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Ramsar STRP Newsletter Reports on its 17th Meeting [viewed]

8 April 2013: The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar Convention) has released the first issue for 2013 of the newsletter of its Scientific and Technical Review Panel (STRP), which features articles on the 17th meeting of the STRP, which was held in February 2013, Ramsar's engagement in the post-2015 development agenda consultation on water, and a key biodiversity area criteria and delineation workshop, which was held in March in Front Royal, Virginia, US.

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UNWTO, UNODC Agree on Campaign to Reduce Illegal Trade in Endangered Species [viewed]

8 April 2013: The UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) agreed on a campaign to be launched later this year calling on tourists to help reduce demand for illicit goods and services linked to transnational organized crime.

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ECCAS Countries Adopt Plan to Protect Elephants in Cameroon, Chad and Central African Republic [viewed]

23 March 2013: Ministers of the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) representing ministries of foreign affairs, defense and security issues, regional integration and wildlife protection convened an emergency meeting in Yaoundé, Cameroon and adopted an emergency anti-poaching plan (PEXULAB) to protect elephants in ECCAS countries.

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Event: Second Global Soil Week 2013 [viewed]

This event, which will convene under the theme 'Losing Ground?' is organized by the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) in Potsdam, Germany. It will consider what “losing ground” implies for food, water and energy security. It will bring together practitioners, policy makers, scientists and representatives from civil society organizations to share knowledge and experience on soil and land related issues and to make plans to advance the global agenda for sustainable development. The event will emphasize three foci: Understand soils in the nexus; Manage the nexus; and Create sustainable pathways to societal change. In addition, there will be four thematic threads: Material Cycles; Sustainable Land Management and Soil Engineering; International Soil Policy and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); and Responsible Land Governance.  

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ITPGR Circulates Report of Committee on Sustainable Use [viewed]

March 2013: The Secretariat of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) has circulated the report of the first meeting of the Ad Hoc Technical Committee on Sustainable Use of Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (PGRFA), held from 8-9 November 2012, in Rome, Italy.

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CBD Circulates Newsletter on Biodiversity for Development [viewed]

CBDMarch 2013: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has published a newsletter on 'Biodiversity for Sustainable Development,' highlighting biodiversity's contribution to the development agenda, relevant targets of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity, as well as relevant activities of the CBD Secretariat.

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HLCP Chair Calls for Nominations to Oceans Compact [viewed]

2 April 2013: The Chair of the High Level Committee on Programmes (HLCP), UN System Chief Executives Board for Coordination (CEB), Achim Steiner, on behalf of the UN Secretary-General, has invited UN Member States and Specialized Agencies to submit names for possible nomination to the Ocean Compact Advisory Group (OCAG), and specified selection criteria. The call is open until 15 April 2013.

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Event: CBD Capacity Building Workshop on the Nagoya Protocol on ABS for Middle East and Djibouti, Libya, Mauritania [viewed]

This workshop is organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in collaboration with the Royal Botanic Garden of Jordan and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) under the framework of the medium-sized project on capacity building for early entry into force of the Nagoya Protocol. Funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the Japan Biodiversity Fund, this workshop will overview the key features of the Nagoya Protocol on access and benefit-sharing (ABS) and relevant international developments, will include an exchange of experiences on steps taken towards ratification and implementation, and will identify opportunities for support toward ratification and implementation.  

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Event: Fourth Mountain Partnership Global Meeting [viewed]

The global meeting will be key to endorsing the new four-year strategy and governance of the Mountain Partnership and to initiate work on its implementation. It will also provide an opportunity for members from across the world to meet, network, present interesting initiatives and promote collaborative action in sustainable mountain development. The Mountain Partnership is a UN voluntary alliance of partners dedicated to improving the lives of mountain people and protecting mountain environments around the world. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the (FAO) acts as the central hub of the Secretariat of the Partnership.  

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Event: Trondheim Conference on Biodiversity: Ecology and Economy for a Sustainable Society [viewed]

The 2013 Trondheim Conference will explore how to cut development pathways towards a sustainable society by aligning policy, business, economy and ecology borders, scales and systems. Participation in the conference is by invitation only. Each country has been invited to send two experts, one from each field of biodiversity and economy/planning. The Trondheim Conferences are a result of collaboration between the Secretariat of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Norwegian Government and are held every 3-4 years.  

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