Poverty Eradication

FAO, ILO and IFAD Call for Papers on Agricultural Employment [viewed]

August 2008: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN

(FAO), the International Labor Organization (ILO), and the International Fund

for Agricultural Development (IFAD) have announced a call for papers addressing

“Gender dimensions of agricultural and rural employment: differentiated

pathways out of poverty” to be presented at a global technical expert workshop

to be held in March-April 2009 (dates to be confirmed), in Rome, Italy. The

workshop comes as a follow up to recent international policy discussions on

rural employment, a central element in equitable growth and poverty reduction,

but which faces the challenges of the global food crisis and climate change.

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UN Secretary-General Addresses the Climate and Food Crisis in a Joint Session of the Mexican Senate and Chamber of Deputies [viewed]

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon 4 August 2008: In an address to the Joint Session of the

Mexican Senate and Chamber of Deputies, UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon,

noted their pivotal role in bridging the local and global, highlighting the

three inter-related challenges faced by the world today, namely, a climate

crisis, a food crisis, and an emerging development emergency.

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FAO Calls for Investment into Research on Cassava to Boost Yields for Food and Biofuel Production [viewed]

Global Cassava Partnership for Genetic Improvement (GCP21)

25 July 2008: At the first global scientific conference of the Global Cassava Partnership, held from 21-24 July, 2008 in Ghent, Belgium, scientists and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) called for a significant increase in investment in research and development needed to boost farmers' yields and explore promising industrial uses of cassava, including biofuels production.

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FAO Provides Data on Crop Prospects, the Food Situation and Countries in Crisis Needing External Assistance [viewed]

Crop Prospects and Food Situation July 2008: Through its Global Information and Early Warning System on Food and Agriculture (GIEWS), the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) provides regularly updated information on

the current situation of global agriculture and food security.

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ECOSOC Concludes General Segment [viewed]

Consensus Reached on 2007 Ministerial Declaration Resolution 24 July 2008: The Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) concluded the

work of its general segment, adopting 15 resolutions and 8 decisions, including

on strengthening the coordination of emergency humanitarian assistance.

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ECOSOC Addresses Gender Aspects of Climate Change [viewed]

23 July

2008: Opening the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) discussion on ‘mainstreaming

a gender perspective into all UN policies and programmes, women and

development, and the advancement of women,' Rachel Mayanja, Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on

Gender Issues and Advancement of Women, noted the particular vulnerability of

women to climate change and the food crisis.

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IFPRI's Joachim von Braun Calls for Better Integration of Food Security and Climate Change Agendas [viewed]

Joachim von Braun director general of the International Food Policy Research Institute 11

July 2008: In a comment on the G8 leaders' statement on global food security,

Joachim von Braun, Director General of the International Food Policy Research

Institute (IFPRI), welcomed the proposed actions regarding global markets and

increasing food production, while criticizing the lack of actions on social

protection and nutrition for the poorest.

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UNGA Considers Food and Energy Crises [viewed]

Letter from UNGA President Srgjan Kerim/A view of the General Assembly Hall

14 July

2008: The UN General Assembly (UNGA) will consider the global food and energy

crises, with a particular eye to concern about macroeconomic and political

stability in numerous countries, in a plenary meeting on 18 July 2008.

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ECOSOC Debates Implementation of the MDGs in the Context of Climate Change [viewed]

11 July 2008: Speaking during a Panel discussion on

“Implementation of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in the context of

current challenges,” Kemal Dervis, Administrator of the UN Development

Programme (UNDP), noted that economic growth is threatened by shortages of

natural resources such as energy, water and atmosphere, and stressed that MDG 7

on environmental sustainability is an absolute key priority.

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UNFCCC Adaptation Subprogramme Releases eUpdate on the Nairobi Work Programme [viewed]

Nairobi Work Programme Moves from First to Second Phase

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July 2008: The July 2008 issue of the

Nairobi Work Programme eUpdate features stories on: the Nairobi Work

Programme's entry into its second phase; action pledges to carry out adaptation

work; calls for action; the adaptation practices interface, which at present

focuses on capacity building and practice; engagement with the private sector

on adaptation; and upcoming 2008 work programme activities and meetings.

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