Biodiversity for Development

Event: IDB Climate Change and Sustainability Day [viewed]

The Inter-American Development Bank is organizing an event on Climate Change and Sustainability on the sidelines of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20). The event is open to the private and public sectors as well as civil society. Discussions will address, among other topics: mitigation and adaptation to climate change, resilient low carbon development, biodiversity, sustainable energy and the challenges of a local level sustainability agenda.  

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CIFOR Report Examines Gender, Tenure and Sustainable Forest Management in Uganda [viewed]

April 2012: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) has released a report documenting how women have been able to participate in community forest decision making in Uganda in the context of a series of national efforts toward the devolution of forest rights.

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NRF Calls for Papers on CSD 20 and CSD 21 Themes [viewed]

17 April 2012: Natural Resources Forum, a UN Sustainable Development Journal (NRF), has called for papers for a publication focused on the themes that were selected for the 20th and 21st sessions of the Commission on Sustainable Development's (CSD).

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Event: World Bank and IMF Spring Meetings [viewed]

The World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF) Spring meetings gather Governors of the Bank and IMF to provide guidance to the management of the Bretton Woods institutions.  

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UNFF 10 Bureau Calls for Views on Forest Finance and Post-2015 Agenda [viewed]

April 2012: The Bureau of the tenth session of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF 10), meeting on 28 March 2012 in New York, made a number of decisions in preparation for UNFF 10, to be held in 2013 in Turkey.

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Event: Forests: The 8th Roundtable at Rio+20 [viewed]

This Roundtable is coordinated by the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), in the lead up to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20). It is based on the recognition that forests have been largely excluded from most of the key discussions in the preparations for Rio+20, despite making important contributions toward solving many sustainable development challenges. The event aims to ensure that forests remain high on the agenda in 2012. Participants will discuss new research findings, remaining knowledge gaps and the policy implications for integrating forests into the solutions to several key challenges to progress toward a green economy, namely: energy, water, climate, food and income. CIFOR is a member of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR).  

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OAS Sponsors Dialogues on Sustainable Development Governance [viewed]

OASApril 2012: The Organization of American States (OAS) has sponsored a series of thematic "hemispheric dialogues," intended to generate recommendations on institutions and governance for sustainable development to submit to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) and the World Congress on Justice, Governance and Law for Environmental Sustainability, both taking place in June 2012.

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UNGA Debates Incorporating DRR into Rio+20 Outcomes [viewed]

12 April 2012: The President of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, recently held a thematic debate on disaster risk reduction (DRR) focused on: addressing urban risk through public investment; and increasing resilience to disasters through climate adaptation and risk reduction. Participants also attended a side-event on comprehensive action to sustainably reduce vulnerabilities.

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Shortlist for 2014 European Green Capital Award Released [viewed]

12 April 2012: The European Commission has announced that out of 18 applicants for the 2014 European Green Capital award, Bristol, Copenhagen and Frankfurt have been named as finalists. The award is presented annually to a city that represents “the vanguard of environmentally friendly urban living,” with cities being judged, inter alia, on: climate change contributions; transport; sustainable land use; nature and biodiversity; air quality; water production and management; water consumption and treatment; sustainable employment; and energy performance.

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CBD Secretariat Outlines Planned Activities at UNCSD [viewed]

CBD5 April 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has circulated a notification outlining its contribution to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), including the Rio Conventions Pavilion, briefings on the Nagoya Protocol on access and benefit-sharing (ABS) as an instrument for sustainable development, and the message to be prepared by the CBD Working Group on Review of Implementation (WGRI) on the role of biodiversity for sustainable development.

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