Biodiversity for Development

High Seas Conference Concludes with Paris Appeal [viewed]

11 April 2013: The "High Seas, Our Future!" conference, which took place in Paris, France, concluded with the launch of the "Paris Appeal for the High Seas" stressing the importance of governance of the high seas, in the run up to negotiations on this topic in 2014.

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UNCCD 2nd Scientific Conference, CST S-3 Transmit Proceedings to CRIC 11 [viewed]

12 April 2013: In a keynote address by Tarja Halonen, former President of Finland and Chair of the High-level Panel on Global Sustainability, participants at the third Special Session of the Committee on Science and Technology (CST S-3) of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and the UNCCD 2nd Scientific Conference were reminded that sustainable land management (SLM) can be one of the most important tools for poverty eradication, and they were challenged to send a strong message that a land degradation neutral world is possible, with concrete targets and a monitoring system to follow progress.

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UNFF10 Multi-Stakeholder Dialogue Stresses Involvement and Participation [viewed]

10 April 2013: The tenth session of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF10) convened a multi-stakeholder dialogue that examined sustainable forest management (SFM), financing, the implementation of the non-legally binding instrument on all types of forests, and the achievement of the four global objectives on forests.

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Event: Second Global Soil Week 2013 [viewed]

This event, which will convene under the theme 'Losing Ground?' is organized by the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) in Potsdam, Germany. It will consider what “losing ground” implies for food, water and energy security. It will bring together practitioners, policy makers, scientists and representatives from civil society organizations to share knowledge and experience on soil and land related issues and to make plans to advance the global agenda for sustainable development. The event will emphasize three foci: Understand soils in the nexus; Manage the nexus; and Create sustainable pathways to societal change. In addition, there will be four thematic threads: Material Cycles; Sustainable Land Management and Soil Engineering; International Soil Policy and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); and Responsible Land Governance.  

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CBD Circulates Newsletter on Biodiversity for Development [viewed]

CBDMarch 2013: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has published a newsletter on 'Biodiversity for Sustainable Development,' highlighting biodiversity's contribution to the development agenda, relevant targets of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity, as well as relevant activities of the CBD Secretariat.

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HLCP Chair Calls for Nominations to Oceans Compact [viewed]

2 April 2013: The Chair of the High Level Committee on Programmes (HLCP), UN System Chief Executives Board for Coordination (CEB), Achim Steiner, on behalf of the UN Secretary-General, has invited UN Member States and Specialized Agencies to submit names for possible nomination to the Ocean Compact Advisory Group (OCAG), and specified selection criteria. The call is open until 15 April 2013.

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UN Secretary-General Calls for Environmental Protection [viewed]

3 April 2013: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addressed sustainable development, climate change and protection of the marine environment in remarks in Monaco, on 3 April 2013, on the occasion of the principality's 20th anniversary of UN membership.

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World Water Day Celebrates Water Cooperation [viewed]

22 March 2013: This year's edition of World Water Day, celebrated on 22 March, was organized around the theme of water cooperation and within the framework of the International Year of Water Cooperation. The Day's celebrations were coordinated by UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), in collaboration with the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), for UN-Water.

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Event: First Meeting of the Sixth Replenishment of GEF Resources (GEF-6) [viewed]

The First Meeting of the Sixth Replenishment of GEF Resources (GEF-6) is scheduled to take place at the World Bank European Office, in Paris, France, from 3-4 April 2013.  

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IDB 2012 Sustainability Report Highlights Climate Change, Water Lending [viewed]

IDB13 March 2013: The eighth edition of the Inter-American Development Bank's (IDB) Sustainability Report indicates that, during the fiscal year 2012, the Bank surpassed its 2015 target of committing over one-fourth of its lending to projects dealing with climate change, sustainable energy and environmental sustainability.

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