Islands

UNESCO Reports on Sandwatch Training in Indonesia [viewed]

26 December 2012: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has reported that its Jakarta office and the FOCIL Foundation organized a training of trainers for teachers and students from Wangi-wangi island, Southeast Sulawesi, Indonesia, to kick-start the implementation of Sandwatch activities on the island. 

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UNGA Adopts Ecotourism Resolution [viewed]

21 December 2012: The UN General Assembly has adopted a resolution on “Promotion of ecotourism for poverty eradication and environment protection." By the text (A/67/441), adopted on 21 December 2012, the Assembly calls for optimizing ecotourism's benefits particularly in African countries, the least developed countries (LDCs) and small island developing States (SIDS).

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Fiji Workshop Identifies Climate Change Adaptation Priorities for Fisheries and Aquaculture [viewed]

SPC14 December 2012: The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) has reported on the outcomes of a workshop on priority adaptation measures to climate change for fisheries and aquaculture in Fiji, including the identification of inshore fish aggregating devices (FADs) as a key “win-win” adaptation to meet increased demand for fish in areas with degraded coral reefs.

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UNGA Stresses Sustainable Fisheries' Contribution to Sustainable Development [viewed]

11 December 2012: The UN General Assembly (UNGA) has adopted a resolution on sustainable fisheries that recognizes the contribution of fisheries to sustainable development (document A/67/L.22). The resolution also reflects the call made at Rio+20 for the adoption, by 2014, of strategies to assist developing countries, particularly the least developed countries (LDCs) and small island developing States (SIDS), in developing their national capacity to conserve, sustainably manage and realize the benefits of sustainable fisheries.

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Event: Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States [viewed]

The Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) is scheduled to convene from 1-4 September 2014, in Samoa. This UN conference will include a high-level segment to build upon the Barbados Programme of Action (BPOA) and the Mauritius Strategy for Implementation (MSI), and will identify new challenges for the sustainable development of SIDS. According to UN General Assembly resolution A/67/L.66, "The General Assembly, recalling its resolution 67/207 of 21 December 2012, in which it welcomed the offer of the Government of the Independent State of Samoa to host the third International Conference on Small Island Developing States in 2014, decides that the third International Conference on Small Island Developing States shall be held from 1 to 4 September 2014 in Apia, to be preceded by activities related to the Conference from 28 to 30 August 2014, also in Apia". In addition, a Partnerships Forum will take place on 30-31 August.  

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CBD Secretariat Releases Report of COP 11 [viewed]

CBD5 December 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has made available the final report of the 11th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 11) to the CBD.

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GLISPA Spotlight Features "Island Bright Spots" and "Island Life" Events [viewed]

GLIPSA10 December 2012: The latest issue of the Global Island Partnership's (GLISPA) "Event Spotlight" features two events that took place on 16 October 2012 in Hyderabad, India, on the sidelines of the 11th meeting of the Conference of Parties (COP 11) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). The events are: “Island Bright Spots: Exchanging Innovations and Successes;” and "Island Life: Celebrating Leadership and Commitment to Action."

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GEF CEO Launches Forum on Innovation and Partnership [viewed]

6 December 2012: Naoko Ishii, CEO and Chairperson of the Global Environmental Fund (GEF), announced launch of the Forum on Innovation and Partnership on the sidelines of the 18th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 18) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The initiative aims to foster "thought provoking" discussion on creative innovation and technology transfer.

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UNGA Second Committee Approves Resolution on Caribbean Sea [viewed]

28 November 2012: The UN General Assembly's (UNGA) Second Committee (Economic and Financial) has approved draft resolution A/C.2/67/L.41 on “Towards the sustainable development of the Caribbean Sea for present and future generations.” The resolution falls under the agenda item on follow-up to and implementation to the Mauritius Strategy for the Further Implementation (MSI) of the Programme of Action for the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States (SIDS).

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Micronesia Challenge Spotlights Work During 2012 [viewed]

3 December 2012: The December 2012 issue of the Micronesia Challenge Newsletter, published by the Micronesia Challenge Secretariat, provides a round-up of the key developments in each of the 11 prior monthly issues of the newsletter.

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