CGIAR Approves Climate Change Challenge Programme, Seeks Host Institution [viewed]

December

2008: The Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) is

looking for an institution to host the secretariat of its recently approved

Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security Challenge Programme (CCCP). The

CCCP is a collaborative endeavor between CGIAR and partners, and the Earth

System Science Partnership (ESSP). It is aimed at overcoming the additional

threats posed by a changing climate to achieving food security, enhancing

livelihoods and improving environmental management in the developing world.

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Financing for Development Review Conference Expresses Concerns Over the Impact of Climate Change on Development [viewed]

4 December 2008: The International Conference on Financing for Development to Review the Implementation of the Monterrey Consensus, attended by 92 countries, expressed its “deep concern that the international community is now challenged by the severe impact on development of multiple, interrelated global crises and challenges,” highlighting increased food insecurity, volatile energy and commodity prices, climate change and a global financial crisis.

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UN Secretary-General Addresses Replenishment Conference for the Central Emergency Response Fund [viewed]

Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs 4 December 2008: In a message delivered at the High-level Conference on the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), organized by the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, in New York, US, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon underlined the key role played by the Organization in terms of emergency assistance. He noted the importance of humanitarian disaster response for development, and stressed that the financial crisis, climate change and population growth are likely to increase demands for relief aid in the future.

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Regional Seas Global Meeting Adopts Statement on Impacts of Climate Change on Coastal and Marine Ecosystems [viewed]

10th Global Meeting of the Regional Seas Conventions and Action Plans 4 December 2008: The 10th Global Meeting of the Regional Seas Conventions and Action Plans convened from 25-27 November 2008, in Guayaquil, Ecuador, and addressed issues related to climate change and the Regional Seas Programmes, and adaptation to climate change vulnerability and sea-level rise.

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FAO Calls for Stronger Involvement of Farming and Forest Communities in Climate Change Mitigation [viewed]

UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)

4 December 2008: Farmers and forest users should become more strongly involved in reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in order to unlock the potential of agriculture and forestry for climate change mitigation, said Alexander Müller, Assistant Director-General of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), in Rome, Italy.

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UNDP Sends Message from Doha to Poznan on Solutions to Financial, Climate and Poverty Crises [viewed]

UN Development Programme (UNDP) 3 December 2008: UN Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Kemal Derviş commended the outcome document from the Financing for Development Conference held in Doha, Qatar, from 29 November to 2 December 2008, for endorsing the call of the UN Secretary-General to reaffirm international commitments to address poverty reduction and achieve the Millennium Development Goals by 2015. Derviş highlighted that Doha recognized the centrality of meeting developed countries' commitment to increase official development assistance to developing countries by 0.7% of GNP by 2015, as essential to resolve the financial, global poverty and climate change crises – or ‘triple crises.'

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Inter-Agency Standing Committee Calls For Efforts to Reduce Climate-Induced Disaster Risks [viewed]

3 December 2008: The Inter-Agency Standing Committee, comprising nearly 20 UN agencies and aid organizations, appealed for increased global action to boost preparedness for effective response to disasters brought on by climate change.

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UNEP Releases Report on Investment in Mitigation [viewed]

Investment and Financial Flows to Address Climate Change: An Update 3 December 2008: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released an advance copy of “Public Finance Mechanisms to Mobilise Investment in Climate Change Mitigation.” UNEP's Division of Technology, Industry and Economics, under its Sustainable Energy Finance Initiative, commissioned the report as a contribution to the UNFCCC Secretariat Technical Paper “Investment and Financial Flows to Address Climate Change: An Update.”

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FAO to Hold Conference on the Challenges of Climate Change in Relation to Water Resources in Africa [viewed]

Water Resources in Africa

December 2008: The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is organizing the “High-Level Conference on Water for Agriculture and Energy in Africa: The Challenges of Climate Change,” to be held from 15-17 December 2008, in Sirte, the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya.

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IWMI Publishes Policy Brief on Water Implications of Biofuel Crops [viewed]

International Water Management Institute (IWMI) December 2008: The International Water Management Institute (IWMI), a member of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), published a policy brief entitled “Water Implications of Biofuel Crops: Understanding Tradeoffs and Identifying Options.” The Brief outlines impacts of biofuel production on water supply and food production, and seeks to provide options for policy makers in addressing resulting tradeoffs.

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