Biodiversity

Event: 66th Session of the IMO's Marine Environment Protection Committee [viewed]

The Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) will meet for its 66th session in London, UK, from 31 March to 4 April 2014. Among other items, the MEPC will consider: further technical and operational measures for enhancing energy efficiency of international shipping; reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from ships; consideration and adoption of amendments to mandatory instruments; interpretations of, and amendments to, MARPOL and related instruments; and identification and protection of Special Areas and Particularly Sensitive Sea Areas.  

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UNESCO Outlines SIDS 2006-2013 Activities [viewed]

UNESCO13 February 2014: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has released a 40-page booklet, titled 'Islands of the Future – Building resilience in a changing world,' which outlines UNESCO's activities in small island developing States (SIDS), covering the period from 2006-2013.

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UNECE and FAO Pledge Continued Cooperation on Forests [viewed]

FAO UNECE6 February 2014: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) have reaffirmed their commitment to forests through the adoption of the UNECE-FAO Integrated Programme of Work on forests.

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Delhi Sustainable Development Summit Discusses Energy, Water and Food Security [viewed]

dsds20148 February 2014: Participants highlighted growing demand for energy, water and food, and recommended actions at the 14th Delhi Sustainable Development Summit (DSDS).

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UNFCCC Releases ADP Summaries of Warsaw Workshops and Special Event [viewed]

UNFCCC6 February 2014: The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) released three documents summarizing two workshops and one special event organized under the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP) during the Warsaw Climate Change Conference in November 2013.

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African Water Facility Supports Infrastructure Programme in Niger Basin [viewed]

AfricanWaterFacility3 February 2014: The African Water Facility (AWF) has granted €960,000 to the Executive Secretary of the Niger Basin Authority (NBA) in support of a programme for the preparation of infrastructure projects aimed at reducing natural resources depletion caused by climate change, and improving their management in order to increase agricultural production and community resilience.

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Mountain Partnership Highlights Importance of Mountains in Post-2015 Process [viewed]

Mountain PartnershipJanuary 2014: As part of its efforts to contribute to the post-2015 development agenda process, the Mountain Partnership has released a series of policy briefs on energy, forests and biodiversity, and climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction (DRR).

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UN Scientific Advisory Board Holds Inaugural Meeting [viewed]

scientific-advisory-board31 January 2014: The first meeting of the Scientific Advisory Board launched by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon set out a calendar for its work, and discussed means to tighten the linkage between the science and policy, as well as to define priority scientific issues for sustainable development. 

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UNEP Announces Call for Nominations for 2014 Champions of the Earth Award [viewed]

UNEP29 January 2014: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has announced a call for nominations for the 2014 Champions of the Earth Award. The Award seeks to honor visionaries whose actions and leadership have had a positive impact on the environment.

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ICRISAT Identifies Climate Resilient Chickpea Germplasm [viewed]

ICRISAT24 January 2014: As part of the effort to develop climate change adaptation measures that support smallholder farmers in Asia and Africa, the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) has identified beneficial traits within 40 lines of chickpea germplasm.

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