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UN rural development agency IFAD to open Japan office to boost global hunger eradication efforts

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 6 febbraio 2021

Recognizing that investments in small-scale farmers in developing countries are imperative to tackle hunger, poor nutrition and poverty, the Japanese government and the UN’s International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) signed an historic agreement today to open the first IFAD Liaison Office in Japan.The agreement was signed by Gilbert F. Houngbo, IFAD President, and the Ambassador Permanent Representative of Japan to IFAD, Oe Hiroshi.With its new presence in Japan, IFAD will deepen its engagement with the government, parliamentarians, the private sector, academia and civil society, and promote partnerships and exchanges of knowledge and expertise, including in the areas of ICT for development, reducing food loss, strengthening food value chains and improving nutrition in rural areas.“Japan’s international leadership role in support of better nutrition is more important than ever if we want to end hunger by 2030,” said Houngbo. “This agreement reflects our joint commitment to this goal, and gives us an opportunity to work closer together to build sustainable food systems that promote healthy diets, improve rural peoples’ incomes and build their resilience to ensure adaptation to climate change.” Food systems dominated by small-scale farms produce more than 70% of the food calories in sub-Saharan Africa, and South and East Asia. Small-scale farming is also key for maintaining nutritional diversity.“Japan welcomes IFAD’s decision to open the IFAD Liaison Office in Japan. IFAD is an important partner of Japan to tackle difficult challenges such as food insecurity and malnutrition as well as poverty in rural areas,” said Oe Hiroshi. “We believe this new office will be a strong hub for broadening and deepening IFAD’s engagement with a variety of stakeholders in Japan and leverage better knowledge and partnership for transforming rural livelihoods.”

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Humanitarian aid alone is not enough to address hunger, says new Vice President of UN agency IFAD

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 10 agosto 2020

Rome. We are failing in our response to increasing hunger levels by focusing predominantely on humanitarian aid, said Dominik Ziller, the new Vice President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) who took office today.
According to the report on the State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World released last month, hunger has increased in the past five years, and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is expected to leave an additional 83 to 132 million people hungry by the end of the year.IFAD is an international financial institution and specialized agency of the United Nations dedicated to eradicating rural poverty and hunger in developing countries. Ziller, a German national and the former Director General for International Development Cooperation at the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), starts his new role at IFAD at a pivotal time.The majority of the world’s poorest and hungriest people live in rural areas and depend on agriculture and related activities for their livelihoods. As the second in command of the Fund, Ziller will provide counsel and support on IFAD’s strategic direction and all aspects of its operations and activities, and will help strengthen the political and financial support for IFAD among Member States. In his previous role at BMZ, Ziller’s responsibilities included the European Union’s development cooperation, and the development pro­cesses of the G7 and the G20. During Germany’s G20 Presidency, he chaired the Development Working Group. He previously worked for the German development agency Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), where he was a member of the Executive Management Committee.

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CEMEX Strengthens Its Commitment to the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 30 Maggio 2019

CEMEX, S.A.B. de C.V. (“CEMEX”) (NYSE: CX) announced today that it is strengthening its commitment to the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by prioritizing five goals that are directly connected with the company’s business and represent a better opportunity to contribute to the UN 2030 Agenda. These five goals are focused on the promotion of decent employment and economic growth (SDG 8); innovation and infrastructure development (SDG 9); climate change mitigation (SDG 13); environmental and ecosystem conservation (SDG 15); and the advancement of sustainable cities and communities (SDG 11). The five priority SDGs represent the greatest opportunities to contribute further and to identify new business opportunities connected with CEMEX’s business strategy, such as innovation, research and development, employability, climate change, diversity, and education, among others. In 2018, 26% of the company’s cement operations’ power supply came from renewable energy, contributing directly to four out of five of the priority SDGs. In 2019, CEMEX expects to continue embedding the UN SDGs into the business processes to create systemic change, increase engagement, promote a sense of purpose, and raise awareness among its stakeholders.
CEMEX’s commitment to the UN SDGs is also highlighted by the signing of the collaboration agreement between the federal government of Mexico, the private sector, represented by the Business Coordinating Council (CCE), and the local Global Compact Network in Mexico. The agreement, which was signed this Monday, May 27, 2019, aims to ensure that every company, including small and medium-sized enterprises, form a part of this joint effort to use the UN SDGs to align our resources, transform who we are and how we do business, and positively impact people and the planet.
Those present at the signing ceremony for the collaboration agreement, held in Mexico City, included Lise Kingo, CEO and Executive Director of the UN Global Compact as a witness of honor; Alfonso Romo, Chief of Staff of the President of Mexico; Antonio del Valle, President of the Mexican Business Council and the representative of the Business Coordinating Council (CCE); Graciela Márquez, Secretary of Economy for Mexico; Antonio Molpeceres, Resident Coordinator of the United Nations System; and Martha Herrera, President Global Compact Mexico and Corporate Social Responsibility Director at CEMEX.CEMEX is a global building materials company that provides high-quality products and reliable services. CEMEX has a rich history of improving the well-being of those it serves through innovative building solutions, efficiency advancements, and efforts to promote a sustainable future. For more information, please visit:

