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UN Secretary-General Circulates Note on Implementation of Rio Conventions [viewed]

10 August 2011: In preparation of the 66th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), the UN Secretary-General has circulated a background note on the implementation of UN environmental conventions, including the reports submitted by the Secretariats of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).

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UN Secretary-General Report Describes International Progress on Combating Food Insecurity [viewed]

8 August 2011: A report of the UN Secretary-General titled "Agriculture Development and Food Security: progress on the implementation of the outcomes of the World Summit on Food Security," has been released in preparation for the 66th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA).

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Event: Emergency in the Horn of Africa: Follow-Up and Response Actions [viewed]

This meeting is hosted by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) for its member States, and humanitarian and development partners. It constitutes a second session in a rapid follow-up to the Emergency Ministerial-Level Meeting on the Drought in the Horn of Africa held on 25 July 2011. The meeting is expected to take stock of the situation, including discussions on aid pledged, actions undertaken, and the shortfalls that may exist in these key areas. The meeting will also address the root causes of the crisis and the longer-term needs of region to enhance livelihood resilience, thus building up on the work of the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP).  

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Report of 11th Meeting of Rio Conventions Joint Liaison Group Released [viewed]

2 August 2011: The Joint Liaison Group (JLG) of the three Rio Conventions - the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), and UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) - held its 11th meeting, and agreed that terms of reference should be developed to outline the overarching principles of the JLG's operation and further define its modus operandi. The report of the meeting is now available.

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UNCCD Collecting Views on How to Organize Scientific Advice [viewed]

UNCCDAugust 2011: The Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) is conducting an e-survey assessment on how to organize international, interdisciplinary scientific advice.

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UNFF Launches Newsletter on Regional Forest Activities [viewed]

10 August 2011: The UN Forum on Forests Secretariat has launched the first issue of its newsletter "Regional Voices," reporting on several regional activities related to sustainable forest management.

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ASB REDD+ Briefs Highlight Competing Carbon Claims, MRV Capacity Needs and Governance and Safeguards [viewed]

August 2011: Recent publications from ASB Partnership for the Tropical Forest Margins (ASB) address key issues related to REDD+ implementation with respect to carbon rights, measurement, reporting and verification (MRV),  safeguards, and stakeholder engagement.

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Event: 37th Committee on World Food Security [viewed]

 

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AU Calls for Articles for ECOLOGUE Journal [viewed]

African Union (AU)1 August 2011: In preparation for the 17th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 17) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the African Union (AU) is launching a new policy journal, ECOLOGUE, with a focus on climate change issues.

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IFPRI Releases Series of Briefs on Food Security and Climate Change in Africa [viewed]

July 2011: The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) has released a series of briefs on food security and climate change in Africa. The briefs use a selection of climate scenarios to model hydrological and temperature impacts on productivity and income, as well as adaptation scenarios.

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