Biodiversity for Development

COFI 31 Endorses Guidelines on Small-Scale Fishers [viewed]

FAO13 June 2014: The 31st session of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) Committee on Fisheries (COFI 31) endorsed the Voluntary Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-scale Fisheries in the Context of Food Security and Poverty Eradication, the first international instrument focused entirely on small-scale fisheries.

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Event: UNCCD 3rd Scientific Conference [viewed]

The UNCCD 3rd Scientific Conference will take place from 9-12 March 2015, in Mexico, and will address the theme "Combating desertification, land degradation and drought for poverty reduction and sustainable development – the contribution of science, technology, traditional knowledge and practices”. It will be held during the fourth special session of the Committee on Science and Technology (CST S-4) of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD). The Scientific Conference aims harness a wide range of scientific, local and traditional knowledge to achieve poverty reduction and sustainable development in areas susceptible to desertification, land degradation and drought. The Conference is being organized by the UNCCD Secretariat and the Scientific and Traditional Knowledge for Sustainable Development (STK4SD) Consortium.  

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Event: 2016 IUCN World Conservation Congress [viewed]

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Congress meets every four years to bring together leaders from government, the public sector, non-governmental organizations, business, UN agencies and indigenous and grass-roots organizations to discuss and decide on solutions to environment and development challenges worldwide. The event will hold a public forum consisting of debates, workshops, dialogues, round-table discussions, training courses, music and exhibitions, as well as a Members\' Assembly that will deliberate on IUCN resolutions and recommendations regarding key conservation issues.  

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UNGA Elects Sam Kutesa of Uganda as 69th UNGA President [viewed]

UNGA11 June 2014: The UN General Assembly elected Sam Kahamba Kutesa of Uganda as President of its 69th session. Remarking on his election, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and current UNGA President John Ashe underscored the 69th session as a critical time for the UN in elaborating the post-2015 development agenda.

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UNEP and Haiti Partner to Preserve Rare, Primary Forest [viewed]

UNEP7 June 2014: On the occasion of World Environment Day, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Government of Haiti announced a project to strengthen the protection of forests within Macaya National Park. The park encompasses some of the last primary forest remaining in Haiti and contains the highest number of endemic amphibian species in the world.

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Equator Prize Winners Announced [viewed]

equatorinitiative9 June 2014: The UN-led Equator Initiative has announced the recipients of its Equator Prize, which recognizes “local sustainable development solutions for people, nature and resilient communities.” Winners from around the world are using community-based, grassroots action to tackle climate change, environment and poverty.

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Event: Equator Prize Award Ceremony [viewed]

The Equator Prize Initiative will present awards to the 2014 Prize winners at a high-level ceremony at Lincoln Center in New York, US, on 22 September 2014, as a kick-off to the UN Secretary-General's Climate Summit. The Prize is awarded biannually to recognize and advance local sustainable development solutions for people, nature and resilient communities. The event will be hosted by the UN Development Programme (UNDP).  

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World Bank Supports Natural Capital Accounting in the Philippines [viewed]

waves28 May 2014: The World Bank has approved a $700,615 grant to support the development and institutionalization of natural capital accounting (NCA) in the Philippines. The Philippine Wealth Accounting and Valuation of Ecosystems (Phil-WAVES) project will build capacity and generate data and indicators for the sustainable management of minerals and mangroves, and promote the integration of sustainable development principles in the country's policies and programs.

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WED 2014 Spotlights SIDS [viewed]

worlddayunep5 June 2014: This year's World Environment Day (WED), hosted by Barbados and celebrated under the banner ‘Raise your Voice, Not the Sea Level', focused on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and the risks and opportunities they face, particularly with respect to climate change. The Day lent an additional focus to the 2014 International Year of SIDS, as well as the Third International Conference on the Small Island Developing States, which will convene in Samoa from 1-4 September 2014. 

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Bioversity International's 10-Year Strategy 2014-2024 Released [viewed]

Bioversity InternationalJune 2014: Bioversity International has released its '10-Year Strategy' for 2014-2024, which aims to enable the organization's response to emerging challenges and trends and aligns its work with recent developments on the global agenda, such as outcomes from the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD or Rio+20) and the incipient Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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