Biodiversity

CBD Secretariat Requests Views on REDD+ Safeguards [viewed]

24 January 2011: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has requested submission of views with regard to relevant safeguards in reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, and the role of conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stocks (REDD+).

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UNDP, ESCWA and League of Arab States Launch Arab MDG Report 2010 [viewed]

December 2010: The UN Development Programme (UNDP), the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) and the League of Arab States have launched the "Third Arab Report on the Millennium Development Goals 2010 and the Impact of the Economic Crisis." 

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European Commission Calls for Regional Investments in Sustainable Growth [viewed]

27 January 2011: The European Commission has issued a Communication titled "Regional Policy Contributing to Sustainable Growth in Europe 2020," urging the use of EU regional policy funds to finance sustainable growth projects.

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Event: UN Climate Change Conference – Bangkok [viewed]

The first formal round of climate change negotiations in 2011 include: the 16th session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol (AWG-KP 16); the 14th session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA 14); and workshops pursuant to the Cancun Agreements and to other decisions as appropriate. Preparatory meetings of the Group of 77 and China, the African Group, the small island developing States (SIDS) and the least developed countries are expected to meet from 30 March-2 April 2011.  

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CBD Notification Identifies Areas of Potential Input of Biodiversity Considerations into Climate Change Discussions [viewed]

19 January 2011: In an effort to enhance synergies between the two processes, the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has prepared a notification including invitations for parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to submit their views on areas of potential input of biodiversity considerations into the climate change discussions.

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UNCCD and GEF Secretariats Discuss GEF-5 Policies and Programmes [viewed]

January 2010: Luc Gnacadja, Executive Secretary of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), and Monique Barbut, Chief Executive Officer and Chair of the Global Environment Facility (GEF), co-hosted a staff retreat between their respective Secretariats, on 4 January 2011.

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Event: E-Courses in International Environmental Law [viewed]

The International Law Programme of the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) has opened a new series of its e-Courses on International Environmental Law, scheduled from 7 February-3 April 2011. The aim of the e-courses is to provide a broad introduction to the main topics under international environmental law, including its fundamental principles, law-making processes, main actors, implementation and compliance procedures, and negotiations of Multilateral Environmental Agreements based on the current legal challenges in international environmental law. The series comprises four e-courses as follows: International Environmental Law (7-20 February); International Environmental Governance (21 February-6 March); Techniques and Procedures in International Environmental Law (7-20 March); and International Environmental Negotiations (21 March-3 April).  

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ASEAN Focuses on Socioeconomic Aspects of Sustainable Forest Management
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20 January 2011: As reported in the Bulletin of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) for January 2011, ASEAN officials met on 19 January 2011 to discuss the integration of socioeconomic aspects in sustainable forest management, as part of the implementation of the ASEAN-Swiss Partnership on Social Forestry and Climate Change.

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WTO Members Address Environmental Issues within the Doha Mandate [viewed]

19 January 2011: An informal meeting of the World Trade Organization's (WTO) Committee on Trade and Environment in Special Session (CTESS) met on 10-14 January 2011,  and WTO members reviewed the various proposals on the table covering the Doha mandate related to environment.

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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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