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UN Celebrates International Biodiversity Day [viewed]

23 May 2011: The International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB) was celebrated around the world on 22 May 2011 under the theme of forest biodiversity, as a contribution to 2011 – International Year of Forests.

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FAO, World Bank Release Forest Governance Framework [viewed]

23 May 2011: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the World Bank's Program on Forests (PROFOR) have released a forest governance guidance framework with applications for developing countries' efforts for REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation  in developing countries, as well as conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stocks), titled "Framework for Assessing and Monitoring Forest Governance."

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CBD Announces TEMATEA Tool on Forest Biodiversity [viewed]

20 May 2011: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), in consultation with members of the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF), has announced the launch of a web-based tool to support the conservation and sustainable use of forest biodiversity, based on the TEMATEA platform.

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UN-REDD Newsletter Highlights Cross-Regional REDD+ Learning and Exchange [viewed]

UNREDD Newsletter18 May 2011: The May 2011 edition of the UN-REDD Programme Newsletter features an article on Asia Pacific and Latin America cross-regional REDD+ exchange, which highlights that delegates from Viet Nam visited Mexico and Ecuador to learn from those countries' experience of Payment for Environmental Services (PES) and community-led forest management, while Mexico and Ecuador learned from Viet Nam's experience in establishing a national REDD+ Programme.

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UNCCD's Global Mechanism Launches scope|acp Website [viewed]

16 May 2011: The South-South Cooperation programme of the Global Mechanism (GM) of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has launched the new website www.scopeacp.net, which seeks to provide tools to enhance the use of existing resources as well as to increase access to new and innovative financial resources for sustainable land management (SLM).

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GEF Approves UN-HABITAT/UNEP East Africa Energy Efficient Project [viewed]

18 May 2011: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has approved a joint UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT)/UN Environment Programme (UNEP) project that aims to promote energy efficiency measures in the building sector in East Africa in order to save energy and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

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Refrigerants, Naturally! Receives Harvard University Award [viewed]

18 May 2011: Refrigerants, Naturally!, a public-private partnership conceived and supported by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP)'s OzonAction team, has received the Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government Roy Family Award.

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UN Programmes and Partners Launch Online Platform for Adaptation and Mitigation Innovation and Technology [viewed]

12 May 2011: The UN Development Programme (UNDP), in collaboration with the UN Environment Programme Risoe Centre (UNEP Risoe), the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP), the Netherlands Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation, the Energy research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN) and the Joint Implementation Network (JIN, the Netherlands), have created ClimateTechWiki, an online platform to support adaptation and mitigation innovation and technology.

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New UNEP Deputy Executive Director Appointed [viewed]

13 May 2011: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has announced the appointment of Amina Mohamed (Kenya) as Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).

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Fourth UN LDC Conference Adopts Istanbul Programme of Action [viewed]

13 May 2011: Over 7,000 participants, including Heads of State and government, international organizations' representatives and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), gathered in Istanbul, Turkey, to attend the Fourth UN Conference on the Least Developed Countries (LDC IV) from 9-13 May 2011. The Conference aimed to assess the results of the 10-year Brussels Action Plan for the LDCs, which was adopted in 2001, and to agree on new measures and strategies for the sustainable development of LDCs into the next decade.

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