Outcome

Rainforest Basins Summit Calls for South-South Cooperation [viewed]

3 June 2011: The Summit of the Heads of State and Government of the Three Rainforest Basins, namely the Amazon, Congo, and Borneo-Mekong basins, took place in Brazzaville, Congo, from 27 May-3 June 2011, to establish new ways to increase technical cooperation on forest matters, and adopted a joint statement on tropical forests, climate and sustainable development.

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Forestry Leaders Formulate Recommendations on Education and Research [viewed]

May 2011: The Forestry Leaders Summit on forestry education and research, in which the International Year of Forests is a partner, brought together senior representatives of education and research institutions, as well as international organizations such as the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF), the International Union of Forestry Research Organizations (IUFRO), the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), the Centre for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), to discuss improving the skill set of forestry graduates and enhancing forestry research's responsiveness to global forest policies.

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G8 and Africa Adopt Joint Declaration on Shared Values and Responsibilities [viewed]

27 May 2011: The Group of 8 (G8) and Algeria, Egypt, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa and the African Union (AU) Commission have adopted a joint declaration on “Shared Values, Shared Responsibilities,” addressing sustainable development, energy access, investment and agriculture.

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Carpathian Mountain Countries Agree on Sustainable Forest Management [viewed]

27 May 2011: At the Third Meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 3) to the Framework Convention on the Protection and Sustainable Development of the Carpathians (Carpathian Convention), environment ministers and experts from Central and Eastern Europe discussed sustainable development of the Carpathian mountain region, and adopted a protocol on sustainable forest management (SFM).

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UNPFII Focuses on Free, Prior and Informed Consent [viewed]

27 May 2011: The 10th Session of the UN Permanent Forum for Indigenous Issues (UNPFII), which convened at UN Headquarters in New York, US, from 16-27 May 2011, focused on reviewing progress made on issues ranging from economic and social development to the environment, and whether indigenous peoples have given free, prior and informed consent to decisions affecting their communities, and human rights issues. 

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G8 Summit Adopts Deauville Declaration [viewed]

27 May 2011: The Leaders of the G8 met in Deauville, France, from 26-27 May 2011, to discuss, inter alia, green growth, climate change and biodiversity. The Summit concluded with the adoption of the G8 Declaration titled "Renewed Commitment for Freedom and Democracy."

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G77/China Discuss Action Plan on South-South Cooperation on Biodiversity for Development [viewed]

24 May 2011: The third expert meeting on South-South Cooperation on Biodiversity for Development was held in Incheon City, Republic of Korea, from 18-20 May 2011, co-hosted by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the National Institute on Biological Resources (NIBR).

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UNESCO's Executive Board Calls for Developing a Biodiversity Initiative [viewed]

19 May 2011: The Executive Board of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has confirmed its call for UNESCO to develop a coherent Biodiversity Initiative encompassing all areas of competence and work of UNESCO – natural and social sciences, education, culture and communication. The Initiative will focus on the underlying drivers of biodiversity erosion and loss, and will encompass actions aimed at providing assistance to UNESCO member States underpinning the implementation of the UN system-wide Strategic Plan for Biodiversity.

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OIE Declares Global Eradication of Rinderpest Disease [viewed]

25 May 2011: The World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) declared that Rinderpest, one of the deadliest diseases of cattle and several other animal species, has been eradicated globally.

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CITES Task Force Addresses Poaching of Elephant and Rhino Ivory [viewed]

24 May 2011: The Ivory and Rhinoceros Enforcement Task Force of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) met at UN Environment Programme (UNEP) headquarters in Gigiri, Kenya, from 17-19 May 2011, to discuss urgent actions against crimes targeting elephants and rhinos.

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