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GEO Newsletter Highlights Advances in Climate Observation Collaboration [viewed]

GEOMay 2011: The Group on Earth Observations (GEO) has released the May issue of its newsletter, titled "GEO News" on new developments in the implementation of the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS), which highlights advances in climate observation collaboration in the US and Europe.

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UNEP, MEAs Launch InforMEA Webportal [viewed]

14 June 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP), together with 17 multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs), has launched a new webportal, titled "InforMEA," that draws information from the MEAs' individual websites to permit a user to search for information related to decisions and resolutions, news and events, meeting calendars, and national focal points across all of the participating MEAs.

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Rainforest Basins Summit Calls for South-South Cooperation [viewed]

3 June 2011: The Summit of the Heads of State and Government of the Three Rainforest Basins, namely the Amazon, Congo, and Borneo-Mekong basins, took place in Brazzaville, Congo, from 27 May-3 June 2011, to establish new ways to increase technical cooperation on forest matters, and adopted a joint statement on tropical forests, climate and sustainable development.

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UNESCO Releases April-June Edition of Voices Newsletter [viewed]

30 May 2011: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has released the April-June edition of its newsletter Voices, which reports on UNESCO's activities in the Asia Pacific region, and features articles on science education and research in the Maldives, the environmental and health impacts of livestock production, and media workshops on coverage of environmental issues and the impact of climate change.

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Event: For Life, for the Future: Biosphere Reserves and Climate Change [viewed]

This conference is held on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Man and the Biosphere (MAB) programme. It is organized by UNESCO-MAB, the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, the German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation and the German Commission for UNESCO. The conference will bring together high-level political and scientific representatives, both from climate and nature conservation politics, from administration, science and practice from all over the world, including several ministers. The conference will demonstrate how more than 560 UNESCO biosphere reserves in over 100 countries, beyond conserving biodiversity, can contribute to effective climate change mitigation and adaptation. UNESCO biosphere reserves as model regions for sustainable development make available extensive experiences, for example on sustainable land use, green economies, conservation of ecosystem-services, as well as research and education.  

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UNESCO's Executive Board Calls for Developing a Biodiversity Initiative [viewed]

19 May 2011: The Executive Board of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has confirmed its call for UNESCO to develop a coherent Biodiversity Initiative encompassing all areas of competence and work of UNESCO – natural and social sciences, education, culture and communication. The Initiative will focus on the underlying drivers of biodiversity erosion and loss, and will encompass actions aimed at providing assistance to UNESCO member States underpinning the implementation of the UN system-wide Strategic Plan for Biodiversity.

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Event: Eighth Session of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission's Regional Committee for the Western Indian Ocean (IOCWIO-VIII) [viewed]

The agenda for this session includes a presentation of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) Draft Priorities and Implementation Strategies for 2012-2013 related to: prevention and reduction of the impacts of natural hazards; mitigation of and adaptation to climate change and variability; safeguarding the health of ocean ecosystems; World Heritage Sites; and management procedures and policies leading to the sustainability of coastal and ocean environment and resources. Participants will also discuss national programmes and priorities in Comoros, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, Seychelles, South Africa and Tanzania.  

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Sandwatcher Newsletter Reports on Indian Ocean Workshop [viewed]

23 May 2011: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has announced the release of the April 2011 issue of "The Sandwatcher." The newsletter describes activities undertaken by Sandwatch network groups worldwide, including the Sandwatch Regional Indian Ocean Workshop held on Mahe, Seychelles, in October 2010.

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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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UNESCO Director-General Outlines Preparations for Rio+20 [viewed]

9 May 2011: In her opening statement to the 186th session of the Executive Board of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Irina Bokova, UNESCO Director-General, outlined UNESCO's preparations for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), its efforts to raise the profile of biodiversity conservation, and its support to efforts to address climate change.

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