Intergovernmental Process

Event: First Meeting of Plenary on IPBES [viewed]

The first session of a plenary meeting on the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) will adopt the platform's rules of procedure and modalities for participation and membership. The plenary is also set to hear offers from governments to host the platform's secretariat and is expected to decide on a detailed work programme and budget. The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) will convene the meeting, working closely with the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the UN Development Programme (UNEP) and other relevant organizations. The plenary will be in the form of an open-ended intergovernmental meeting, which is provisionally scheduled for two sessions. Two sessions of the plenary meeting are necessary to allow IPBES to become fully operationalized. At the first session, it is expected that government representatives will consider the draft principles and procedures governing the work of IPBES, its governance structure, the processes for nomination and election of officers and the nomination and selection of host institution(s) and host country for the platform. The second session will then be in a position to determine these modalities and institutional arrangements and consider the detailed draft work programme.  

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UNFF CLI Addresses Challenges of Sustainable Forest Management [viewed]

10 March 2011: The Governments of Japan and Indonesia co-hosted an international seminar entitled "Challenges of Sustainable Forest Management (SFM): Integrating Environmental, Social and Economic Values of Forests." The seminar, a Country-Led Initiative (CLI) in support of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF), was held in Tokyo, Japan from 8-10 March, as a collaborative initiative for the 2011 International Year of Forests. 

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GEO Releases March Issue of GEO News [viewed]

21 March 2011: The Group on Earth Observation (GEO) has released the March 2011 issue of its newsletter, "GEO News," which includes information on the new GEO Geohazard Supersite on the Tohoku-oki Event, established immediately after the 11 March earthquake and tsunami to aid rescue efforts and advance scientific understanding.

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Event: Governance for Forests, Nature and People [viewed]

This training course will focus on multi-stakeholder governance design in forested landscapes. Themes to be addressed include: globalization, increased resource extraction, climate change, collaborative learning, and reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD). The course is organized by the Centre for International Forestry Research and Wageningen University.  

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US, World Bank Sign MOU on Water Cooperation [viewed]

22 March 2011: The Government of the United States and the World Bank signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on World Water Day, 22 March 2011. The partners will convene an annual high-level review of programs under the MOU to monitor and advance progress toward water security and improved water quality.

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Bioversity International Publication Explores "In Trust Agreements" [viewed]

24 March 2011: Bioversity International has released a publication assessing the impacts of "in trust agreements" on the International Rice Collection at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI).

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UNCCD Publishes Issue 2.6 of UNCCD News [viewed]

March 2011: The Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has published the latest issue of its UNCCD News publication. Issue 2.6 focuses on the issues of agroforestry and UNCCD activities related to assessing the economics of desertification, land degradation and drought.

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Symposium on Valuing Wetlands in a Changing Climate Issues Communiqué [viewed]

24 February 2011: Over 100 government representatives and international experts on wetland science, policy and management met for a one-day symposium on "Wetlands Matter: Valuing wetland ecosystems in a changing climate" in Edinburgh, UK, on 24 February 2011.

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Bioversity International Releases February Issue of Newsletter for Europe [viewed]

February 2011: Bioversity International has released the February issue of its "Newsletter for Europe." The newsletter describes several meetings and projects being undertaken or recently completed related to agriculture, biodiversity and genetic resources, including the meeting of the Steering Committee for the European Cooperative Programme for Plant Genetic Resources (ECPGR), held from 14-16 December 2010, in Bratislava, Slovakia.

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Event: International Conference on Agricultural Intensification of SSA Humid Highland Systems [viewed]

The Consortium for Improving Agriculture-based Livelihoods in Central Africa (CIALCA) and the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) Consortium Research Programme (CRP) on the Humid Tropics will be holding an international conference to take stock of the state of the art of agricultural intensification in the highlands of sub-Saharan Africa, and to chart the way forward for agricultural research for development in the Humid Tropics CRP and the CIALCA Consortium. The conference will have four themes: farming production unit components; integration of components of farming systems; drivers for adoption of agricultural intensification strategies; and knowledge-intensive approaches. The conference will be convened in English and French, with simultaneous translation available.  

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