Capacity Building & Education

Nominations for MIDORI Prize Now Open [viewed]

midori7 March 2014: The Secretariat of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has announced that nominations for the MIDORI Prize for Biodiversity 2014 are now open. Established in 2012, the MIDORI Prize is an international prize honoring individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity. 

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ITPGR Report on Enhancing Implementation in Asia Released [viewed]

ITPGR7 March 2014: The Secretariat of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) has released the report of the first Asian meeting of the national focal points of the Treaty. The report, inter alia, outlines areas for cooperation among Asian countries to enhance ITPGR implementation.

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Event: World Environment Day 2014 [viewed]

The UN General Assembly declared 2014 as the International Year of Small Island Developing States (SIDS). World Environment Day (WED) 2014 will be celebrated under the theme of SIDS, with the goal of raising awareness of their unique development challenges and successes regarding a range of environmental problems, including climate change, waste management, unsustainable consumption, degradation of natural resources, and extreme natural disasters. UNEP is also soliciting votes for the 2014 WED slogan through 5 March 2014. The winning slogan will be used to call on the global WED community to take action for islands.  

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Partnership for Action on a Green Economy Holds Inaugural Meeting [viewed]

page-greeneconomy5 March 2014: The inaugural meeting of the UN-led Partnership for Action on a Green Economy (PAGE) explored national pathways and policies for the green economy, and provide guidance to governments on achieving a green economy transition. Over 30 ministers and high-level officials from more than two dozen countries met with UN officials, international experts, representatives from the business community and civil society.

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Event: IPBES Third Full MEP and Bureau Meeting [viewed]

The third full Multidisciplinary Expert Panel (MEP) and Bureau meeting of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) will be held with support from Germany. The objective of this meeting is to implement Decisions IPBES-2/1 to IPBES-2/9, as requested by the IPBES Plenary at its second session.  

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Event: World Water Day [viewed]

World Water Day 2014 takes place on March 22, with events in 2014 focusing on the theme of "Water and Energy". The events this year are coordinated by the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and UN University (UNU). Events celebrating World Water Day will take place across the globe, including in Sri Lanka, the US, the Philippines, Benin, Poland and Tunisia among many others, and are expected to engage stakeholders, government officials, non governmental organizations (NGOs), international organizations and youth on issues related to water and energy.  

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Bioversity International, IFAD Projects in Yemen and Brazil Publish Results on NUS [viewed]

Bioversity International3 March 2014: As part of a legacy of investment since 2001 by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and Bioversity International in supporting neglected and underutilized species (NUS), a set of publications in international journals has been released documenting results from NUS activities in Brazil and Yemen.

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First-ever World Wildlife Day Celebrated [viewed]

wildlifeday3 March 2014: World Wildlife Day was recognized by the UN as a day for the international community to celebrate wildlife, its relationship with people, and to find pathways for a sustainable future where people and wildlife can coexist harmoniously. The first-ever World Wildlife Day is being celebrated on 3 March 2014. 

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Event: Workshop on the Water-Food-Energy-Ecosystems Nexus Assessment in the Sava River Basin [viewed]

The Workshop on the Water-Food-Energy-Ecosystems Nexus Assessment in the Sava River Basin is expected to contribute to further integration of water policy, as well as dialogue with key stakeholders, both of which have been identified as key objectives in river basin management. The workshop aims to provide inputs to the Sava nexus assessment, as well as opportunities for stakeholders to contribute to developing the assessment's approach and scope, and influence the materials to be used. Sectoral authorities, the private sector and civil society will have the opportunity to discuss: needs and policy challenges related to intersectoral coordination and cooperation; and how the assessment could link to and provide information for decision making at various levels. The Sava River Basin was selected as one of the transboundary basins where the nexus assessment will be conducted, based on interest expressed by the International Sava River Basin Commission's (ISRBC) member countries. Participation in the assessment will benefit participating countries and actors through: increased resource-use efficiency and policy coherence; identification of opportunities for improving inter-sectoral coordination and transboundary cooperation; and increased capacity to address intersectoral impacts. The workshop is being organized by the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the ISRBC, while the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the Environment and Security Initiative are funding the nexus assessment.  

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UN Launches International Year of SIDS [viewed]

iy24 February 2014: At the global launch of the International Year of Small Island Developing States (SIDS), to be celebrated throughout 2014, Ronald Jumeau, Ambassador of Climate Change and SIDS, Seychelles, who served as Master of Ceremonies, noted that the occasion marks the first time the UN has dedicated an International Year to a particular category of countries.

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