Biodiversity

Event: Central and Eastern Europe Regional Consultation Meeting Preparatory to UNCCD COP 10 [viewed]

In preparation for the tenth session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 10) of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), which is scheduled to take place in Changwon City, Republic of Korea, from 10-21 October 2011, the UNCCD Secretariat is organizing the Central and Eastern Europe Regional Consultation Meeting Preparatory to COP 10 and meetings of its subsidiary bodies. Participants will convene for a SRAP Alignment Workshop on 31 August 2011, and the Regional Consultation Meeting Preparatory to COP10 from 1-3 September 2011.  

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Event: 37th Special Session of CARICOM's Council on Trade and Economic Development (COTED) [viewed]

This special session of COTED will discuss work on the Community's environmental policy framework and cooperative efforts regarding climate change, sustainable land management and renewable energy. Among other things, participants will discuss Community follow-up to the Cancun Climate Change Conference and preparations for Durban Climate Change Conference. COTED also will discuss Community preparations for the tenth session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD). COTED is also expected to review and approve the draft Caribbean Subregional Action Plan (SRAP) on sustainable land management (SLM) and decide how to finance its implementation. The SRAP is one of the outputs of the Partnership Initiative on Sustainable Land Management in the Caribbean SIDS (PISLM) supported by the UNCCD's Global Mechanism. In addition, the Special Session will receive an update on progress in developing CARICOM's Environment and Natural Resources Policy Framework, and will review work on the CARICOM Renewable Energy Road Map.  

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GEF Reports on Eastern Arc Mountain Forests Project [viewed]

18 August 2011: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has presented the results of a project implemented by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) to conserve biodiversity in the Eastern Arc Mountain forests of Tanzania, which, over seven years (2003-2010), increased protected area coverage by over 500,000 hectares and supported the creation of protected forest corridors in sensitive areas, including in the Derema area and Bunduki Gap in the Ulugurus.

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Event: 66th Session of the UN General Assembly [viewed]

The 66th regular session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) will convene at UN Headquarters on 13 September 2011, at 3 p.m. The provisional agenda of the 66th session (document A/66/150) and annotated preliminary list of items (document A/66/100) are available on the UNGA's website. The draft program of work of the plenary for the 66th session (document (A/65/902) is available here: http://www.un.org/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=A/65/902.  

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ICRISAT Meeting Focuses on Building Climate-Resilient Rainfed Agriculture [viewed]

16 August 2011: The International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), with JSW-Time India Earth Care Initiatives 2011, organized a Roundtable on Climate Change and Rainfed Farming Systems that focused on providing sustainable and science-based solutions and pro-poor approaches to climate change adaptation.

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GEF Funds Environmental Fiscal Reform in Moldova [viewed]

8 August 2011: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has endorsed a project, to be implemented by the UN Development Programme (UNDP), to reform and develop fiscal instruments to improve targets under the three Rio Conventions in the Republic of Moldova.

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Event: 2014 World Conference on Indigenous Peoples [viewed]

Per A/RES/66/296 the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples 2014 will be held as a high-level plenary meeting of the 69th UN General Assembly, and supported by the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (PFII). The aims of the Conference are to share perspectives and best practices on the realization of indigenous peoples' rights, including to pursue the objectives of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP).  

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IRRI, Singapore Invest in Rice Farming Adaptation [viewed]

12 August 2011: The National Research Foundation (NRF) of Singapore will fund a research programme to help Asia meet increasing demands for rice in the context of climate change and a growing regional population.

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UN Secretary-General Releases Report on Sustainable Mountain Development [viewed]

11 August 2011: The UN General Assembly (UNGA) has published a report of the UN Secretary-General that was prepared by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) in response to UNGA resolution 64/205 requesting the Secretary-General to report to it at its 66th session on the status of sustainable development in mountain regions.

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UN Secretary-General Circulates Note on Implementation of Rio Conventions [viewed]

10 August 2011: In preparation of the 66th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), the UN Secretary-General has circulated a background note on the implementation of UN environmental conventions, including the reports submitted by the Secretariats of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).

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