Stop Desertification [viewed]

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June 2008: In a message on the occasion of UN World Day to Combat

Desertification, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)

highlighted the role of poor farmers and herders in stopping or reversing land

degradation in areas affected by desertification.

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

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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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UNEP Releases Atlas Documenting African Environmental Change [viewed]

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10 June 2008: A new Atlas, comprised of photographs,

satellite imagery and narrative, illustrates changes to Africa's environment

over the past 36 years. The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) launched Africa: Atlas of Our Changing Environment

in Johannesburg, South Africa, on 10 June 2008, at the twelfth Session of the

African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN), which convened from

7-12 June 2008.

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UNCCD Suggests Expanding CDM Coverage of Agricultural Land Use [viewed]

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5 June 2008: Deputy Executive Secretary Grégoire de Kalbermatten

addressed the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) High-Level Conference on

Food Security on 5 June 2008, and emphasized actions to enhance carbon

sequestration in soil. He suggested that the climate change negotiations should

give increased attention to land and soil, including by expanding the Clean

Development Mechanism's (CDM) coverage of agricultural land use, particularly

projects focusing on carbon sequestration in soil.

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IFAD and UNCCD's Global Mechanism: Report on Mitigating the Impact of Climate Change and Land Degradation in Viet Nam [viewed]

May 2008: The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the Global Mechanism of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) have jointly commissioned a report entitled “Mitigating the Impact of Climate Change and Land Degradation through IFAD's Country Strategic Opportunities Paper (COSOP) in Viet Nam.” The report examines the impact of climate change and land degradation on Viet Nam's agricultural and related sectors, to guide project design of COSOP priorities and to identify supplementary financing for IFAD projects from the UNFCCC and other carbon-related financing mechanisms.

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UNCCD: Executive Secretary meets with UN Secretary-General [viewed]

Luc_gnacadja_and_ban_kimoon_213 May 2008: UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) Executive Secretary Luc Gnacadja met with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the sidelines of the sixteenth session of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development.

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CSD16: Delegates Review Agriculture, Rural Development, Drought, Desertification, Land and Africa [viewed]

Agriculture_and_rural_development_s16 May 2008: The sixteenth session of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD), which met from 5-16 May 2008, in New York, US, has reviewed the thematic cluster of agriculture, rural development, drought, desertification, land and Africa. Many delegations and speakers tied these agenda items to the current global food crisis and climate change, and highlighted in particular land degradation, high energy costs, climate change, poor harvests, speculation in agricultural commodities, inequitable terms of trade, decline of investments in rural and agricultural development, and increased production of biofuels from food crops as drivers of high food prices.

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UN-HABITAT: Prevention Approaches Stressed in Face of Climate Change Refugees [viewed]

7 May 2008: UN-HABITAT intervened in the discussions on “land” during the sixteenth session of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development, which met in New York, US, from 5-16 May 2008. Clarissa Augustinus, Chief, Land, Tenure and Property Administration Section, of the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT), noted that “climate change refugees will flood into the cities and as the cities grow to accommodate these refugees they will further impact their rural environs.”

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UN/ISDR: Drought Risk Reduction Networks Discussed at CSD16 [viewed]

7 May 2008: The UN International Strategy on Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) intervened during the discussion of “drought” at the sixteenth session of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development, which convened in New York, US, from 5-16 May 2008. The UN/ISDR delegation highlighted that regional and sub-regional networks that address drought risk reduction exist or are in the process of being formed, although their establishment has not been as successful as desired due to “overlapping political jurisdictions, differences in the types of participants and policy issues in each region, varying degrees of interest among potential regional participants, and different implementation timelines.”

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