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31 March 2011: The Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has invited stakeholders to provide comments on the "white paper" for the refinement of the UNCCD set of impact indicators.
31 March 2011: The Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has announced that the Bureau of the Convention's Committee on Science and Technology (CST) has selected Global Risk Forum, Davos, Switzerland (GRF Davos) as the lead institution to organize the 2nd UNCCD Scientific Conference.
31 March 2011: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has made a submission to the UNFCCC Secretariat on "Climate Change and Food Security in the Context of the Cancun Agreement."
31 March 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP)/GRID-Arendal Marine Programme has released the March 2011 edition of its newsletter, including the announcement of a new collaborative project on Blue Carbon and recent events in which UNEP/GRID-Arendal has participated.
Event: CBD Sub-regional Capacity-building Workshop for West Africa on Implementation of the Programme of Work on Protected Areas [viewed]
The objective of the workshop is to build capacity to: create a national action plan for implementation of the Programme of Work on Protected Areas; access funding based on these action plans; and strengthen implementation of the Programme of Work on the themes of governance, climate change (including integrating protected areas into the wider land and seascape), sustainable financing, and valuation of the costs and benefits of protected areas, with a focus on marine protected areas where applicable.
29 March 2011: The UN Secretary-General's Eminent Persons Group on the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) has released its report, titled “Compact for Inclusive Growth and Prosperity.” The report finds that the structural limitations of LDCs must be addressed in order to close the gap between LDCs and the rest of the world, and outlines objectives and targets for a new Programme of Action (PoA), including on small island developing States (SIDS) and climate change.
The 2011 celebration of this annual observance will be organized under the theme "Forests Keep Drylands Working."
This event will be the fourth such event organized by the UNCCD Secretariat, and will take place in parallel to the meetings of the UNFCCC subsidiary body meetings to provide a forum for UNFCCC and UNCCD decision-makers to exchange ideas. Panel Session 1 will focus on climate financing and its long-term impacts on climate adaptation and mitigation at the local level. Panel Session 2 will examine the implication of the REDD+ and Cancun agreements for the drylands. Panel Session 3 will examine green growth and green economy.
The ECW will bring together GEF focal points from Central American countries, focal points from the main Conventions (Biodiversity, Desertification, Climate Change and POPs), representatives from civil society and representatives from GEF agencies. The purpose of the meeting is to keep these stakeholders abreast of GEF strategies, policies and procedures and to encourage coordination.