Intergovernmental Process

US and Peru Discuss Environmental Cooperation [viewed]

29 April 2011: The US and Peru convened the third meeting of the Sub-Committee on Forest Sector Governance, the second meeting of the Environmental Affairs Council (EAC), and the first meeting of the Environmental Cooperation Commission (ECC) from 27-28 April 2011, in Washington, DC.

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Researchers Discuss Wheat Rust Concerns, Links to Climate Change [viewed]

20 April 2011: Researchers from 31 countries meeting at an international symposium raised concerns about the increased vulnerability of wheat production in many countries to new varieties of stem rust, which could lead to epidemics threatening regional food security and rural livelihoods, as well as further increases in global food prices.

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Abidjan Convention Parties Agree to Take Action on Oil Spills and Marine Protected Areas [viewed]

20 April 2011: Delegates at the ninth meeting of Contracting Parties (COP 9) to the Convention for Co-operation in the Protection and Development of the Marine and Coastal Environment of the West and Central African Region (Abidjan Convention), which convened from 28 March-1 April 2011, in Accra, Ghana, agreed to create an Oil Spill Contingency Plan and establish a regional centre for cooperation in case of oil spills and other emergencies, as well as to develop a Marine Protected Areas Protocol.

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EU Publishes Text of Trade Agreement with Colombia and Peru [viewed]

13 April 2011: The EU has published the text of its trade agreement with Colombia and Peru, which includes commitments to effectively implement international conventions on environmental protection.

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International Potato Center Describes Success of Improved Potato Varieties [viewed]

13 April 2011: The International Potato Center (CIP) has released a news release that outlines improved food security due in part to late blight resistant potato varieties, Pallay Poncho and Puka Lliclla, developed by CIP.

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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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