Poverty Eradication

UNDP Identifies Social Inclusion, Climate and Governance as Asia-Pacific's Biggest Challenges [viewed]

UNDPJuly 2013: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has released a report outlining results of its work from 2008-2012 in the Asia-Pacific region, highlighting the need to continue addressing social inclusion, climate impacts and governance issues. 

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Vanuatu Investing in Solar-Powered Seawater Desalination [viewed]

PIFS2 August 2013: The Vanuatu Government has signed a US$4 million financing deal with the Pacific Environment Community (PEC) Fund for a solar-powered saltwater desalination project to service eastern Ambae Island and Aniwa Island.

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UNSG Receives CSO Letter on HLP Report [viewed]

HLP On22 July 2013: Sixty-two Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) submitted a letter to UN Secretary-General (UNSG) Ban Ki-moon to provide feedback on the report of the UN High-level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda (HLP) and make general recommendations on the post-2015 process. The letter is organized around the principles of planetary boundaries, structural transformation, human rights, inequalities, universality, accountability and participation.

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World Bank Launches Access and Emissions-Focused Energy Investment Strategy [viewed]

World Bank16 July 2013: The World Bank's recently published energy sector direction paper has gained support of the Bank's Executive Board and will inform investments and activities in future. The new strategy is aligned with the UN Secretary-General's Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) initiative and will see the Bank cease investment in coal power except in rare circumstances.

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Africa Agriculture Science Week Highlights Progress Towards Food Security [viewed]

aasw20 July 2013: The 6th Africa Agriculture Science Week (AASW) brought together over 1000 researchers, policy makers and development professionals from across the continent to discuss scientific advances and progress toward African food security goals.

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IFPRI Supports Low Carbon Agriculture in a Green Economy [viewed]

unep-ifpri10 July 2013: An article from Shenggen Fan, Director General of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), and IFPRI Senior Research Analyst Tolulope Olofinbiyi, makes the case for low carbon agriculture as a response to rising incomes and demand, and growing resource constraints.

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FAO Raises Awareness on the Need for National Drought Policies [viewed]

FAOJuly 2013: Underscoring that droughts affect more people annually than any other type of natural disaster, the July edition of 'Issues in the Spotlight' of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) describes the increased international attention given to national drought policies in the lead up to, and following. the first High-Level Meeting on National Drought Policy.

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UNFCCC's Momentum for Change 2012 Report Focuses on the Urban Poor [viewed]

UNFCCC9 July 2013: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the 2012 report on the Momentum for Change Initiative. The report features nine experiences that address climate change while improving livelihoods and living conditions in developing countries' urban areas.

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WESS 2013 Report Focuses on Energy, Food Security and Sustainable Cities [viewed]

UNDESA2 July 2013: The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) launched the World Economic and Social Survey (WESS) 2013, which is subtitled 'Sustainable Development Challenges,' in Geneva, Switzerland. The 2013 report focuses on three sustainable development challenges identified for action at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20): energy transformation; food security and nutrition; and sustainable cities.

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IFAD 2012 Annual Report Stresses Growth, Transparency and Response to Food Security Challenges [viewed]

IFADJuly 2013: In its 2012 Annual Report, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) documents the growth of the Fund from $7.9 to $11.9 billion since 2009, and highlights the new Adaptation for Smallholder Agriculture Programme (ASAP) as one of a number of new directions and initiatives.

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