Announcement / Statement

ITPGR Launches New Website [viewed]

18 January 2012: The International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) has launched a new website that offers a single, one-stop access point to information on plant genetic resources.

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World Migratory Bird Day 2012 to Highlight "Migratory Birds and People" [viewed]

23 January 2012: The World Migratory Bird Day Team at the Secretariat of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species (CMS) announced that the 2012 Day, to be celebrated on 12-13 May, will have the theme "Migratory Birds and People - together through time." 

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US Appeals Tuna-Dolphin Decision at WTO [viewed]

20 January 2012: The World Trade Organization (WTO) was informed by the United States that it will appeal the results of the new round of disputes on the WTO's "Tuna-Dolphin" case. The WTO's panel report had found that the US' provisions on dolphin-safe labeling of tuna were more trade-restrictive than necessary, and that Mexico had provided a less-restrictive alternative also capable of dolphin protection and informing consumers.

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Estonia Designates Three Mire Complexes as Ramsar Sites [viewed]

20 January 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention) has announced that the Government of Estonia has designated three mire complexes as new Wetlands of International Importance, bringing its total number of Ramsar sites to 16.

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Romania Designates Two Ramsar Sites [viewed]

20 January 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention) has announced that the Government of Romania has designated two new Wetlands of International Importance, bringing its total number of Ramsar sites to eight.

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Braulio Dias of Brazil Appointed New CBD Executive Secretary [viewed]

20 January 2012: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has announced the appointment of Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias of Brazil as Executive Secretary of the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), at the Assistant Secretary-General level.

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CBD Secretariat Seeks Expressions of Interest for Wildlife Management Partnership [viewed]

CBD19 January 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has issued a notification soliciting expressions of interest for participating in a collaborative partnership on sustainable wildlife management, pursuant to recommendation XV/6 of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA).

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CMS Executive Secretary Appointed UNEP DEPI Deputy Director [viewed]

5 January 2012: Elizabeth Mrema, Executive Secretary of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS), was appointed Deputy Director of the Division of Environmental Policy Implementation (DEPI) at the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), as of 9 January 2012. Mrema announced her decision to step down as Executive Secretary at the 38th meeting of the CMS Standing Committee and the most recent Conference of the Parties to the CMS (COP 10).

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ABS Protocol Reaches 75 Signatures, Two Ratifications [viewed]

CBD16 January 2012: The number of signatories to the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization (ABS) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has reached 75, following signatures by Cyprus, Guinea, Jordan, Lithuania, Micronesia, Morocco, Somalia and Vanuatu. In addition, Jordan joined Gabon in ratifying the Protocol.

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CSOs to Nominate Observer on UNCCD's Strategy Mid-term Evaluation Working Group [viewed]

UNCCD13 January 2012: The Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has invited representatives of civil society organizations (CSOs) accredited to the UNCCD to nominate a representative to serve on the Intersessional Working Group (IWG) for the mid-term evaluation of the Strategy.

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