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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IPCC Chair Highlights the State of the World 2009 [viewed]

15 January 2009: In the foreword to the Worldwatch Institute's State of the World report 2009, which focuses on climate change and is sub-titled “Into a Warming World,” the Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Rajendra Pachauri, notes that the contents of the volume are based on the findings of the Panel's Fourth Assessment Report 2007.

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IFPRI Releases Paper on Climate Variability and Maize Yield in South Africa [viewed]

December 2008: The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) has released a discussion paper entitled “Climate Variability and Maize Yield in South Africa: Results from GME and MELE Methods.” The paper investigates the impact of climate variability on maize yield in the Limpopo Basin of South Africa using the Generalized Maximum Entropy (GME) estimator and Maximum Entropy Leuven Estimator (MELE).

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ICRISAT's BioPower Initiative Develops Biofuels from Sweet Sorghum [viewed]

ICRISAT's Principal Sorghum Breeder BVS Reddy in a field of sweet sorghum.

December 2008: The International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), a research center of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), published an overview of achievements, research needs and outlook for sweet sorghum as resource for pro-poor biofuel development. The article, published in ICRISAT's newsletter on the State of the Art on Semi-arid Agriculture (SASA), describes the work of ICRISAT's BioPower Initiative on the use of sweet sorghum for food, fodder and as feedstock for ethanol production in different countries.

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IFPRI Publishes Discussion Paper on Causes and Consequences of Surging Food Prices [viewed]

The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

December 2008: The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), a center of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), published a discussion paper entitled “Anatomy of a Crisis: The Causes and Consequences of Surging Food Prices,” which provides a comprehensive review of causes and consequences of recent increases in international food prices.

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UNEP/CMS Climate-related Project Unveiled during Year of the Gorilla Ice-Skating Event [viewed]

 Projects to Save Africa's Rarest Ape Unveiled by UN and Wildlife Groups

15 January 2009: Three projects aimed at countering the gorilla's slide towards extinction were spotlighted as the international Year of the Gorilla (YoG) 2009 got underway with a “Gorillas on Thin Ice” event. The projects, which were drawn up by the UN Environment Programme Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (UNEP/CMS), seek to boost the prospects for the Cross River Gorilla, which is Africa's rarest ape.

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UNFCCC Executive Secretary Calls on Transport Sector to Dramatically Change Direction [viewed]

Global Environment and Energy in Transport

15 January 2009: In a speech delivered at the Ministerial Conference on Global Environment and Energy in Transport, which took place in Tokyo, Japan, from 14-16 January 2009, Yvo de Boer, UNFCCC Executive Secretary, stressed that a global deal on transport and climate change should be an integral part of the UNFCCC process.

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World Bank Signs ERPA for the Philippines' Roxol Ethanol Plant [viewed]

World Bank

14 January 2009: Bert Hofman, Country Director, World Bank Philippine Country Office, has signed the Emission Reductions Purchase Agreement (ERPA) for the Roxol Ethanol Plant Wastewater Treatment and Methane Gas Recovery Project under the World Bank-managed Community Development Carbon Fund Facility.

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CGIAR's CIAT to Create Digital Map of Africa's Depleted Soils to Enhance Food Production and Cope with Climate Change [viewed]

African Soil Information Service (AfSIS). Photo credit, Dr Peter Okoth/TSBF-CIAT

13 January 2009: The International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), a research center of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), will produce a detailed digital soil map of 42 sub-Saharan countries. The project, named the African Soil Information Service (AfSIS), will provide information necessary to overcome soil depletion and improve crop production through better soil management.

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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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