Announcement / Statement

Viet Nam Designates National Park as Fourth Ramsar Site, 2000th Worldwide [viewed]

29 May 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention) has announced that the Government of Viet Nam has designated Tram Chim National Park as its fourth Ramsar site.

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UNCCD, GRF Davos Call for Contributions to 2nd Scientific Conference [viewed]

29 May 2012: The Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) Secretariat together with GRF Davos, the lead institution in organizing the UNCCD's 2nd Scientific Conference, have called for contributions to be included in the Conference programme.

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Rio+20 Secretariat Lists Voluntary Commitments [viewed]

RIO+2024 May 2012: The UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) Secretariat has begun listing voluntary commitments to deliver concrete results for sustainable development.

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CITES Secretary-General Testifies on Wildlife Trade Before US Senate Committee [viewed]

CITES24 May 2012: In testimony delivered before the Foreign Relations Committee of the US Senate, John Scanlon, Secretary-General of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), highlighted that illegal trade in wildlife is happening at a scale that poses an immediate risk to both wildlife and people.

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CBD Launches Online Forum on LMO Transfer, Handling and Use [viewed]

CBD23 May 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has launched an Online Forum on Public Awareness, Education and Participation Concerning the Safe Transfer, Handling and Use of Living Modified Organisms (LMOs). The first discussion groups will focus on public access to biosafety information.

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“Small Islands, Big Difference” Campaign Launched at SBSTTA 16 [viewed]

22 May 2012:  The NGO Island Conservation has launched a global campaign called “Small Islands, Big Difference.” The campaign aims to prevent the extinction of vulnerable native species and support human livelihoods on islands by removing invasive alien vertebrates. Island Conservation hopes the campaign will increase financial support for island nations and nations with islands to eradicate invasive alien species. The campaign was launched in Montreal, Canada, in May 2012.

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International Biodiversity Day 2012 Celebrates Marine Biodiversity [viewed]

22 May 2012: Celebrated on 22 May 2012, the theme for this year's International Day for Biological Diversity was marine biodiversity. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon marked the day by highlighting the fragile state of the world's oceans, and urging greater protection for marine biodiversity.

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PII Delivers Training Course on Managing Invasive Species [viewed]

16 May 2012: The Pacific Invasives Initiative (PII) has developed an intensive training course to support Pacific countries in managing the threat of invasive species. Countries with invasive species projects under the Global Environment Facility's Pacific Alliance for Sustainability Program (GEF-PAS) are eligible for the training.

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CBD Seeks Views on Interaction with IPBES [viewed]

CBD11 May 2012: Following recommendations by the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA) at its 16th meeting, the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has invited views on the process of conveying requests from the Convention to the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES).

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CBD Seeks Views on Guidelines for Considering Biodiversity in Marine and Coastal Assessments [viewed]

CBD11 May 2012: Following a recommendation by the 16th meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA 16), the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has invited governments and relevant organizations to submit their views on the draft voluntary guidelines for the consideration of biodiversity in environmental impact assessments (EIAs) and strategic environmental assessments (SEAs) in marine and coastal areas.

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