Biodiversity for Development

In Annual Report, UNSG Proposes Transformative Actions for Post-2015 Agenda [viewed]

United NationsAugust 2013: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has submitted his annual report on implementing the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and further steps to advance the UN development agenda beyond 2015. This year's report, titled 'A life of dignity for all: accelerating progress towards the MDGs and advancing the UN development agenda beyond 2015,' stresses sustainable development as the "global guiding principle and operational standard" for the post-2015 era, and calls for ending extreme poverty within a generation.

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Event: Harnessing Natural Resource Wealth for Inclusive Growth and Economic Development [viewed]

This conference will focus on policies for sustainable and inclusive economic growth in natural resource rich countries. Key issues include ways to strengthen the macro-fiscal framework and strategies for economic diversification. The event will discuss shared lessons from regional and global perspectives with representatives from a number of diverse resource-rich countries in Asia and the Pacific, as well as Africa and the Caribbean, and will conclude with a high-level Policy Round Table Discussion. The organizers are the International Monetary Fund (IMF), jointly with the Government of Timor-Leste, and in collaboration with the Asian Development Bank, the World Bank, and Japan International Cooperation Agency.  

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CBD Secretariat Publishes Latest Issue of Business.2020 Magazine [viewed]

CBDJune 2013: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has circulated the latest issue of Business.2020, a magazine on business and biodiversity, featuring, among other articles, an interview with Pavan Sukhdev, Special Advisor to the UN Environment Programme's Green Economy Initiative and past Study Leader for The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB), a preface by CBD Executive Secretary Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias and an article by Georg Kell, UN Global Compact Executive Director, titled 'Rio+20: Launching ground for corporate sustainability.'

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CBD Circulates Briefs on Biodiversity for Water, Cities and Slums [viewed]

CBDJune 2013: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has circulated two new briefs highlighting the importance of biodiversity for sustainable development and as a contribution to the discussions on the post-2015 development agenda. One focuses on water security, while the other addresses biodiversity for cities and slums.

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UN Names Next UNEP Deputy Executive Director [viewed]

z_ibrahim_thiaw2 August 2013: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Ibrahim Thiaw (Mauritania) as Deputy Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).

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Global Initiative Bridges Agriculture and Biodiversity Conservation [viewed]

Bioversity International23 July 2013: Following outcomes from the 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD or Rio+20), global leaders in agriculture and biodiversity joined together in July 2013 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to launch the Bridging Agriculture and Conservation Initiative.

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International Land Coalition Synthesizes Issues on Indigenous Peoples' Rights to Lands [viewed]

ILCJuly 2013: Building on the goal of securing equitable access to land and resources for the rural poor, the International Land Coalition has published a synthesis paper, titled 'Indigenous Peoples' Rights to Lands, Territories and Resources.'

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ICIMOD Partnership Promotes Herbal Medicine in Nepal [viewed]

ICIMOD25 July 2013: The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) has established a five-year partnership with Dabur Nepal in the Hindu Kush Himalaya region of Nepal to promote herbal medicine and aromatic plants.

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Event: World Forum on Natural Capital [viewed]

The first World Forum on Natural Capital will be dedicated to discussing how to turn the debate on natural capital accounting into action. It will build on the private sector interest shown at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD or Rio+20) held in Rio in June 2012 and the many developments that have since taken place. The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) is one of the key partners in the World Forum on Natural Capital.  

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European Land Assessment Documents Urban Expansion [viewed]

EEA10 July 2013: The European Environment Agency's (EEA) land cover change assessment outlines the encroachment of roads, buildings and artificial surfaces for residences, services and recreation into European farmland and natural areas, from 2000 to 2006.

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