Sustainable Development

WMO WORKSHOP RECOMMENDS CLIMATE CHANGE-FOOD SECURITY NETWORK [viewed]

The international workshop on Adaptation to Climate Change in West African Agriculture, held in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, from 27-30 April 2009, brought together experts and decision makers to discuss and recommend climate change adaptation options for the agriculture, livestock, forestry and fisheries sectors in West Africa.

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Report of 20th Meeting of CDM Small-Scale Working Group Released [viewed]

© UNFCCC8 May 2009: The report and annexes of the 20th meeting of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Small-Scale Working Group (SSC WG), which took place from 29 April-2 May 2009, in Bonn, Germany, are now available on the CDM website. At the meeting, the Group considered requests for creation of new methodologies for small-scale CDM projects, and agreed to recommend seven of the proposed new methodologies.

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UN Special Rapporteur to CSD: Consider Agricultural Production Modes That Do Not Contribute to Climate Change [viewed]

7 May 2009: UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food Olivier De Schutter has submitted a contribution to the 17th session of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD 17), which is meeting at UN Headquarters in New York, US, though 15 May 2009.

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UN Secretary-General Highlights Role of Parliamentarians in Tackling Climate Change [viewed]

© IPU7 May 2009: In a message delivered to the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) Conference on the Global Economic Crisis, held in Geneva, Switzerland, from 7-8 May 2009, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon emphasized the role that parliamentarians play in tackling some of the current global crises, including climate change, the financial crisis and the recent H1N1 flu outbreak.

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IFAD Executive Board Encourages IFAD to Champion Procedures for Environmental Management and Sustainable Development at UNFCCC Meetings [viewed]

© IFAD30 April 2009: The 96th meeting of the International Fund for Agricultural Development's (IFAD) Executive Board, held 29-30 April in Rome, Italy, reviewed IFAD's procedures for environmental management and sustainable development and encouraged IFAD management to champion these rules at upcoming UNFCCC meetings.

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ITU Establishes Study Group on Environment and Climate Change [viewed]

© ITU4 May 2009: A study group to focus on information and communication technologies (ICTs) and the environment was created during the meeting of the International Telecommunication Union's (ITU) Telecommunication Standardization Advisory Group (TSAG), which took place from 28-30 April 2009, in Geneva, Switzerland.

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Report from 24th Meeting of CDM Afforestation and Reforestation Working Group Released [viewed]

© UNFCCC6 May 2009: The Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Afforestation and Reforestation (A/R) Working Group has released the report of its 24th meeting, held from 29 April-1 May 2009 in Bonn, Germany. During the meeting, the Working Group considered, inter alia, requests for clarification of the application of approved baseline and monitoring methodologies, and draft new small-scale methodologies for A/R CDM project activities.

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CSD17 Begins Consideration of Desertification, Drought, Agriculture, Land, Rural Development and Africa [viewed]

L-R: CSD Chair Gerda Verburg, Minister of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality, the Netherlands; and UN Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro4 May 2009: The 17th session of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD17) opened on 4 May 2009, at UN Headquarters in New York, US.

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UNECA: Science and Technology Can Help Africa Deal with Economic Crisis and Climate Change [viewed]

© UNECA30 April 2009: Speaking on behalf of Abdoulie Janneh, UN Economic Commission for African (UNECA) Executive Secretary, Josué Dioné, Director of the Food Security and Sustainable Development Division of the UNECA, addressed the first session of the UNECA's Committee on Development Information, Science and Technology (CODIST-1), held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from 28 April-1 May 2009.

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UNESCO's “On the Frontlines of Climate Change” Forum Issues Call for Project Proposals [viewed]

© On the Frontlines of Climate Change1 May 2009: “On the Frontlines of Climate Change,” an Internet forum launched by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in partnership with the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the Secretariat of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), has issued a call for project proposals. Funding, provided with the assistance of Denmark, will be dedicated to community-level projects showcasing local experiences with climate impacts and adaptation.

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