UN Secretary-General at AU Summit: "The World Can Meet its Environmental Challenge" [viewed]

30 January 2011: Speaking at a side event on “Drylands and Pastoral Populations” held during the African Union (AU) Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon underlined that, although the first Earth Summit had provided vision for achieving the economic, social and environmental pillars of sustainable development, the world has yet to see comprehensive, coherent action and results on climate change, desertification and biodiversity.

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NEPAD Meeting Focuses on Programme Delivery [viewed]

29 January 2011: The 24th meeting of the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) Heads of State and Government Orientation Committee (HSGOC) took place on the margins of the 16th African Union (AU) Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on 29 January 2011.

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World Economic Forum Leaders Discuss Green Growth [viewed]

28 January 2010: The 41st World Economic Forum Annual Meeting was held in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, from 24-28 January 2010, gathering over 2,500 leaders from industry, government, international organizations, academia and civil society. Discussions focused on green growth, climate change and the water-food-energy nexus.

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FAO and Coalition of Rainforest Nations Sign Agreement on Capacity Building [viewed]

28 January 2011: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has signed an agreement on building capacity for systems to measure, report and verify (MRV) greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the context of reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, and the role of conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stocks (REDD+).

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SPREP and Commonwealth Discuss Increased Cooperation [viewed]

26 January 2010: The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) and the Commonwealth Secretariat are exploring areas for strengthened environmental cooperation, in particular concerning climate change and sustainable development.

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IITA Coordinates Release of Improved Soybean Varieties [viewed]

21 January 2011: Malawi and Nigeria have released three new soybean varieties developed by national research institutes in coordination with the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA).

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IRRI and Partner Release Drought-tolerant Rice [viewed]

21 January 2011: The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) and Nepal Agricultural Research Institute have released three new drought-tolerant rice varieties in Nepal.

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GEF CEO Endorses Energy Efficiency Projects in Climate Change Focal Area [viewed]

February 2011: Monique Barbut, CEO of the Global Environment Facility (GEF), has endorsed several GEF projects with a strong focus on energy efficiency. CEO endorsement is the final step in GEF project cycle approval. 

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World Bank Institute, ASB, CGIAR and FCPF to Release Guidance on REDD+ and Opportunity Costs [viewed]

January 2011: The Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF), the World Bank Institute, the Partnership for Tropical Forest Margins (ASB) and the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) are developing a training manual providing guidance on how to estimate the opportunity costs of reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, and conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stocks (REDD+).

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Event: Biosafety Protocol COP/MOP 6 [viewed]

The sixth meeting of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties (COP/MOP 6) to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety is organized by the CBD Secretariat. The provisional agenda includes: report of the compliance committee; operation and activities of the Biosafety Clearing-House; matters related to the financial mechanism and resources; cooperation with other organizations, conventions and initiatives; and report of the Executive Secretary. Substantive issues arising from the Programme of Work and past COP-MOP decisions include: handling packaging and identification of living modified organisms (LMOs); notification requirements; liability and redress; unintentional transboundary movements and emergency measures; risk assessment and risk management; socio-economic considerations; monitoring and reporting; and assessment and review.  

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