UN Intergovernmental Body

UNGA Adopts Resolution on Sustainable Fisheries [viewed]

6 December 2011: The UN General Assembly (UNGA) has adopted a resolution on sustainable fisheries, which expresses concern over the current and projected negative impacts of climate change on the world's food security. The resolution ( A/66/L.22), adopted under the agenda item on Oceans and the law of the sea, underlines the urgent need for action in efforts to sustainably manage oceans and marine ecosystems.

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Second Committee Reaches Agreement on Biodiversity Issues [viewed]

UN logo22 November 2011: The UN General Assembly's (UNGA) Second Committee has adopted several draft resolutions and decisions pertaining to biodiversity.

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Event: Climate Change Mitigation with Indigenous Peoples: Practices, Lessons Learned and Prospects [viewed]

This workshop is organized by the UN University (UNU), in collaboration with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the Australian Government Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), and the UN Development Programme (UNDP). The workshop aims to: reflect the range of perspectives concerning indigenous peoples/local communities and climate change responses (including mitigation); support the build-up of understanding and peer-reviewed literature in the field of indigenous peoples, local communities and climate change mitigation; compile data and grey literature that are relevant for understanding climate change mitigation involving local and indigenous knowledge holders, local populations, and developing country scientists; support Indigenous peoples', local communities' and developing country scientists' engagement and research in international climate dialogues; provide policy makers with relevant information on the mitigation potential of indigenous peoples and local communities; and outline a publication in a Special Issue of a peer-reviewed scientific journal.  

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UNCCD COP 10 High-level Segment Considers Connection with Rio+20 [viewed]

17 October 2011: The first day of the High-level Segment for 10th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 10) to the Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) included a roundtable discussion focused on the theme “The UNCCD in the context of Rio+20: Addressing desertification, land degradation and drought as a cornerstone of the Green Economy.”

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High-Level Meeting Hails Yasuni-ITT Initiative as Model [viewed]

23 September 2011: A High-Level Meeting held during the 66th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) has praised an agreement between the Government of Ecuador and the UN Development Programme (UNDP), through which the former forgoes exploiting large oil reserves in its national park in return for receiving half the reserve's value through a trust fund administered by UNDP for investments in alternative energy and social programmes.

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Workshop on Bottom Fishing Addresses Long-term Sustainability of Deep Sea Fish Stocks [viewed]

16 September 2011: Further to a request from the UN General Assembly (UNGA), the UN Secretary-General organized a workshop to discuss implementation of paragraphs 80 and 83-87 of resolution 61/105 and paragraphs 117 and 119-127 of resolution 64/72 on sustainable fisheries, addressing the impacts of bottom fishing on vulnerable marine ecosystems and the long-term sustainability of deep sea fish stocks.

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UNGA High Level Event on Desertification Provides Input to COP 10 and UNCSD [viewed]

20 September 2011: Prior to the opening of the 66th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), the UNGA convened a High-level Meeting on addressing desertification, land degradation and drought in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication. The outcome of the deliberations will feed into the 10th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 10) to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).

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Green Economy, Biodiversity Accomplishments Noted at Close of UNGA 65 [viewed]

L-R: Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and General Assembly President Joseph Deiss (right) and attend the closing of the Assembly's sixty-fifth session12 September 2011: At the close of the 65th Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), UNGA President Joseph Deiss and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon offered reflections on the year's work.

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Event: Workshop on IWRM as a Tool for Adaptation to Climate Change [viewed]

This three-day workshop on Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM) as an adaptation tool to climate change will gather professionals of UN-Water members and partners, and is organized by the UN-Water Thematic Priority Area on Water and Climate Change and the Cap-Net network. The workshop is specifically targeted for professionals that are not experts on water or adaptation to climate change issues, and that need to increase their knowledge on the subject.  

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Event: 66th Session of the UN General Assembly [viewed]

The 66th regular session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) will convene at UN Headquarters on 13 September 2011, at 3 p.m. The provisional agenda of the 66th session (document A/66/150) and annotated preliminary list of items (document A/66/100) are available on the UNGA's website. The draft program of work of the plenary for the 66th session (document (A/65/902) is available here: http://www.un.org/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=A/65/902.  

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