Finance

Rio+20 Side Events Highlight Mountains, Water and Energy Access [viewed]

18 June 2012: A number of side events took place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in conjunction with the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), including on energy access, mountains and water issues. 

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BBNJ Working Group Forwards Recommendations to UNGA [viewed]

UN logo14 June 2012: The Co-Chairs of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group to study issues relating to the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity beyond areas of national jurisdiction (BBNJ) have forwarded their summary of the discussions that took place from 7-11 May 2012, as well as the recommendations emanating from this meeting, to the UN General Assembly (UNGA) for consideration at its 67th session.

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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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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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European Environment Ministers Discuss 7th Action Programme [viewed]

11 June 2012: The European Environment Ministers met in the Environment Council to adopt conclusions on setting the framework for the 7th EU Environment Action Programme (EAP) and on preparations for key biodiversity and climate meetings, among other items.

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CBD-Funded Research Finds Biodiversity Finance Could Reach US$160 Billion [viewed]

5 June 2012: Finance for biodiversity could be scaled up from around US$52 billion in 2010 to as high as nearly US$160 billion by 2020, if the public and private sectors work together to implement a range of financing approaches, concludes the new "Little Biodiversity Finance Book." The book has been published by the Global Canopy Programme on the basis of research funded by the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).

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UNCTAD's "Road to Rio" Highlights Innovative Approaches to Conservation [viewed]

June 2012: The third issue of "The Road to Rio+20: For a Development-led Economy" published by the UN Conference on Trade and Environment (UNCTAD) contains two articles on experiences with innovative approaches to biodiversity conservation in Latin America: the Yasuni-ITT Initiative in Ecuador; and the Mesoamerican Corridor in Mexico.

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Event: CPF Organization Led Initiative on Forest Finance [viewed]

This organization-led initiative (OLI) in support of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF) is organized by the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF). The results of this meeting will be forwarded to UNFF 10 in 2013, in order to enable the Forum to take a meaningful decision on forest financing.  

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GEF, World Bank Receive Development Impact Prize [viewed]

7 June 2012: The World Bank and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) received the inaugural Development Impact Honors award from the US Department of the Treasury for their work in protecting the world's largest rainforest in Brazil.

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GEF Council Meeting Approves Largest Work Program to Date [viewed]

After the GEF Council unanimously decided to appoint Naoko Ishii (Japan) as the next GEF CEO/Chairperson, she greeted the Council and current CEO/Chairperson Monique Barbut.7 June 2012: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council approved a Work Program of 84 projects and two programmatic approaches amounting to US$667.26 million in GEF project grants, and appointed Naoko Ishii (Japan) as the GEF's new Chairperson and CEO.

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