Announcement / Statement

Bioversity International, IUCN and IFAD Stress Agricultural Biodiversity for Global Health [viewed]

ifad-iucn14 June 2013: The heads of Biodiversity International, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) have published an editorial article describing the functions of agricultural biodiversity for human and ecosystem health, as well as threats to this natural resource base.

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World Day to Combat Desertification Focuses Attention on Drought and Water Scarcity [viewed]

World Day to Combat Desertification 201117 June 2013: Events to mark the 2013 edition of the annual World Day to Combat Desertification are focusing attention on the theme 'Don't let our future dry up.' The selection of the topics of drought and water scarcity seeks to take into account that 2013 is also the International Year of Water Cooperation. 

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US, China to Collaborate on HFCs Phase Down [viewed]

china_us_flag8 June 2013: The US Government has announced that it will collaborate with the Government of China to phase down the production and consumption of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). US President Barack Obama and China's President Jinping Xi reached the agreement during their recent retreat.

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UN Secretary-General Stresses Need for Climate Change Agreement, SDGs [viewed]

Ban Ki-moon7 June 2013: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addressed the Denver Forum, a public forum on democracy in Denver, Colorado, US, sharing his latest views and plans for climate change negotiations and the post-2015 development agenda.

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EU Reports It Has Exceeded Fast Start Climate Finance Pledge [viewed]

European Union 14 May 2013: The EU has reported that it has surpassed its fast start finance pledge to developing countries by providing over €7.3 billion (approximately US$9.5 billion) of climate finance.

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FAO Announces Winner of REDD+ for Food Photo Contest [viewed]

FAO UNREDDMay 2013: The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the UN has announced the winner of the Nurture Forests for the Future – REDD+ for Food photo contest. FAO, as part of the UN-REDD Programme, held the contest to create awareness on the links between food security and Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD+).

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Brazilian Diplomat Succeeds Pascal Lamy as WTO Head [viewed]

Ambassador Roberto Carvalho de Azevêdo (Brazil)14 May 2013: Following extensive informal consultations among members of the World Trade Organization (WTO), the WTO General Council has approved the appointment of Ambassador Roberto Carvalho de Azevêdo (Brazil) as the next Director-General of the WTO. Azevêdo will take office on 1 September 2013.

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Observed Carbon Dioxide Concentrations Reach 400 Parts Per Million Threshold [viewed]

WMO9 May 2013: Observed concentrations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere have reached the 400 parts per million (ppm) threshold at several stations of the World Meteorological Organization's (WMO) Global Atmosphere Watch network.

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Experts Assess Biofuels Screening Toolkit at UNIDO Biofuels Conference [viewed]

UNIDO7 May 2013: Participants at the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) Biofuels Conference have assessed the Biofuels Screening Toolkit, which was developed to help ensure the sustainability of biofuels production, in recognition of the potential negative effects of biofuels production on the environment and on food security.

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UNFCCC COP 19 President Designated [viewed]

UNFCCC6 May 2013: The Eastern European Group has designated Marcin Korolec, Minister of Environment, Poland, as the President-Designate for the 19th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 19) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the 9th session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (COP/MOP 9), which will be held from 11-22 November 2013, in Warsaw, Poland.  

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