Poverty Eradication

ACTO Ministers Forward Declaration to Rio+20 and Adopt Manaus Commitment [viewed]

ACTO22 November 2011: At their XI meeting in Manaus, Brazil, the Foreign Ministers of the Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organization (ACTO) countries adopted a declaration to be forwarded to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) and a "Manaus Commitment" pledging new actions for ACTO cooperation.

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UNDP's Poverty in Focus Magazine Focuses on Social Sustainability [viewed]

Poverty in Focus - Issue #23November 2011: The latest issue of the Poverty in Focus magazine, published by the International Policy Centre (IPC) of the UN Development Programme (UNDP), looks at the inter-related dimensions of growth, gender, poverty and environment, including climate change mitigation and adaptation related issues.

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UNFCCC to Showcase "Lighthouse Projects" in Developing Countries [viewed]

UNFCCC to Showcase "Lighthouse Projects" in Developing Countries (photo courtesy of the UNFCCC Secretariat)22 November 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat will launch a new initiative called “Momentum for Change” at the UN Climate Change Conference in Durban, South Africa. The aim of the initiative is to highlight projects in developing countries that help put the world on a more climate-resilient and low-carbon path while also improving peoples' lives.

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Climate Change and Food Security in West and North Africa Conference Adopts Kuwait Declaration [viewed]

WMO18 November 2011: The International Conference on Adaptation to Climate Change and Food Security in West and North Africa addressed concerns over the sustainability of agriculture production systems in the region, noting the importance of agriculture for local livelihoods and the poor, as well as concerns over water scarcity.

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UNESCO Releases Proceedings of Biosphere Reserves and Climate Change Conference [viewed]

For Life for the Future - Biosphere Reserves and Climate Change18 November 2011: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has released the proceedings of the high-level international conference titled "For life, for the future - Biosphere reserves and climate change," which took place from 27-28 June 2011, in Dresden, Germany. The conference discussed the role of UNESCO biosphere reserves in implementing and advancing climate change policies.

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UNFCCC Publishes Technical Paper on Adaptation Activities in LDCs [viewed]

UNFCCC16 November 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a technical paper (FCCC/TP/2011/7) on identification and implementation of medium-and long-term adaptation activities in least developed countries (LDCs). The paper provides technical advice and guidance on: issues to be taken into consideration when identifying medium- and long-term adaptation needs, and integrating them into development planning; and options for implementing identified adaptation activities.

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UNDP, UNEP Share Lessons Learned on Climate Change Adaptation [viewed]

Lessons for Adaptation in Sub-Saharan AfricaNovember 2011: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) have released a publication on the lessons learned through the Climate Change Adaptation and Development Programme (CC DARE), which provides a variety of concrete solutions to move countries and communities in Sub-Saharan Africa towards low-carbon and climate-resilient development. 

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2011 Asian Urban Forum Focuses on Financing Future Cities [viewed]

Asian Urban Forum 201115 November 2011: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) hosted the 2011 Asian Urban Forum, which took place from 15-17 November 2011, in Manila, the Philippines, and was organized around the theme "Financing Future Cities."

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UNEP Green Economy Report Highlights Benefits of a Sustainable Growth Trajectory [viewed]

UNEP Green Economy Report Highlights Benefits of a Sustainable Growth Trajectory16 November 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) released its final report on green economy. Titled "Towards a Green Economy: Pathways to Sustainable Development and Poverty Eradication," the full report expands on UNEP's previous green economy publications - a synthesis for policy makers and summary of conclusions, inter alia - challenging the assumption of a trade-off between the economy and the environment. It argues that with appropriate policies, governments can grow their economies consistently with environmental goals. 

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Global Commission Outlines Steps for Achieving Food Security in the Face of Climate Change [viewed]

Achieving Food Security in the Face of Climate Change16 November 2011: The Commission on Sustainable Agriculture and Climate Change, an independent commission of scientists, has released a summary for policy makers, including a set of seven recommendations. Among the recommendations, the Commission calls for significantly raising global investments in sustainable agriculture, intensifying agricultural production on existing land base while reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and reducing losses and waste in the food system.

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