Announcement / Statement

Maldives Announces Plans to Declare Country a Marine Reserve [viewed]

21 June 2012: During the high-level segment of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), Mohamed Waheed, President of the Republic of Maldives, announced plans for his country to be declared a marine reserve.

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Mexico Designates Five Ramsar Sites [viewed]

19 June 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention) has announced that the Government of Mexico has designated five new Wetlands of International Importance, bringing the total number of sites for this party to 138 Ramsar Sites.

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Finance CEOs Launch Natural Capital Declaration at Rio+20 [viewed]

19 June 2012: Thirty-seven CEOs in the finance sector announced their commitment to integrate natural capital considerations into their products and services in the “Natural Capital Declaration.” The Declaration was launched during the Global Compact Corporate Sustainability Forum, held on the sidelines of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).

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UN Global Compact Boosts Voluntary Commitments at Rio+20 to Date [viewed]

RIO+2019 June 2012: The UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) Secretariat has reported on the latest submissions of voluntary commitments, which it is compiling in an online compendium on the Rio+20 website. As of 18 June, a total of 377 voluntary commitments have been registered.

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Voluntary Commitments to Date at Rio+20 Near 500 [viewed]

RIO+2020 June 2012: The UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) Secretariat has reported on the latest submissions of voluntary commitments, which it is compiling in an online compendium on the Rio+20 website. As of 19 June, a total of 485 voluntary commitments have been registered.

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Madagascar Designates Two Freshwater Lakes as Ramsar Sites [viewed]

18 June 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention) has announced that the Government of Madagascar has designated two new Wetlands of International Importance, effective as of 5 June 2012, bringing that Party's total number of Ramsar Sites to nine.

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229 Voluntary Commitments Reported to Date at Rio+20 [viewed]

RIO+2014 June 2012: The UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) Secretariat has reported on the latest submissions of voluntary commitments, which it is compiling in an online compendium on the Rio+20 website. As of 14 June, a total of 229 voluntary commitments have been registered.

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Jamaica Designates Fourth Ramsar Site [viewed]

14 June 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention) has announced that the Government of Jamaica has designated the Mason River Protected Area Bird Sanctuary, as its fourth Ramsar site.

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US Designates Waterfowl Refuge as Ramsar Site [viewed]

14 June 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention) has announced that the Government of the US has designated the Sue and Wes Dixon Waterfowl Refuge at Hennepin & Hopper Lakes as its 34th Wetland of International Importance.

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UNDP Official Notes Needed Outcomes on Oceans and Sustainability [viewed]

13 June 2012: In the first installment of the UN News Centre's “Seven Issues, Seven Experts” interview series, Andrew Hudson, Head, UN Development Programme (UNDP) Water and Ocean Governance Programme, discusses oceans, invasive species and subsidies. He highlights that the serious challenges facing oceans also threaten economic services.

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