Desertification & Land Degradation

First APEC Summit on Food Security Held [viewed]

17 October 2010: Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Ministers responsible for food security met for the first time in Niigata, Japan, from 16-17 October 2010, and agreed on the Niigata Declaration on APEC Food Security, which contains several references to climate change.

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International Day for Poverty Eradication Focuses on Decent Work [viewed]

17 October 2010: The International Day for Poverty Eradication was celebrated on 17 October 2010, around the theme "From Poverty to Decent Work: Bridging the Gap."

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EU Environment Ministers Prepare for Nagoya [viewed]

14 October 2010: The Council of the EU Environment Ministers met on 14 October 2010, in Brussels, Belgium, to agree on a strategy for the 10th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 10) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), which will open on 18 October 2010, in Nagoya, Japan. 

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UNCCD Executive Secretary Re-Appointed to Second Term [viewed]

11 October 2010: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has re-appointed Luc Gnacadja (Benin) as the Executive Secretary of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD).

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UNEP Completes GEO-5 Regional Consultations [viewed]

5 October 2010: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has completed its scheduled regional consultations for GEO-5. The consultations were convened in Washington DC, US (September 2), Panama City, Panama (September 6-7), Ottawa, Canada (September 9), Bangkok, Thailand (September 16-17), Nairobi, Kenya (September 20-21), Geneva, Switzerland (September 23-24) and Bahrain (October 4-5).

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Rio Conventions Focus on Enhancing Collaboration [viewed]

23 September 2010: The tenth meeting of the Joint Liaison Group of the Rio Conventions convened on 23 September 2010, on the margins of the UN General Assembly high-level meeting on biodiversity, in New York, US.

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Developing Countries Call for Greater Support to Respond to Climate Change [viewed]

28 September 2010: As the UN General Assembly's (UNGA) annual high-level debate continued on 28 September 2010, developing countries representatives urged greater global support in responding to climate change.

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GEO-5 Regional Consultation for Africa Identifies Regional Priorities [viewed]

22 September 2010: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Global Environment Outlook (GEO) Regional Consultation for Africa took place in Nairobi, Kenya, on 20-21 September 2010. This was the fifth in a series of seven regional consultations being undertaken by UNEP as part of the preparation for the production of the fifth GEO (GEO-5).

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UNCCD and UNDP Prepare Report on MDG Achievement in the Drylands [viewed]

17 September 2010: During the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Summit at UN Headquarters in New York, US, the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) will release a report titled “The Forgotten Billion: MDG Achievement in the Drylands.”

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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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