Biodiversity

UNWTO Releases February Edition of Sustainable Development of Tourism Newsletter [viewed]

February 2011: The Sustainable Development of Tourism Programme of the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has released the February 2011 edition of the Sustainable Development of Tourism Newsletter.

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COFI 29 Considers Impacts of Climate Change on Fisheries and Aquaculture [viewed]

4 February 2011: The 29th session of the Committee on Fisheries (COFI) of the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), took place at FAO headquarters in Rome, Italy, from 31 January- 4 February 2011, bringing together over 640 participants who considered, among other agenda items, fisheries and aquaculture in our changing climate.

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UNFF 9 Adopts Resolution on Forests for People, Livelihoods and Poverty Eradication [viewed]

4 February 2011: The ninth session of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF 9), which focused on the theme “Forests for people, livelihoods and poverty eradication,” convened from 24 January-4 February 2011, at UN Headquarters in New York, US, and brought together over 700 participants to address: the International Year of Forests (Forests 2011); forests for people, livelihoods and poverty eradication; and means of implementation for sustainable forest management (SFM).

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CIAT Releases Video Diary on Importance of Wild Crop Diversity [viewed]

3 February 2011: In a video diary taken at Kew Gardens in London, UK, Andy Jarvis, senior scientist at the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), stressed the importance of conserving wild relatives of agricultural species.

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FAO Releases Publication on Managing Forests for Climate Change [viewed]

1 February 2011: The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has released a report entitled "Managing Forests for Climate Change," which examines the role of forests and sustainable forest management in climate change mitigation and adaptation.

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First Regular Session of the UNDP/UNFPA Executive Board Opens [viewed]

31 January 2011: Opening the first regular session of the Executive Board of the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), taking place from 31 January-7 February 2011, at UN Headquarters in New York, US, UNDP Administrator Helen Clark noted the importance of a strong multilateral system to respond to pressing development needs.

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UNESCO IOC Releases Scientific Summary for Policymakers on Ocean Fertilization [viewed]

January 2011: The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has released a "Scientific Summary for Policymakers on Ocean Fertilization," which considers the practicalities, opportunities and threats associated with large-scale ocean fertilization.

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FAO Releases State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture 2010 [viewed]

31 January 2011: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released "State of the World's Fisheries and Aquaculture," which stresses that the contribution of fish to global diets has increased and that the status of global fish stocks has not improved.

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UN Secretary-General at AU Summit: "The World Can Meet its Environmental Challenge" [viewed]

30 January 2011: Speaking at a side event on “Drylands and Pastoral Populations” held during the African Union (AU) Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon underlined that, although the first Earth Summit had provided vision for achieving the economic, social and environmental pillars of sustainable development, the world has yet to see comprehensive, coherent action and results on climate change, desertification and biodiversity.

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IITA Coordinates Release of Improved Soybean Varieties [viewed]

21 January 2011: Malawi and Nigeria have released three new soybean varieties developed by national research institutes in coordination with the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA).

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