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“UN resolution on human shields will help bring security and stability to the Middle East”

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 30 giugno 2018

NEW YORK – World Jewish Congress President Ronald S. Lauder praised Tuesday’s United Nations vote condemning the use of human shields as an “important” step that “will help bring security and stability” to the Middle East.“We welcome the UN General Assembly’s condemnation of the cynical use of human shields by terrorist groups like Hamas,” said Lauder. “This is an important step forward in the global war on terror and a critical moral stance that will help bring security and stability to the Middle East and the wider world.”The UN General Assembly Tuesday voted to condemn use of civilians as human shields by terrorist organizations. The resolution is specifically aimed at Hamas, the Palestinian terror group that runs the Gaza Strip and which has used human shields in conflicts with Israel as a propaganda tactic. Hamas terrorists have hid behind women and children in hospitals and schools while launching missile attacks on Israel. The condemnation of human shields is part of the UN’s update of its counter-terrorism strategy.The UN resolution explicitly condemned terrorist groups for the double war crime of hiding behind women and children while attacking civilians. The resolution decries the use of “schools and hospitals, for military purposes such as launching attacks and storing weapons,” as well as the use of “civilians to shield military objectives from attacks.” “Every terror group that cowardly hides behind women and children while using hospitals and schools as bases to attack civilians should be held accountable and punished,” Lauder added.The UN resolution is an update of its Global Counter Terrorism Strategy, which was first adopted in 2006 and gets reviewed every two years.

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UN Ass. Secretary General Shares Latest News On the 17 SDG`s

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 14 novembre 2017

new yorkNew York. In September 2015, 193 countries signed up to support the UN’s 17 sustainable development goals for our planet and the people that live on it. “The promise to leave no one behind is the most difficult commitment of this new social contract,” says Thomas Gass. “It requires that we all seek to understand who the most vulnerable people are and what risks they face, and then systematically empower these people and build their resilience.” Thomas Gass was appointed by the UN Secretary-General as Assistant Secretary-General for Policy Coordination and Inter-Agency Affairs in UN DESA and he took office on 3 September 2013. Gass believes the SDG’s are a “shared vision of humanity” and not just a “development strategy for big international organizations to fix the problems in the South.” Leaders need to understand that “sustainability has been redefined,” and that “no group must be left behind.” He adds that when “poverty or pollution or climate change happen in another country far away, that does not mean that we are not part of the cause of these problems and their necessary solution.”CMRubinWorld launched in 2010 to explore what kind of education would prepare students to succeed in a rapidly changing globalized world. Its award-winning series, The Global Search for Education, is a highly regarded trailblazer in the renaissance of 21st century education, and occupies a widely respected place in the pulse of key issues facing every nation and the collective future of all children. It connects today’s top thought leaders with a diverse global audience of parents, students and educators. Its highly readable platform allows for discourse concerning our highest ideals and the sustainable solutions we must engineer to achieve them. C. M. Rubin has produced over 500 interviews and articles discussing an extensive array of topics under a singular vision: when it comes to the world of children, there is always more work to be done.

