Announcement / Statement

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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CMS Calls for Input on Strategic Plan 2015-2023 [viewed]

10 August 2012: The Convention for the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) is calling for input on lessons learned from implementation of the current CMS strategic plan, as well as ideas on the content of the new Strategic Plan for the period 2015-2023. By an agreement adopted during the 10th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the CMS (COP 10), the drafting of the new strategic plan will be conducted inter-sessionally, by a regionally balanced Working Group.

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UN Marks International Day of World's Indigenous Peoples [viewed]

9 August 2012: UN agencies addressed the theme “Indigenous Media, Empowering Indigenous Voices” at an event marking the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples on 9 August 2012, at UN Headquarters in New York, US.

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Cameroon Designates Two New Ramsar Sites [viewed]

6 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 Cameroon has designated two new Wetlands of International Importance, bringing its total number of Ramsar sites to seven.

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UNESCO MAB Calls for Comments on Updated Review of Biosphere Reserves [viewed]

2 August 2012: The Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has released draft forms for nomination and periodic review of biosphere reserves, as updated by the electronic working group. Comments and suggestions on the draft forms are invited until 30 October 2012.

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Naoko Ishii Takes Office as GEF CEO and Chairperson [viewed]

1 August 2012: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) welcomed Naoko Ishii as its new CEO and Chairperson, announcing that she had taken office on 1 August 2012. The GEF Council unanimously selected Ishii to succeed Monique Barbut, who completed her second term as CEO in July 2012.

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Migratory Wildlife Network Assesses CMS Influence, NGO Relations [viewed]

26 July 2012: The Migratory Wildlife Network has published the report of its Civil Society Dialogue, conducted by the Network and the Friends of CMS on the margins of the 10th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species (CMS) (COP 10). A key issue that emerged from the dialogue, according to the Migratory Wildlife Network, is that NGOs' relationship with, and contribution to, CMS and its family of agreements is not well understood.

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CBD Secretariat Calls for Comments on Protected Areas Governance Toolkit [viewed]

CBD26 July 2012: A draft toolkit on governance of protected areas has been developed by several partners in collaboration with the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), and is open for review. The purpose of the toolkit is to facilitate the development of institutional and individual capacity for all those involved in the governance and management of protected areas.

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CBD Secretariat Conducts Publications Survey [viewed]

CBDJuly 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) is conducting an online survey to ensure that its publications are practical and informative.

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