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UNODC and CITES Call for Action on Wildlife Crime [viewed]

CITES UNODC23 April 2013: At the meeting of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CCPCJ) in Vienna, Yury Fedotov, Executive Director, UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), and John Scanlon, Secretary-General, Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), called on the international community to strengthen its response to wildlife crime through legislation, law enforcement, criminal analysis and international cooperation.

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UNFF10 Adopts Resolution on Emerging Issues, MoI and the Forum Trust Fund [viewed]

iisdrs_coverage_unff1020 April 2013: The tenth session of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF10), which met from 8-19 April 2013, in Istanbul, Turkey, focused on the theme "Forests and Economic Development."

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CBFP, China Discuss SFM in Forest Dialogues [viewed]

congo_basin_forest_partnership18 April 2013: Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP) members participated in two informal forest dialogues with China, both of which were held in Douala, Cameroon. Since 2007-2008, CBFP members have engaged in informal dialogues with Chinese actors on sustainable forest management (SFM) and issues such as certification, timber traceability and the Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Action Plan of the European Union. The two recent dialogues aimed to improve forest governance, reduce poverty and more sustainably manage forest resources.

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Great Bustard MoU Meeting Adopts New Action Plan [viewed]

CMS12 April 2013: The 3rd Meeting of Signatories to the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the Conservation and Management of the Middle-European Population of the Great Bustard (Otis tarda), held in Szarvas, Hungary, adopted a new Action Plan for the period 2012-2016.

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PROFOR Newsletter Features SFM Certification [viewed]

9 April 2013: The April issue of the World Bank Program on Forests' (PROFOR) newsletter features sections on the benefits of sustainable forest management (SFM) certification, upcoming events, new activities and stories from around PROFOR.

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Guest Article #17: CITES CoP16, Bangkok 2013: A ‘Watershed Moment' for Combating Wildlife Crime [viewed]

The 16th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES CoP16) held in Bangkok, Thailand, from 3-14 March 2013, took decisive action to tackle the disturbing spike in the illegal killing of the African elephant and rhino and smuggling of their ivory and horn, which is the focus of this article.

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UNFF10 Multi-Stakeholder Dialogue Stresses Involvement and Participation [viewed]

10 April 2013: The tenth session of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF10) convened a multi-stakeholder dialogue that examined sustainable forest management (SFM), financing, the implementation of the non-legally binding instrument on all types of forests, and the achievement of the four global objectives on forests.

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Event: Fourth Mountain Partnership Global Meeting [viewed]

The global meeting will be key to endorsing the new four-year strategy and governance of the Mountain Partnership and to initiate work on its implementation. It will also provide an opportunity for members from across the world to meet, network, present interesting initiatives and promote collaborative action in sustainable mountain development. The Mountain Partnership is a UN voluntary alliance of partners dedicated to improving the lives of mountain people and protecting mountain environments around the world. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the (FAO) acts as the central hub of the Secretariat of the Partnership.  

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FAO Releases Videos on Forests [viewed]

FAOMarch 2013: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released a series of videos on forests in Algeria, Tanzania and the Mediterranean region in celebration of the first International Day of Forests, held 21 March 2013.

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World Water Day Celebrates Water Cooperation [viewed]

22 March 2013: This year's edition of World Water Day, celebrated on 22 March, was organized around the theme of water cooperation and within the framework of the International Year of Water Cooperation. The Day's celebrations were coordinated by UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), in collaboration with the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), for UN-Water.

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