Health

CBD Holds Final Consultations on State of Knowledge on Biodiversity and Human Health [viewed]

WHO CBDNovember 2014: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has conducted the final consultation for the publication, ‘Connecting Global Priorities: Biodiversity and Human Health: A State of Knowledge Review.' The consultation took place at the International Union for Conservation of Nature's (IUCN) World Parks Congress, which convened in Sydney, Australia, from 12-19 November 2014. The publication will be the culmination of a joint CBD and World Health Organization (WHO) work program on biodiversity and human health.

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IUCN World Parks Congress 2014 Concludes with 'The Promise of Sydney' [viewed]

IUCN WPC 201420 November 2014: The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Parks Congress (WPC) 2014 has concluded in Sydney, Australia, with the release of ‘The Promise of Sydney' outcome. The outcome sets out an agenda for the protection of the earth's natural assets over the next decade, and positions protected areas (PAs) as effective and efficient solutions to some of the world's key development challenges.

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World Parks Congress Showcases Efforts to Improve People's Health through Nature [viewed]

iucn.world.parks16 November 2014: Encouraging all people to access and enjoy national parks is one of many themes under discussion at the International Union for Conservation of Nature's (IUCN) World Parks Congress. Several organizations have showcased initiatives at the Congress, such as the Active in Parks program and the Trailrider, an innovative all-terrain wheelchair, which are encouraging and facilitating citizens to connect with and conserve parks and nature.

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IUCN Report: Sustainable Tourism Can Conserve Protected Areas [viewed]

IUCN14 November 2014: An International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) report says that increasing the number of visitors to protected areas can be an effective tool for conservation and community development, as long as well-functioning management systems are in place. The report, titled ‘Tourism and Visitor Management in Protected Areas: Guidelines for Sustainability,' was launched during the IUCN World Parks Congress in Sydney, Australia.

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Sixth IUCN World Parks Congress Opens [viewed]

logo_wpc201412 November 2014: The sixth International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Parks Congress (WPC) opened on 12 November, in Sydney, Australia, with a ceremony that transitioned the role of Congress host from South Africa to Australia. The eight-day event is expected to attract 5,000 participants from more than 160 countries, and culminate in the ‘Promise of Sydney Vision,' a document highlighting the importance of protected areas (PAs), listing promises made during the WPC, and proposing steps for its fulfillment.

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CGIAR Launches Ecosystem Services and Resilience Framework [viewed]

CGIAR11 November 2014: The CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE) has launched the Ecosystem Services and Resilience (ESR) Framework for using ecosystem service and resilience concepts to improve human well-being and food and livelihood security in agricultural landscapes.

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APEC Ministers Address Wildlife, Energy, Oceans and Disaster Management [viewed]

apec10 November 2014: The 26th Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Ministerial Meeting released a Joint Statement addressing the advancement of economic integration; promotion of innovative development, economic reform and growth; and strengthened comprehensive connectivity and infrastructure development, among other issues.

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Event: 14th Session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (PFII 14) [viewed]

The Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (PFII) will follow up on the outcome of the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples (WCIP) and discuss the post-2015 development agenda. The 14th session will include discussions on youth self-harm and suicide, indigenous issues in the Pacific region, and the possibility of an optional protocol to the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). Other issues to be addressed include implementation of UNDRIP, and the future work of the PFII.  

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Senior Arctic Officials Prepare for Arctic Council Ministerial Meeting [viewed]

Arctic Council23 October 2014: The Senior Arctic Officials (SAOs) and Heads of Delegation of Indigenous Permanent Participant organizations of the Arctic Council met to assess overall progress toward the priorities set under the Canadian Chairmanship. SAO Chair, Vincent Rigby, noted that the productive meeting would yield a "rich set of recommendations" for the Arctic Council Ministers to consider. Notably, SAOs approved a report outlining concrete recommendations for reducing woodstove black carbon emissions.

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Event: Arctic Council: Senior Arctic Officials Meeting [viewed]

The Senior Arctic Officials (SAOs) of the Arctic Council will discuss progress toward the Council's priority objectives under Canada's chairmanship and review the Council's ongoing work. The SAOs will hear reports on and discuss, inter alia: the Arctic Contaminants Action Programme (ACAP) on the reduction of black carbon emissions from residential wood combustion; the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP) on its assessments related to short-lived climate pollutants, human health, persistent organic pollutants, and radioactivity; the Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF); the Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment (PAME) group's work on revisions to the Arctic Marine Strategic Plan; the Sustainable Development Working Group (SDWG); and the Emergency Prevention, Preparedness and Response (EPPR) group.  

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