Technology Transfer

Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency Considers Post-UNCSD Strategy [viewed]

15 May 2012: The Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency has released key findings from a forthcoming report, titled “Roads From Rio+20: Pathways to Achieve Global Sustainability Goals by 2050,” analyzing the contribution of technology and changes in consumption patterns to accomplishing sustainable development objectives. The report proposes: a shared vision for 2050; strong short-term targets; and strong government policy action, building on business and civil society strengths.

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Rio+20 Secretariat Lists Voluntary Commitments [viewed]

RIO+2024 May 2012: The UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) Secretariat has begun listing voluntary commitments to deliver concrete results for sustainable development.

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CITES Secretary-General Testifies on Wildlife Trade Before US Senate Committee [viewed]

CITES24 May 2012: In testimony delivered before the Foreign Relations Committee of the US Senate, John Scanlon, Secretary-General of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), highlighted that illegal trade in wildlife is happening at a scale that poses an immediate risk to both wildlife and people.

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European Business Awards for the Environment 2012 Winners Announced [viewed]

24 May 2012: The EU Commissioner for the Environment Janez Potočnik presented the European Business Awards for the Environment 2012 to winners who have made achievements in sustainable development in the areas of management, products and process innovation, international business cooperation, and business and biodiversity. Potočnik lauded the companies for being “green growth in action.”

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Saudia Arabia and FAO Cooperate on Managing Water, Forests, Crop Production [viewed]

FAO17 May 2012: During the FAO Regional Conference for the Near East, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia committed US$66.7 million to implement Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) technical assistance projects in the areas of transfer of technology, sustainable natural resource management including for water and forests, sustainable crop production and capacity building, among others.

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EEA Report Assesses Progress Towards a Green Economy in Europe [viewed]

EEA16 May 2012: In the lead up to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), the European Environment Agency (EEA) has produced a publication titled "Environmental Indicator Report 2012." The Report assesses progress within the EU to support the transition to a green economy, and presents established indicators that illustrate progress towards improving resource efficiency and indicators that depict the risk of passing environmental thresholds.

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Event: Oceans of Potential Conference [viewed]

The “Oceans of Potential” conference is an initiative of Plymouth's marine science organizations and coordinated by Plymouth Marine Laboratory. It will bring together stakeholders from a broad range of disciplines to discuss the opportunities offered by oceans, including renewable energy, carbon sequestration, human health, bioengineering and new approaches to food production. Keynote speakers will include: Wendy Watson-Wright, Assistant Director-General, UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and Executive Secretary Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC); and Jacquie McGlade, Director of the European Environment Agency (EEA). The conference will include a public debate on ‘Sustainable fisheries in a changing world'.  

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Peru Seeks FAO Support to Coordinate Its Forestry Sector [viewed]

FAO7 May 2012: The Peruvian Government has formally asked the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to coordinate the various entities and initiatives, public and private, national and international, involved with its forestry sector. The request was formulated during an FAO programming mission to Peru in April 2012.

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Event: 31st Session of the FAO Regional Conference for the Near East [viewed]

The Food and Agriculture Organization's 31st Regional Conference for the Near East is focusing on food waste, climate change impacts and the creation of a regional trust fund for agricultural development. Climate change discussions are expected to focus on freshwater, fisheries, and forestry and land use management.  

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CITES E-Permitting Meeting Highlights Role in Sustainable Development [viewed]

CITES14 May 2012: Asian countries recently discussed the development and use of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora's (CITES) e-permitting systems, and e-permitting's role in promoting legal, sustainable and traceable international trade in CITES-listed species.

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