Biodiversity for Development

UNCTAD's "Road to Rio" Highlights Innovative Approaches to Conservation [viewed]

June 2012: The third issue of "The Road to Rio+20: For a Development-led Economy" published by the UN Conference on Trade and Environment (UNCTAD) contains two articles on experiences with innovative approaches to biodiversity conservation in Latin America: the Yasuni-ITT Initiative in Ecuador; and the Mesoamerican Corridor in Mexico.

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Event: ICIMOD Mountain Knowledge Solutions for Sustainable Green Economy Through an Improved Water, Food, Energy, and Environment Nexus [viewed]

This side event to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) aims to contribute to the "The Future We Want" outcome document by highlighting the need to better manage mountain natural resources as global public goods supplying water for life, food for health, and clean energy for livelihoods. The event will focus on sharing research-based knowledge on such topics as conservation of freshwater resources and critical biodiversity, maintenance of gene pools, and protection of forest, wetland and rangeland ecosystems. Particular attention will be given to strategies and action proposals for enhancing people's livelihoods and well-being.  

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Event: Second Forum on EU Outermost Regions [viewed]

The EU will hold a forum to address major development issues in the EU Outermost Regions (Guadeloupe, French Guiana, Martinique, Réunion, Saint Martin, the Azores, Madeira and the Canary Islands) in light of the Europe 2020 Strategy to promote smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. Issues to be addressed include: oceans; agriculture modernization; environmental challenges; social challenges; and jobs, innovation and business competitiveness.  

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WHO, Rio Conventions Publish Report on Health and Biodiversity, Climate Change and Desertification [viewed]

WHOJune 2012: The World Health Organization (WHO) has published a discussion paper on the linkages between health and biodiversity, climate change and desertification, the representation of health in the three Rio Conventions, and the opportunities for more integrated and effective policy.

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Oceans Day Celebrates 30th Anniversary of UNCLOS [viewed]

8 June 2012: World Oceans Day, celebrated on 8 June 2012, featured a panel discussion to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the opening for signature of the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). The Day aims to raise global awareness of the current challenges faced by the international community in connection with oceans.

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UN Champions of the Earth Announced [viewed]

UNEP4 June 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has announced the six winners of this year's UN Champions of the Earth prize, which recognizes visionaries and leaders in the fields of policy, science, entrepreneurship and civil society action.

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UN Secretary-General Announces New Heads of DPI, DESA [viewed]

31 May 2012: At the daily press briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, it was announced that he has made three high-level appointments, for the positions of Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, and Assistant Secretary-General in the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA).

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UNEP Releases GEO-5 Results [viewed]

UNEP6 June 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released the findings of the fifth edition of the Global Environmental Outlook (GEO-5) on the eve of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20). GEO-5 assessed 90 environmental goals and objectives, and found that significant progress has been made in only four.

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World Environment Day Celebrations Focus on Green Economy [viewed]

5 June 2012: Millions of people celebrated World Environment Day (WED) around the theme, “Green Economy: Does it Include You?” highlighting the central role of communities in the transition to a low-carbon, resource-efficient and socially inclusive green economy. The estimated 9,000 WED activities held worldwide included tree planting and the official launch of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) in Brazil.

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EEA "Signals 2012" Focuses on Consumption and Production Patterns [viewed]

EEA5 June 2012: The European Environment Agency (EEA) has released the 2012 edition of its "Signals" report, titled "Building the Future we Want," which focuses on the impacts of consumption and production patterns, and ways to reduce their impact on the environment. 

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