Science, Assessment & Monitoring

GEF Launches Review of its Effectiveness [viewed]

GEF19 June 2012: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Evaluation Office has launched a book titled "The Journey to Rio: Gathering Evidence on Expectations for the GEF." Under the e-book format, the review evaluates to what extent the GEF has met the expectations expressed on the eve of the Earth Summit in 1992. 

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Rhino Documentary Premieres at Rio+20 [viewed]

CITES18 June 2012: The UN TV and the Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) launched a documentary titled “Rhino Under Threat” at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).

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World Day to Combat Desertification Celebrated at Rio+20 [viewed]

17 June 2012: The Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) is marking World Day to Combat Desertification, which is celebrated annually on 17 June, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, just a few days before the opening of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20). 

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UNCSD PrepCom III Side Events Highlight 20th Anniversary of Rio Earth Summit, Green Jobs [viewed]

15 June 2012: On the third day of the Third Meeting of the Preparatory Committee (PrepCom III) for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, over 30 side events took place, addressing topics such as green economy, sustainable transport and biodiversity.

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Food, Nutrition and Agriculture Meeting Highlights Solutions for Food Security and Sustainable Agriculture [viewed]

June 2012: The report of the High-Level Roundtable on Food and Nutrition Security and Sustainable Agriculture has been published, containing various recommendations for strengthening food security and implementation of sustainable agriculture, for consideration by the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).

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Rio Side Event Discusses Programme for HMNDP [viewed]

13 June 2012: The High-level Meeting on National Drought Policy (HMNDP), to be held in Geneva, Switzerland, in March 2013, was the topic of a side event held during the Third Meeting of the Preparatory Committee (PrepCom III) for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), on 13 June 2012.

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International Year of the Rhino Begins [viewed]

5 June 2012: With increasing concerns for the fate of the two rarest rhinoceros species, as well as increased illegal hunting of rhinos and demand for rhino horn affecting all five species, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono of Indonesia announced that 5 June 2012 will be the start of the International Year of the Rhino. 

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Event: High-level Meeting on National Drought Policy: Towards More Drought Resilient Societies [viewed]

The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), in collaboration with a number of UN agencies, international and regional organizations and key national agencies, are organizing the High-level Meeting on National Drought Policy (HMNDP) in Geneva, Switzerland, in March 2013. HMNDP will provide practical insight into useful, science-based actions to address the key drought issues being considered by governments and the private sector under the UNCCD and the various strategies to cope with drought. HMNDP will start with a half-day opening plenary, with a major keynote address, followed by three days of scientific segment, and a High Level segment for ministers.  

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Ramsar Releases Wetland Disease Manual [viewed]

11 June 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention) has released Ramsar Technical Report No. 7, titled "Ramsar Wetland Disease Manual: Guidelines for Assessment, Monitoring and Management of Animal Disease in Wetlands."

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UNESCO Holds Workshop on Impact of Glacier Retreat in Andes [viewed]

UNESCO30 May 2012: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) organized a regional workshop titled "The Impact of Glacier Retreat in the Andes: International Multidisciplinary Network for Adaptation Strategies" under the auspices of its International Hydrological Programme (IHP), and Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme.

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