Poverty Eradication

Representatives of Past and Future UNCCD COP Presidencies Issue Call for Action [viewed]

UNCCD3 September 2011: Representatives of past Presidents of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) Conferences of the Parties (COP), along with the forthcoming COP 10 host, the Republic of Korea, convened in Geneva, Switzerland, on 3 September 2011, to discuss upcoming meetings of the UN General Assembly on the theme “Addressing desertification, land degradation and drought in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication,” and UNCCD COP 10. 

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UN Secretary-General Underlines Need for Clean Energy [viewed]

Ban Ki-moon, UN Sectretary-General25 August 2011: Addressing the participants of a Roundtable on Sustainable Energy for All at the University of Denver, as well as at the US National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Colorado, US, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has underlined the need for countries to move down a clean energy pathway.

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UNDP-UNEP Launch Guide for Practitioners on Mainstreaming Adaptation into Development Planning [viewed]

August 2011: The Poverty Environment Initiative (PEI) – a joint collaboration between the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) – has launched a guide titled “Mainstreaming Climate Change Adaptation into Development Planning: A Guide for Practitioners.”

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2012 Equator Prize to Focus on Current Development Challenges [viewed]

22 August 2011: The Equator Initiative – a partnership led by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) – has announced a call for nominations for the 2012 Equator Prize. The 2012 awards will emphasize current development challenges, including water and energy access, food security, and adaptation to climate change.

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Event: International Symposium on Costs and Benefits of REDD Plus: What, Who, How and When? [viewed]

This symposium is co-organized by Hiroshima University, the UN University's Institute of Advanced Studies (UNU-IAS), the Forest Research Institute Malaysia, The Forestry and Forest Products Research Institute, and the Research Institute for Humanity and Nature. It seeks to take stock of current knowledge and information on costs and benefits of REDD (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries), and to provide an opportunity to deliberate funding systems to support REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, as well as conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stock) that protect ecosystem services as well as secure the socioeconomic well-being of local communities.  

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Event: FAO-OECD Expert Meeting on Greening the Economy with Agriculture [viewed]

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) is collaborating with partners in analyzing existing information and developing possible scenarios for Greening the Economy with Agriculture (GEA), including an evaluation of sustainability progress and gaps in the food supply chain to projection of food supply and demand towards 2050, and the joint FAO/Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) meeting will focus on addressing these scenarios. The meeting will be hosted by OECD at its headquarters and FAO will support the participation to this meeting of selected experts and chiefly, those from seven developing countries. Attendance at the Expert Meeting is by invitation only. Agenda items include: low footprint and productive food and agriculture systems; decent rural livelihoods, green jobs and land tenure; resilience to shocks of low-carbon food systems; quality and health of green food; and policy coherence for GEA.  

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Follow-up Meeting on the Horn of Africa Crisis Calls for Tackling the Root Causes of the Crisis [viewed]

18 August 2011: The follow-up meeting for the Horn of Africa Crisis, hosted by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), concluded with a call for a “twin track” approach to the crisis that will meet the relief needs as well as address the root causes of the crisis and strengthen the local population's resilience for possible future crises.

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UN Secretary-General Releases Report on the Promotion of Renewable Energy [viewed]

15 August 2011: In preparation for the 66th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), the UN Secretary-General has released a report on the promotion of new and renewable sources of energy.

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Secretary-General Issues Annual Report on UN's Work [viewed]

August 2011: The UN General Assembly has circulated the Report of the Secretary-General on the work of the Organization. This year's report (A/66/1) points to significant changes in the world since 2007, including the impacts of food, fuel and economic shocks, democratic movements in North Africa and the Middle East, and the rising incidence of mega-disasters, and outlines the UN's responses to these and other developments.

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UNFCCC Publishes Observer Submissions on Approaches to Address Loss and Damage [viewed]

UNFCCC16 August 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published submissions from observer organizations on approaches to address loss and damage associated with climate change impacts in developing countries that are particularly vulnerable to adverse effects of climate change to enhance adaptive capacity.

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