February 12, 2014

Global Risk 2014 Report - 4 of the Top 10 Global Risks Are Linked to Climate Change

Climate change has been highlighted as a top threat facing the international community in 2014. President Obama in his State of the Union said, “Climate change is a fact.” The UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon urged government and business leaders to pass a legally binding climate change agreement by 2015 in his recent speech at the Council on Foreign Relations, and World Bank President, Jim Yong Kim, called 2014 the year of climate action.

Businesses are also recognizing the need to adapt to climate change as indicated in the World Economic Forum’s Global Risks 2014 report. The report, based on the survey of 700 industry and business leaders, says that four of the top 10 risks facing the world are linked to climate change. The top ten “Global Risks of Highest Concern” are:

  1. fiscal crises in key economies;
  2. structurally high unemployment;
  3. water crises;
  4. severe income disparity;
  5. failure of climate change mitigation and adaption;
  6. greater incidences of extreme weather events;
  7. global governance failure;
  8. food crises;
  9. failure of a major financial institution; and
  10. profound political and social instability.

For more information about climate change, you can read recent commentaries by Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and by P. Brabeck-Letmathe, chairman of Nestle SA and chairman of the 2030 Water Resource Group.

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Archive

Video Notes - Ruth K. Oniang'o on the importance of empowering women farmers

Ruth K. Oniang'o, Founder and Editor-in-chief of the African Journal of Food, Agriculture, Nutrition and Development, as well as the Founder and CEO of Rural Outreach Africa, addresses gender mainstreaming in agriculture and how empowering women farmers can improve nutrition and health.


Photo of the Week

A farmer in Rwanda shells her maize after harvesting.




Interview with Barbara Schaal

Professor Barbara Schaal discusses the importance of investing in agriculture research to meet the demands of the future.




Commentary - Putting Food and Farming on the Post-2015 Development Agenda

While the climate talks in Warsaw continue to sideline the world’s one billion farmers from the policy discussions, another UN process – the post-2015 development agenda – offers another opportunity for the agricultural sector to contribute to the future sustainable development challenges ahead of us.


Photo of the Week

A farmer in Gitwa, Rwanda, reads a training at one of the input delivery sites.




Video Interview with Secretary Dan Glickman

Former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture and Chicago Council on Global Affairs Global Agricultural Development Initiative Co-Chair Dan Glickman addresses the importance of agricultural education, the effects of climate change on agriculture, and the need to fund agricultural research.