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MERCOSUR Leaders Discuss Sustainable Development Post-Rio+20 [viewed]

29 June 2012: The Presidents of the Southern Cone Common Market (MERCOSUR) Member States have issued a declaration addressing sustainable development, climate change, global mercury negotiations and mining. The leaders were meeting during a semi-annual summit, held on 29 June 2012, in Mendoza, Argentina. Immediately thereafter, a summit with the Associate States of Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru adopted two additional declarations.

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Canary Islands Biosphere Reserves Increase Energy and Water Efficiency [viewed]

UNESCO9 July 2012: The UN Educational, Scientific and Educational Organization (UNESCO) has reported on projects carried out in the Canary Islands that aim to increase the use of renewable energy and reduce water stress. The activities are taking place in sites that are part of UNESCO's Man and the Biosphere Programme (UNESCO-MAB). 

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UNGA President Provides Summary of Dialogue on Harmony with Nature [viewed]

15 June 2012: The President of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, has released the report of its second high-level interactive dialogue on Harmony with Nature, held in New York, US, on 18 April 2012. This dialogue focused on scientific findings on the impacts of human activities on the functioning of the Earth System.

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Global Conference Identifies Priorities for Biodiversity Data Management [viewed]

6 July 2012: The Global Biodiversity Informatics Conference (GBIC) has agreed on key priorities to foster the use of information technologies and social networks to: improve understanding of the role of biodiversity in sustaining human lives and livelihoods; and support biodiversity conservation. Participants agreed to develop an outlook document that will set priorities for biodiversity informatics, with a view to establishing an effective system for forecast and rapid response.

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CITES-ITTO Cooperate to Support Timber Tracking [viewed]

6 June 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and the Secretariat of the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) have agreed to support Parties' efforts to use modern tracking technologies for certain tree species. The agreement was reached during a workshop on "tracking technologies for forest governance," hosted by Malaysia, in Kuala Lumpur, from 15-17 May 2012.

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EU-Central America Association Agreement Promotes Sustainable Development [viewed]

29 June 2012: The EU signed a comprehensive Association Agreement with six Central American countries, namely Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama.

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ECLAC, UN-Water Release Report on Water and Green Economy in LAC [viewed]

21 June 2012: The UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and UN-Water have released a report on water and the green economy in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). The report draws on presentations and discussions held during the LAC sessions of the International Conference "Water in the Green Economy in Practice: Towards Rio+20," held from 3-5 October 2011, in Zaragoza, Spain.

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ITTO Releases Report on Sustainable Management of Mexican Timber Species [viewed]

28 June 2012: The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) has released a report titled "Industrialization, Marketing, and Sustainable Management of Ten Mexican Native Species." The report addresses the species' silvicultural management and productivity, physical-mechanical properties, potential market niches and product design. It also diagnoses first- and second-stage processing timber industries in southeastern Mexico.

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Nordic Council Adopts Nidaros Declaration on Food Production and Green Growth [viewed]

28 June 2012: The Nordic Council of Ministers (NCM) for Fisheries and Aquaculture, Agriculture, Food and Forestry (MR-FJLS) has adopted the Nidaros Declaration, highlighting the role of primary food production and processing industries in green growth, and calling for increased sustainability and competitive production in the sector. 

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Event: GEF 44th Council Meeting [viewed]

The Global Environmental Facility (GEF) Council meets twice per year to approve new projects with global environmental benefits in the GEF's focal areas, and provide guidance to the GEF Secretariat and Agencies. Among other matters, the 44th session of the Council is expected to discuss the GEF's role vis-à-vis the global mercury agreement. A consulation with CSOs will take place on 17 June.  

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