Multilateral Environmental Agreement Body

CBD Launches Webpage on UN Decade on Biodiversity, Celebrations Begin [viewed]

May 2011: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has created a webpage on the UN Decade on Biodiversity 2011-2020, while launches of the Decade have taken place in the Philippines for South-East Asia and in India for the Asia-Pacific region.

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Programme Document for ITTO/CBD Collaborative Initiative for Tropical Forest Biodiversity Released [viewed]

31 May 2011: The Programme Document for the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) and Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Collaborative Initiative for Tropical Forest Biodiversity is now available on the ITTO website. The document provides guidance for possible activities under the Initiative and ITTO members are invited to consider and approve the document, and convey their response to the ITTO Secretariat by 31 August 2011.

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Event: MEA Information and Knowledge Management Initiative Steering Committee Meeting [viewed]

This meeting is organized by the UN Environment Programme, with the participation of representatives from many multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs). The new webportal "InforMEA" will be launched during the meeting, among other agenda items.  

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Ramsar and Partners Organize Training for Wetland Managers [viewed]

30 May 2011: The Ramsar Regional Center – East Asia (RRC-EA) and Bangladesh POUSH, along with YOUNGONE Corporation, hosted the third Wetland Managers Training programme, which sought to improve the relationship between the private sector and the regional initiative of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention).

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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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CBD, GEF Confirm Funding for Biosafety Reporting [viewed]

19 May 2011: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has confirmed the approval of funding from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) for completion of the second national reports of Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety.

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Technical Advisory Group Established for CMS Pacific Cetacean MoU [viewed]

25 May 2011: The Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) announced the establishment of the Technical Advisory Group (TAG) for the CMS Pacific Cetacean Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).

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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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UN Celebrates International Biodiversity Day [viewed]

23 May 2011: The International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB) was celebrated around the world on 22 May 2011 under the theme of forest biodiversity, as a contribution to 2011 – International Year of Forests.

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