UNEP

CITES Improves Virtual Course for Customs Officials [viewed]

CITES19 July 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) has announced that an updated and improved version of the course for customs officials is now available through the CITES Virtual College. The course is designed to assist officials in identifying and processing specimens of CITES-listed species.

read more »

CAFF to Cooperate With AEWA, Ramsar on Arctic Biodiversity Conservation [viewed]

16 July 2012: The Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF) Working Group signed two Resolutions of Cooperation (ROCs) - with the Secretariat of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA), and the Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat (Ramsar Convention) - to create awareness and enhance capacity for understanding change in Arctic biodiversity.

read more »

UNEP Delivers Recommendations for Environmental Legacy of Sochi 2014 Olympic Games [viewed]

12 July 2012: To guide the Government of the Russian Federation and the Organizing Committee of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games in taking environmental considerations into their preparations and staging, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) delivered recommendations to Natural Resources Minister Sergey Donskoy, including on restoring fisheries in the Mzymta River, extending national park protection, and developing an information and monitoring system for the environment.

read more »

CMS Bulletin Highlights Rio+20, Progress on High Andean Flamingos and Saiga Protection [viewed]

June 2012: The May/June issue of the Convention for the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) Bulletin features an editorial by Bert Lenten, CMS Officer in Charge, on the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), noting that the outcome recognizes the importance of biodiversity for sustainable development.

read more »

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.

read more »

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.

read more »

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.

read more »

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.

read more »

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).   

read more »

Finance CEOs Launch Natural Capital Declaration at Rio+20 [viewed]

19 June 2012: Thirty-seven CEOs in the finance sector announced their commitment to integrate natural capital considerations into their products and services in the “Natural Capital Declaration.” The Declaration was launched during the Global Compact Corporate Sustainability Forum, held on the sidelines of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).

read more »