UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights Adopts Statement on Food Crisis [viewed]

16 May 2008: The Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural

Rights of the UN Economic and Social Council adopted a statement on the world

food crisis, during its fortieth session on 16 May 2008. The statement

(E/C.12/2008/1) calls on all States to address the immediate causes of the food

crisis and urges them to address its structural causes at the national and

international levels, including by: “implementing strategies to combat global

climate change that do not negatively affect the right to adequate food and

freedom from hunger, but rather promote sustainable agriculture, as required by

article 2 of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.”

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UN Secretary-General Reports Task Force Recommendations at FAO Conference [viewed]

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3 June 2008: UN Secretary-General Ban

Ki-moon urged “bold and urgent steps” to tackle the global food crisis in his

statement to the FAO High-Level Conference on World Food Security, which

convened in Rome, Italy, from 3-5 June 2008. Noting that food production will

have to rise by 50% by the year 2030 to meet rising demand, he said “it is

important that our longer term focus is on improving world food security - and

remains so for some years.”

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FAO Director-General Calls for Investments in Agriculture [viewed]

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3 June 2008: In his opening statement to the High-Level

Conference on World Food Security in Rome, Italy, FAO Director-General Jacques

Diouf called on Heads of State to make urgently needed investments in

agriculture to address the global food crisis and ensure long term food security.

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UN World Food Programme Calls on Global Community to Address Collective Challenge of Food Security [viewed]

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June 2008: Josette Sheeran, Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme

(WFP), speaking at the FAO High-Level Conference on World Food Security, which

convened from 3-5 June 2008, warned that the global food crisis is threatening

to “plunge another 130 million people into life threatening hunger.” She said

the world has the means to defeat hunger, but high fuel and food prices

threaten to “short circuit” this potential by undoing many of the achievements

made towards global food security. She endorsed the UN Task Force's plan of

action and outlined the WFP's contributions towards its implementation, including

working with governments to assess needs and vulnerabilities at the household

level and scaling up safety net programmes.

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ILO Initiative to Aid Transition to Green Business [viewed]

5 June

2008: The International Labour Organization (ILO) rolled out its Green Jobs

Initiative, aimed at easing the transition to green business and jobs, on World

Environment Day. Speaking about the Initiative, Juan Somavia, ILO

Director-General, said “green

growth and avoiding dangerous climate change depend on greener enterprises and

green jobs.”

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UNWTO Launches Two Publications on Climate Change and Tourism [viewed]

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5 June

2008: The UN World

Tourism Organization (UNWTO) launched two publications on World Environment

Day, 5 June 2008. The first, produced in collaboration with the UN Environment

Programme (UNEP) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), as well as

the University of Oxford's Centre for the Environment, focuses on “Climate

Change Adaptation and Mitigation in the Tourism Sector: Frameworks, Tools and

Practices.” 

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UNEP Children's Painting Competition Highlights Climate Change [viewed]

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5 June 2008: The UN Environment Programme's (UNEP)

International Children's Painting Competition this year was on the theme

“Climate Change: Actions We Can Take Now.”

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UN Secretary-General, UNEP Celebrate World Environment Day [viewed]

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June 2008: Celebrations on World Environment Day, 5 June, focused on climate

change, with the theme “Kick the CO2 Habit.” At the New York launch of the

“Together” campaign by the Climate Group, an international charity dedicated to

working with big business and government to help solve climate change, Ban

Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General, said “Climate change is too big a challenge for

any country, corporation, or community to address alone. Instead, it requires a

broad coalition acting together for the greater good... we are all part of the

solution.” The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) launched two reports on World

Environment Day.

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UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food Calls for New Deal for Agriculture [viewed]

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June 2008: Olivier de Schutter, UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food,

reminded participants at the High-Level Conference on World Food Security,

which convened from 3-5 June 2008 in Rome, Italy, that the right to food

imposes obligations on countries vis-à-vis populations outside of their

territory. Noting the need to protect the most vulnerable segments of

populations, he called for an institutional framework to: identify emerging

threats at the earliest possible stage; improve coordination among ministries

and levels of government; and ensure participation, particularly of the most

food insecure segments of population.

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IFAD President Urges Scaling Up Support to Smallholder Farmers to Address Food Crisis [viewed]

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June 2008: Lennart Båge, President of the International Fund for Agricultural

Development (IFAD), told the High-Level Conference on World Food Security, at

its 3-5 June 2008 meeting in Rome, Italy, that “complacency” with food

surpluses has led to underinvestment in agriculture, for which the world is now

“literally paying the price.” Drawing attention to the under-utilized capacity

of smallholder farmers, he called for investments in rural agriculture,

including: improved access to essential inputs, such as seeds and fertilizer;

microfinance institutions; rural infrastructure; market linkages and access to

market information; and food processing.

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