UN Secretariat

UNFF Director Reflects on Year of Forests [viewed]

January 2012: Jan McAlpine, Director of the UN Forum on Forest (UNFF) Secretariat, reflected on the achievements and activities of the International Year on Forests 2011 in an interview with the newsletter published by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA).

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UN Launches Biodiversity Decade [viewed]

UN Decade on Biodiversity19 December 2011: The UN Decade on Biodiversity was launched on 17 December 2011, in Kanazawa, Japan, in a ceremony organized by the UN University (UNU) in collaboration with the Ministry of Environment of Japan, Ishikawa Prefecture and Kanazawa City, and the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). The international launch of the Decade was preceded by regional launches in Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, Ethiopia, India, the Philippines, and the Republic of Korea.

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Eye on Earth Summit Adopts Declaration on Information Access [viewed]

15 December 2011: The Eye on Earth Summit (Eye on Earth 2011) met under the Patronage of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), to discuss efforts to find common solutions to obstacles to data access. The event concluded with the adoption of the Summit Declaration, which will be forwarded to the UN Conference for Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).

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Event: 13th Meeting of the UN Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea [viewed]

The 13th meeting of the UN Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea is expected to convene in New York, US, from 29 May-1 June 2012.  

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Fourth High-Level Forum Develops Declaration on Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation [viewed]

1 December 2011: The Fourth High-Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness adopted a declaration titled the "Busan Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation." The Forum reviewed global progress on aid effectiveness, including a review of targets set in the 2005 Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness, shared experiences in delivering the best results, and developed new commitments toward effectiveness of aid in reducing poverty, achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), and supporting development beyond 2015.

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OHRLLS Event Addresses Community Land Ownership in SIDS [viewed]

UN-OHRLLS10 November 2011: The UN Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and the Small Island Developing States (UN-OHRLLS) has convened a special event on the global significance of biodiversity in small island developing States (SIDS) and the importance of community-based partnerships.  

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Tourism's Benefits, Threats for SIDS Highlighted at OHRLLS Event [viewed]

UN-OHRLLS27 October 2011: The UN Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and the Small Island Developing States (UN-OHRLLS) convened a special event on the nexus of Tourism, Biodiversity and Culture in small island developing States (SIDS) in the context of the green economy.

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UN Secretary-General: REDD+ No Substitute for Deep Emissions Cuts [viewed]

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right) visits an indigenous community affected by deforestation in Borneo, Indonesia17 November 2011: Speaking at a news conference in Indonesia, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon stated that, while REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, as well as conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stocks) is a win-win-win situation for local communities, Indonesia and the world, it is no substitute for deep greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reductions in developed countries.

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Additional Corrections to French Version of Nagoya Protocol Proposed [viewed]

8 November 2011: The UN Secretary-General, acting as depository of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), has circulated a list of additional 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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CBD's Satoyama Newsletter Features Articles by High-level Officials [viewed]

October 2011: The third issue of Satoyama, a newsletter published by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), includes several articles authored by high-level officials on issues including the UN Decade on Biodiversity, green growth and regional and national action for biodiversity.

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