Announcement / Statement

NRF Calls for Papers on CSD 20 and CSD 21 Themes [viewed]

17 April 2012: Natural Resources Forum, a UN Sustainable Development Journal (NRF), has called for papers for a publication focused on the themes that were selected for the 20th and 21st sessions of the Commission on Sustainable Development's (CSD).

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UNCCD Invites Nominations for Working Group on Scientific Advice [viewed]

April 2012: The Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has announced a call for experts to serve on the Ad Hoc Working Group to further discuss the options for the provision of scientific advice focusing on desertification, land degradation and drought issues. 

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Jim Yong Kim Selected as Next World Bank President [viewed]

16 April 2012: The World Bank Board of Executive Directors selected Jim Yong Kim, a US national and recognized health and development expert, as President of the Bank for a five-year term, beginning on 1 July 2012.

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Rwanda Third Country to Ratify the ABS Protocol [viewed]

5 April 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has reported that, on 20 March 2012, Rwanda became the third 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.

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CBD Secretariat Outlines Planned Activities at UNCSD [viewed]

CBD5 April 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has circulated a notification outlining its contribution to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), including the Rio Conventions Pavilion, briefings on the Nagoya Protocol on access and benefit-sharing (ABS) as an instrument for sustainable development, and the message to be prepared by the CBD Working Group on Review of Implementation (WGRI) on the role of biodiversity for sustainable development.

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Tunisia, Switzerland Exchange Training on Wetland Center Management [viewed]

4 April 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention) has reported on the visit of Ouassila Berrebib, who works at El-Kala National Park, a Wetland of International Importance in Algeria, to Champ-Pittet in Switzerland, to share knowledge on wetland centre management.

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2010 FAO Forest Assessment Available on CD-ROM [viewed]

FAO2 April 2012: The Global Forest Resources Assessment 2010 (FRA 2010), compiled by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, is now available on CD-ROM. 

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CBD Announces Series of Capacity Building Workshops for ILCs [viewed]

CBD29 March 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has announced that it is organizing a series of regional capacity building workshops for Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), Africa, and the Asia and Pacific regions, aiming to improve the numbers of indigenous and local community (ILC) representatives, with an emphasis on women, effectively involved in the CBD processes, as well as to build their capacity to do so.

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CBD Secretariat Invites Submissions on CBD and Strategic Plan Implementation [viewed]

CBD26 March 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has invited parties, international organizations, indigenous and local communities and relevant stakeholders to submit views on the need for, and possible development of, additional mechanisms to enable CBD parties to meet their commitments under the Convention and the implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020.

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CMS Reports on Saiga Antelope Horn Seizure in Kazakhstan [viewed]

30 March 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) has reported that Kazakhstan's Ministry of Agriculture confiscated a shipment of 4,704 saiga antelope horns and arrested the wildlife traffickers guilty of the crime.

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