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RAMSAR'S Standing Committee Reviews Discussions Regarding Hosting Arrangement with UNEP [viewed]

May 2010: The 41st meeting of the Ramsar Standing Committee took place from 26 April-1 May 2010, in Kobuleti, Georgia. The Standing Committee considered the work of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Administrative Reform regarding the proposal to move the Ramsar Secretariat to UNEP, and decided to mandate the Working Group to continue its work, to determine the modalities for implementing a transfer of the Ramsar Secretariat to UNEP, including: options for reducing the costs of a UNEP-administered Ramsar Secretariat; transition arrangements; timing and a timeline for implementation; and the added benefits to the Convention.

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UNEP GOVERNING COUNCIL SPECIAL SESSION CONCLUDES WITH NUSA DUA DECLARATION [viewed]

The eleventh Special Session of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum (GCSS-11/GMEF) convened from 24-26 February 2010, in Bali, Indonesia.

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Event: UNEP GOVERNING COUNCIL SPECIAL SESSION CONCLUDES WITH NUSA DUA DECLARATION [viewed]

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African Union Celebrates Environment Day Focusing on Climate Change Resilience, Biodiversity Conservation and Traditional Knowledge [viewed]

3 March 2010: The African Union Commission (AUC) commemorated Africa Environment Day under the theme “African Resilience to Climate Change: Biodiversity Conservation and Enhancing Traditional Knowledge,” in celebrations hosted by the Government of Tanzania. 

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UNESCO BIODIVERSITY SCIENCE POLICY CONFERENCE IDENTIFIES PRIORITIES FOR ACTION [viewed]

Organized in the framework of the International Year of Biodiversity (IYB), the UNESCO Biodiversity Science Policy Conference was held from 25-29 January 2010, at UNESCO headquarters, in Paris, France, immediately following the high-level launch of IYB in Paris from 21-22 January 2010.

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Event: UNESCO BIODIVERSITY SCIENCE POLICY CONFERENCE IDENTIFIES PRIORITIES FOR ACTION [viewed]

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UNEP-SPONSORED MEETING ADDRESSES SCIENCE-POLICY INTERFACE ON BIODIVERSITY AND ECOSYSTEM SERVICES [viewed]

Held from 5-9 October 2009, in Nairobi, Kenya, the second Ad Hoc Intergovernmental and Multi-stakeholder Meeting on an Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES-II) discussed the findings of a gap analysis on the existing science-policy interface on biodiversity and ecosystem services, options to strengthen such interface, and possible functions and governance structures of an intergovernmental science-policy platform.

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Event: UNEP-SPONSORED MEETING ADDRESSES SCIENCE-POLICY INTERFACE ON BIODIVERSITY AND ECOSYSTEM SERVICES [viewed]

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Event: Second World Seed Conference [viewed]

Hosted by FAO, with partners including the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Seed Schemes, the International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants (UPOV), the International Seed Testing Association and the International Seed Federation, this event will focus on the theme “Responding to the challenges of a changing world: The role of new plant varieties and high quality seed in agriculture.” It will comprise a two-day Expert Forum, followed by a one-day Policy Forum. For more information: Internet.  

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Event: FRANKFURT MEETING MARKS YEAR OF THE GORILLA, CALLS FOR BETTER PROTECTION [viewed]

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