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UNDP's Annual Report Outlines “The Sustainable Future We Want” [viewed]

UNDP19 June 2012: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) released its 2011-2012 Annual Report, “The Sustainable Future We Want,” which outlines UNDP's field programmes and its contributions to raising awareness and changing policy.

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UNITAR and Acre State Launch Sustainability Policy for River Basin [viewed]

20 June 2012: Tião Viana, Governor of Acre State, Brazil, hosted Acre Day at the Botanical Garden in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on the sidelines of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), to officially launch the state policy for the Acre and Madeira Rivers basin. The policy already has resulted in the planting of more than 200,000 trees and the provision of water resources for more than 2,300 people in the region, according to the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR).

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FAO Publishes Report on Investment in Forestry [viewed]

FAO25 June 2012: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), Tropenbos International and Natural Resources Canada, have released a study they commissioned on current investment patterns in forestry. The context for the study is the emerging question of how to broaden and diversify the financial basis for sustainable forest management (SFM).

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UNEP, EU Committee of the Regions Sign MoU on Sustainable Cities [viewed]

UNEP22 June 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) announced it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the EU's Committee of the Regions (CoR). The MoU seeks to strengthen the role of local and regional authorities within the policy decision-making process, and emphasizes the importance of placing sustainable cities at the heart of the global strategy on sustainable development.

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UNDP Reports on Raising Awareness of Lake Poyang Pollution [viewed]

UNDP22 June 2012: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has highlighted the outcomes of its collaboration with the All-China Environment Federation (ACEF) to raise awareness on water pollution in China's Lake Poyang.

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CITES Report Finds Increased Elephant Poaching, Ivory Seizures [viewed]

CITES21 June 2012: A report from the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) highlights that elephant poaching is at record levels in a decade, as are ivory seizures since 1989. The report stresses the need to implement the African Elephant Action Plan.

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Rio Conventions Pavilion Highlights Progress in Gender Mainstreaming [viewed]

20 June 2012: The Rio Conventions Pavilion convened for Gender Mainstreaming Day at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20). Sessions included: mainstreaming gender in the three Rio Conventions; linking research, policy and practice for gender-responsive action in forestry; political leadership and gender; and a celebration of women's leadership in sustainable development. A special event on the economics of sustainable development also took place.

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Biodiversity Conventions, UNEP Strengthen MEA Coordination Through Focal Points [viewed]

20 June 2012: Four regional UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Biodiversity Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs) Focal Points met with the Secretariats of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS), the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention) to address MEA coordination.

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Spain-UNEP Partnership on Protected Areas Highlighted at Rio+20 [viewed]

UNEP20 June 2012: A side event at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) on "Protecting the Protected Areas: Partnering to Expand the Most Precious 17 Percent of the Planet," featured the Spain-UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Partnership for Protected Areas in support of the LifeWeb Initiative.

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UNEP Launches Global Marine Litter Partnership [viewed]

UNEP19 June 2012: In an effort to tackle the damage caused by marine litter on the environment, livelihoods and human health, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) launched the Global Partnership on Marine Litter on the sidelines of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).   

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