UN Programme, Agency or Fund

CPF Highlights Role of Markets in Sustaining Forests [viewed]

CPF16 November 2011: The Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF) has called for greater attention to the key role that healthy national and international markets can play in sustaining the environment, and in particular the world's forests.

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UNESCO Releases Roadmap Towards a Sustainable World [viewed]

From Green Economies to Green SocietiesNovember 2011: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has released a report titled "From green economies to green societies: UNESCO's commitment to sustainable development," which aims to feed into the preparatory process for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio +20), to be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 2012. It provides the Organization's vision for Rio+20 and gives concrete examples demonstrating the Organization's work to promote sustainable development.

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UNEP Releases Post-Conflict Assessment Report of Rwanda [viewed]

UNEP Releases Post-Conflict Assessment Report of Rwanda16 November 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has led a comprehensive, national-scale post-conflict environmental assessment of Rwanda. The resulting report on Rwanda's post-conflict sustainable development urges the country to create opportunities for a transition towards a green economy.

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FAO Calls for Photos for International Year of Forests [viewed]

15 November 2011: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) is inviting submissions of photographs of forests, showing the photographer's connection to the forest. The competition seeks to highlight the people who work in forests, and what the forest means to them.

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UNEP Executive Director, Norwegian Environment Minister Highlight Economic Benefits of Conservation [viewed]

14 November 2011: UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Executive Director Achim Steiner, together with Erik Solheim, Norway's Minister of the Environment, have published an article on the current status of migratory species, ahead of the 10th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 10) to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS). 

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SPC, FAO Support Awareness-Raising of Forest Benefits in Asia-Pacific [viewed]

11 November 2011: The Land Resource Division (LRD) of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) supported an initiative to increase community and youth awareness of forest benefits in Fiji. The Fiji project was the pilot initiative for efforts to provide forest education for children across the Asia-Pacific region, SPC notes.

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IPBES Stakeholder Day Addresses Operationalization of Platform, Intersessional Work [viewed]

October 2011: The Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) Stakeholder Day addressed the operationalisation of the platform and the involvement of non-governmental stakeholders. Held prior to the first session of a plenary meeting on IPBES, the meeting allowed representatives of civil society and the scientific community to learn about the platform and exchange views on issues under consideration in the plenary process.

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ITPGR Celebrates Tenth Anniversary, Releases List of Benefit-sharing Grantees [viewed]

14 November 2011: On the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the adoption of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR), a high-level celebration was hosted by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), and the ITPGR Secretariat released the list of new projects to be funded under the Treaty's Benefit-sharing Fund, to support farmers and breeders to adapt key crops to climate change.

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GEF Council Approves Projects on Biodiversity and Blue Carbon [viewed]

10 November 2011: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council, at its 41st Council Meeting, approved decisions on the administration of the GEF, as well as a work programme including several biodiversity-related projects on protected areas, and an innovative International Waters initiative, the “Blue Forests” effort to estimate the carbon sequestration capacity of coastal habitats like mangroves, sea grass beds, coral reefs and salt marshes, and demonstrate their economic value.

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Asia-Pacific Forestry Week Focuses on New Challenges and Opportunities [viewed]

11 November 2011: The Asia-Pacific Forestry Week 2011 brought together around 1500 people to discuss forests and forestry in Asia and the Pacific. The event was organized under the theme "New Challenges, New Opportunities," and participants discussed governance, communication and the future of the region's forests.

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