Climate Change

UN Secretary-General Circulates Note on Implementation of Rio Conventions [viewed]

10 August 2011: In preparation of the 66th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), the UN Secretary-General has circulated a background note on the implementation of UN environmental conventions, including the reports submitted by the Secretariats of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).

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CGIAR Names Director for New Programme on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry [viewed]

8 August 2011: The Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) has named Rober Nasi as the Director of the CGIAR Research Program No. 6: Forests, Trees and Agroforestry: Livelihoods, Landscapes and Governance.

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Event: Enhancing the Legality of the International Timber Trade: Creating enabling environments and opportunities for the private sector and other stakeholders [viewed]

This country-led initiative (CLI) in support of the UN Forum on Forests is expected to convene in January 2012.  

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Extreme Weather Events Threaten Forests, According to FAO Report [viewed]

9 August 2011: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) released a report titled "Abiotic Disturbances and their Influence on Forest Health," which highlights the increasing threat posed to the world's forests by extreme weather events.

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Report of 11th Meeting of Rio Conventions Joint Liaison Group Released [viewed]

2 August 2011: The Joint Liaison Group (JLG) of the three Rio Conventions - the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), and UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) - held its 11th meeting, and agreed that terms of reference should be developed to outline the overarching principles of the JLG's operation and further define its modus operandi. The report of the meeting is now available.

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UNCCD Collecting Views on How to Organize Scientific Advice [viewed]

UNCCDAugust 2011: The Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) is conducting an e-survey assessment on how to organize international, interdisciplinary scientific advice.

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UNFF Launches Newsletter on Regional Forest Activities [viewed]

10 August 2011: The UN Forum on Forests Secretariat has launched the first issue of its newsletter "Regional Voices," reporting on several regional activities related to sustainable forest management.

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Event: CBD Sub-Regional Workshop for South and East Africa on Capacity Building for Implementation of the CBD Programme of Work on Protected Areas [viewed]

The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Sub-Regional Workshop for South and East Africa on Capacity Building for Implementation of the CBD Programme of Work on Protected Areas aims to build capacity to: create a national action plan for implementation of the CBD programme of work on protected areas; access funding based on these action plans; and strengthen implementation of the programme of work on the themes of governance, climate change, sustainable financing, and valuation of the costs and benefits of protected areas, with a focus on marine protected areas where applicable.  

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Event: CBD Workshop for Central, South and East Africa on Capacity Building for Protected Areas [viewed]

The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Workshop for Central Africa on Capacity Building for Implementation of the CBD Programme of Work on Protected Areas aims to build capacity to: create a national action plan for implementation of the CBD programme of work on protected areas; access funding based on these action plans; and strengthen implementation of the programme of work on the themes of governance, climate change, sustainable financing, and valuation of the costs and benefits of protected areas, with a focus on marine protected areas where applicable.  

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Event: CBD Expert Meeting on Impacts of Ocean Acidification on Marine and Coastal Biodiversity [viewed]

The CBD Expert Meeting to Develop a Series of Joint Expert Review Processes to Monitor and Assess the Impacts of Ocean Acidification on Marine and Coastal Biodiversity aims to: identify gaps and barriers in existing monitoring and scientific assessment of those impacts, in terms of their linkages to relevant global policy processes; develop options for addressing identified gaps and barriers, including a proposal for the development of a series of joint expert review processes; and identify necessary collaboration activities to implement possible options for addressing identified gaps and barriers.  

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