Announcement / Statement

Wageningen University Organizes Seminar on Genetic Resources Conservation and Use [viewed]

28 August 2012: The Secretariat of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) has notified stakeholders of an upcoming course on "Contemporary approaches to genetic resources conservation and use" and the application deadlines.

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Marshall Islands Designates Namdrik Atoll as Ramsar Site [viewed]

24 August 2012: The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat (Ramsar Convention) has reported that the Government of the Republic of the Marshall Islands has designated Namdrik Atoll as its second Wetland of International Importance.

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Andorra Joins Ramsar, Designates First Wetland of International Importance [viewed]

23 August 2012: The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat (Ramsar Convention) has reported that the Government of Andorra has deposited its instrument of accession to the Ramsar Convention, which will enter into force for Andorra on 23 November 2012.

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Argentina Designates 21st Ramsar Site [viewed]

22 August 2012: The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat (Ramsar Convention) has reported that the Government of Argentina has designated the Humedales de Península Valdés as its 21st Wetland of International Importance.

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IPBES Receives Comments on Intersessional Process [viewed]

August 2012: The Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) has announced that comments have been received on the intersessional process. The intersessional process was agreed following the second session of the plenary meeting, during which IPBES was established, in Panama City, Panama, in April 2012. The process aims to facilitate operationalization of the Platform, support preparation for its first plenary meeting, and support development of its first work programme.

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Grenada Becomes Third Co-Chair of GLISPA [viewed]

21 August 2012: Prime Minister Tillman Thomas of Grenada has been tapped to be the third co-chair of the Global Island Partnership (GLISPA). Thomas will join two other co-chairs, James Michel (Seychelles) and Johnson Toribiong (Palau). Thomas will be represented at UN Headquarters in New York, US and in the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) by Dessima Williams, Permanent Representative of Grenada to the UN.

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UN Secretary-General Proposes Ocean Advisory Group [viewed]

12 August 2012: In order to achieve the objectives of the Oceans Compact, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has proposed the creation of an Ocean Advisory Group. The Group would be made up of high-level policy-makers, scientists and experts, representatives of the private sector and civil society, and Executive Heads of UN system organizations. The Group would facilitate stakeholder dialogue and catalyze support, Ban said.

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Spain Designates 74th Ramsar Site [viewed]

19 August 2012: The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat (Ramsar Convention) has reported that the Government of Spain has designated Lagunas de Ruidera as its 74th Wetland of International Importance.

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Yeosu Declaration Calls for Cooperation for Living Ocean and Coast [viewed]

12 August 2012: The Yeosu Expo has concluded with the signing of the Yeosu Declaration on the Living Ocean and Coast. The Declaration aims to enhance awareness of dangers faced by the sea, and promote the necessity of international cooperation for turning these challenges into hopes for the future. The Declaration Forum also served as an opportunity to identify practical applications of the Declaration.

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UN Secretary-General Launches Oceans Compact [viewed]

12 August 2012: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has launched the Oceans Compact, which seeks to support and strengthen the implementation of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). The launch took place at a side event during the Yeosu International Conference, Republic of Korea, held to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the opening for signature of UNCLOS.

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