UN Programme, Agency or Fund

New Latin America and Caribbean Forum Adopts Declaration of Caracas and Action Plan [viewed]

6 December 2011: The founding Summit of Heads of State and Government from 33 Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) countries has agreed that the newly formed Community of LAC States (CELAC) shall work together to take common positions and form regional strategies in a variety of policy areas, including energy.

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OSCE, UNEP and UNECE Support Transboundary Water Cooperation on Dniester River [viewed]

UNECE6 December 2011: Governmental and non-governmental organization (NGO) representatives from Ukraine and Moldova met to further develop transboundary water cooperation on the shared Dniester River, focusing on reducing risks from climate change by improving the adaptive capacity of the two countries.

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Draft Proposal for UNEP-UNCCD Enabling Activities Umbrella Project Circulated [viewed]

UNCCD15 December 2011: A draft proposal for an enabling activities umbrella project has been posted on the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) website.

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CPF Calls on Rio+20 to Capitalize on Forest Values for Sustainable Development [viewed]

CPF15 December 2011: The Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF), in its submission to the preparatory process for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), states that lessons learned in forest ecosystem management and utilization are essential in transitioning to a green economy.

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UNECE Hosts Expert Panel on Forests 2030 [viewed]

UNECE15 December 2011: Experts from governments, international organizations, NGOs and industry participated in a panel on "Forests 2030: The future of forests in Europe and North America," in Geneva, Switzerland. The panel was chaired by Michael Zammit Cutajar, former UNFCCC Executive Secretary, under the patronage of Janusz Zaleski, Undersecretary of State, Ministry of Environment, Poland.

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TEEB and Earthscan Publish Study on Business and Enterprise [viewed]

15 December 2011: The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) project, hosted by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and led by Pavan Sukhdev, launched its latest report on The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity in Business and Enterprise, published by Earthscan.

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CPF Calls for Investment in Mountain Ecosystems [viewed]

CPF14 December 2011: The Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF) has issued a press release highlighting the need for increased investment in, and attention to, adaptation and resilience issues regarding fragile mountain ecosystems.

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Mountain Focus Group Discusses Strategy for UNCSD [viewed]

14 December 2011: The meeting of the Mountain Focus Group convened on 14 December 2011, and sought to forge a common understanding on including mountain development in the preparatory process for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) and the Conference itself.

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World Mountain Forum Underscores the Importance of Public-Private Partnerships [viewed]

11 December 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP), together with the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), the Fondation pour le Développement Durable des Régions de Montagne (FDDM), the BOTZA Association, the private sector and the Commune de Bagnes, have hosted the World Mountain Forum in Verbier, Switzerland. 

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IFPRI Paper Analyzes Policy Options for Asynchronous GMO Imports [viewed]

December 2011: A program note published by the Program for Biosafety Systems of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) analyzes different options for countries to address the adventitious presence of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in cases of asynchronous approvals.

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