UN Programme, Agency or Fund

Event: Third Meeting of the ITPGR Committee on the SMTA and the MLS [viewed]

The Ad Hoc Technical Advisory Committee on the Standard Material Transfer Agreement (SMTA) and the Multilateral System (MLS) of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) advises the Treaty Secretary on implementation questions raised by users.  

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Guest Article #13: Establishment of IPBES: Implications for Global, Regional and National Policy [viewed]

After several years of international negotiations, 21 April 2012 saw the establishment of the Intergovernmental science-policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). The creation of IPBES is a great victory for biodiversity. It opens a window of opportunity to strengthen decision making related to biodiversity across a broad range of areas, providing greater scientific input into decisions that affect biodiversity across the globe.

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FAO, NEPAD Partnership to Boost Fisheries Development in Africa [viewed]

NEPAD-FAO25 April 2012: The New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) have implemented a collaborative partnership to boost fisheries development in Africa, in support of regional efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

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Meeting Highlights CBD Sub-national Implementation [viewed]

CBD26 April 2012: A meeting of sub-national governments in support of the Aichi biodiversity targets aimed to identify and disseminate best practices and promote decentralized cooperation on biodiversity.

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UNEP WCMC Issues Report on Reporting Synergies among Biodiversity Conventions [viewed]

1 May 2012: The UN Environment Programme-World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC), with support from Finland's Ministry of Environment, has released a report on synergies in national reporting in the biodiversity-related multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs). The report offers guidance to the governing bodies of biodiversity-related MEAs, as well as the UNEP Governing Council, the international environmental governance (IEG) reform process and MEA-related processes.

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WHO and CBD Hold Workshop on Interlinkages between Human Health and Biodiversity [viewed]

April 2012: The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Secretariat for the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) recently convened a workshop on the interlinkages between human health and biodiversity.

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Biodiversity for Food and Nutrition Project Launched [viewed]

28 April 2012: A new project has been launched to address the narrowing variety of foods in people's diets, titled the “Biodiversity for Food and Nutrition Project.” The project is coordinated by Bioversity International, under the leadership of Brazil, Kenya, Sri Lanka and Turkey.

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International Polar Year 2012 Conference Discusses Moving from Knowledge to Action [viewed]

27 April 2012: The International Polar Year (IPY) 2012 Conference convened around the theme “From Knowledge to Action,” with discussions on a variety of issues related to Arctic issues. Panel sessions addressed, inter alia: Earth structure and geodynamics; polar ocean processes; permafrost; marine, territorial and freshwater polar ecosystems; and communicating polar science.

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Experts Call for Raising Awareness of Impacts of Overfishing [viewed]

26 April 2012: A panel of experts on the sustainable management of oceans and fisheries underlined the impacts of overfishing, calling for raising awareness of the issue during a press conference at UN Headquarters in New York, US, on 26 April 2012.

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UNEP, Ambassadors and Experts Discuss Developments in Peacebuilding and Natural Resource Management [viewed]

25 April 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) together with partners including ambassadors, international experts and researchers from Columbia University took part in a dialogue that highlighted a proposal on natural resource governance and transparency. The panel, held on 24 April 2012, in New York, US, was part of a week-long series of events on peacebuilding and natural resources convened in New York for political missions, UN staff, experts, and researchers.

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