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UN Agencies appeal for swift, coordinated action on food prices

UN Agencies appeal for swift, coordinated action on food prices | Piccolo Mondo | Scoop.it

Urgent action is needed to ensure rising world food prices don't turn into a catastrophe, the United Nations said Tuesday, but it cautioned that panic buying and export restrictions aren't the solution.Summer droughts have scorched crops across the globe, causing sharp increases in the price of corn, wheat and soybeans, and raising fears of a repeat of the 2007-08 world food crisis. Such problems could be prevented by swift, coordinated international action, the Food and Agriculture Organization, World Food Program and International Fund for Agricultural Development said.

 

The agencies said sustainable food production must be promoted in poor, food-importing countries to make more food available in local markets and to provide jobs and income. The fact that one-third of food produced is wasted or lost to spoilage and damage also needs to be addressed, they added.

 

The U.N. agencies said in a joint statement that adverse weather has driven all three international food-price spikes in the past five years, while increased financial speculation and diversion of stock for nonfood purposes also have contributed to increased prices and volatility. Food-price inflation climbed toward the top of the international agenda after hitting successive record highs in early 2011.

 

The FAO, WFP and IFAD said two interconnected problems must be tackled: the immediate issue of high food prices, which can weigh on import-dependent countries and the poorest people; and the long-term issue of how food is produced, traded and consumed in an age of increasing population, demand and climate change.

 

The three agencies said the world is vulnerable to food-price shocks because global grain production is barely sufficient to meet growing demands for food, feed and fuel, even in a good year. They said that risk stems from only a handful of nations being large producers of staple food commodities, and when they are affected, so is everyone else.

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EU negotiates future development funding: where will the money go?

For those concerned with development and Africa, the three big questions during the EU budget negotiations are: “how much money is going to be available?”, “what is it going to be for?” and “which countries are going to get it?”.

 

One year has passed since the EU institutions started the cycle of negotiations for its next multiannual financial framework (MFF) covering the period 2014-2020. A key round of talks took place last week. Negotiations between Member States’ ministers are mostly centred on the “big ticket items” of spending inside the EU – Cohesion Policy and the Common Agricultural Policy – and not the relatively smaller part of external action, which currently makes up 6.8% of the proposed budget. Nevertheless, progress in the discussions about expenditure for external action, falling under “Heading 4 – EU as a global player”, has been achieved.

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Do You Know the Next Steps in Sustainable Supply Chain Management?

Do You Know the Next Steps in Sustainable Supply Chain Management? | Piccolo Mondo | Scoop.it

Business implementations over the last few years has revealed that many executives and their procurement organizations now view environmental and social responsibility actions within in the supply chain to be both a risk mitigating strategy and a business opportunity. These corporate actions are taking strategic sourcing and supplier relations to another level of supply chain sustainability. Our sustainability consulting asks: What is the next step in Sustainable Supply Chain Management?

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Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) transfers its European office to Madrid

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has opened today its European office in Madrid.

 

The IDB had two offices outside of the American continent, located in France (Paris) and Japan (Tokyo). The Bank has just transferred its office from Paris to Madrid due to the significant volume of operations between Spain and Latin America, the close relations between Spain and the region and the support from the Government of Spain.

 

Under this agreement, Spain offers the IDB a suitable framework for it to carry on and extend its activities in Spain and in Europe.
The strategic association between the two regions translates to increasing trade flows, investments, international cooperation, cultural exchanges and other areas.

 

The IDB is currently the largest multilateral source of funding in the region. It currently has 48 members, including regional and extra-regional members, such as Spain, which has been a member of the IDB since 9 July 1976, together with 15 other European countries.

 

The new IBD offices in Madrid have been inaugurated on July the 7th 2012.

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Assessing multistakeholder roundtables: the case of SOYA (RTRS)

Assessing multistakeholder roundtables: the case of SOYA (RTRS) | Piccolo Mondo | Scoop.it

The first audit reports of soy companies certified by the Roundtable on Responsible Soya (RTRS) show a failure to achieve any social or environmental benefit. Following publication of the first 10 audit reports, GM Freeze, Friends of the Earth and Corporate Europe Observatory have scrutinised the findings, which confirm that there is not one single benefit to RTRS certification. There is no evidence of protection against deforestation, or of reduced use of pesticides. Nor is there any benefit for small farmers in the areas certified.


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Vaya vaya... interesante informe! Se planteaba seguir el modelo con el World Banana Forum, pero parece que no convence.
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Contribute to the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights

Check the portal about the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights... Click, read and send your comments!


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Emerging Sustainable Cities

Emerging Sustainable Cities | Piccolo Mondo | Scoop.it

IDB recently explained its plans to continue working towards more sustainable cities. Here you will find some information on the initiative. For a wider prospect, check: http://www.iadb.org/en/topics/cities/cities,1175.html

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International Land Coalition releases its annual report 2011

International Land Coalition releases its annual report 2011 | Piccolo Mondo | Scoop.it

Interested in land issues?

