UN Programme, Agency or Fund

CMS Calls for Proposals for SGP's 2012-2013 Funding Cycle [viewed]

16 March 2012: The Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) has announced a new call for proposals as part of the CMS Small Grants Programme (SGP), for the period 2012-2013.  

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UNU, Japan Host Symposium on Nagoya Protocol Implementation [viewed]

8 March 2012: The UN University Institute for Sustainability and Peace (UNU-ISP) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Japan (MOFA) co-organized an international symposium on domestic measures to implement the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization to the Convention of Biological Diversity (CBD).

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UNEP-ROAP Convenes Meeting on Combating Environmental Crime in Asia [viewed]

UNEP17 February 2012: The 12th Asian Regional Partners Forum on Combating Environmental Crime (ARPEC) was convened by the UN Environment Programme Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (UNEP-ROAP). Participants discussed international trade in environmentally-sensitive commodities, including illegal dumping of hazardous waste and illicit trade of natural resources.

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UNESCO Releases Workshop Report on Organic Products in Biosphere Reserves [viewed]

UNESCO15 March 2012: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has released the report of a workshop held on the "Potentials of a joint marketing of organic products from UNESCO Biosphere Reserves," which explored the contribution to environmental conservation and sustainable development of the production and marketing of organically produced food.

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Experts Adopt Draft Guidelines on Land Tenure and Access to Fisheries and Forests [viewed]

FAO13 March 2012: The Open Ended Working Group established by the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) to negotiate a set of voluntary guidelines on responsible governance of land tenure and access rights to land, fisheries and forest resources has held its last and final round of negotiations.

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Event: Fourth International Conference on Drylands, Deserts and Desertification: Implementing Rio+20 for Drylands and Desertification [viewed]

The Jacob Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research, along with the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and the Israeli Foreign Ministry, are orgainzing the Fourth International Conference on Drylands, Deserts and Desertification (DDD). This conference will gather scientists, field workers, industry representatives, government workers, civil society organizations, international development aid agencies and other stakeholders from over 60 countries to discuss issues related to land degradation in the drylands, and their sustainable use and development. The 2012 conference will focus on the outcome of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) and will consider the science required for implementing the UNCSD's recommendations relevant to drylands and desertification. Local case studies will be highlighted alongside success stories from around the world with an emphasis on indicators of progress. Additional sessions will be held considering a broad range of topics associated with sustainable living in the drylands and the means to address desertification, as well as achieving the target of zero net rate of land degradation. Registration opens on 1 April and the abstract submission deadline is 17 June.  

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UN-REDD Newsletter Questions Whether REDD+ Will Work in Fragile States [viewed]

14 March 2012: The March issue of Go-REDD+, a newsletter of the UN-REDD-Programme's Asia-Pacific team, focuses on whether REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, as well as conservation, sustainable management of forests and carbon stock enhancement in developing countries) in its current form can be achievable by all States, and in particular in "fragile" States.

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UNESCO, Multi One Attitude Foundation to Raise Awareness of Water and Ocean Issues [viewed]

UNESCO14 March 2012: The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) and International Hydrological Programme (IHP) of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the Multi One Attitude Foundation have announced that the trimaran RACE FOR WATER will participate in races around the world, to raise awareness of the importance of preserving the ocean and freshwater resources.

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UNESCO IOC Highlights Ocean Issues Ahead of Rio+20 [viewed]

UNESCO14 March 2012: The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and Kriton Arsenis, Member of the European Parliament (MEP), held an information session at the European Parliament to raise awareness on current ocean-related issues in the lead up to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).

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Event: International Virtual Congress on Green Economy and Socio-productive Inclusion: The Role of Family Agriculture [viewed]

Brazil's Ministry of Agricultural Development, with support from the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), will hold a "virtual congress" aimed at providing a platform for civil society and the general public to discuss sustainable development issues related to family agriculture with experts, researchers and public sector managers. The discussions will be synthesized into a special report that will be presented to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20). The virtual conference will feature two broad conferences on the themes of "green economy" and "socio-productive inclusion," while specialized forums will be provided on three thematic axes: rural sustainable development (including poverty and the role of women); natural resources and food sovereignty (including water and land management, desertification and climate change); and sustainable consumption and production.  

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