Biodiversity for Development

Event: 20th Session of the Commission on Sustainable Development [viewed]

UN Member States decided in March 2013 to organize the 20th and final session of the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD 20) back-to-back with an inaugural meeting of the High Level Political Forum (HLPF).  

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CEE Releases Outcome Document on Education for Biodiversity [viewed]

November 2012: The Centre for Environment Education (CEE) has released an Outcome Document on Education and Biodiversity Conservation, which was adopted at the International Conference on Biodiversity Conservation and Education for Sustainable Development (ESD). The Document outlines recommendations on an ESD strategic plan of action within the context of biodiversity conservation and sustainability.

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International Conference Discusses Ways to Operationalize Zero-Net Land Degradation [viewed]

15 November 2012: The fourth international conference on Drylands, Deserts and Desertification (DDD) gathered over 350 participants at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Sede Boqer Campus, Israel, to define ways to operationalize the outcomes from the UN Conference for Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) for dylands and desertification.

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EC Launches Blueprint to Safeguard Europe's Waters [viewed]

15 November 2012: The European Commission has released "A Blueprint to Safeguard Europe's Water Resources,” designed to improve responses to water quality challenges. The Blueprint aims in particular to address lagging achievement towards the Water Framework Directive (WFD) target for reaching “good” ecological status in European waters by 2015.

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Tributes Extended for Angela Cropper [viewed]

13 November 2012: Angela Cropper, former Deputy Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), passed away on 12 November 2012. Throughout Cropper's international career, she also served as the first Executive Secretary to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), and as Senior Adviser on Environment and Development at the UN Development Programme (UNDP) Bureau for Development Policy.

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IOC Executive Director Discusses Rio+20, EBSAs at MarCuba [viewed]

5 November 2012: Wendy Watson-Wright, Executive Secretary, UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC), discussed key issues in marine and coastal sciences within the context of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) during a keynote speech at the IX Marine Science Congress (MarCuba 2012) in Havana, Cuba. 

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UNGA Debates Agricultural Development, Food Security [viewed]

5 November 2012: In meetings of the UN General Assembly's (UNGA) Second Committee, Member States called for increased efforts to address agriculture and food security in the international development agenda, stressing that climate change exacerbates food security concerns.

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FAO Report Describes Role of Women in Conserving Livestock Diversity [viewed]

FAO5 November 2012: A new report by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) finds that two-thirds of the poor individuals raising livestock are women, and that they play an important role in maintaining indigenous breeds. 

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Brazil Joins GBIF as Associate Participant [viewed]

30 October 2012: The Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) annnounced that Brazil has joined GBIF. 

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UNDP Launches 2012-2020 Global Framework on Biodiversity for Sustainable Development [viewed]

UNDP18 October 2012: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has launched a global strategy to protect biodiversity and manage ecosystems. The 2012-2020 framework represents a shift in focus to recognizing the opportunities provided by biodiversity and ecosystems as a catalyst for sustainable development, while also recognizing the value of biodiversity and ecosystems to society and promoting innovation.

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