Announcement / Statement

CITES Awards Commendation for Wildlife Trade Enforcement [viewed]

John Scanlon, CITES Secretary-General, and Yin Hong, State Forestry Administration9 May 2012: John Scanlon, Secretary-General of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), awarded a Certificate of Commendation to the National Inter-Agency CITES Enforcement Collaboration Group (NICECG) of China, coordinated by the CITES Management Authority of China. The award comes in recognition of two nationwide wildlife law enforcement operations carried out earlier this year.

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Seychelles Fourth Country to Ratify ABS Protocol [viewed]

27 April 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has reported that, on 20 April 2012, Seychelles became the fourth country to ratify the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization (ABS) to the CBD.

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France Designates Caribbean Nature Reserve as 41st Ramsar Site [viewed]

1 May 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention) has announced that the Government of France has designated its 41st Wetland of International Importance, a Protected Biotope and Nature Reserve on the Caribbean island of Saint-Martin, shared by France and the Netherlands, and called "Zones humides et marines de Saint-Martin."  

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Experts Call for Raising Awareness of Impacts of Overfishing [viewed]

26 April 2012: A panel of experts on the sustainable management of oceans and fisheries underlined the impacts of overfishing, calling for raising awareness of the issue during a press conference at UN Headquarters in New York, US, on 26 April 2012.

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IMO Briefing Highlights New Limits of Liability [viewed]

IMO19 April 2012: Briefing number 12 of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) highlights the new amendments adopted at the IMO Committee's session in London to increase the limits of liability in the 1996 Protocol to the Convention on Limitation of Liability for Maritime Claims (LLMC).

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NRF Calls for Papers on CSD 20 and CSD 21 Themes [viewed]

17 April 2012: Natural Resources Forum, a UN Sustainable Development Journal (NRF), has called for papers for a publication focused on the themes that were selected for the 20th and 21st sessions of the Commission on Sustainable Development's (CSD).

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UNCCD Invites Nominations for Working Group on Scientific Advice [viewed]

April 2012: The Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has announced a call for experts to serve on the Ad Hoc Working Group to further discuss the options for the provision of scientific advice focusing on desertification, land degradation and drought issues. 

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Jim Yong Kim Selected as Next World Bank President [viewed]

16 April 2012: The World Bank Board of Executive Directors selected Jim Yong Kim, a US national and recognized health and development expert, as President of the Bank for a five-year term, beginning on 1 July 2012.

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Rwanda Third Country to Ratify the ABS Protocol [viewed]

5 April 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has reported that, on 20 March 2012, Rwanda became the third country to ratify the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization (ABS) to the CBD.

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CBD Secretariat Outlines Planned Activities at UNCSD [viewed]

CBD5 April 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has circulated a notification outlining its contribution to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), including the Rio Conventions Pavilion, briefings on the Nagoya Protocol on access and benefit-sharing (ABS) as an instrument for sustainable development, and the message to be prepared by the CBD Working Group on Review of Implementation (WGRI) on the role of biodiversity for sustainable development.

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