Poverty Eradication

UNDP Welcomes Davos Emphasis on Climate Change [viewed]

UN Development Programme (UNDP)

29 January 2009: Commenting on the message on climate change “Shaping an Opportunity Out of Crisis” issued to the participants at the World Economic Forum taking place in Davos, Switzerland, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) welcomed the emphasis placed on addressing climate change at this year's edition of the event. 

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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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Madrid High-level Meeting on Food Security for All Calls for Exploring Options for a Global Partnership for Agriculture and Food Security [viewed]

L-R: Lennart Bage, Anne Veneman, Josette Saheeran, Jacques Diouif, Peter Power, Ngozi N. Okonjo-Iweala and Luis Riera.

27 January 2009: The High-level Meeting on Food Security for All, held from 26-27 January 2009, in Madrid, Spain, issued a statement that calls for a consultative process on options for a Global Partnership for Agriculture Food Security and Nutrition. Convened by the Government of Spain and the UN, and attended by representatives of 126 countries as well as UN agencies, civil society, trade unions, academia, donor agencies and the private sector, the meeting reviewed progress in addressing the global food crisis since the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) High-level Conference on World Food Security: the Challenges of Climate Change and Bioenergy, held in June 2008. 

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IFAD Discusses Opportunities and Risks of Biotechnologies [viewed]

International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)

21 January 2009: Ides Willebois, on behalf of Leonard Båge, President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), delivered a statement to the German Bundestag outlining IFAD's perspective on the risks and opportunities of agro-biotechnology and other agricultural technologies.

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UN-ESCWA to Organize Meeting on Promotion of Renewable Energy Applications [viewed]

UN-ESCWA to Organize Meeting on Promotion of Renewable Energy Applications. Picture credit: Ahmad S. Qader

January 2009: The UN Economic and Social Commission for West Asia (UN-ESCWA) is organizing an Expert Group Meeting on “Best Practices and Measures for Promoting Renewable Energy Applications in ESCWA Region,” scheduled to take place from 3-4 February 2009, in Beirut, Lebanon. Back to back with the meeting, the UN-ESCWA Committee on Energy will convene its seventh session from 5-6 February.

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UNEP Reports on “Asian Brown Cloud” Study [viewed]

 New research shows that two thirds of soot pollution in South Asia comes from biomass combustion

23 January 2009: The UN Environment Programme has reported that a new study carried out by Indian and Swedish scientists shows that two-thirds of the soot particles contributing to the “Asian Brown Cloud,” which has a large effect on South Asia's climate, are caused by biomass combustion. The results of the study, which are presented in the latest issue of Science, suggest that the remainder of the soot comes from fossil fuel combustion. 

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World Bank Approves Energy Efficiency Project in Honduras [viewed]

World Bank

22 January 2009: The World Bank Board of Directors has approved a US$30 million interest-free loan to strengthen the energy sector in Honduras. The project's three components are: building the national electric power company's (Empresa Nacional de Energía Eléctrica (ENEE)) management and commercial capacity; renewing and rehabilitating distribution equipment, including the removal of polluted transformers; and institutional strengthening and corporate governance.

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UNDESA to Release WESS 2009 on Climate Change and Development [viewed]

January 2009: The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) will launch the World Economic and Social Survey 2009-Climate Change and Development (WESS 2009) around mid-2009, to be available to the UNFCCC process, in particular, the Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen in December 2009.

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UN Prepares for High-Level Meeting on Food Security for All [viewed]

David Nabarro, coordinator of the Secretary-General's High-Level Task Force on the Global Food Security Crisis

19 January 2009: UN officials and representatives of international agencies belonging to the High-Level Task Force on the Global Food Security Crisis, ministers and several Heads of State will convene from 26-27 January 2009, in Madrid, Spain, for a High-Level Meeting on Food Security for All. Hosted by the Spanish Government, the meeting will review progress since the “High-Level Conference on World Food Security: The Challenges of Climate Change and Bioenergy,” held in June 2008, during which 181 States and the European Community pledged to alleviate the suffering caused by soaring food prices, stimulate agricultural development and food production, and address obstacles to food access.

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GEF Releases Video on Climate Change Projects in Africa [viewed]

Global Environment Facility (GEF)

January 2009: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has released a nine-minute video by Ibrahima Fall, a Senegalese filmmaker, which documents the work of the GEF in climate change projects in selected African countries.

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