Biodiversity

G20 Agriculture Meeting Adopts Declaration and Action Plan on Food Price Volatility [viewed]

G2023 June 2011: The first meeting of the G20 Agriculture Ministers concluded with the adoption of an Agriculture Ministerial Declaration and Action Plan on Food Price Volatility and Agriculture that supports initiatives on food production and information exchange, including the International Research Initiative for Wheat Improvement (IRIWI), the Agricultural Market Information System (AMIS), and the Global Agricultural Geo-Monitoring Initiative (GAGI).

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General Assembly Elects President of 66th Session [viewed]

Amb. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser of Qatar addresses the General Assembly following his election as President of the 66th session22 June 2011:  The UN General Assembly (UNGA) has elected by acclamation Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser (Qatar) to be its next President. He will succeed Joseph Deiss (Switzerland) when he takes over the presidency in mid-September 2011 as the 66th session of the Assembly begins.

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CBD Announces Date and Venue of COP 11 [viewed]

CBD20 June 2011: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has announced that the eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 11) to the CBD will be held from 8-19 October 2012, in Hyderabad, India.

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OECD Releases Preliminary Report on Green Growth for Food and Agriculture [viewed]

A Green Growth Strategy for Food and AgricultureJune 2011: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has released a preliminary report outlining a strategy for green growth in the agricultural sector.

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UNESCO Publication Highlights Role of Biosphere Reserves in Climate Policies [viewed]

For Life, for the Future: Biosphere Reserves and Climate Change, A Collection of Good Practice Case StudiesJune 2011: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has released a publication that demonstrates, through a selection of 28 case studies from around the world, that UNESCO biosphere reserves are ideal places to test, evaluate and implement comprehensive climate change policies.

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WMO Highlights Collaboration with UNESCO's IOC at Anniversary Event [viewed]

IOC 50th anniversary22 June 2011: The closing celebrations of the 50th anniversary of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of the UN Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) aimed to promote international awareness of, and involvement in, ocean science.

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First Africa Drylands Week Highlights Potential for Sustainable Development [viewed]

UNCCD17 June 2011: The first "Africa Drylands Week" has concluded with a message by Luc Gnacadja, Executive Secretary of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), underlining the potential of drylands for the development and sustainable growth of their populations and countries.

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Event: CBD Africa Regional Consultation and Capacity Building Workshop on REDD+, Including on Relevant Biodiversity Safeguards [viewed]

This workshop is being convened by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), in collaboration with the South African National Biodiversity Institute and with financial support from Norway, the UK and the UN-REDD Programme. Its purpose is to consult effectively with parties on the development of advice on relevant safeguards for biodiversity, so that REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, as well as conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stocks) actions are consistent with the CBD objectives, and avoid negative impacts on, and enhance benefits for biodiversity.  

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UNGA Appoints UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for Second Term [viewed]

Ban Ki-moon, UN Sectretary-General21 June 2011: Acting on the recommendation of the Security Council, the UN General Assembly (UNGA) has unanimously appointed UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for a second five-year term beginning 1 January 2012.

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EU Environment Ministers Address Sustainable Water Management [viewed]

EU flag21 June 2011: The Environment Council of the EU met on 21 June 2011, in Luxembourg, to discuss the protection of water resources and integrated sustainable water management in the EU and beyond. The Council adopted conclusions including a section on climate change and water policy, and another on ecosystems and ecosystem services.

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