Announcement / Statement

Egypt Designates Lakes as Two New Ramsar Sites [viewed]

13 June 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention) has announced that the Government of Egypt has designated two new Wetlands of International Importance, in Fayoum governorate west of the Nile River.

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Mexico Ratifies ABS Protocol [viewed]

May 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has reported that Mexico became the fifth 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, on 16 May 2012. It is the first of the so-called megadiverse countries to do so.

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Spain Designates Five Ramsar Sites [viewed]

12 June 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention) has announced that the Government of Spain has designated five new Wetlands of International Importance, bringing Spain's total number of Ramsar Sites to 73, the third highest number of sites among Contracting Parties.

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Evo Morales Named FAO Special Ambassador for International Year of Quinoa [viewed]

FAO11 June 2012: At the opening of the Governing Council of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), and alongside a special session on quinoa, Bolivian President Evo Morales was appointed as the FAO's Special Ambassador for the International Year of Quinoa.

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Grenada Joins Ramsar, Designates Wetland of International Importance [viewed]

11 June 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention) has announced that the Government of Grenada has ratified the Ramsar Convention. The Convention will come into force for Grenada on 22 September 2012, making Grenada the 162nd Contracting Party to Ramsar.

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CIFOR Names Peter Holmgren as New Director General [viewed]

8 June 2012: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) has appointed Peter Holmgren (Sweden) as its new Director General, effective September 2012. 

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IUCN Releases Bird Update to Red List [viewed]

7 June 2012: According to the 2012 International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species update for birds, the risk of extinction has increased substantially for close to 100 species of Amazonian birds. The assessment is based on the rate of deforestation occurring in the region. Of particular concern are species with longer life spans, such as the Rio Branco Antbird and the Hoary-throated Spinetail.

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Oceans Day Celebrates 30th Anniversary of UNCLOS [viewed]

8 June 2012: World Oceans Day, celebrated on 8 June 2012, featured a panel discussion to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the opening for signature of the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). The Day aims to raise global awareness of the current challenges faced by the international community in connection with oceans.

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GEF Appoints Naoko Ishii as New CEO and Chairperson [viewed]

7 June 2012: In a unanimous decision, the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council appointed Naoko Ishii (Japan) as its new CEO and Chairperson. She succeeds Monique Barbut (France), who departs at the conclusion of her second term as Head of the GEF.

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UN Secretary-General Announces New Heads of DPI, DESA [viewed]

31 May 2012: At the daily press briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, it was announced that he has made three high-level appointments, for the positions of Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, and Assistant Secretary-General in the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA).

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