International Potato Center Project Identifies Crops Tolerant to Stresses from Climate Change [viewed]

February 2010: The International Potato Center, a member of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), has released a factsheet titled "Enhanced food and income security in Southwest and Central Asia through potato varieties with improved tolerance to abiotic stress."

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Event: 2010 Climate Investment Funds (CIF) Partnership Forum [viewed]

Participants at this Forum will seek to share lessons learned from the CIF design process and from early implementation of CIF-funded programs. The 2010 CIF Partnership Forum will be preceded by the following associated CIF meetings, both of which will convene from 15-17 March: PPCR and CTF pilot countries meeting; and CIF Trust Fund Committee meetings.  

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Event: Agricultural biotechnologies in developing countries [viewed]

This meeting will address the role of biotechnologies for crops, forestry, livestock, fisheries and agro-industry to face the challenges of food insecurity and climate change. It is hosted by the Government of Mexico with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) and other partners.  

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UNFCCC Executive Secretary to Step Down [viewed]

18 February 2010: Yvo de Boer has announced that he will resign his position as UNFCCC Executive Secretary as of 1 July 2010.

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IFAD's 33rd Governing Council Addresses Climate Change, Food Security and Smallholder Agriculture [viewed]

18 February 2010: The Governing Council of the International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD) held its 33rd session from 17-18 February 2010, in Rome, Italy, to discuss: the Eighth Replenishment of IFAD's resources; IFAD's budget; revisions of IFAD's lending policies and criteria; progress on the performance-based allocation system; progress on the Global Mechanism of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD); and a synthesis of the global meeting of the Farmers' Forum 2010.

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FAO Publishes Information Note on Agriculture in the Post-Copenhagen Process [viewed]

18 January 2010: The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has released an information note on the potential role for agriculture in the post-Copenhagen process.

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WMO Technical Conference Addresses Changing Climate and Demands for Climate Services for Sustainable Development [viewed]

16 February 2010: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO), together with its World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) and the Turkish State Meteorological Service, are holding the Technical Conference on “Changing Climate and Demands for Climate Services for Sustainable Development” in Antalya, Turkey, from 16-18 February 2010.

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UNFCCC Secretariat Releases Report of the Individual Review of the Annual Submissions of Italy, Japan and Estonia [viewed]

12 February 2010: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the reports of the individual review of the annual submissions of the Governments of Italy, Japan and Estonia, submitted in 2009.

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CBD Finance Meeting Addresses Climate Change Funding and Biodiversity [viewed]

February 2010: The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Secretariat has circulated its Monthly Bulletin of Activities for January 2010, including a report on a workshop on innovative financial mechanisms, which addressed, among other items, climate change funding and biodiversity.

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IFAD Factsheet Highlights the Challenges for Rural Development Posed by Climate Change [viewed]

February 2010: The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) has released a factsheet titled "Climate Change: a development challenge," which describes its work on climate change mitigation and adaptation.

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