Biodiversity

Event: World Renewable Energy Congress 2011 (WREC 2011) [viewed]

The series of World Renewable Energy Congresses (WRECs) are organized by the World Renewable Energy Network (WREN) affiliated with UNESCO. WREC 2011 will focus on future trends and applications in renewable energy technologies and sustainable development, including issues regarding: climate change; policy; photovoltaic technology; solar thermal; wind; energy end-use efficiency; bioenergy; geothermal; hydropower; sustainable transport; sustainable cities and regions; low-energy architecture; and industrial energy efficiency.  

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Event: UNGA High-Level Event on Desertification [viewed]

In December 2010, the UN General Assembly (UNGA) adopted by consensus the draft resolution recommended by the Second Committee (65/160) on Implementation of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification in Those Countries Experiencing Serious Drought and/or Desertification, Particularly in Africa (UNCCD). It agreed to hold a one-day, high-level meeting, in September 2011, on “addressing desertification, land degradation and drought in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication,” in order to help raise awareness at the highest level, reaffirm the fulfillment of all commitments to the Convention and its 10-year strategic plan and framework (2008-2018), and ensure a higher priority for desertification, land degradation and drought at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20). A letter from the President of the GA, dated 22 July 2011, provides the agenda for the meeting and other information: http://www.un.org/en/ga/president/65/letters/PGA%20Letter%20-%20HL%20Meetings%20in%20September%20-%2022%20July%202011.pdf.  

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Event: World Water Day 2011 [viewed]

The objective of World Water Day 2011 is to focus international attention on the impact of rapid urban population growth, industrialization and uncertainties caused by climate change, conflicts and natural disasters on urban water systems. This year's theme, "Water for cities: responding to the urban challenge," aims to spotlight and encourage governments, organizations, communities, and individuals to actively engage in addressing the defy of urban water management.  

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Event: World Environment Day 2011 [viewed]

World Environment Day 2011 will focus on Forests: Nature at Your Service. India will host World Environment Day 2011.  

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Event: ECOSOC Substantive Session 2011 [viewed]

As decided during the organizational session of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) for 2011, held 15-18 February 2011 (document E/2011/L.1), the substantive session for 2011 will be held from 4-29 July in Geneva, Switzerland, as follows: high-level segment from 4-8 July; dialogue with the Executive Secretaries of the Regional Commissions on 8 July; coordination segment from 11–14 July; operational activities segment from 14-18 July; humanitarian affairs segment from 19-21 July; general segment from 22-28 July; and closing of the session on 29 July.  

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Event: Spring Meetings of the World Bank and IMF [viewed]

 

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Event: 40th GEF Council Meeting [viewed]

The GEF Council functions as the main governing body of the GEF. Its 32 members meet twice a year, with each representing a group of countries (‘constituency') including both donors and recipients of GEF funding. GEF funding is channeled to several focal areas, namely: biological diversity, climate change, international waters, land degradation, ozone layer depletion and persistent organic pollutants.  

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EU Works Towards Resource-Efficiency Strategy [viewed]

20 December 2010: Environment ministers discussed a proposal to establish a strategy on resource efficiency in 2011, as well as preparations for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD or Rio+20).

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Conclusions of High-level Round Table on ITPGR Available Online [viewed]

December 2010: The moderator's summary of the outcomes of the High-level Round Table on the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR), which convened on 7 December 2010, in Rome, Italy, has been made available online.

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CIAT Formalizes Climate Change and Biodiversity Partnership in Colombia [viewed]

December 2010: The International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) has formalized a framework agreement with the Colombian Corporation of Agricultural Research (Corpoica) and the Colombian Ministry of Agriculture to find solutions to help farmers confront climate change and assist in the development of the Colombian Orinoquia and Altillanura.

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