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It’s Down 2 Earth - Global Conference on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change

31 October - 5 November 2010 | The Hague, Netherlands

Highlights for Sunday, 31 October 2010


Local musicians performed at the opening of the Conference.
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Global Conference on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate ChangeThe Global Conference on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change opened today at the World Forum in The Hague, the Netherlands. The Conference is organized by the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation, the Netherlands, in cooperation with Ethiopia, Viet Nam, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, the World Bank, and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The Conference is intended as a follow-up to the Shared Vision Statement agreed at the Seventeenth Session of the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD-17) in May 2009 and to further develop the agriculture, food security and climate change agenda.

The Conference is expected to produce a roadmap for action linking agriculture-related investments, food security and climate change. The Conference was opened by Henk Bleker, Minister for Agriculture and Foreign Trade, the Netherlands, who called for a prominent role for agriculture at the Sixteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC COP 16) in Cancun, Mexico. Jozias van Aartsen, Mayor, The Hague, suggested that mitigating climate change is a way of achieving the goal of eradicating hunger. HRH Willem-Alexander, Prince of Orange, in his capacity as the Chairman of the UN Secretary-General’s Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation, underlined the linkages between water issues and food security, agriculture and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). In a video message, HRH Prince of Wales emphasized the importance of resilient agricultural systems and the need for a holistic approach to food production, encompassing the economic, social and environmental dimensions. Andrew Steer, Special Envoy for Climate Change, World Bank, called for increased investment and financing for agriculture and underlined the possibility of increasing financing flows to developing countries through carbon finance.

Opening Session
Chair Henk Bleker, Minister for Agriculture and Foreign Trade, the Netherlands

Jozias van Aartsen, Mayor, The Hague

Local musicians entertained participants during the opening session.

HRH Willem-Alexander, Prince of Orange

Dancers perfoming in the opening session.

Participants watched a video message from HRH Prince Charles, Prince of Wales
Andrew Steer, Special Envoy for Climate Change, World Bank


Reception
Participants enjoyed music, food and drinks in the welcome reception.

Around the venue
Participants registering for the Conference.
L-R: Tomilola Akanle, Nancy Williams, Simon Wolf, and Laura Russo, ENB
The ENB team meeting the Conference organizers.
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IISD RS resources
*IISD RS summary report of the Agriculture and Rural Development Day 2009, 12 December 2009, Copenhagen, Denmark (HTML - PDF)
*IISD RS coverage of the World Summit on Food Security, 16-18 November 2009, UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Headquarters, Rome, Italy
*IISD RS coverage of the Twelfth Regular Session of the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA-12), 19-23 October 2009, FAO Headquarters, Rome, Italy
*IISD RS coverage of the Third Session of the Governing Body (GB 3) of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture, 1-5 June 2009, Tunis, Tunisia
*IISD RS briefing note of the High-Level Meeting on African Agriculture in the 21st Century, 9-10 February 2009, Windhoek, Namibia (HTML - PDF)
*IISD RS archive of meetings on climate change, and backgrounder
*Climate-L - A mailing list for news on climate change policy

*Linkages Update - Bi-weekly international environment and sustainable development news
*MEA Bulletin - Newsletter on key MEAs and their secretariats
*Climate-L.org - News and information on the actions of international organizations in responding to the problem of global climate change
*African Regional Coverage
*Latin America and Caribbean Regional Coverage
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