Posts Tagged: Agriculture & Food Security

UNEP Releases Green Economy Modelling Report of South Africa

The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has launched a report titled ‘Green Economy Modelling Report of South Africa – Focus on Natural Resource Management, Agriculture, Transport and Energy Sectors,’ developed with technical assistance from the Millennium Institute and the Sustainability Institute, in collaboration with the Centre for Renewable and Sustainable Energy Studies of the Stellenbosch University. The study assesses the impacts of green investments in four of the country’s key economic sectors: agriculture, energy, transport and natural resource management.

WESS 2013 Report Focuses on Energy, Food Security and Sustainable Cities

The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) launched the World Economic and Social Survey (WESS) 2013, subtitled ‘Sustainable Development Challenges,’ in Geneva, Switzerland. The 2013 report focuses on three sustainable development challenges identified for action at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20): energy transformation; food security and nutrition; and sustainable cities.

GEO-5 Report Highlights Impacts of a Changing Environment on Business

The UN Environment Programme (UNEP), together with SustainAbility and the Green Light Group, has released a report titled ‘GEO-5 for Business: Impacts of a Changing Environment on the Corporate Sector.’ Based on UNEP’s Global Environmental Outlook (GEO-5), the report offers an analysis of specific risks faced by the construction, chemicals, mining, food, and other industries, and suggests ways in which businesses can adjust to create long-term competitive advantages.

ICRAF, IFAD Consider Biofuel Development

The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) reported on an event held to demonstrate the potential contribution of biofuels to sustainable development. In particular ICRAF emphasized that if greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction targets are to be met, approximately 26% of transport will need to be powered by biofuels by 2050.

CIF Reports on Mozambique's Strategic Programme for Climate Resilience

CIF has reported on the implementation of Mozambique’s US$100 million strategic programme for climate resilience. The Government of Mozambique, together with the World Bank, the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the African Development Bank (AfDB), is developing climate-resilient projects envisioning policy and institutional change in several sectors, such as agriculture, coastal cities, transport, water management, forestry and learning.

OAS Announces Recipients of ECPA's Sustainable Communities Grants

The Organization for American States (OAS) has announced the 14 recipients from ten Central American and Caribbean countries of US$50,000 grants from the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas (ECPA) to non-governmental organizations, community associations and academic institutions for community-based projects in clean energy, disaster resilience, sustainable transport and waste management.

GEF CEO Launches Forum on Innovation and Partnership

Naoko Ishii, CEO of the Global Environment Facility (GEF), launched the Forum on Innovation and Partnership as part of the GEF2020 strategy. The Forum will organize five high-level dialogues on: the use of information and communication technology (ICT) to spur innovative approaches to addressing environmental challenges; cooperation among developing countries and between developing countries and developed countries; sustainable cities; sustainable islands; and new types of partnerships.