Sustainable Development

UNITAR Receives IDRC Grant for Climate Change Adaptation in Africa [viewed]

UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) 27 January 2009: The UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) has a received a grant of CAD175,275 from the Canadian International Development Research Centre (IDRC), to support climate change adaptation activities in Africa. 

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Madrid High-level Meeting on Food Security for All Calls for Exploring Options for a Global Partnership for Agriculture and Food Security [viewed]

L-R: Lennart Bage, Anne Veneman, Josette Saheeran, Jacques Diouif, Peter Power, Ngozi N. Okonjo-Iweala and Luis Riera.

27 January 2009: The High-level Meeting on Food Security for All, held from 26-27 January 2009, in Madrid, Spain, issued a statement that calls for a consultative process on options for a Global Partnership for Agriculture Food Security and Nutrition. Convened by the Government of Spain and the UN, and attended by representatives of 126 countries as well as UN agencies, civil society, trade unions, academia, donor agencies and the private sector, the meeting reviewed progress in addressing the global food crisis since the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) High-level Conference on World Food Security: the Challenges of Climate Change and Bioenergy, held in June 2008. 

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IFAD Discusses Opportunities and Risks of Biotechnologies [viewed]

International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)

21 January 2009: Ides Willebois, on behalf of Leonard Båge, President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), delivered a statement to the German Bundestag outlining IFAD's perspective on the risks and opportunities of agro-biotechnology and other agricultural technologies.

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UNDESA to Release WESS 2009 on Climate Change and Development [viewed]

January 2009: The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) will launch the World Economic and Social Survey 2009-Climate Change and Development (WESS 2009) around mid-2009, to be available to the UNFCCC process, in particular, the Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen in December 2009.

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Ministerial Conference on Transport Calls on IMO and ICAO to Pursue Work on Reducing GHG Emissions [viewed]

Ministerial Conference on Global Environment and Energy in Transport

19 January 2009: The Ministerial Conference on Global Environment and Energy in Transport took place from 14-16 January 2009, in Tokyo, Japan, with the participation of representatives from G8 and other States as well as relevant international organizations, to discuss issues and consider measures on greenhouse gas (GHG) and air pollutant emissions from the transport sector.�

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UN Prepares for High-Level Meeting on Food Security for All [viewed]

David Nabarro, coordinator of the Secretary-General's High-Level Task Force on the Global Food Security Crisis

19 January 2009: UN officials and representatives of international agencies belonging to the High-Level Task Force on the Global Food Security Crisis, ministers and several Heads of State will convene from 26-27 January 2009, in Madrid, Spain, for a High-Level Meeting on Food Security for All. Hosted by the Spanish Government, the meeting will review progress since the “High-Level Conference on World Food Security: The Challenges of Climate Change and Bioenergy,” held in June 2008, during which 181 States and the European Community pledged to alleviate the suffering caused by soaring food prices, stimulate agricultural development and food production, and address obstacles to food access.

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UNFCCC Publishes CDM 2008 In Brief [viewed]

CdCDM 2008 in Brief

12 January 2009: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a document summarizing the performance of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) in 2008. The document describes the CDM, its purpose, approval process and potential, and outlines the number and distribution of projects.

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GEF Releases Video on Climate Change Projects in Africa [viewed]

Global Environment Facility (GEF)

January 2009: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has released a nine-minute video by Ibrahima Fall, a Senegalese filmmaker, which documents the work of the GEF in climate change projects in selected African countries.

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UN World Economic Outlook 2009 Report Launched in UN Regions [viewed]

World Economic Outlook 2009 Report

15 January 2009: The UN has regionally launched its World Economic Situation and Prospects 2009 Report, a joint product of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs, the UN Conference on Trade and Development, and the five UN regional commissions.

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Commission of Experts on Reforms of the International Monetary and Financial System Recommends Reducing GHG Emissions [viewed]

Miguel d'Escoto Brockmann, UNGA President

6 January: The first Meeting of the Commission of Experts of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) President on Reforms of the International Monetary and Financial System took place at UN Headquarters in New York, US, from 4-6 January 2009. The recommendations adopted at the end of the meeting include the need for reforms to establish regulations that enable simultaneously pursuing long term objectives, such as sustainable and equitable growth, responsible use of natural resources and reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and more immediate concerns, including addressing the challenges posed by the food and financial crises.

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