Biodiversity for Development

43rd Pacific Islands Forum Develops Leaders Communique [viewed]

PIFS30 August 2012: The 43rd Pacific Islands Forum convened in Rarotonga, the Cook Islands, from 28-30 August 2012, under the theme of “Large Oceans Island States – the Pacific Challenge.” Issues discussed at the meeting included the outcomes of the recent UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), the Oceanscape initiative, climate change, and radioactive contaminants in the Marshall Islands. The 43rd PIF Communique includes the key commitments of Pacific Leaders.

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Film Highlights Biodiversity Loss, Economic and Health Consequences of Water Pollution [viewed]

UNESCO23 August 2012: A film released by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the Republic of Korea's Ministry of Environment emphasizes the importance of clean water, noting that degradation of water quality threatens human lives by spreading waterborne diseases and causing radical declines in freshwater biodiversity, due to water pollution.

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World Water Week 2012 Opens with Focus on Water and Food Security [viewed]

26 August 2012: World Water Week 2012 is underway in Stockholm, Sweden, with a focus on the theme "Water and Food Security." The programme aims to engage participants on challenges posed by increased competition for water resources, driven in part by population growth and climate change, and its effects on agriculture and food security. World Water Week is organized annually by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI).

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Second Forum of the Outermost Regions Discusses Sustainable Growth [viewed]

EUJuly 2012: The 2nd Forum of the Outermost Regions: Working Together Towards Europe 2020 addressed partnerships to achieve smart, sustainable and inclusive growth, governance for new development strategies, the seas and "blue growth," and agriculture and rural development in overseas regions.

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Ramsar STRP Newsletter Features COP 11 [viewed]

9 August 2012: The latest edition of the Newsletter of the Scientific and Technical Review Panel (STRP) of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat (Ramsar Convention) focuses on the 11th Meeting of the Conference of Contracting Parties (COP 11), which took place from 6-13 July 2012, in Bucharest, Romania, under the theme “Wetlands: Home and Destination.” 

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UN Marks International Day of World's Indigenous Peoples [viewed]

9 August 2012: UN agencies addressed the theme “Indigenous Media, Empowering Indigenous Voices” at an event marking the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples on 9 August 2012, at UN Headquarters in New York, US.

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Event: Global Soil Week: Soils for Life [viewed]

The First Global Soil Week will provide a platform to initiate follow-up actions on land and soil-related decisions made at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) and will take place in the framework of the FAO's Global Soil Partnership. This event will provide a forum of interactive exchange and dialogue among stakeholders from science, government, business and civil society. The event is organized through a collaboration between the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies' (IASS') Global Soil Forum and the European Commission (EC), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the German Federal Environmental Agency (UBA), the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).  

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FAO and Bioversity International Release Book Calling for Sustainable Diets and Food Biodiversity [viewed]

8 August 2012: A new book, titled "Sustainable Diets and Biodiversity: Directions and Solutions for Policy, Research and Action," urges action to promote sustainable diets and food biodiversity for the health of humans and the Earth. The book contains the proceedings of the International Scientific Symposium titled "Biodiversity and Sustainable Diets United Against Hunger," which convened in November 2010.

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Event: Meeting of Nairobi Convention National Focal Points [viewed]

In partnership with the Government of Mozambique, the Nairobi Convention is organizing this meeting to discuss the implementation of the Nairobi Convention's Work Programme and preparations for the Seventh Conference of Parties (COP7) to the Nairobi Convention, scheduled to be held in December 2012. The Nairobi Convention area includes: Comoros, France, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, Seychelles, Somalia, Tanzania and South Africa.  

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UNDP Highlights Indigenous Peoples' Participation in Sustainable Development through Media Access [viewed]

UNDP26 July 2012: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) Asia-Pacific Regional Centre (APRC) has released a report highlighting the importance of indigenous peoples' voice and participation in the governance of sustainable development.

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