Economics, Trade & Investment

CITES Report Finds Increased Elephant Poaching, Ivory Seizures [viewed]

CITES21 June 2012: A report from the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) highlights that elephant poaching is at record levels in a decade, as are ivory seizures since 1989. The report stresses the need to implement the African Elephant Action Plan.

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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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Rio Conventions Pavilion Convenes for City Day [viewed]

22 June 2012: The Rio Conventions Pavilion at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) convened for City Day, on 22 June 2012. The event included three panel events on: local leadership driving global change; cities spurring change - tools and techniques for integrated urban planning; and a sustainable future for our children - the FRUSATO movement. A closing session addressed lessons learned and next steps following Rio+20.

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High-Level Round Table on ITPGR Convenes in Rio [viewed]

21 June 2012: The Second High-Level Round Table on the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) took place at the Rio Centro, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on 21 June 2012, during the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20). The event was co-organized by Brazil and Italy, under the patronship of the High-level Task Force of the Benefit-sharing Fund of the ITPGR.

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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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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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Multilateral Development Banks Commit to the Rio+20 Agenda for Inclusive Green Growth [viewed]

19 June 2012: On the sidelines of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) six of the world's major multilateral development banks (MDBs) released a joint statement, which indicates their commitment to work together to support global transformation in line with the Rio+20 agreements.

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UNCTAD Congress Takes Stock of Achievements of BioTrade [viewed]

UNCTAD18 June 2012: The first Global BioTrade Congress, organized by the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), discussed the achievements and lessons learned of the BioTrade initiative, which aims at supporting biodiversity objectives while providing a source of income for local development.

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UNESCO-IOC Releases Proposals for Sustainable Ocean Management [viewed]

UNESCO20 June 2012: The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO-IOC) has released a report titled "Healthy Ocean, Healthy People" outlining initiatives, programmes and proposals to support sustainable ocean management.

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