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UNESCO's Executive Board Calls for Developing a Biodiversity Initiative [viewed]

19 May 2011: The Executive Board of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has confirmed its call for UNESCO to develop a coherent Biodiversity Initiative encompassing all areas of competence and work of UNESCO – natural and social sciences, education, culture and communication. The Initiative will focus on the underlying drivers of biodiversity erosion and loss, and will encompass actions aimed at providing assistance to UNESCO member States underpinning the implementation of the UN system-wide Strategic Plan for Biodiversity.

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Event: 37th Session of the FAO Conference [viewed]

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) will convene the 37th session of the FAO Conference in Rome, Italy. The meeting will consider the regional conferences of the FAO, the technical committees on Commodity Problems, Agriculture, Forestry, World Food Security and Fisheries, and governance, legal, administrative and financial matters.  

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Ramsar Signs Cooperation Agreement with Partner Organizations [viewed]

20 May 2011: The Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Secretariat) has signed a Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) for 2011-2017 with its five International Organization Partners (IOPs).

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World Bank Approves GEF Grant to 'Green' Morocco [viewed]

17 May 2011: The World Bank approved a US$4.35 million grant from the Special Climate Change Fund of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) to support farmers and institutions in mainstreaming climate change adaptation measures within projects implemented by the Green Morocco Plan (Plan Maroc Vert).

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UNDP Releases MDG Report for the Kyrgyz Republic [viewed]

16 May 2011: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic have launched the Second Millennium Development Goals (MDG) Progress Report for the Kyrgyz Republic, which presents an analysis of MDG achievement based on the indicators proposed in the first report, the indicators used in State strategies and programmes, and with special focus on the impacts of the global financial crisis and climate change.

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Guest Article #59: Wetlands and Climate Change [viewed]

This guest article considers the role of wetlands as carbon sinks to mitigate the effects of climate change. It also examines the role of wetlands as important assets in adaptation strategies that increase their resilience and reduce the adverse impacts of climate change on human life.

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Event: Climate Summit for a Living Himalayas [viewed]

This summit is convened by the Governments of Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal with support from the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), MacArthur, ICIMOD, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the UN Development Programme (UNDP), and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). The summit is expected to: outline a 10-year roadmap for adaptation to climate change; develop a proposal to secure all of the eastern Himalaya's temperate and alpine forests and grasslands for ensuring biodiversity persistence and maintaining ecosystem services; and create regional “adaptation expert groups.”  

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Fourth UN LDC Conference Adopts Istanbul Programme of Action [viewed]

13 May 2011: Over 7,000 participants, including Heads of State and government, international organizations' representatives and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), gathered in Istanbul, Turkey, to attend the Fourth UN Conference on the Least Developed Countries (LDC IV) from 9-13 May 2011. The Conference aimed to assess the results of the 10-year Brussels Action Plan for the LDCs, which was adopted in 2001, and to agree on new measures and strategies for the sustainable development of LDCs into the next decade.

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UNEP Releases Report on Decoupling Resource Use and Economic Growth [viewed]

12 May 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) International Resource Panel has released a report titled “Decoupling natural resource use and environmental impacts from economic growth.”

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EU Ministers Discuss Integrated Flood Management [viewed]

12 May 2011: The Council of EU ministers for justice and home affairs, meeting in Brussels, Belgium, on 12 May 2011, adopted conclusions on Integrated Flood Management within the EU.

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