Biodiversity

UN/ISDR Encourages Campaign Cities to Nominate Candidates for Sasakawa Award [viewed]

17 January 2011: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) is urging all campaign cities and partners to submit a nomination for the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Sasakawa award to highlight good practices and achievements towards achieving the "ten essentials" for making cities resilient.  

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Sustainable Development Leads UN Secretary-General's 2011 Priorities [viewed]

14 January 2011: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon identified his priorities for 2011 during an address to the UN General Assembly on 14 January 2011. He highlighted action on inclusive and sustainable development as the first of eight priorities, and climate change mitigation and mitigation as the second priority.

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Event: Joint Session of the UNECE Timber Committee and the FAO European Forestry Commission [viewed]

The Action Plan on the Role of the Forest Sector in a Green Economy is intended to provide policymakers with ideas for ways and means of improving and promoting the forest sector's contribution to a green economy. It could be presented to UNCSD as a practical contribution to greener economies in the ECE region.  

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EEA Publishes Report on Natural Hazards and Technological Accidents in Europe [viewed]

12 January 2011: The European Environment Agency (EEA) has released a report titled "Mapping the impacts of natural hazards and technological accidents in Europe," which analyzes impacts of three types of hazards: hydrometeorological or weather related, such as storms, extreme temperature events, forest fires, droughts and floods; geophysical, including snow avalanches, landslides, earthquakes and volcanoes; and technological, such as oil spills, industrial accidents and toxic spills from mining activities.

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Event: Fifth Latin American Forestry Congress (CONFLAT V) [viewed]

The fifth Latin American Forestry Congress, co-sponsored by the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO), Peru's La Molina National Agrarian University and Peru's National Forestry Chamber, will discuss: forests and climate change; degraded areas and reforestation; forest governance in Latin America; advances in forestry zoning in tropical forests; and the international market, value-added and environmental services of forests.  

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International Potato Center Enters Partnership with Emphasis on Potato Adaptation [viewed]

5 January 2011: The International Potato Center (CIP) has signed a renewed agreement with the Pisaq Potato Park's Association of Communities.

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Event: 2011 Annual Meetings of the Bretton Woods Institutions [viewed]

The Annual Meetings of the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) bring together central bankers, ministers of finance and development, private sector executives, and academics to discuss issues of global concern, including the world economic outlook, poverty eradication, economic development and aid effectiveness. A Civil Society Policy Forum, a program of policy dialogues for civil society organizations (CSOs) will be held from 21-24 September 2011.  

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Event: World Trade Organization's (WTO) Committee on Trade and Environment in Special Session (CTESS) [viewed]

The World Trade Organization's (WTO) Committee on Trade and Environment in Special Session (CTESS) continues to negotiate on the issues identifies by the Doha Mandate.  

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Event: Davos World Economic Forum [viewed]

The World Economic Forum, which will convene under the theme “Shared Norms for the New Reality,” gathers industry CEOs, government leaders, spiritual leaders and others to analyze and elaborate innovative ideas and solutions to key global challenges. Topics included for discussion include sustainable consumption, climate change, water and urban sustainability.  

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Event: GEF STAP Meeting [viewed]

The meeting will review progress on the current STAP work plan, identify new areas for work plan inclusion, and prepare for the May 2011 GEF Council meeting. With respect to current focal areas, it is likely the meeting will have a strong emphasis on climate change as well as adaptation and climate resilience.  

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