National Action

Mexico Designates Five Ramsar Sites [viewed]

19 June 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention) has announced that the Government of Mexico has designated five new Wetlands of International Importance, bringing the total number of sites for this party to 138 Ramsar Sites.

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Rio Pavilion Hosts Financing Sustainable Development Day [viewed]

19 June 2012: On its seventh day, the Rio Conventions Pavilion at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) convened for Financing Sustainable Development Day. The event consisted of two sessions on natural capital solutions, namely: protected areas meeting global environmental challenges; and natural capital in Africa, Asia and Latin America - partnerships, policies and investments.

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UN Global Compact Boosts Voluntary Commitments at Rio+20 to Date [viewed]

RIO+2019 June 2012: The UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) Secretariat has reported on the latest submissions of voluntary commitments, which it is compiling in an online compendium on the Rio+20 website. As of 18 June, a total of 377 voluntary commitments have been registered.

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Voluntary Commitments to Date at Rio+20 Near 500 [viewed]

RIO+2020 June 2012: The UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) Secretariat has reported on the latest submissions of voluntary commitments, which it is compiling in an online compendium on the Rio+20 website. As of 19 June, a total of 485 voluntary commitments have been registered.

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Madagascar Designates Two Freshwater Lakes as Ramsar Sites [viewed]

18 June 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention) has announced that the Government of Madagascar has designated two new Wetlands of International Importance, effective as of 5 June 2012, bringing that Party's total number of Ramsar Sites to nine.

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Rio Conventions Pavilion Focuses on Ecosystem-based Adaptation [viewed]

15 June 20120: The Rio Conventions Pavilion at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) focused on the theme of Ecosystem-based Adaptation. Four panels addressed: ecosystem-based approaches to adaptation; economic valuation of land (EVL); the Bonn Challenges; and coastal climate change solutions.

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Event: CBD Regional Workshop for the Pacific on Updating NBSAPs [viewed]

Organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), in collaboration with the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) and the Government of New Zealand, this workshop aims to address issues that countries in the region may have encountered or will encounter while updating their national biodiversity strategies and action plans (NBSAPs), with a focus on target setting, stakeholder engagement and the development of country-specific plans for mobilizing financial resources for the implementation of NBSAPs.  

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European Commission Launches Search for European Green Capital 2015 [viewed]

15 June 2012: The European Commission has initiated the search for the city that will win the title European Green Capital 2015. The title is awarded to a city that serves as a role model for others by providing environmentally-friendly urban living that is “fit for life.”

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UNDP Strengthens Community Resilience in Thailand [viewed]

UNDP15 June 2012:  A new UN Development Programme (UNDP) documentary titled “Building Social Cohesion: The Case of Mae Hong Son,” highlights an innovative approach to community security and social cohesion that leads to more resilient communities in Northern Thailand.

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SPC, New Zealand Train Fiji and Tuvalu Biosecurity Staff [viewed]

SPC15 June 2012: The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), in collaboration with the New Zealand Ministry of Agriculture and the Biosecurity Authority of Fiji, have provided training to Fiji and Tuvalu biosecurity staff in managing risks related to trade in agricultural products.

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