Biodiversity

Event: UNCCD Impact Indicators Piloting Exercise: Multi-National Pilot Inception Workshop [viewed]

This Multi-National Inception Workshop will serve to launch the piloting exercise for impact indicators. It is organized by the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) Secretariat with the technical support of the United Nations Environment Programme - World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) and financial support of the Government of Spain and of the European Commission. This event will aim at achieving a common understanding of the UNCCD indicator-based impact monitoring and reporting as well as at creating an informal network of professionals from the participating pilot countries that can support each other in the piloting process.  

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UNCCD Announces Policy Paper on Economics of Desertification, Land Degradation and Drought [viewed]

UNCCD27 June 2011: The Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has announced the release of a policy paper titled “The Economics of Desertification, Land Degradation, and Drought: Toward an Integrated Global Assessment.”

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FAO Conference Elects New Director-General [viewed]

26 June 2012: At the Conference of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), José Graziano da Silva (Brazil) was elected Director-General, succeeding Jacques Diouf (Senegal).

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Event: Second Informal Informal Consultations on the UNCSD Outcome Document [viewed]

This event was originally scheduled as the third of three "informal informal" consultations to negotiate the draft Outcome Document. The decision taken by the Bureau on 22 December 2011 canceled the February consultations, rendering this meeting the second informal informal consultation. The Bureau subsequently decided to schedule this event for two weeks, from 23 April-4 May.  

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Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and LOS Sends Outcome to UNCSD [viewed]

UN eadquarters on a sunny day24 June 2011: The UN Open-ended Informal Consultative Process (ICP) on Oceans and the Law of the Sea has completed its meeting on the theme “contributing to the assessment, in the context of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), of progress to date and the remaining gaps in the implementation of the outcomes of the major summits on sustainable development and addressing new and emerging challenges.”

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Ramsar, SPREP Participate in IUCN Mangrove Conservation Meetings [viewed]

Members of the PMI Steering Committee23 June 2011: The Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention) and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) participated in a meeting of the national coordinators of the International Union for Conservation of Nature's (IUCN) Mangroves Ecosystem for Climate Change and Livelihoods (MESCAL) project, which followed up on progress of the project and sought to ensure that MESCAL activities fit with the new Regional Wetlands Action Plan for Pacific Islands.

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World Bank Finances Education for Low Carbon Development in Guyana [viewed]

World Bank23 June 2011: The World Bank approved a US$10 million loan to strengthen Guyana's science and technology tertiary education and advance its Low Carbon Development Strategy, through funding provided by the International Development Association (IDA).

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CPF Members Release Calendar of Year of Forests Events [viewed]

International Year of Forests 2011June 2011: The members of the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF), a consortium of 14 forest-related organizations and secretariats, have put together a joint calendar of thematic press releases to disseminate the activities taking place throughout the world to celebrate the International Year of Forests.

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Event: Initial Discussions on Zero Draft of UNCSD Outcome Document [viewed]

The initial discussions on the "zero draft" of the Outcome Document for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) will take place from 25-27 January 2012, based on a decision taken by the UNCSD Bureau at its meeting on 22 December 2011. The zero draft will be based on a compilation of the input received by the UNCSD Secretariat from member States and other stakeholders by 1 November 2011.  

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Event: Liaison Group on Climate-related Geo-engineering as it Relates to the CBD [viewed]

The liaison group is tasked with: developing proposals on definitions for climate-related geo-engineering; informing parties of the known and expected impacts (positive, negative and neutral) of geo-engineering on biodiversity and associated social, economic and cultural considerations; and providing advice to parties on assessing the potential and unknown impacts of geo-engineering on biodiversity and associated social, economic and cultural considerations. The Liaison Group will produce a document for consideration by SBSTTA at its 16th meeting.  

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