Multilateral Environmental Agreement Body

UNEP/CMS Report Highlights Cetacean Decline from Bycatch in Fishing Nets [viewed]

24 October 2011: A report published by the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals under the UN Environment Programme (UNEP/CMS) and compiled by Boris Culik, Kiel University, Germany, highlights the most recent scientific findings on the distribution, migration, behavior and threats to toothed whale species, including sperm whales, beaked whales, porpoises and dolphins.

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UNCCD COP 10 Adopts Decisions on GM Governance, Scientific Advice and Indicators [viewed]

21 October 2011: Delegates at the tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD COP 10), which convened from 10-21 October 2011, in Changwon City, Republic of Korea, adopted 40 decisions, including on addressing the governance of the Convention's Global Mechanism (GM), scientific advice, and performance and impact indicators.  

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Rio Conventions Pavilion Showcases Actions for Land, Biodiversity and Climate [viewed]

20 October 2011: The Rio Conventions Pavilion was organized during the 10th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), to showcase actions to stop land degradation and save biodiversity while meeting the challenges of climate change.

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Ramsar Releases Report of African Regional Preparatory Meeting [viewed]

20 October 2011: The Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention) has released the report and presentations from the Ramsar Regional Meeting for Africa.

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Ramsar STRP Newsletter Focuses on National Ramsar Committees [viewed]

20 October 2011: The Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention) has released the quarterly newsletter of its Scientific & Technical Review Panel (STRP). The issue focuses on National Ramsar Committees.

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GEF Reports to UNCCD COP 10 [viewed]

17 October 2011: The Global Environment Facility (GEF), acting for the first time as a financial mechanism to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), is participating in a series of events at the 10th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 10), taking place in Changwon, Republic of Korea, from 10-21 October 2011.

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World Association of Zoos and Aquariums Endorses UN Decade on Biodiversity [viewed]

14 October 2011: At its annual conference, the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) formally endorsed the UN Decade on Biodiversity and decided to develop a framework to guide the participation of zoos and aquariums in the achievement of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020.

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Global Drylands: A UN System-wide Response Report Launched at UNCCD COP 10 [viewed]

20 October 2011: The report "Global Drylands: A UN System-wide Response," which was prepared by 18 UN agencies through the Environment Management Group (EMG), was launched during a side event at the tenth session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD COP 10).

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CBD Requests Scientific Information Ahead of EBSAs Workshop [viewed]

CBD11 October 2011: In preparation for the Western South Pacific Regional Workshop to Facilitate the Description of Ecologically or Biologically Significant Marine Areas (EBSAs), the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has requested submission of relevant scientific information in support of the workshop's objectives.

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CBD Executive Secretary Visits India, COP 11 Host [viewed]

11 October 2011: The Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), Ahmed Djoghlaf, visited India to discuss preparations for the 11th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 11) to the CBD and its sixth meeting serving as the Meeting of the Parties (COP/MOP 6) to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety.

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