Capacity Building & Education

UK Designates 169th Ramsar Site [viewed]

15 March 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention) has announced that the Government of the UK has designated the Upper Nene Valley Gravel Pits, in Northamptonshire in England, as its 169th Wetland of International Importance.

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UNCCD Global Mechanism Launches Finance Info Kit [viewed]

15 March 2012: The Global Mechanism of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has launched a Finance Info Kit, which seeks to deliver up-to-date information about financing sources, mechanisms and funds relevant for sustainable land management (SLM) and tips on how to access them.

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UNESCO, Multi One Attitude Foundation to Raise Awareness of Water and Ocean Issues [viewed]

UNESCO14 March 2012: The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) and International Hydrological Programme (IHP) of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the Multi One Attitude Foundation have announced that the trimaran RACE FOR WATER will participate in races around the world, to raise awareness of the importance of preserving the ocean and freshwater resources.

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UNESCO IOC Highlights Ocean Issues Ahead of Rio+20 [viewed]

UNESCO14 March 2012: The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and Kriton Arsenis, Member of the European Parliament (MEP), held an information session at the European Parliament to raise awareness on current ocean-related issues in the lead up to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).

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Event: International Virtual Congress on Green Economy and Socio-productive Inclusion: The Role of Family Agriculture [viewed]

Brazil's Ministry of Agricultural Development, with support from the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), will hold a "virtual congress" aimed at providing a platform for civil society and the general public to discuss sustainable development issues related to family agriculture with experts, researchers and public sector managers. The discussions will be synthesized into a special report that will be presented to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20). The virtual conference will feature two broad conferences on the themes of "green economy" and "socio-productive inclusion," while specialized forums will be provided on three thematic axes: rural sustainable development (including poverty and the role of women); natural resources and food sovereignty (including water and land management, desertification and climate change); and sustainable consumption and production.  

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GEF SGP Highlights Biodiversity Projects in Uruguay [viewed]

12 March 2012: The Global Environment Facility Small Grants Programme (GEF SGP), implemented by the UN Development Programme (UNDP), has highlighted the results of two projects in Uruguay. One promoted organic farming of native species and the other addressed land planning in protected area buffer zones.

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UPU Letter-writing Competition Winners Announced at Year of Forests Ceremony [viewed]

9 February 2012: The winners of the Universal Postal Union's (UPU) International letter-writing competition for 2011 were presented with their awards during the closing ceremony of the International Year of Forests 2011, held at UN Headquarters in New York, US.

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World Bank Supports Green Growth Project in Brazilian State of Piaui [viewed]

World Bank6 March 2012: The World Bank has approved a US$350 million loan to promote sustainable agriculture, education and social inclusion in Piauí, one of Brazil's poorest states.

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UNCCD Launches Redesigned Website [viewed]

2 March 2012: The Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has launched a redesigned website.

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SPC Announces Plant Health Clinics Pilot Project [viewed]

5 March 2012: The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) has announced that a pilot plant health clinic will be tested in Solomon Islands, and if successful, scaled up to include other Pacific Island countries.

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