Biodiversity

Global Bioenergy Partnership Publishes Sustainability Indicators for Bioenergy [viewed]

16 January 2012:  The Global Bioenergy Partnership (GBEP) has published a report titled "The Global Bioenergy Partnership Sustainability Indicators for Bioenergy," which represents the first global, government-level consensus on sustainability indicators for bioenergy. 

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CMS Executive Secretary Appointed UNEP DEPI Deputy Director [viewed]

5 January 2012: Elizabeth Mrema, Executive Secretary of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS), was appointed Deputy Director of the Division of Environmental Policy Implementation (DEPI) at the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), as of 9 January 2012. Mrema announced her decision to step down as Executive Secretary at the 38th meeting of the CMS Standing Committee and the most recent Conference of the Parties to the CMS (COP 10).

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UNCCD News Issue Reviews COP 10 Outcomes [viewed]

UNCCDJanuary 2012: The latest issue of UNCCD News reviews the outcomes from the tenth session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 10) to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD).

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IFPRI Reviews Research That Has Provided Insights on Food Security and Climate Change [viewed]

January 2012: Over recent years, the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) has published a series of highly cited reports on the potential effects of climate change on vulnerable populations, and opportunities for agriculture to contribute to mitigating climate change.

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Event: Regional Workshop on Technology Transfer and South-to-South Cooperation [viewed]

The Sahara and Sahel Observatory (OSS) and the Global Mechanism (GM) of the UNCCD are jointly organizing an international workshop on technology transfer between Sahel and Maghreb countries and local stakeholders, in the context of the GM's South-to-South Cooperation programme, SolArid, from 25-26 January in Tunis, Tunisia. The workshop will seek to capitalize on existing initiatives and lessons learned at sub-regional and national levels, in order to upscale potential technology transfer initiatives to combat desertification between North and West Africa, and within the sub-regions themselves. The workshop will cover: the strategic thrusts and priority actions for combating desertification and enhancing natural resource management and rural development; opportunities for sub-regional collaboration based on an analysis of the stakeholders' strengths and requirements in terms of knowledge and/or technical skills; capacity-building on resource mobilization for technology transfer; and identification of potential partners to support the identified initiatives. The event will bring together representatives of sub-regional institutions including the Arab Maghreb Union (AMU) and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), specialized organizations such as the Permanent Interstate Committee for Drought Control (CILSS), and representatives from national ministries and development agencies.  

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UNEP Highlights Role of Ecosystem Management in Africa's Development [viewed]

UNEP17 January 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released the seventh issue in its Policy Series on Ecosystem Management, titled “Putting Ecosystem Management in the Vision of Africa's Development: Towards a Sustainable Green Economy.” The brief addresses the foundational significance of ecosystems for human well-being in the African region.

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CSOs to Nominate Observer on UNCCD's Strategy Mid-term Evaluation Working Group [viewed]

UNCCD13 January 2012: The Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has invited representatives of civil society organizations (CSOs) accredited to the UNCCD to nominate a representative to serve on the Intersessional Working Group (IWG) for the mid-term evaluation of the Strategy.

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FAO, EU Fund Climate-Smart Agriculture in Africa and South-east Asia [viewed]

16 January 2012: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the European Commission have launched a €5.3 million, three-year project in Malawi, Viet Nam and Zambia to identify challenges and opportunities for climate-smart agriculture and produce strategic plans for each country.

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Event: World Environment Day 2012 [viewed]

World Environment Day 2012 will be celebrated under the theme "Green Economy: Does it include you?" and will be hosted by Brazil. World Environment Day 2012 will mark the 40th anniversary of the Day.  

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Event: Special High-level Meeting of ECOSOC with the Bretton Woods Institutions, WTO and UNCTAD [viewed]

The Special high-level meeting of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) with the Bretton Woods Institutions (International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank), the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) will analyze issues of common concern, related to the global economy and sustainable development. Pursuant to ECOSOC resolutions 2011/38, 2010/26 and 2009/30, the overall theme of the meeting will be “Coherence, coordination and cooperation in the context of Financing for Development”.  

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