Poverty Eradication

ICRISAT Research Provides Innovations for Adaptation of Dryland Agriculture [viewed]

25 March 2009: The International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-arid Tropics (ICRISAT), a research center of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research, has released research results and innovations for the adaptation of dryland agriculture to the impacts of climate change. The press release states that yield loss due to climate change can be minimized through the use of adapted and improved crop varieties together with soil and water management innovations. These strategies can be supported through capacity building and development of improved varieties and hybrids that are better targeted for climate change adaptation.

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Recommendations by the Commission of Experts of the UNGA President on Reforms of the International Monetary and Financial System Address Nexus between Climate Change and the Economic Crisis [viewed]

19 March 2009: The UN General Assembly (UNGA) President has transmitted the recommendations of the Commission of Experts of the President of the UNGA on Reforms of the International Monetary and Financial System to UN member States. The recommendations will be addressed in an interactive thematic dialogue on “The World Financial and Economic Crisis and its Impact on Development,” which will convene from 25-27 March 2009, at UN Headquarters in New York, US.

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ESCAP Launches Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2009 [viewed]

Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2009 Analyses Triple Threats to Region, Proposes Solutions

23 March 2009: The UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) will launch the 2009 edition of the Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific, on 26 March 2009, in 20 cities across the region as well as New York, US, and Geneva, Switzerland. The Survey examines the impact of the convergence of three global crises – the economic downturn, food and fuel price volatility and climate change – on Asia and the Pacific, and how the region can tackle them.

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IFPRI Policy Brief Addresses Knowledge and Innovation for Agricultural Development to Meet Challenges of High Food Prices, Climate Change and Biofuels [viewed]

International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

March 2009: The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) has released a new policy brief that discusses the role of formal and informal knowledge systems for sustainable agricultural development in the light of emerging challenges such as high food prices, adaptation to climate change and growing demand for biofuels. The authors argue that agricultural research and development and indigenous knowledge and innovation must be linked and supported through the right policies to accelerate sustainable agricultural development. 

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FAO's Committee on Forestry Calls for Implementing SFM to Tackle Climate Change [viewed]

19th session of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization's (FAO) Committee on Forestry (COFO)

22 March 2009: The 19th session of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization's (FAO) Committee on Forestry (COFO) convened from 16-20 March 2009, at FAO headquarters in Rome, Italy. The meeting attracted over 550 participants from COFO member States, including heads of forestry departments, UN agencies, and intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations. In plenary sessions held throughout the week, participants discussed: the FAO Strategy for Forests and Forestry; the Collaborative Partnership on Forests' Strategic Framework on Forests and Climate Change and related topics, including sustainable forest management (SFM) and climate change; forest genetic resources; reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation; access to financing; the impacts of recent economic turbulence on the forest sector; and preparations for the XIII World Forestry Congress.

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World Water Day Observed [viewed]

 World Water Day Message from Achim Steiner

22 March 2009: On the occasion of World Water Day, which was observed on 22 March 2009, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) highlighted the potential benefits of investing in the world's freshwaters, including the potential benefits to the global economic recovery and to accelerating a response to climate change.

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International Policy Dialogue Addresses the Development Perspective of Financing the Climate Agenda [viewed]

Financing the Climate Agenda: The Development Perspective

23 March 2009: The International Policy Dialogue on “Financing the Climate Agenda: The Development Perspective” took place in Berlin, Germany, from 19-20 March 2009. The event was convened by the Development Policy Forum, InWEnt, Germany, on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), in cooperation with the UN Foundation and with the support of the KfW Banking Group. 

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UNEP Releases Policy Brief on Global Green New Deal in Advance of G20 [viewed]

UN spotlights five key areas to spur sustainable economic recovery

19 March 2009: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released “Global Green New Deal: Policy Brief,” which aims to inform the debate at the upcoming G20 meeting to be held in London, UK, in early April 2009.

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UN Expert Calls for Protection for Displaced People Worldwide at Human Rights Council Session [viewed]

Internally displaced persons in Somalia

13 March 2009: Speaking at the tenth session of the Human Rights Council, which is taking place in Geneva, Switzerland, from 2-27 March 2009, Water Kalin, the UN Secretary-General's Special Representative on the human rights of internally displaced persons (IDPs), stated that over 26 million people are estimated to have been displaced by natural disasters and conflicts worldwide.

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UN Secretary-General Calls on Wealthy Nations to Adopt “Green” Stimulus Packages [viewed]

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

13 March 2009: On the occasion of the 31st annual Lions Day at the UN, celebrated in New York, US, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon explained that he will attend the G20 Summit in April in London, UK, where he would remind leaders of the developed world of the need to fulfill their promises to the most vulnerable people and for their stimulus packages to be “green” in order to help combat climate change by including investments in clean energy, renewable energy and energy efficiency.

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