UN Programme, Agency or Fund

Event: Equator Prize Award Ceremony [viewed]

The Equator Prize is awarded biannually to recognize and advance local sustainable development solutions for people, nature and resilient communities. As local and indigenous groups across the world chart a path towards sustainable development, the Equator Prize spotlights 25 local initiatives by honoring them on an international stage. The event, hosted by the UN Development Programme (UNDP), will include a special musical performance by Gilberto Gil, and will take place on the sidelines fo the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).  

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Event: The Landscape: Transformative Action through Cross-Sectoral Coordination [viewed]

This High-Level Side Event to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) is hosted by the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF). Leaders of the member organizations of the CPF, including the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF), the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO), the Global Environment Facility (GEF), as well as forest Ministers from the Gambia and Republic of Korea, will discuss landscape mosaics and integrating people and forests, and integrating forests into landscapes at the country level.  

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229 Voluntary Commitments Reported to Date at Rio+20 [viewed]

RIO+2014 June 2012: The UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) Secretariat has reported on the latest submissions of voluntary commitments, which it is compiling in an online compendium on the Rio+20 website. As of 14 June, a total of 229 voluntary commitments have been registered.

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UNDP Official Notes Needed Outcomes on Oceans and Sustainability [viewed]

13 June 2012: In the first installment of the UN News Centre's “Seven Issues, Seven Experts” interview series, Andrew Hudson, Head, UN Development Programme (UNDP) Water and Ocean Governance Programme, discusses oceans, invasive species and subsidies. He highlights that the serious challenges facing oceans also threaten economic services.

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Rio Side Event Discusses Programme for HMNDP [viewed]

13 June 2012: The High-level Meeting on National Drought Policy (HMNDP), to be held in Geneva, Switzerland, in March 2013, was the topic of a side event held during the Third Meeting of the Preparatory Committee (PrepCom III) for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), on 13 June 2012.

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Event: High-level Meeting on National Drought Policy: Towards More Drought Resilient Societies [viewed]

The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), in collaboration with a number of UN agencies, international and regional organizations and key national agencies, are organizing the High-level Meeting on National Drought Policy (HMNDP) in Geneva, Switzerland, in March 2013. HMNDP will provide practical insight into useful, science-based actions to address the key drought issues being considered by governments and the private sector under the UNCCD and the various strategies to cope with drought. HMNDP will start with a half-day opening plenary, with a major keynote address, followed by three days of scientific segment, and a High Level segment for ministers.  

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CITES Announces GEF/UNEP-Backed Rhino Project [viewed]

13 June 2012: The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) announced the approval by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) of an innovative rhino project. The project, backed by the GEF and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), will strengthen wildlife forensic capabilities in South Africa to combat wildlife crimes. 

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Evo Morales Named FAO Special Ambassador for International Year of Quinoa [viewed]

FAO11 June 2012: At the opening of the Governing Council of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), and alongside a special session on quinoa, Bolivian President Evo Morales was appointed as the FAO's Special Ambassador for the International Year of Quinoa.

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Event: 36th Session of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee [viewed]

Outstanding natural and cultural areas to be added to the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization's (UNESCO) World Heritage List will be announced at the next World Heritage Committee meeting. A total of 36 cultural and natural sites will be considered for inscription this year, which marks the 40th anniversary of the World Heritage Convention.  

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IUCN, UNESCO Launch iPhone App on Marine World Heritage Sites [viewed]

8 June 2012: In celebration of World Oceans Day, the World Commission on Protected Areas of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the World Heritage Centre of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) launched a new iPhone application (app), which aims to act as a window on marine world heritage sites.

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