UN Secretariat

ECOSOC Establishes Committee on Global Geospatial Information Management [viewed]

27 July 2011: The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) has agreed to establish a committee of experts on global geospatial information management to coordinate international dialogue on spatial data infrastructures and enhance cooperation in that field.

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ARPEC Highlights Intelligence-Gathering for Fighting Illegal Trade of Flora and Fauna [viewed]

20 July 2011: Governments, international organizations and NGOs convened to discuss illegal trade of flora and fauna at the 11th Asian Regional Partners Forum on Combating Environmental Crime (ARPEC), organized by the Regional Centre of  the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in East Asia and the Pacific, under the auspices of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).

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UNCSD Secretary-General Outlines Eight Priorities for UNCSD [viewed]

13 July 2011: Sha Zukang, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs and Secretary-General of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), summarized his recent speech in Washington, DC, US, in a new post to his blog. He elaborated on eight “new and emerging challenges” that States and other stakeholders have highlighted for priority attention. The challenges include energy access, green jobs, sustainable agriculture, marine resources and financing.

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UN, Nippon Foundation to Train Ocean Officials and Professionals [viewed]

10 July 2011: The UN and Nippon Foundation of Japan have announced a fellowship programme enabling ocean-focused government officials and mid-level professionals from developing countries to receive advanced education and training in ocean affairs and the law of the sea, so they can assist their governments in formulating comprehensive ocean policy and implementing the legal regime set out in the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) and related instruments.

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UN MDG Report Highlights Progress Despite the Financial, Food and Energy Crises [viewed]

7 July 2011: The UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Report 2011 finds that, despite setbacks from recent economic, food and energy crises, major progress towards the MDGs has been achieved. However, it indicates that progress has been unequal and the most vulnerable are left behind, noting disparities based on sex, age, disability and ethnicity, and between urban and rural areas.

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Fourth Aarhus MOP Addresses Sustainable Development, Adopts Chisinau Declaration [viewed]

1 July 2011: The fourth session of the Meeting of the Parties (MOP 4) to the Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters (Aarhus Convention) took place from 29 June-1 July 2011, in Chisinau, Republic of Moldova.

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CBD Circulates Corrections to French Version of Nagoya Protocol [viewed]

27 June 2011: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has circulated a notification received by the UN Secretary-General, acting as depository of the Convention, regarding a list of corrections to the French version of the original text of the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization (ABS).

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Event: Second Informal Informal Consultations on the UNCSD Outcome Document [viewed]

This event was originally scheduled as the third of three "informal informal" consultations to negotiate the draft Outcome Document. The decision taken by the Bureau on 22 December 2011 canceled the February consultations, rendering this meeting the second informal informal consultation. The Bureau subsequently decided to schedule this event for two weeks, from 23 April-4 May.  

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Event: Initial Discussions on Zero Draft of UNCSD Outcome Document [viewed]

The initial discussions on the "zero draft" of the Outcome Document for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) will take place from 25-27 January 2012, based on a decision taken by the UNCSD Bureau at its meeting on 22 December 2011. The zero draft will be based on a compilation of the input received by the UNCSD Secretariat from member States and other stakeholders by 1 November 2011.  

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General Assembly Elects President of 66th Session [viewed]

Amb. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser of Qatar addresses the General Assembly following his election as President of the 66th session22 June 2011:  The UN General Assembly (UNGA) has elected by acclamation Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser (Qatar) to be its next President. He will succeed Joseph Deiss (Switzerland) when he takes over the presidency in mid-September 2011 as the 66th session of the Assembly begins.

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