Biodiversity

UNDP, UNEP and GEF Launch Report on Countries' Capacity to Meet Rio Convention Commitments [viewed]

16 September 2010: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP), UN Development Programme (UNDP) and Global Environment Facility (GEF) launched a joint report synthesizing the results of the National Capacity Self-Assessment (NCSA) programme, launched in January 2000, to deepen knowledge on countries' foundational capacities to meet global environmental objectives.

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Cordoba Seminar Focuses on Agrobiodiversity and Climate Change [viewed]

15 September 2010: Held from 13-15 September 2010, in Cordoba, Spain, the International Seminar on the Role of Agricultural Biodiversity in Addressing Hunger and Climate Change was organized in the framework of the International Year of Biodiversity and in commemoration of World Food Day.

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UNEP Releases TEEB Report for Local and Regional Policy Makers [viewed]

9 September 2010: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has announced the release of the Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) report for local and regional policy makers, which highlights that, since 70% of humanity's ecological footprint is linked to resource consumption in cities, local governments can contribute to a transition to a low carbon, resource efficient Green Economy.

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SPREP Meeting Adopts Strategic Plan for 2011-2015 [viewed]

9 September 2010: The 21st meeting of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) convened in Madang, Papua New Guinea, from 6-10 September 2010, and concluded with the adoption of a Strategic Plan for 2011-2015.

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Event: Third Intersessional Meeting for UNCSD [viewed]

As called for at the first PrepCom of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, also called Rio+20), three intersessional meetings will be convened, in addition to three PrepComs, to prepare for the June 2012 UNCSD event. Intersessional III is scheduled for 26-27 March 2012.  

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Event: Third PrepCom for UNCSD [viewed]

The UN General Assembly, in December 2009, adopted a resolution calling for a UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, also referred to as Rio+20) to be convened in Brazil in 2012. This meeting will mark the 20th anniversary of the UN Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), which convened in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The General Assembly resolution specifies that a three-day PrepCom should convene in May 2010, a two-day PrepCom should convene in March 2011, and a three-day PrepCom should convene immediately before the UNCSD (PrepCom III). On 4 November 2011, Dilma Rousseff, President of Brazil, announced a proposal to change the dates to 13-15 June 2012 for PrepCom III and 20-22 June 2012 for the UNCSD, in order to allow for highest-level participation. The previously scheduled dates were 28-30 May 2012 for PrepCom III and 4-6 June 2012 for the UNCSD.  

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UNECE Publishes MDGs Report for Europe and Central Asia [viewed]

August 2010: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) has published a report titled "The MDGs in Europe and Central Asia: Achievements, Challenges and the Way Forward." The chapter on MDG 7 (environmental sustainability) was jointly prepared by UNECE and the Regional Office for Europe of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), and contains several references to climate change.

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UNIFEM Releases Rapid Gender Needs Assessment of Flood Affected Communities in Pakistan [viewed]

September 2010: The UN Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) has released a report that maps out the gender-related concerns from the floods for current relief camps, identifying gaps in information and flagging issues for upcoming stages of early recovery.

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CBD Executive Secretary Addresses World Clean Air Congress [viewed]

9 September 2010: On the occasion of the 15th World Clean Air Congress, organized by the International Union of Air Pollution Prevention and Environmental Protection Associations (IUAPPA) from 12-16 September 2010, in Vancouver, Canada, Ahmed Djoghlaf, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), highlighted the linkages between biodiversity and climate change.

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CBD Releases September Issue of REDD+ and Biodiversity Newsletter [viewed]

8 September 2010: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has released the September volume of its "REDD-plus & Biodiversity" newsletter.

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