Announcement / Statement

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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World Environment Day Celebrations Focus on Green Economy [viewed]

5 June 2012: Millions of people celebrated World Environment Day (WED) around the theme, “Green Economy: Does it Include You?” highlighting the central role of communities in the transition to a low-carbon, resource-efficient and socially inclusive green economy. The estimated 9,000 WED activities held worldwide included tree planting and the official launch of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) in Brazil.

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IFOAM Endorses Pacific Organic Standard [viewed]

29 May 2012: The International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) has accepted the Pacific Organic Standard (POS) in its Family of Standards, a tool to provide multilateral equivalence in international trade in organic agriculture. As part of the IFOAM Family of Standards, POS will be automatically approved as equivalent by all countries that participate in the Family of Standards process.

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Bhutan Joins Ramsar, Designates Two Wetlands of International Importance [viewed]

31 May 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention) has announced that the Government of Bhutan has ratified the Ramsar Convention, which will come into force for Bhutan on 7 September 2012, making Bhutan Ramsar's 161st Contracting Party.

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