Biodiversity

UNGA Debates Incorporating DRR into Rio+20 Outcomes [viewed]

12 April 2012: The President of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, recently held a thematic debate on disaster risk reduction (DRR) focused on: addressing urban risk through public investment; and increasing resilience to disasters through climate adaptation and risk reduction. Participants also attended a side-event on comprehensive action to sustainably reduce vulnerabilities.

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Shortlist for 2014 European Green Capital Award Released [viewed]

12 April 2012: The European Commission has announced that out of 18 applicants for the 2014 European Green Capital award, Bristol, Copenhagen and Frankfurt have been named as finalists. The award is presented annually to a city that represents “the vanguard of environmentally friendly urban living,” with cities being judged, inter alia, on: climate change contributions; transport; sustainable land use; nature and biodiversity; air quality; water production and management; water consumption and treatment; sustainable employment; and energy performance.

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CBD Secretariat Outlines Planned Activities at UNCSD [viewed]

CBD5 April 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has circulated a notification outlining its contribution to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), including the Rio Conventions Pavilion, briefings on the Nagoya Protocol on access and benefit-sharing (ABS) as an instrument for sustainable development, and the message to be prepared by the CBD Working Group on Review of Implementation (WGRI) on the role of biodiversity for sustainable development.

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UNCCD, IFAD Sign Revised MOU on Global Mechanism [viewed]

2 April 2012: Following on the decision taken at the 10th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 10) to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), the UNCCD Executive Secretary and the President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) have signed a revised Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) regarding the modalities and administrative operations of the Global Mechanism (GM).

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International Conference on Wetland Forests Focuses on the Green Economy [viewed]

23 March 2012: The International Conference on Wetland Forests, which was co-hosted by Wetlands International and the Ministry of Industry and Primary Resources of Brunei Darussalam through the Forestry Department, considered the theme "forests biodiversity – towards green economy." The event aimed to promote sustainable management of Brunei's peat forests and mangrove forests.

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UNCCD to Organize Regional Media Workshops on Land Degradation [viewed]

March 2012: The Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has announced that it is organizing regional media workshops on land degradation, desertification and drought in the run up to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).

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Micronesia Challenge Newsletter Highlights Chief Executives Summit Outcomes [viewed]

April 2012: The April 2012 issue of the "Micronesia Challenge Newsletter," published by the Micronesia Challenge Secretariat, features articles on the outcomes of the 17th Micronesian Chief Executives Summit (MCES) and the launch of the One Micronesian Campaign.   

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FAO LAC Forestry Commission Discusses Climate Change, Forest Management [viewed]

FAO19 March 2012: The 27th meeting of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization's (FAO) Latin American and Caribbean Forestry Commission (LACFC) has developed recommendations to FAO about forest genetic resources, climate change, sustainable forest management (SFM) and priorities for the draft work programme of FAO's Committee on Forestry (COFO).

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Draft Ramsar COP 11 Resolutions Released [viewed]

6 April 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention) has announced that, following the approval by the Standing Committee of the draft resolutions for consideration by the 11th meeting of the Conference of the Contracting Parties (COP 11), the Secretariat has finalized and translated all the draft resolutions into the three Convention languages (English, French and Spanish).

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CGIAR Launches Program on Roots, Tubers and Bananas [viewed]

March 2012: Seeking to tap potential synergies for increasing food security and incomes, the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) has developed a Global Program on Roots, Tubers and Bananas, to be led by the International Potato Center (CIP) in collaboration with Bioversity International, the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) and the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA).

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