National Action

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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229 Voluntary Commitments Reported to Date at Rio+20 [viewed]

RIO+2014 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 14 June, a total of 229 voluntary commitments have been registered.

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Jamaica Designates Fourth Ramsar Site [viewed]

14 June 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention) has announced that the Government of Jamaica has designated the Mason River Protected Area Bird Sanctuary, as its fourth Ramsar site.

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US Designates Waterfowl Refuge as Ramsar Site [viewed]

14 June 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention) has announced that the Government of the US has designated the Sue and Wes Dixon Waterfowl Refuge at Hennepin & Hopper Lakes as its 34th Wetland of International Importance.

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Rio Side Event Discusses Programme for HMNDP [viewed]

13 June 2012: The High-level Meeting on National Drought Policy (HMNDP), to be held in Geneva, Switzerland, in March 2013, was the topic of a side event held during the Third Meeting of the Preparatory Committee (PrepCom III) for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), on 13 June 2012.

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Egypt Designates Lakes as Two New Ramsar Sites [viewed]

13 June 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention) has announced that the Government of Egypt has designated two new Wetlands of International Importance, in Fayoum governorate west of the Nile River.

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International Year of the Rhino Begins [viewed]

5 June 2012: With increasing concerns for the fate of the two rarest rhinoceros species, as well as increased illegal hunting of rhinos and demand for rhino horn affecting all five species, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono of Indonesia announced that 5 June 2012 will be the start of the International Year of the Rhino. 

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Mexico Ratifies ABS Protocol [viewed]

May 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has reported that Mexico became the fifth country to ratify the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization (ABS) to the CBD, on 16 May 2012. It is the first of the so-called megadiverse countries to do so.

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