Multilateral Environmental Agreement Body

UN Launches Biodiversity Decade [viewed]

UN Decade on Biodiversity19 December 2011: The UN Decade on Biodiversity was launched on 17 December 2011, in Kanazawa, Japan, in a ceremony organized by the UN University (UNU) in collaboration with the Ministry of Environment of Japan, Ishikawa Prefecture and Kanazawa City, and the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). The international launch of the Decade was preceded by regional launches in Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, Ethiopia, India, the Philippines, and the Republic of Korea.

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ICCWC Workshop Discusses Use of Controlled Deliveries in Wildlife Smuggling [viewed]

19 December 2011: The first international workshop on controlled deliveries in wildlife smuggling took place under the auspices of the International Consortium on Combating Wildlife Crime (ICCWC).

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CBD Publishes Report of Workshop on City Biodiversity Index [viewed]

CBD16 December 2011: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has published the final report and documents related to the third expert workshop on the development of the City Biodiversity Index, which was held from 11-12 October 2011, in Singapore City, Singapore. Also known as the Singapore Index, the City Biodiversity Index constitutes a component of the CBD indicator framework for monitoring implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 at the city level.

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CBD Secretariat Invites Peer Review of Information on Technology Transfer [viewed]

CBD12 December 2011: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has compiled information received regarding activities to support, facilitate, regulate or promote technology transfer and scientific and technological cooperation of relevance to the CBD, and has made it available in the form of a searchable database under the CBD's clearing-house mechanism.

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Eye on Earth Summit Adopts Declaration on Information Access [viewed]

15 December 2011: The Eye on Earth Summit (Eye on Earth 2011) met under the Patronage of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), to discuss efforts to find common solutions to obstacles to data access. The event concluded with the adoption of the Summit Declaration, which will be forwarded to the UN Conference for Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).

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Draft Proposal for UNEP-UNCCD Enabling Activities Umbrella Project Circulated [viewed]

UNCCD15 December 2011: A draft proposal for an enabling activities umbrella project has been posted on the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) website.

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UNCCD Invites Nominations for "Land for Life" Award [viewed]

December 2011: The Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has opened the application procedure for the "Land for Life" award. Nominations are due by 29 February 2012.

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CPF Calls for Investment in Mountain Ecosystems [viewed]

CPF14 December 2011: The Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF) has issued a press release highlighting the need for increased investment in, and attention to, adaptation and resilience issues regarding fragile mountain ecosystems.

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Ramsar Pan-American Meeting Focuses on Preparations for COP 11 [viewed]

14 December 2011: The Fifth Pan-American meeting of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention) focused on issues to be addressed by the 11th Conference of the Parties (COP 11) to the Ramsar Convention, to be held in Bucharest, Romania, from 6-13 July 2012.

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CMS, HSI Australia Enhance Their Cooperation [viewed]

12 December 2011: The Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) Secretariat signed a new partnership agreement with Humane Society International (HSI) Australia to pursue shared conservation goals.

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