National Action

UNESCO Committee Inscribes Five Natural World Heritage Sites [viewed]

2 July 2012: During its 36th session, the World Heritage Committee of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) inscribed five natural World Heritage Sites: Lakes of Ounianga (Chad); Sangha Trinational (Cameroon, Central African Republic, Congo); Chengjiang Fossil Site (China); Western Ghats (India); and Lena Pillars Nature Park (Russian Federation). In addition, Rock Islands Southern Lagoon (Palau) was inscribed as a mixed natural and cultural site.

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World Bank Issues Recommendations on Biosafety Regulation in Developing Countries [viewed]

World BankJune 2012: The World Bank released a report on the Status and Impact of Biosafety Regulation in Developing Economies since Ratification of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety. The report recommends that developing countries harmonize risk assessment requirements, and ensure that development priorities such as agricultural productivity, food security and rural development are considered in biosafety decision-making along with environmental concerns.

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Voluntary Commitments Total 715 After Rio+20 [viewed]

RIO+2028 June 2012: The UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) Secretariat has reported receiving 715 voluntary commitments, including commitments that will mobilize more than US$500 billion in action towards sustainable development. These include 52 government commitments, 82 UN/IGO commitments and 581 Major Group and civil society commitments. 

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UK Signs CMS Sharks Memorandum [viewed]

27 June 2012:  The Secretariat of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) announced that the UK has signed the CMS Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Migratory Sharks. The Sharks MoU was adopted to help develop management measures to protect threatened shark species, such as basking, longfin mako and whale sharks.

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Japan Designates Nine New Ramsar Sites [viewed]

26 June 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention) has announced that the Government of Japan has designated nine new Wetlands of International Importance, bringing that Party's total number of Ramsar Sites to 46.

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UNDP's Annual Report Outlines “The Sustainable Future We Want” [viewed]

UNDP19 June 2012: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) released its 2011-2012 Annual Report, “The Sustainable Future We Want,” which outlines UNDP's field programmes and its contributions to raising awareness and changing policy.

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Island Leaders Announce Conservation Commitments [viewed]

21 June 2012: The Global Island Partnership (GLISPA) and The Nature Conservancy (TNC) hosted a leaders breakfast on 21 June 2012, on the sidelines of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The breakfast was attended by Heads of State or Government from Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Colombia, Grenada, Indonesia, and Seychelles, who announced new conservation commitments.

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UNITAR and Acre State Launch Sustainability Policy for River Basin [viewed]

20 June 2012: Tião Viana, Governor of Acre State, Brazil, hosted Acre Day at the Botanical Garden in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on the sidelines of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), to officially launch the state policy for the Acre and Madeira Rivers basin. The policy already has resulted in the planting of more than 200,000 trees and the provision of water resources for more than 2,300 people in the region, according to the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR).

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Denmark Designates Three Ramsar Sites in Faroe Islands [viewed]

23 June 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention) has announced that the Government of Denmark has designated three new Wetlands of International Importance in the Faroe Islands.

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UNDP Reports on Raising Awareness of Lake Poyang Pollution [viewed]

UNDP22 June 2012: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has highlighted the outcomes of its collaboration with the All-China Environment Federation (ACEF) to raise awareness on water pollution in China's Lake Poyang.

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