Biodiversity

Event: 33rd Joint FAO/UNECE Working Party on Forest Economics and Statistics [viewed]

The meeting will address possible reform of institutional arrangements under the Timber Committee of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the European Forestry Commission of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). Additional topics will include: guidance of work areas, including markets and statistics; forest resources assessment; forest sector outlook studies; social and cultural aspects; policy and cross-sectoral issues; the status of the joint wood energy enquiry; and a roundtable on forest information challenges.  

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Event: First Meeting of the Transitional Committee for the Design of the Green Climate Fund [viewed]

The UNFCCC Secretariat has informed parties, observer States and observer organizations that the first meeting of the Transitional Committee for the design of the Green Climate Fund (decision 1/CP.16, paragraph 110) originally scheduled to be held on 14-15 March 2011, in Mexico City, Mexico has been postponed until the latter part of April 2011.  

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Event: IPCC Task Force on National Greenhouse Gas Inventories Expert Meeting on Harvested Wood Products, Wetlands and Soil Nitrogen [viewed]

 

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SPREP and UNESCO Train Environmental Reporters in Vanuatu [viewed]

28 February 2011: The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), with support from the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), is conducting a training session to strengthen environmental reporting skills in the media sector, from 28 February-4 March 2011, in Vanuatu.

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ITTO Calls for Proposals on Reducing Deforestation and Enhancing Environmental Services [viewed]

24 February 2011:  The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) has released a call for proposals for its Thematic Programme on Reducing Deforestation and Forest Degradation and Enhancing Environmental Services (REDDES).

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Growing Forest Partnerships Releases February Newsletter [viewed]

February 2011: The Growing Forest Partnership (GFP) has released the February issue of its newsletter. GFP is an initiative funded by the World Bank that supports local, national and international networks to ensure that global discussions about forests include the real and current challenges faced by forest-dependent people and local forest managers.

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Event: Meeting of UN System Chief Executives Board for Coordination (CEB) [viewed]

This meeting will convene in Nairobi, Kenya, to discuss issues relating to biodiversity, among others. The CEB meets twice a year and brings together the Heads of 27 UN system organizations (15 specialized agencies, 10 UN Funds and Programmes, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the World Trade Organization (WTO)) under the chairmanship of the UN Secretary-General.  

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Event: Zero Meeting of Possible UNECE/FAO Working Party on Forest Policy and Management [viewed]

Participants at this meeting will consider the possible establishment of a joint Working Party on Forest Policy and Management as a subsidiary body under the Timber Committee of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the European Forestry Commission of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).  

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UN DESA Releases Journal Highlighting Work on Islands, Biofuels and Transport [viewed]

February 2011: The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA) has released the latest edition of its journal titled “Natural Resources Forum: A United Nations Sustainable Development Journal” (Volume 35, Issue 1), with articles on water governance, atoll livelihoods, Brazilian ethanol policy, sustainable transport and corruption in Africa, highway emissions projections for India, and opinions on the usefulness of the concept of a green economy.

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UNEP GC 26/GMEF Discusses Green Economy, International Environmental Governance [viewed]

27 February 2011: The 26th session of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum (GC 26/GMEF) convened from 21-24 February 2011, at the UN Office in Nairobi, Kenya.

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