Latin America & the Caribbean

IUFRO Reports on the Future of Forests [viewed]

Iufro30 September 2013: The September 2013 edition of the newsletter of the International Union for Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) highlights risks to forests, including climate change, air pollution and invasive alien species.

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FAO Releases Report on Risk of Pesticides to Bees [viewed]

fao-gefAugust 2013: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released a report on the impacts of pesticides on wild bees titled, 'Aspects Determining the Risk of Pesticides to Wild Bees: Risk profiles for focal crops on three continents.' The document assesses pesticide exposure of key crop pollinators including honey bees and wild bee species, through the development of risk profiles for cropping systems in Brazil, Kenya and the Netherlands.

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Leaders Underscore Climate, Oceans Issues in 68th Debate [viewed]

United Nations28 September 2013: Leaders speaking at the High-level Debate of the 68th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) on 28 September 2013, in New York, US, again focused on 'setting the stage' for the post-2015 development agenda. Heads of State and ministers underscored lessons learned from the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and proposed principles and issues for inclusion, such as cross-cutting issues, climate change and oceans.

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High-Level Panel Calls for UN Action against Illicit Wildlife Trade [viewed]

United Nations26 September 2013: A High-Level Panel held during the 68th Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) has called for UN action against illegal wildlife trade. The event, 'Poaching and Illicit Wildlife Trafficking: A Multidimensional Crime and a Growing Challenge to the International Community,' took place on 26 September 2013, and was convened by the Governments of Gabon and Germany.

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Rio Conventions Pavilion Convenes for Gender Day [viewed]

makgwanba-ngwao-culture-group25 September 2013: The Rio Conventions Pavilion convened for Gender Day on 25 September. The Rio Conventions Pavilion is meeting in conjunction with the Eleventh Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 11) to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), taking place from 16-27 September 2013, in Windhoek, Namibia.

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IFPRI Considers Socioeconomic Impacts of GM Crops [viewed]

IFPRI Logo23 September 2013: The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) has published a report offering guidance to practitioners, regulators, policymakers and researchers on incorporating socioeconomic considerations in biosafety regulations and approval processes for genetically modified (GM) crops.

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GBIF Announces Historical Brazilian Collection [viewed]

GBIf16 September 2013: The Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) has announced the availability of over half a million individual records from the Rio de Janeiro Botanic Gardens (JBRJ) Research Institute. The collection, dating back to the early 19th century, serves as Brazil's first contribution to the BGIF since it joined in 2012.

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UN-NGLS Report Discusses Four Regional Civil Society Objectives for Post-2015 Agenda [viewed]

UNDP NGLS22 September 2013: The UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS) published a report titled ‘Advancing Regional Recommendations on the Post-2015 Development Agenda,' which synthesizes four months of consultations with 120 regional civil society networks on the post-2015 agenda. The report concludes that obstacles to achieving sustainable development are political, not technical, and recognizes post-2015 discussions as an opportunity to mobilize leadership and support for transformational change.

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CMS Reports on High Andean Flamingos Action Plan, Reduction of Barriers to Migratory Species [viewed]

CMSAugust 2013: The June-August issue of the Bulletin of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) features a guest article by Rüdiger Strempel, Chair of the Jastarnia Group, on the Agreement on the Conservation of Small Cetaceans of the Baltic and North Seas (ASCOBANS) Advisory Committee meeting, in addition to articles on the draft Action Plan for the High Andean Flamingos and the International Action Plan adopted to reduce barriers to migratory species in Central Asia.

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Inter-regional Preparatory Meeting for SIDS 2014 Concludes in New York [viewed]

ipm-sids16 September 2013: The Inter-regional Preparatory Meeting for the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) concluded in New York, US, on 16 September 2013.

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