Find here the latest report of ILC.

 

It describes the progress made by the International Land Coalition in 2011. The core areas of ILC’s work in 2011 were influencing global and regional policy processes on land; monitoring land governance; contributing to
country-level land policy processes; and testing, learning, and working on the ground to secure land rights.

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MDB joint statement for Rio+20 - Inter-American Development Bank

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MDBs announce joint statement for Rio+20 agenda for inclusive green growth.

 

The multilateral development banks (MDBs), commit to implement the sustainable development for all agenda.

 

The core green areas identified are:

- Sustainable Development Goals
- Climate Change
- Sustainable Energy for All
- Sustainable Cities
- Sustainable Transport
- Natural Capital and Large Scale Ecosystems
- Saving the Oceans
- Food Security
- Water for All

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'Trash for food' at Mexico City barter market - CNN.com

'Trash for food' at Mexico City barter market - CNN.com | Piccolo Mondo | Scoop.it
A new barter market in Mexico City is helping residents trade their trash for food in an effort to encourage recycling in the mega city.
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Sustainability and CSR in India

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In India, progress in the field of sustainability is imminent, with the upcoming finalization of India’s New Companies Bill on its way – a bill that addresses Corporate Social Responsibility, amongst other factors.

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Religion and Babies

http://www.ted.com Hans Rosling had a question: Do some religions have a higher birth rate than others -- and how does this affect global population growth? ...

 

What are the connections between religion and demographics?  How does this impact population structure in a particular country?  I found this video from Jeff Martin's fabulous website; Check it out!  http://www.martinsaphug.com/  


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What are the connections between religion and demographics?  How does this impact population structure in a particular country?  I found this video from Jeff Martin's fabulous APHG website; Check it out!

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This can be viewed in the perspective of a citizen of an LDC. In LDCs, there are religions that cause the woman to be subservient to men. A higher birth rate could be the cause. If these  small religions were to distribute and be adhered to, there could possibly be a spike in the birth rate.

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CSRAmericas inaguration in Quito - Inter-American Development Bank

CSRAmericas inaguration in Quito - Inter-American Development Bank | Piccolo Mondo | Scoop.it

CSRAmericas: IDB & MIF highlight in Quito the potential of private sector to promote sustainable development in Latin America and the Caribbean.

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Barbados to host Foromic 2012, the biggest microenterprise and microfinance forum in Latin America and the Caribbean

Barbados to host Foromic 2012, the biggest microenterprise and microfinance forum in Latin America and the Caribbean | Piccolo Mondo | Scoop.it

Barbados will host this year’s XV Inter-American Microenterprise Forum (Foromic 2012), the biggest annual microfinance and microenterprise development event in Latin America and the Caribbean.More than 1,000 participants are expected to attend Foromic, which for the first time ever will be held in an English-speaking Caribbean country.

 

The event this year will focus on innovative ways to unlock entrepreneurship and will take place in Bridgetown October 1–3. It is being organized by the Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF), a member of the IDB Group, in collaboration with the Government of Barbados.

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Crowdsourcing development data

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Interesting article on crowdsourcing development data and collective intelligence.

 

Data collection in development projects has been impacted by the new crowdsourcing trends. With its emergence a new door opens to generate ideas and develop projects using what some call collective intelligence. Today, this collective intelligence is used by NGOs, multilateral organizations and many governments around the world, allowing them to instantly collect real data that would take years or would be impossible to collect if they used conventional methodologies.

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San Francisco Approves Huge Eco-Makeover

San Francisco Approves Huge Eco-Makeover | Piccolo Mondo | Scoop.it
San Francisco is clearly embracing the 21st century trend of new urbanism. An inspiring proposal was approved last week to turn the heart of San Fran’s downtown area into a mecca of urban living.

Along with the existing plans for a new transit hub, all together it will create a more walkable, sustainable, and dynamic center that promotes core environmental values to the area. The Planning Commission of S.F. approved the addition of six new 850-foot skyscrapers along with one that will be 1,070 feet, superseding the skyline summit of the Transamerica Pyramid building, making it the tallest building on the west coast. In addition, a comprehensive transit hub nicknamed the Grand Central Terminal of the West is already in the works...


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China and its cooperation strategy under the WTO's Aid for Trade

China renews its contribution of USD 400,000 to the China programme for least developed countries under the WTO Aid for Trade initiative.

 

After the successful implementation of the Programme in its first year to assist least-developed countries (LDCs) in the process of accession to the World Trade Organization, China announced on 5 July 2012 that it is contributing USD 400,000 to continue the programme.

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FIFA approves goal-line technology

FIFA approves goal-line technology | Piccolo Mondo | Scoop.it

Football's world governing body has agreed to allow the introduction of either the Hawk-Eye or GoalRef systems.

The technology will be used at the Club World Cup in Tokyo in December, the Confederation Cup in 2013 and also the World Cup in 2014.

