Desertification & Land Degradation

AU Calls for Articles for ECOLOGUE Journal [viewed]

African Union (AU)1 August 2011: In preparation for the 17th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 17) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the African Union (AU) is launching a new policy journal, ECOLOGUE, with a focus on climate change issues.

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Event: International Symposium on Drought and National Drought Policies [viewed]

This symposium is organized by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD). It will build on the WMO meeting on national drought policies held at George Mason University, Fairfax, US, from 14-15 July 2011, which outlined steps for countries to reduce drought risks and help coordinate the development of a "best-practices" compendium on developing drought policies. The collaboration between the WMO and UNCCD builds on recent partnerships, such as on the use of the Standard Precipitation Index as a universal drought index.  

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UNCSD Secretary-General Outlines Eight Priorities for UNCSD [viewed]

13 July 2011: Sha Zukang, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs and Secretary-General of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), summarized his recent speech in Washington, DC, US, in a new post to his blog. He elaborated on eight “new and emerging challenges” that States and other stakeholders have highlighted for priority attention. The challenges include energy access, green jobs, sustainable agriculture, marine resources and financing.

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UNCCD Organizes Workshop on Impact Indicators for Pilot Countries [viewed]

13 July 2011: The Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) launched a pilot exercise on tracking impact indicators at the national level. The "inception workshop" for the exercise concluded with an action plan for pilot countries to apply impact indicators on Desertification, Land Degradation and Drought (DLDD), at the national level.

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UNCCD Presents Maps with Latest Statistics on DLDD [viewed]

July 2011: The UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) Secretariat has released a publication titled "Desertification: A Visual Synthesis."

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UNCCD Invites Input on the Organization of International Interdisciplinary Scientific Advice [viewed]

UNCCD13 July 2011: The Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) is inviting stakeholders to participate in an e-survey on how to organize international interdisciplinary scientific advice to the UNCCD.

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Symposium on Green Growth, Science and Technology Prepares for UNCCD COP 10 [viewed]

24 June 2011: In preparation for the tenth session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD COP 10), the International Symposium on Green Growth, Science and Technology and the Role of the Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) to Address Desertification, Land Degradation and Drought (DLDD) convened in Seoul, Republic of Korea, on 23-24 June 2011.

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Finland Contributes to Rio Conventions' Gender Mainstreaming Efforts [viewed]

4 July 2011: Finland has announced that it will contribute EUR250,000 to the Special Voluntary Trust Fund of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) to support implementation of the CBD Gender Plan of Action and activities to mainstream gender in the three Rio Conventions and the Global Environment Facility (GEF).

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UNCCD Organizes Fourth Land Day [viewed]

29 June 2011: The Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has released its report from "Land Day 4," which took place on 11 June 2011, in parallel to the Bonn Climate Change Conference.

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Event: UNCCD Impact Indicators Piloting Exercise: Multi-National Pilot Inception Workshop [viewed]

This Multi-National Inception Workshop will serve to launch the piloting exercise for impact indicators. It is organized by the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) Secretariat with the technical support of the United Nations Environment Programme - World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) and financial support of the Government of Spain and of the European Commission. This event will aim at achieving a common understanding of the UNCCD indicator-based impact monitoring and reporting as well as at creating an informal network of professionals from the participating pilot countries that can support each other in the piloting process.  

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