Governance

UNDP Administrator Highlights Radical Changes in Development Landscape [viewed]

13 June 2011: Addressing the Annual Meeting of the Executive Board of the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), which is being held from 6-17 June 2011, in New York, US, UNDP Administrator Helen Clark identified long-term trends, such as climate change and human impact on the world's natural resources, as responsible for radically changing the development landscape and affecting the way multilateral organizations operate.

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FAO Releases Report on Reforming Forest Tenure [viewed]

10 June 2011: The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has released a report titled "Reforming Forest Tenure: Issues, Principles and Process," which reviews current status and challenges related to tenure of forested lands, and lists ten principles for reform.

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UN Secretary-General Announces Second Term Intentions, Outlines Vision for Climate Change, Sustainable Development [viewed]

6 June 2011: In a press conference held at UN Headquarters in New York, US, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced that he had sent a letter to the membership of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) and the Security Council, offering himself for consideration for a second term as Secretary-General.

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UNGA Debates Green Economy [viewed]

2 June 2011: The UN General Assembly (UNGA) held an informal thematic debate on the topic “Green Economy: A Pathway to Sustainable Development,” including a morning panel on opportunities and challenges of a green economy, and an afternoon panel on transitioning toward green economy, as well as extensive discussion.

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UNFCCC Publishes Newsletter Ahead of Bonn Session [viewed]

31 May 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a new edition of its Newsletter in the run-up to the June 2011 UN Climate Change Conference, which will take place from 6-17 June 2011, in Bonn, Germany. The newsletter highlights the proceedings of the first meeting of the Transitional Committee for the design of the Green Climate Fund, among other topics.

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UNFCCC Publishes Documents for Bonn Session [viewed]

30 May 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published further documents that will be considered during the upcoming 34th sessions of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI 34) and the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA 34) in Bonn, Germany, from 6-16 June 2011.

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UNFCCC Publishes Report of Expert Workshop on Technology Mechanism [viewed]

26 May 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the report (FCCC/AWGLCA/2011/INF.2) by the Chair of the expert workshop on the Technology Mechanism, held in conjunction with the 14th session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA 14).

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World Meteorological Congress Reappoints WMO Secretary-General [viewed]

25 May 2011: The World Meteorological Congress reappointed Michel Jarraud for a four-year term as the Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). The Congress also elected David Grimes (Canada) as President, Antonio Divino Moura (Brazil) as First Vice-President, Mieczyslaw Ostojski (Poland) as Second Vice-President, and Abdalah Mokssit (Morroco) as Third Vice-President.

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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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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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