Outcome

Forest Conference Makes Green Economy Recommendations to Rio+20 [viewed]

International Year of Forests 20117 October 2011: The Conference on Forests in a Green Economy has concluded with recommended actions on how to realize the potential of forests to help build a green economy. The recommendations and conclusions of the conference will be submitted to both the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) in 2012 and the 10th Session of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF 10), to be held in 2013.

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G-77/China Ministers Call for Implementation of Strategic Plan for Biodiversity, Aichi Biodiversity Targets [viewed]

29 September 2011: The Ministerial Declaration of the Group of 77 and China, adopted on 23 September 2011 in New York, recognizes the important outcomes of the tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the fifth meeting of the COP serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, and calls for implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020.

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Rio Conventions Joint Liaison Group Agrees on Terms of Reference and Modus Operandi [viewed]

20 September 2011: The Executive Secretaries of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) have reported the adoption of the terms of reference and modus operandi for the Joint Liaison Group of the Rio Conventions.

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Ramsar Releases Outcomes of Pacific Islands Nature Conservation Roundtable [viewed]

12 September 2011: The Ramsar Convention Secretariat has released a summary of the 14th Meeting of the Pacific Islands Nature Conservation Roundtable, which was convened by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), under the theme of “Nature's Role in the Green/Blue Economy,” to align with regional preparations for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).

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CBD Holds Meeting on Implementation of Cities Plan of Action [viewed]

CBD15 September 2011: The second meeting on the implementation of the plan of action on sub-national governments and other local authorities on biodiversity 2011-2020, organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), discussed, among other issues, opportunities for stakeholders to collaborate on the implementation of the plan of action, and a road map and preparations towards the second summit on local authorities and biodiversity.

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Central American Bank for Economic Integration Launches Environmental Strategy [viewed]

BCIE9 September 2011: The Central American Bank for Economic Integration (BCIE) has adopted an Environmental Strategy to guide its financing of sustainable development projects in Central America and promote environmental principles in its practices. 

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EU Court of Justice Rules on Products Containing GMO Pollen [viewed]

6 September, 2011: The EU Court of Justice has ruled that products containing pollen derived from genetically modified organisms (GMO) have to be considered the same as foodstuffs produced from GMOs, and cannot be sold without prior authorization.

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IPPC Issues Recommendations on Setting Phytosanitary Standards [viewed]

IPPCAugust 2011: The International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) has published a set of recommendations developed by a focus group, aimed at improving the IPPC standard setting process.

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Andean Community Adopts Common Strategy for Integrated Water Management [viewed]

23 August 2011: The Andean Community's (CAN) chief decision making body, the Council of Foreign Ministers, adopted a legally binding Decision creating an Andean Strategy for the Integrated Management of Water Resources (known  by its Spanish acronym, GIRH). It is estimated that CAN accounts for 10 percent of the world's freshwater.

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CITES Standing Committee Takes Decisions on Elephants, Rhinos, Snakes [viewed]

22 August 2011: The 61st session of the Standing Committee of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES SC 61) considered a complex agenda and agreed to recommendations on several topics, including trade and conservation issues in great apes, elephants, tigers, rhinoceroses, sturgeons, ramin, bigleaf mahogany and other species.

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