Announcement / Statement

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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Zimbabwe Joins CMS and AEWA [viewed]

1 June 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) has announced the accession of Zimbabwe as the 117th Party to the Convention. Zimbabwe also acceded to the Agreement on African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA), bringing its membership to 66.

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US Designates Two Ramsar Sites [viewed]

30 May 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention) has announced that the US Government has designated two new Wetlands of International Importance, both effective as of World Wetlands Day, 2 February 2012.

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Viet Nam Designates National Park as Fourth Ramsar Site, 2000th Worldwide [viewed]

29 May 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention) has announced that the Government of Viet Nam has designated Tram Chim National Park as its fourth Ramsar site.

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UNCCD, GRF Davos Call for Contributions to 2nd Scientific Conference [viewed]

29 May 2012: The Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) Secretariat together with GRF Davos, the lead institution in organizing the UNCCD's 2nd Scientific Conference, have called for contributions to be included in the Conference programme.

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Rio+20 Secretariat Lists Voluntary Commitments [viewed]

RIO+2024 May 2012: The UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) Secretariat has begun listing voluntary commitments to deliver concrete results for sustainable development.

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