16 June 2013, Rome - FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva formally recognized 38 countries for reducing hunger by half well ahead of international targets for the year 2015.
During a high-level ceremony attended by several heads of state, 18 countries received diplomas for early achievement of targets set by both Millennium Development Goal 1 (MDG1) — to halve the proportion of hungry people by 2015 — plus the more stringent World Food Summit (WFS) goal of halving the absolute number of hungry people by 2015.
By Jill Reilly June 2013 The Daily Mail UK
The world’s population will reach almost eleven billion by the end of the century because of soaring birth rates in Africa, according to new research.
The latest projection is about 800 million - eight percent - more than a previous UN forecast of 10.1 billion issued in 2011.
Researchers had expected fertility on the poorest continent where a woman will give birth to an average of 5.2 children in her lifetime, to fall more quickly than it has.
By Jomo Kwame Sundaram
Rome June 6th 2013 (IPS): Jomo Kwame Sundaram, assistant director-general for economic and social development at the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), writes that while the Millennium Development Goal of halving hunger by 2015 is within reach, much more needs to be done to eradicate malnutrition, which is the underlying cause of 2.6 million child deaths each year and the reason why a quarter of the world’s children, including a third of children in developing countries, are stunted.
Climate talks open as NGOS urge nations to make every moment count between now and 2015
Bonn, Germany - June 3, 2013: Climate Action Network (CAN) urged countries to continue to make progress outlining the elements of a comprehensive, global agreement that puts us on the path to fair, sustainable development at the UN climate negotiations opening in Bonn, Germany, today.
East and Southern Africa Climate Change Media Network Born.
COMESA Weekly Newsletter Issue 134
Over 40 journalists from 23 countries in the Eastern and Southern Africa have established the first ever Eastern and Southern Africa Climate Change
Media Network, which will act as a forum for the exchange of views
on the implications of climate change on people’s lives and also act as a channel to convey climate information to the public.
Media essential in communicating climate change responses
By Kizito Sikuka
“The global effort to combat the impacts of climate change can
be realized if the media clearly educates and informs the general
public and policy makers on the various adaptation and mitigation
This was said at the first Eastern and Southern Africa Climate Change
Media Conference in Kampala, Uganda.
“The media is an important constituent that no one can afford to
ignore as a partner to development,” Uganda’s Water and Environment
World Health Organization (WHO) Releases New to Estimate Health and Adaptation Costs of Climate Change
By Hailu Wudneh
African Centre of Meteorological Application for Development
Uganda’s overdependence on charcoal means the country is heading for an energy crisis unless Government regulates its use, Cornelius Kazoora, an expert in environmental economics has predicted in a new study. What do charcoal burners, environmentalists, politicians think about this? Gerald Tenywa found out.
Moses Assimwe, a resident of Bugolobi in Kampala does not like what he sees.
10 January 2013, Zaragoza, Spain – Mutual trust and understanding the real needs of communities have been emphasized as key factors for successful water cooperation by the participants of the International UN-Water Conference on water cooperation which took place from 8 to 10 January in Zaragoza, Spain.
New Forecast System Helps Transoceanic Flights Avoid Storms
Dec. 11, 2012 — A new NASA-funded prototype system developed by the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) of Boulder, Colo., now is providing weather forecasts that can help flights avoid major storms as they travel over remote ocean regions. The eight-hour forecasts of potentially dangerous atmospheric conditions are designed for pilots, air traffic controllers and others involved in transoceanic flights.
Professor Mahama Duwiejua, Executive Secretary, National Council for Tertiary Education (NCTE), yesterday advised universities to align their overall research objectives with the bigger national goals, especially the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), to achieve maximum impact. In his view, the full benefit of research activities of universities are yet to be fully harnessed to achieve meaningful developments that are linked to the overall objectives of the MDGs in Ghana.
Current Situation and Outlook
Nairobi ICPAC Headquarters:
Climate experts in the Greater Horn of Africa are meeting in the city of Naivasha in Kenya to develop an update of the seasonal climate following announcement by the World Meteorological Organization that the expected El Nino has collapsed.
Professor Laban Ogallo, ICPAC Director, who has convened the extra ordinary meeting has confirmed that the Mini Climate Outlook Forum 32 will discuss the likely performance of the climate from November to February 2013.