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UN World food programme responds to urgent needs of displaced people in Iraq

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 13 giugno 2014

Onu palaceERBIL, IRAQ ­ The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is launching an initial emergency operation to provide food assistance to 42,000 of the most vulnerable people displaced by conflict this week in Iraq. WFP has deployed emergency and logistics staff to Erbil in the Kurdistan region to determine further food needs on the ground following the displacement of hundreds of thousands of people from Mosul to Erbil and neighbouring areas over the past two days. In its initial response, WFP will deliver approximately 550 metric tons of food a month support the operation, at a cost of $1.5 million. An airlift of emergency food and other supplies is planned from the WFP-run UN Humanitarian Response Depot (UNHRD) in Dubai and another flight with non-food assistance is planned from Brindisi, in Italy. The crisis in Iraq is escalating quickly. In some areas on the borders between Iraq and Kurdistan where newly displaced people are arriving, there are reports of unavailability of food in the shops. Meeting the food needs of the most vulnerable groups is a crucial step for WFP¹s mission in the country, said WFP Representative and Country Director in Iraq, Jane Pearce. WFP will be sending its food assistance into Iraq through Turkey to families displaced by the Mosul conflict. Along with the newly displaced, WFP is already assisting about 240,000 people displaced by conflict in Iraq¹s al-Anbar region, as well as more than 100,000 refugees from the conflict in Syria, who are sheltering in Iraq.WFP is the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide, delivering food in emergencies and working with communities to build resilience. In 2013, WFP assisted more than 80 million people in 75 countries.

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UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 4 aprile 2014

amsterdamAmsterdam,  A team of Greenpeace climate change experts will be attending the meeting of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) being held in Berlin, Germany, from 7-11 April, and concluding with the release of the IPCC report on Monday 13 April.
The IPCC is the world’s leading body for the scientific assessment of climate change, established to inform governments in decision-making. The Berlin meeting focuses on the options for combating climate change. As official observers to the meeting, Greenpeace experts will be available to media to explain the implications of the IPCC’s findings. Greenpeace staff from China and Germany can also provide briefings on the latest developments with China’s new clean air policies and the German ‘Energiewende’ – the German Energy Transition. The Berlin meeting is the third phase in finalising the IPCC’s latest assessment of the science, impacts and response options for mitigating climate change – the latest compilation of international peer-reviewed knowledge since 2007. The science section, agreed in 2013, concluded with 95% confidence that humans are the main cause of current global warming. Conclusions about the impacts of climate change, agreed at a meeting held in Yokohama from 25-29 March 2014, outlined the increasingly dramatic consequences of climate change across all continents unless greenhouse gas emissions are urgently reduced. “Climate change is the greatest threat we all face,” said Li Shuo of Greenpeace China. “Clean and safe energy systems are advancing, and each new kilowatt hour of renewable energy means one less kilowatt hour from fossil fuels and nuclear energy that pose a threat to future generations.”

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Climate change before UN Security Council

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 20 luglio 2011

Amsterdam. In response to news that Germany will use its Presidency of the UN Security Council to hold a debate on the security implications of climate change at the Council’s 20 July meeting, Patricia Lerner, Senior Political Advisor from Greenpeace International said: “While Germany is taking the lead by alerting the UN Security Council of the dire consequences of climate change, the other Council members need to agree on a strong Presidential Statement which recognises the threats posed to international peace and security by drought, flooding, food shortages and statelessness. Humanitarian crises, like the unfolding situation in the Horn of Africa, will occur with greater frequency and more devastating effect if governments do not act to bring climate change under control.” “Germany’s initiative is a crucial opportunity for the Security Council to address the impacts of climate change, which have serious implications for the future of global peacekeeping. The Council should appoint a Special Representative for Climate and Security Response, who would report to the Security Council every six months on the threats to international peace and security that result from both current and projected adverse impacts of climate change.” “With December’s UN climate summit fast approaching, we hope that the Security Council speaking with one voice, will provide the warning needed to spur governments towards action, so they make a real commitment to curb rising emissions ahead of the Durban meeting.”

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