Poverty Eradication

Commonwealth Publication Suggests Discussing Climate Change at UN Conference on Least Developed Countries [viewed]

26 February 2010: The Commonwealth Secretariat published an article titled “Trade Hot Topics Issue #69: Fourth UN Conference on LDCs - What to Expect?” in preparation for the fourth UN Conference on the Least Developed Countries (UNLDC IV). The article highlights, inter alia, the impacts of climate change on LDCs.

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UNWTO Supports First T.20 Meeting [viewed]

24 February 2010: The UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) supported the first T.20 meeting of ministers and high-level officials, which convened in Johannesburg, South Africa, from 22-24 February 2010, to discuss the economic recovery and the transformation towards a greener and more sustainable economy.

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Event: First PrepCom for UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) [viewed]

The UN General Assembly, in December 2009, adopted a resolution calling for a UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) to be convened in Brazil in 2012 (also referred to as Rio+20). The resolution established the dates for the preparatory committees leading to the event, and indicates the event should be focused on: a green economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication; and the institutional framework for sustainable development.  

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Event: CSD 18 SIDS Special Day [viewed]

CSD-18 SIDS Day will serve as a PrepCom for the High-level Review of the Mauritius Strategy for the Implementation (MSI) of the Barbados Programme of Action for the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States (SIDS), which is scheduled to take place in September 2010.  

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Fuel-Efficient Stoves and Rechargeable Lights Receive UNEP Prize [viewed]

23 February 2010: Two grassroots climate projects in Africa and South America have been awarded the Sasakawa Prize by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).

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FAO's "State of Food and Agriculture 2009" Focuses on a Review of the Livestock Sector [viewed]

February 2010: The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has released "The State of Food and Agriculture 2009: Livestock in the balance," which examines the role of livestock in: food security and poverty reduction; the environment and climate change; and human and animal health.

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Event: Agricultural biotechnologies in developing countries [viewed]

This meeting will address the role of biotechnologies for crops, forestry, livestock, fisheries and agro-industry to face the challenges of food insecurity and climate change. It is hosted by the Government of Mexico with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) and other partners.  

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IFAD's 33rd Governing Council Addresses Climate Change, Food Security and Smallholder Agriculture [viewed]

18 February 2010: The Governing Council of the International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD) held its 33rd session from 17-18 February 2010, in Rome, Italy, to discuss: the Eighth Replenishment of IFAD's resources; IFAD's budget; revisions of IFAD's lending policies and criteria; progress on the performance-based allocation system; progress on the Global Mechanism of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD); and a synthesis of the global meeting of the Farmers' Forum 2010.

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IFAD Factsheet Highlights the Challenges for Rural Development Posed by Climate Change [viewed]

February 2010: The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) has released a factsheet titled "Climate Change: a development challenge," which describes its work on climate change mitigation and adaptation.

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UN-HABITAT Highlights the Need to Confront the Challenge of Urbanization in Africa in the Context of Climate Change [viewed]

16 February 2010:  A conference on Sub-Saharan Africa, held during the first week of February 2010 at Wiston House in Wilton Park, Sussex, UK, focused on the challenges faced by Africa half way between the report of the Commission for Africa, tabled at the Gleneagles Summit in 2005, and the target date for completion of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in 2015.

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