Guest Article #24: World Food Day: Genetic Resources – Part of the solution [viewed]

The food crises and economic downturn of recent years have highlighted the fact that food safety is a global challenge that requires proactive international commitment from all nations. Agriculture and food production are vital to the development of impoverished nations and must be restored to a central role in development-aid policy. In order to guarantee food supplies for the Earth's growing population, a solid commitment to the preservation and sustainable use of genetic resources must be at the core of agricultural development. This is especially important in an era of increasing man-made climate change. 

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UNDP Administrator Highlights the Effects of Climate Change on the Poor on International Day for the Eradication of Poverty [viewed]

© UNDP17 October 2009: On the occasion of International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, UN Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Helen Clark stressed that climate change has the potential to undermine development and make it worse for those already unable to access adequate shelter, food, energy, clean water and sanitation.

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UNEP Synthesis Report on Biomass Science Calls for More Sophisticated Approach to Biofuels Production [viewed]

© UNEP16 October 2009: The United Nations Environment Programme's (UNEP) International Panel for Sustainable Resource Management has published its first report, entitled “Towards Sustainable Production and Use of Resources: Assessing Biofuels.”

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EU-Sponsored Meeting Discusses UN Secretary-General's Report on Climate Change and Security [viewed]

© EU Swedish Presidency16 October 2009: During a conference on “Environment, Climate Change and Security – Facing the Challenges,” which took place in Stockholm, Sweden, on 15 October 2009, and was organized by the Swedish Presidency of the European Union (EU), Swedish State Secretary Joakim Stymne identified six areas for urgent action concerning the security risks posed by climate change.

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IEA Ministerial Meeting Discusses Partnerships for Energy Challenges [viewed]

© IEA15 October 2009: The International Energy Agency (IEA) celebrated its 35th anniversary and considered the theme “Responding to Energy Challenges in Partnership” during its two-day Ministerial meeting in Paris, France, from 14-15 October 2009. The meeting gathered energy ministers from the 28 IEA member countries to share views on key energy and environment challenges. In addition, IEA partner countries China, India and Russia participated for the first time together and guest speakers Henry Kissinger and Etienne Davignon - two key founders of the IEA - and Rajendra Pachauri, Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), helped mark the anniversary milestone.

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UNFPA Toolkit Focuses on Women, Population and Climate Change [viewed]

© UNFPA, WEDO14 October 2009: The UN Population Fund (UNFPA), together with the Women's Environment and Development Organization (WEDO), has launched a resource kit on climate change connections, focusing on gender and population and advocating that women are uniquely positioned as innovators, educators, caretakers, leaders and agents of change to address the risks of a changing climate.

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UNESCAP Releases Report on Greening Growth in Asia and the Pacific [viewed]

© UNESCAPOctober 2009: The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) has released a report entitled “Greening Growth in Asia and the Pacific.”

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FAO Focuses on “Food Security in Times of Crisis” to Mark World Food Day [viewed]

© FAO16 October 2009: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) observed annual World Food Day, celebrated on 16 October, with events around the world focusing on the theme of “achieving food security in times of crisis.”

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World Bank Funds Energy Efficiency and Renewables in Rwanda [viewed]

© World Bank15 October 2009: The World Bank has approved an International Development Agency (IDA) grant for US$4.5 million equivalent, to improve the policy and institutional framework of the renewable energy and energy efficiency sub-sectors and to increase private sector participation in the renewable energy sector in Rwanda.

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European and African Leaders Discuss Copenhagen Agenda [viewed]

14 October 2009: In the framework of the Africa-European Union (EU) dialogue, African and EU leaders addressed the “climate change agenda” during the 13th Ministerial Meeting of African and EU Troikas, which convened in Addis Ababa on 14 October 2009.

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