UN Intergovernmental Body

Second Committee Approves Resolutions on UNCCD, International Day of Forests [viewed]

30 November 2012: The Second Committee (Economic and Financial) of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) approved draft resolutions on “Implementation of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification in Those Countries Experiencing Serious Drought and/or Desertification, Particularly in Africa” ( A/C.2/67/L.49)  and on the “International Day of Forests” (A/C.2/67/L.46).

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Secretary-General's Report and Briefing Provide Update on Oceans Compact [viewed]

12 November 2012: The UN Secretary-General's Oceans Compact was the subject of a briefing held on 12 November 2012, in New York, US. The briefing was hosted by Achim Steiner, Chair of the High-level Committee on Programmes (HLCP) and Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), and Patricia O'Brien, Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs.

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Event: 20th Session of the Commission on Sustainable Development [viewed]

UN Member States decided in March 2013 to organize the 20th and final session of the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD 20) back-to-back with an inaugural meeting of the High Level Political Forum (HLPF).  

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UN Rapporteur on Right to Food Calls for End to "Ocean Grabbing" [viewed]

30 October 2012: The UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, Olivier de Schutter, has released a report for presentation to the UN General Assembly (UNGA), calling for Member States to strengthen rules on access to their waters and for greater consideration of local small-scale fisheries. The report, titled "Fisheries and the Right to Food," highlights the challenges facing global fisheries, and presents a series of recommendations to improve the situation.

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UNGA Debates Agricultural Development, Food Security [viewed]

5 November 2012: In meetings of the UN General Assembly's (UNGA) Second Committee, Member States called for increased efforts to address agriculture and food security in the international development agenda, stressing that climate change exacerbates food security concerns.

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UNGA President Provides Summary of Dialogue on Harmony with Nature [viewed]

15 June 2012: The President of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, has released the report of its second high-level interactive dialogue on Harmony with Nature, held in New York, US, on 18 April 2012. This dialogue focused on scientific findings on the impacts of human activities on the functioning of the Earth System.

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Working Group on Regular Process Forwards Recommendations to UNGA [viewed]

June 2012: The report on the work of the Ad Hoc Working Group of the Whole on the Regular Process for Global Reporting and Assessment of the State of the Marine Environment, including Socioeconomic Aspects (Regular Process) has been released. The Group issued recommendations to the UN General Assembly (UNGA), including to adopt the outline for the first global integrated marine assessment of the Regular Process, as well as terms of reference and working methods for the Group of Experts of the Regular Process.

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Rio+20 Adopts "The Future We Want" Outcome Document, Voluntary Pledges Reported to Reach US$513 Billion [viewed]

22 June 2012: The third and final meeting of the Preparatory Committee for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), Pre-Conference Informal Consultations Facilitated by the Host Country, and the UNCSD convened back-to-back in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from 13-22 June 2012. During their ten days in Rio, government delegations concluded negotiations on the Rio outcome document, titled “The Future We Want.”

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UNCSD PrepCom III Side Events Highlight 20th Anniversary of Rio Earth Summit, Green Jobs [viewed]

15 June 2012: On the third day of the Third Meeting of the Preparatory Committee (PrepCom III) for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, over 30 side events took place, addressing topics such as green economy, sustainable transport and biodiversity.

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IFOAM Endorses Pacific Organic Standard [viewed]

29 May 2012: The International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) has accepted the Pacific Organic Standard (POS) in its Family of Standards, a tool to provide multilateral equivalence in international trade in organic agriculture. As part of the IFOAM Family of Standards, POS will be automatically approved as equivalent by all countries that participate in the Family of Standards process.

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