Stakeholder Participation

Event: WTO Public Forum 2012 [viewed]

The World Trade Organization (WTO) Public Forum 2012 will focus on the question: “Is multilateralism in crisis?” and will provide an opportunity for civil society participants to analyze the state of multilateralism and assess whether it is in crisis, considering both the Doha Round deadlock and WTO activities that work well. The Forum will address the following: formulating new approaches to multilateral trade opening in areas such as trade facilitation; addressing 21st-century issues and identifying areas in need of new regulations; and looking at the role of non-state actors in strengthening the multilateral trading system.  

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Canada and US Amend Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement [viewed]

7 September 2012: Lisa Jackson, Administrator, US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and Peter Kent, Minister of Environment, Canada, have signed an amendment to the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement, originally signed in 1972. The amendments strengthen US and Canadian cooperative action to address water quality threats and prevent harm.

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Event: Seventh World Urban Forum [viewed]

The seventh session of the World Urban Forum (WUF) will be held in Medellin, Colombia, on the theme ‘Urban equity in development – Cities for life'. WUF 7 will include high-level dialogues on equity in urban development law; urban planning and design for social cohesion; basic services--local businesses for equitable cities; innovative financing instruments for local authorities; raising standards or urban resilience; and a safe city as a just and equitable city. It will also feature special sessions, round tables and business, gender and youth assemblies. WUF is an international forum exchanging views and experiences on urban challenges and opportunities. Participants include governments, international organisations, NGOs and other stakeholders. The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) convenes the WUF every two years.  

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Event: INC-Forests3 [viewed]

The third session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee for a Legally Binding Agreement on Forests in Europe (INC-Forests3) will continue negotiations for a legally binding instrument on forests.  

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Report Outlines Lessons Learned from REDD+ Readiness in the Republic of the Congo [viewed]

28 August 2012: The World Resources Institute (WRI) and Congo Basin Forest Fund (CBFF) have released a report on lessons learned from readiness activities in the Republic of the Congo towards reducing emissions from deforestation and degradation and the role of conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks in developing countries (REDD+).

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UNISDR Releases 2012 Making Cities Resilient Report [viewed]

4 September 2012: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) has released the “Making Cities Resilient Report 2012,” which aims to provide a global snapshot of how local governments reduce disaster risk. The report was released at the World Urban Forum, which is convening in Naples, Italy, from 2-6 September 2012.

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Adaptation Fund Launches Food and Agriculture Photo Contest [viewed]

Adaptation FundSeptember 2012: The Adaptation Fund is inviting entries to a photograph competition focusing on approaches to growing and supplying food in the context of climate change.

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Event: Twelfth RRI Dialogue on Forests, Governance and Climate Change [viewed]

The 12th Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) Dialogue on Forests, Governance and Climate Change will consider the theme "Scaling-Up Strategies to Reduce Emissions and Deliver Development in Forest Areas". Participants will identify the major emerging threats to forests and take stock of proven strategies to reduce emissions, and will assess the potential for expanding and becoming even more effective. They will also consider promising new initiatives to address the current and future drivers of deforestation and degradation, and the long-standing constraints of underdevelopment and weak governance. This event was originally scheduled to be the 13th RRI Dialogue, but the event that was originally scheduled as the 12th RRI Dialogue was rescheduled from October to January 2013.  

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Bangladesh LDCF Project Wins Earth Care Award 2012 [viewed]

GEF24 August 2012: A project in Bangladesh on Community Based Adaptation to Climate Change through Coastal Afforestation, funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF), won this year's Earth Care Award. 

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World Water Week 2012 Opens with Focus on Water and Food Security [viewed]

26 August 2012: World Water Week 2012 is underway in Stockholm, Sweden, with a focus on the theme "Water and Food Security." The programme aims to engage participants on challenges posed by increased competition for water resources, driven in part by population growth and climate change, and its effects on agriculture and food security. World Water Week is organized annually by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI).

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