May 2014

UN replaces millennium poverty plan with sustainable development goals

South China Morning Post, 26 May, 2014
Promise to world’s poor in the ambitious Millennium Development Goals is being reshaped after it becomes obvious it has not achieved its targets.

Zimbabwe: IPCC Fails to Tell Climate Change Story

All Africa, 26 May, 2014
THE donor-led approach to research on climate change in Africa, and Zimbabwe in particular, has thrown into question the periodical assessment reports by the UN’s panel on climate change, widely considered the most authoritative body on the science.

Advancing Global Food Security in the Face of Weather Volatility and Climate Change

Imperial Valley News, 16 May, 2014
The global food system is growing more fragile. Changing climate and volatile weather patterns threaten global food production and the livelihood of small-scale farmers around the globe.

UN Global Compact unveils principles for sustainable food

Blue and Green Tomorrow, 15 May, 2014
The UN’s sustainable development arm has unveiled six principles for sustainable food production, aimed at ensuring that food produced worldwide is healthy, good for the environment and economically viable.

What Food Companies Can Do to Promote Sustainable Development

Environment and Energy Management News, 14 May, 2014
The UN Global Compact has introduced a set of global voluntary business principles for the food and agriculture sector.

Safeguarding the future of food security

The Guardian, 14 May, 2014
Kew’s vast seed bank project is preserving wild relatives of crucial crops to protect food security against the threat of climate change.

Azevêdo to push for trade role in future sustainable development goals

WTO News, 05 May, 2014
WTO Director-General Roberto Azevêdo, in opening the WTO “Geneva Week” on 5 May 2014 for non-resident missions and observers, said that “trade has played a central role in lifting millions of people out of poverty in recent years”. He said that he would work “to ensure that the power of trade to support sustainable development is recognized” in the current discussions on the post-2015 development agenda.

Space-based Observations Key to Food Security

University of Technology, 02 May, 2014
To face the challenges of climate change, and human impact, world food production needs to double by 2050 making accurate and reliable estimates of agricultural productivity – measured as global gross primary productivity (GPP) – a global priority.

Tracking International Progress for a More Sustainable Future

WNPR News, 02 May, 2014
Next week, the United Nations’ Open Working Group will convene in New York to continue negotiating a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)..