Poverty Eradication

FAO Director-General Calls for Investments in Agriculture [viewed]

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3 June 2008: In his opening statement to the High-Level

Conference on World Food Security in Rome, Italy, FAO Director-General Jacques

Diouf called on Heads of State to make urgently needed investments in

agriculture to address the global food crisis and ensure long term food security.

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UN World Food Programme Calls on Global Community to Address Collective Challenge of Food Security [viewed]

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June 2008: Josette Sheeran, Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme

(WFP), speaking at the FAO High-Level Conference on World Food Security, which

convened from 3-5 June 2008, warned that the global food crisis is threatening

to “plunge another 130 million people into life threatening hunger.” She said

the world has the means to defeat hunger, but high fuel and food prices

threaten to “short circuit” this potential by undoing many of the achievements

made towards global food security. She endorsed the UN Task Force's plan of

action and outlined the WFP's contributions towards its implementation, including

working with governments to assess needs and vulnerabilities at the household

level and scaling up safety net programmes.

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ILO Initiative to Aid Transition to Green Business [viewed]

5 June

2008: The International Labour Organization (ILO) rolled out its Green Jobs

Initiative, aimed at easing the transition to green business and jobs, on World

Environment Day. Speaking about the Initiative, Juan Somavia, ILO

Director-General, said “green

growth and avoiding dangerous climate change depend on greener enterprises and

green jobs.”

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UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food Calls for New Deal for Agriculture [viewed]

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June 2008: Olivier de Schutter, UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food,

reminded participants at the High-Level Conference on World Food Security,

which convened from 3-5 June 2008 in Rome, Italy, that the right to food

imposes obligations on countries vis-à-vis populations outside of their

territory. Noting the need to protect the most vulnerable segments of

populations, he called for an institutional framework to: identify emerging

threats at the earliest possible stage; improve coordination among ministries

and levels of government; and ensure participation, particularly of the most

food insecure segments of population.

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IFAD President Urges Scaling Up Support to Smallholder Farmers to Address Food Crisis [viewed]

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June 2008: Lennart Båge, President of the International Fund for Agricultural

Development (IFAD), told the High-Level Conference on World Food Security, at

its 3-5 June 2008 meeting in Rome, Italy, that “complacency” with food

surpluses has led to underinvestment in agriculture, for which the world is now

“literally paying the price.” Drawing attention to the under-utilized capacity

of smallholder farmers, he called for investments in rural agriculture,

including: improved access to essential inputs, such as seeds and fertilizer;

microfinance institutions; rural infrastructure; market linkages and access to

market information; and food processing.

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Fifth European Union (EU) / Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) Summit Addresses Climate Change [viewed]

Logo_cumbre18 May 2008: The Fifth European Union (EU) / Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) Summit took place in Lima, Peru, from 16-17 May 2008. The Summit developed the “Lima Declaration on Addressing our Peoples' Priorities Together,” which addresses, among others, poverty, inequality, inclusion, climate change, environment and energy.

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IOM Assesses the Impact of Climate Change on Migratory Processes [viewed]

May 2008: The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has published a new study on how climate change impacts migratory processes, in particular the livelihoods of the poor and the most vulnerable.

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ECOSOC: Deputy Secretary-General Migiro Suggests Examining Food Crisis Causes [viewed]

Asha_migiro_220 May 2008: In her address to the ECOSOC special session on the global food crisis, UN Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro (right) urged policymakers to carefully examine the cause of crisis, including the increasing use of grain-based biofuels.

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European Commission: Biodiversity and Climate Change Side Event [viewed]

Enb_on_the_side20 May: At a side event held during the ninth Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity, in Bonn, Germany, the European Commission presented its Natura 2000 network of conservation areas established to protect natural habitats.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo: L-R: Oliver Schweiger, Heimholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ, Astrid Kaemena, European Commission, Karin Zaunberger, European Commission.

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ECOSOC: Council Discusses Global Food Crisis [viewed]

Global_food_crisis21 May 2008: Speaking at the UN Economic and Social Council's (ECOSOC) special session on the global food crisis, Léo Mérorès, President of ECOSOC, emphasized the “need to concentrate efforts on minimizing greenhouse emissions, deforestation and global warming, while finding ways to promote investments in agriculture [and] maximize the use of agro-science and technology.”

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