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The UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF) issued a report titled ‘Pursuing the 1.5°C Limit Benefits & Opportunities: 2016 Low Carbon Monitor.' The report sets out to better understand the risk reduction and growth opportunities arising from a faster transition to low…
What exactly do people mean by ‘agrodiversity’, ‘formal remittances’ and ‘sustainable development’? Do you know the difference between a migrant, a refugee, and an internally displaced person (IDP)? In our interconnected world, global discussions rely on a shared understanding of key concepts. To th…
A new report by the Sustainable Development Goal Fund (SDG Fund), in collaboration with its Private Sector Advisory Group and the UN Global Compact, focuses on the notion of universality as a potential driver to impact engagement with the private sector.
The report presents China’s overall and staged poverty alleviation progress and the role of financing over time. It identifies four main types of financing; namely fiscal, credit, social and international funds, which comply with China’s major poverty reduction approaches. The report showcases five…
UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the International Accreditation Forum (IAF) and the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) launched a new publication that seeks to provide a comprehensive description of the steps leading to the establishment of accreditation bodies…
The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the International Trade Centre (ITC) launched ePing, a new online alert system designed to help government agencies and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to keep track of the latest information on…
Boosting food yields with water harvesting.The integrated use of multiple water-harvesting techniques can improve food security in the face of climate change in rain-fed farming landscapes.
New research shows that bringing life back to these damaged landscapes through landscape restoration can generate billions of dollars of profit for farmers, investors and society. A new WRI report, The Economic Case For Landscape Restoration In Latin America, finds that restoring 20 million hectares…
Over the last decade, a large share of the population in the Europe and Central Asia region has benefited from economic advances generated by strong growth in their communities. New opportunities have opened up in labor markets and entrepreneurship, new infrastructure and services have come about, a…
In the coming years, the agribusiness sector will navigate a rapidly shifting, increasingly challenging time. One of the challenges will be to meet the rising demand for agricultural products, even as the land suitable for growing crops declines. Navigating the changes will mean seizing new ways of…
World Bank Steps Up Climate Funding in Arab World. With a 2 degree Celsius temperature rise, rainfall in MENA is projected to decline by 20 to 40 percent. Increasing water scarcity will have an economic impact, and is expected to lower growth by 6 to 14 percent by 2050. But the impact will vary, wit…
Severe climate shocks threaten to roll back decades of progress against poverty. Storms, floods, and droughts have dire human and economic consequences, with poor people often paying the heaviest price. Building resilience to disasters not only makes economic sense, it is a moral imperative
Climate change is already happening and represents one of the greatest environmental and societal threats facing the planet and our own existence. With the Paris Agreement on Climate Change in force this month and the skeptics who threaten its implementation, the time for bold and unprecedented acti…
A new report released 11 November by the United Nations International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) reveals that drylands, which cover some 40 per cent of the earth’s land surface, are critical in order to buffer the negative impacts of climate change, land degradation, and drought. “Dryl…
The Germanwatch Global Climate Risk Index is an analysis based on one of the most reliable data sets available on the impacts of extreme weather events and associated socio-economic data. The Germanwatch Climate Risk Index 2017 is the 12th edition of the annual analysis. Its aim is to contextualize…
Stakeholder support is essential to the success of environmental policies. A recent study has identified stakeholders that can promote biodiversity in European agricultural landscapes. The researchers found farmers were the most influential group of stakeholders, as they make the final decisions on…
A method for developing more cost-effective agri-environment schemes is outlined in a recent study. The procedure can be used over large areas, accounts for hundreds of management regimes and several different endangered species. The model is one of the first to account for the timing of measures an…
You’re growing up and dreaming of success. Making your parents proud, having a stable income, knowing where your next meal is coming from. You work at that, every single day…. Yet, the land of opportunities in rural drylands seems utterly infertile here. You’re hungry, you’re dirt poor and you don’t…
According to FAO, women make significant contributions to rural economies across the globe, comprising 43 percent of the global agricultural labor force, and up to 50 percent or more in many parts of Asia and Africa.
Drylands cover 40 percent of the Earth’s land surface and are home to more than 2 billion people. Despite climatic and environmental limitations, cultivable drylands play a critical role in ensuring food and nutrition security for these people, and for the rest of the world. One-third of all the cru…
Drylands are one of the world’s major ecosystems and cover 41 percent of the earth's land surface, spanning nearly 100 countries - mostly in the developing world. One third of the world population or 2.3 billion people who inhabit the drylands live at the margin of sustainability, where moisture is…
This report is aimed at readers who seek to build economic evidence in support of the inclusion of actions on agriculture in climate change plans and programmes, particularly at the national level under the umbrella of nationally determined contributions (NDCs) to the December 2015 Paris Agreement,…
The International Energy Agency (IEA) has produced the report, 'Energy, Climate Change and Environment 2016 Insights'. This report also looks at building climate resilience in the energy sector, and using tracking tools and metrics to monitor the progress of energy sector decarbonization. Finally, i…
The New Climate Economy (NCE) and The Global Commission on the Economy and Climate have released two new reports. The first is titled, 'The Sustainable Infrastructure Imperative: Financing for Better Growth and Development', and identifies the main barriers to financing sustainable infrastructure an…
UN Environment's - Inquiry into the Design of a Sustainable Financial System (UNEP Inquiry) has released, 'The Financial System We Need: From Momentum to Transformations'. This report reveals a doubling in policy actions over the past five years to align the global financial system with sustainable…