Multilateral Environmental Agreement Body

UN Secretary-General Circulates Note on Implementation of Rio Conventions [viewed]

10 August 2011: In preparation of the 66th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), the UN Secretary-General has circulated a background note on the implementation of UN environmental conventions, including the reports submitted by the Secretariats of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).

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CBD Secretariat Reports on Progress in Submission of Fourth National Reports [viewed]

8 August 2011: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has received 175 Fourth National Reports, amounting to 90 percent of CBD Parties having fulfilled their reporting obligations.

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India's Environment Minister Announces Key Issues for CBD COP-11 High-level Segment [viewed]

1 August 2011: Highlighting that the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) stands apart as the only environmental convention "at the heart of human well-being," Jayanthi Natarajan, Minister of Environment and Forests of India, host of the 11th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 11), identified five key issues for COP 11's High-level Segment.

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AEWA Announces Appointment of Acting Executive Secretary [viewed]

August 2011: In the latest African-Eurasian Waterbird Agreement (AEWA) e-Newsletter, the Secretariat announces the appointment of Marco Barbieri as Acting Executive Secretary of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP)/AEWA Secretariat until a new Executive Secretary has been recruited.

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IOSEA e-News Profiles Conservation Efforts in Madagascar, Mozambique, Malaysia [viewed]

August 2011: The Indian Ocean-South-East Asian Marine Turtle Memorandum of Association (IOSEA) August e-Newsletter highlights: the first-ever national marine turtle workshop held in Madagascar; Madagascar's "Marine Conservation Roadshow"; and the fourth annual report on “Monitoring, tagging and conservation of marine turtles in Mozambique.”

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Event: CBD Regional Workshop for Caribbean Countries on Updating National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans [viewed]

Part of a series of regional and sub-regional capacity-building workshops organized in 2011-2012, this workshop aims to: strengthen national capacities for the development, implementation, review, updating and communication of national biodiversity strategies and action plans (NBSAPs); help facilitate national implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020; and translate the Strategic Plan into national targets and commitments.  

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Event: CBD Sub-Regional Workshop for the Pacific on Capacity Building for Implementation of the CBD Programme of Work on Protected Areas [viewed]

The objective of this workshop is to build capacity to: create a national action plan for implementation of the CBD Programme of Work on Protected Areas; access funding based on these action plans; and strengthen implementation of the programme of work on the themes of governance, climate change, sustainable financing, and valuation of the costs and benefits of protected areas, with a focus on marine protected areas where applicable.  

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Event: CBD Regional Workshop for the Pacific Region on Updating National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans: Incorporating Work on Valuation and Incentive Measures and in Collaboration with the Programme of Work on Protected Areas [viewed]

This workshop is organized by the CBD Secretariat in collaboration with the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme, with financial support from Japan and other donors.  

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Event: Contributions of Forests to a Green Economy [viewed]

This country-led initiative (CLI) in support of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF) will address the role of the forest sector in the transition towards a Green Economy, including current and potential opportunities and challenges. The conference announcement - including background, themes, and participant information - is available at: http://www.un.org/esa/forests/pdf/session_documents/Announcement_Final%20.pdf.  

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Event: CBD Western South Pacific Regional Workshop to Facilitate the Description of Ecologically or Biologically Significant Marine Areas [viewed]

This workshop will be convened by the CBD Secretariat with financial support from the Government of Japan. Participants will seek to facilitate the description of ecologically or biologically significant marine areas through application of scientific criteria in annex I of COP Decision IX/20 as well as other relevant compatible and complementary nationally and intergovernmentally agreed scientific criteria, as well as the scientific guidance on the identification of marine areas beyond national jurisdiction, which meet the scientific criteria in annex I to Decision IX/20.  

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