Biodiversity for Development

UNEP, EU Committee of the Regions Sign MoU on Sustainable Cities [viewed]

UNEP22 June 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) announced it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the EU's Committee of the Regions (CoR). The MoU seeks to strengthen the role of local and regional authorities within the policy decision-making process, and emphasizes the importance of placing sustainable cities at the heart of the global strategy on sustainable development.

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Rio+20 Adopts "The Future We Want" Outcome Document, Voluntary Pledges Reported to Reach US$513 Billion [viewed]

22 June 2012: The third and final meeting of the Preparatory Committee for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), Pre-Conference Informal Consultations Facilitated by the Host Country, and the UNCSD convened back-to-back in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from 13-22 June 2012. During their ten days in Rio, government delegations concluded negotiations on the Rio outcome document, titled “The Future We Want.”

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World Summit of Legislators Scrutinizes Sustainable Development Efforts [viewed]

globe-international17 June 2012: The First World Summit of Legislators (WSL) convened on the sidelines of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), beginning an international process towards monitoring governments' delivery of commitments to the sustainable development agenda.

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Rio Pavilion Celebrates 20th Anniversary of the Rio Conventions [viewed]

21 June 2012: The Rio Conventions Pavilion celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Rio Conventions at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), with events on 21 June 2012. Four panel sessions addressed: the launch of the pilot partnership on national implementation of synergies among the Rio Conventions; the launch of Mozambique's Green Economy Roadmap; the importance of the three Rio Conventions for poverty eradication; and integration of environment within the development framework by the UN system.

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GEF Book Outlines 20 Years of "Greening" the World's Economies [viewed]

GEF20 June 2012: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has launched a publication titled “From Rio to Rio: A 20-year Journey to Green the World's Economies,” which consists of an analysis of 20 select projects that illustrate the key lessons emerging from the 20 years of work by the GEF. The publication was launched at a side event held during the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).

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UNEP Launches Global Marine Litter Partnership [viewed]

UNEP19 June 2012: In an effort to tackle the damage caused by marine litter on the environment, livelihoods and human health, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) launched the Global Partnership on Marine Litter on the sidelines of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).   

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UNDP Report Highlights Risks from Climate Change on LMEs [viewed]

UNDP19 June 2012: On occasion of Oceans Day at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), the UN Development Programme (UNDP) released a publication on the risks posed by climate change on Large Marine Ecosystems (LMEs).

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GEF Launches Review of its Effectiveness [viewed]

GEF19 June 2012: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Evaluation Office has launched a book titled "The Journey to Rio: Gathering Evidence on Expectations for the GEF." Under the e-book format, the review evaluates to what extent the GEF has met the expectations expressed on the eve of the Earth Summit in 1992. 

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Rio Pavilion Hosts Financing Sustainable Development Day [viewed]

19 June 2012: On its seventh day, the Rio Conventions Pavilion at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) convened for Financing Sustainable Development Day. The event consisted of two sessions on natural capital solutions, namely: protected areas meeting global environmental challenges; and natural capital in Africa, Asia and Latin America - partnerships, policies and investments.

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FAO's State of the World's Forests 2012 Highlights Forests' Contribution to Development Goals [viewed]

FAO19 June 2012: The State of the World's Forests 2012 (SOFO 2012), published by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), argues that forests should be placed at the heart of a green economy. The report was launched at a side event organized by FAO, and its partners, Brazilian Pulp and Paper Association (Bracelpa) and the International Council of Forest and Paper Associations (ICFPA), held during the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).

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