The decision by the International Football Association Board (IFAB) -- custodians of the game's laws -- followed a vote at the Zurich headquarters of FIFA, the international association of football federations on Thursday.

It means footballing authorites around the world can introduce the technology into their competitions, using either the Hawk-Eye or GoalRef systems that have been undergoing tests.

 

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Meet SourceMap

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SourceMap is an outstanding venture sponsored by different groups within the MIT. It is a tool for producers, business owners and consumers to understand the impact of supply chains. The site is a social network where anyone can contribute to a shared understanding of the story behind products.

 

You can simulate the impact of manufacturing, transporting, using and throwing away products using their Life-Cycle Assessment calculator. This web-based tool uses linked data from geological and geographic resources. Each 'Sourcemap' can be used to help market socially - and environmentally - conscious products and to buy carbon offsets. Supply chains published on the site can be embedded in external websites, printed onto product packaging or linked through QR codes readable by camera phones. As the site grows, suppliers will be able to contribute their products to the Sourcemap database, providing a geographic catalogue of materials and products around the world.

 

This might well represent a critical business shift towards transparency and environmental awareness.

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Rio+20 and the green economy: issues and outlook by Trade for Development Centre

Rio+20 and the green economy: issues and outlook by Trade for Development Centre | Piccolo Mondo | Scoop.it

The main themes of the Rio+20 international conference, which is being held in the Brazilian economic capital June 20th to 22nd, 2012, are the implementation of the "Green Economy" and the global governance of sustainable development. In a time when the world is experiencing an extremely serious financial cri-sis, the concept of a green economy combining growth with environmental imperatives is raising many questions.

What exactly is meant by "Green Economy", a concept backed by most large international organisations?
How can it contribute to sustainable development, particularly in developing countries?
Why does it put so many NGOs on the defensive?

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2012 Climatescope - MIF/Inter-American Development Bank

2012 Climatescope - MIF/Inter-American Development Bank | Piccolo Mondo | Scoop.it

The Multilateral Investment Fund of the Inter-American Development Bank and Bloomberg score 26 nations on their relative ability to foster low-carbon energy growth.

 

Latin America and the Caribbean boast extraordinary renewable energy resources and much of the region has seen strong economic growth in recent years. Still, the local clean energy sector is just beginning to gain traction, last year attracting less than 5 percent of an estimated $280 billion invested worldwide.

 

For clean energy entrepreneurs, developers, and manufacturers, massive opportunities appear to lie ahead—if they can identify them. Similarly, government leaders could trigger a flood of new clean energy investment—if they can craft appropriate policy frameworks.

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On the front line of climate change: Five cities battling floods, heat and storms

On the front line of climate change: Five cities battling floods, heat and storms | Piccolo Mondo | Scoop.it

Climate change has the potential to cause unprecedented damage to urban areas -- both in terms of human life and financial capital.

What will cities do to cope with rising sea levels, heatwaves, droughts and more frequent and severe storms? How will they protect their populations and economies?

Cities are, in fact, uniquely placed to answer these questions.

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CHILD LABOUR DAY

CHILD LABOUR DAY | Piccolo Mondo | Scoop.it

Worldwide 215 million children are child labourers, 130 million of them working in agriculture.

 

Over 129 million girls and boys aged 5 to 17 years old work in crop and livestock

production, helping supply some of the food and drink we consume and the fibres and raw materials we use to make other products. This figure includes child labourers in fisheries and forestry. Almost 70 percent of child labourers are unpaid family workers (Global Report 2010). Agriculture is one of the three most dangerous sectors in terms of work-related fatalities, non-fatal accidents and occupational diseases. About 59 percent (or 70 million) of all children in hazardous work aged 5–17 are in agriculture.

Child labour is defined by the ILO Convention No. 138 on Minimum Age, 1973, and the ILO Convention No. 182 on Worst Forms of Child Labour, 1999, as work that harms children’s well-being and hinders their education, development and future livelihoods (for more information: International Labour Standards on child labour in agriculture - webpage under construction).

 

When children are forced to work long hours, their ability to attend school or vocational training is limited, preventing them from gaining education that could help lift them out of poverty. Girls are particularly disadvantaged as they often undertake household chores following work in the fields. Much of agricultural work can be hazardous, especially when health and safety standards are low, and can cause sickness, injury or even death. Children are particularly at risk as their bodies and minds are still developing, and they are more vulnerable to hazards such as pesticides. The negative health consequences of their work can last into adulthood.

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Mexico enacts climate legislation

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President Felipe Calderon signs a law making Mexico only the second country in the world to introduce binding targets on climate change.
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G(irls)20 Summit: Closing the Gender Gap in Agriculture

G(irls)20 Summit: Closing the Gender Gap in Agriculture | Piccolo Mondo | Scoop.it
Despite the crucial role that women and girls play in their communities, they are all too often seen as a burden. To change such perceptions, we need to give them access to the resources they need to realize their full economic potential.
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