Poverty Eradication

G8 Agriculture Ministers Adopt Declaration on the World Food Emergency [viewed]

© G8 Agriculture Ministers' Meeting.jpg20 April 2009: The Ministers of Agriculture of the G8 countries and Brazil, China, India, Mexico, South Africa, Argentina, Australia and Egypt convened from 18-20 April 2009, in Cison di Valmarino, Italy, to discuss food security under the theme “The World Food Emergency.” The meeting was also attended by the Heads of UN agencies that are members of the UN Secretary-General's High-Level Task Force on Food Security and other intergovernmental bodies.

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UNDP to Launch Knowledge Platform to Promote Capacity Development for Policy Makers to Address Climate Change [viewed]

April 2009: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) will launch, at the end of April 2009, the Climate Community (UNDPCC), a knowledge platform to promote capacity development of policy makers working directly with activities related to climate change adaptation and mitigation.

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UN Secretary-General Proposes New Multilateralism to Address Climate Change [viewed]

© UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon17 April 2009: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon spoke at a colloquium at Princeton University, US, on “The Imperative for a New Multilateralism,” in which he proposed focusing on securing global public goods, including global financial and economic stability, a major push against poverty, restoring peace and stability, addressing climate change, advancing global health, countering terrorism, and ensuring disarmament and non-proliferation.

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UN Deputy Secretary-General Calls for Renewed Partnership to Tackle Food, Energy and Climate Crises [viewed]

© UN16 April 2009: In a lecture delivered at McGill University, Montreal, Canada, on 16 April 2009, UN Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro addressed “Forging a Renewed Partnership for Development.”

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UN-HABITAT Governing Council Adopts Resolution on Cities and Climate Change [viewed]

Delegates stand to congratulate students of the Youth Empowerment Programme. L-R: Achim Steiner, Executive Director, UNEP; Inga Bjork-Klevby , Deputy Executive Director, UN-HABITAT; Anna Tibaijuka, Executive Director, UN-HABITAT; Stephen Kalonzo Musyoka, Vice President, Kenya; Soita Shitanda, Minister for Housing, Kenya; Michael Werikhe, Minister of Lands, Housing, and Urban Development, Uganda; and Rolf Wichmann, Secretary, UN-HABITAT Governing Council.3 April 2009: The 22nd session of the Governing Council of the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) was held in Nairobi, Kenya, from 30 March- 3 April 2009, and brought together close to 800 delegates from 104 countries, representing national governments, NGOs, and local governments and their associations. The Governing Council adopted a resolution on cities and climate change and requested the UN General Assembly to convene a third UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development.

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UNDP Presents Results of Partnerships for Local Development and to Combat Climate Change [viewed]

© UNDP3 April 2009: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) presented the results of the ART Initiative, which was designed by a group of UN Agencies under UNDP's leadership (namely the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, the UN Development Fund for Women, the World Health Organization and UNOPS) to promote the strategic and operational articulation among the development cooperation institutions and programmes in support of national policies and local dynamics of governance and local development.

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FAO Urges Including Agriculture in Climate Change Negotiations [viewed]

© FAO2 April 2009: Speaking at the UNFCCC climate change talks taking place in Bonn, Germany, Alexander Müller, Assistant Director-General, UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), urged policy makers to include agriculture in negotiations on a post-2012 climate change treaty.

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UN-HABITAT Releases Magazine on Role of Cities in Climate Change [viewed]

© UN-HABITATApril 2009: The second issue of the UN Human Settlements Programme's (UN-HABITAT) new flagship magazine, Urban World, features climate change as its main theme. The 92-page issue addresses, among other topics, how cities can keep their ecological footprint to a minimum through better land use planning and building codes, the role of construction in reducing emissions, and how climate change is not gender neutral.

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UN-HABITAT Governing Council Addresses Impact of Climate Change on the Promotion of Affordable Housing [viewed]

30 March 2009: The 22nd Session of the UN Human Settlements Programme Governing Council (UN-HABITAT GC 22) opened on 30 March 2009, at UN-HABITAT headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya. The week-long session's main theme is promoting affordable housing finance systems in an urbanizing world in the face of the global financial crisis and climate change.

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Tenth Session of the Human Rights Council Discusses Relationship of Climate Change and Human Rights, Adopts OHCHR Report [viewed]

Photo credit, OHCHR

27 March 2009: The tenth special session of the Human Rights Council (HRC) convened from 2-27 March 2009, at the UN Office in Geneva, Switzerland. The Council considered and endorsed the Report of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on the relationship between climate change and human rights (A/HRC/10/61). The Council also adopted a resolution on human rights and climate change.

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