GEF Reports on Eastern Arc Mountain Forests Project [viewed]

18 August 2011: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has presented the results of a project implemented by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) to conserve biodiversity in the Eastern Arc Mountain forests of Tanzania, which, over seven years (2003-2010), increased protected area coverage by over 500,000 hectares and supported the creation of protected forest corridors in sensitive areas, including in the Derema area and Bunduki Gap in the Ulugurus.

read more »

CBD, Union for Ethical BioTrade to Cooperate on Strategic Plan [viewed]

18 August 2011: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the Union for Ethical BioTrade (UEBT) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) seeking to contribute to the implementation of the CBD Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020.

read more »

Secretary-General's Report Proposes Coral Reef Protection for UNCSD Agenda [viewed]

12 August 2011: The UN General Assembly has circulated an advance, unedited version of a Report of the UN Secretary-General, titled “Protection of coral reefs for sustainable livelihoods and development,” for consideration at the Assembly's 66th Session.

read more »

Event: 66th Session of the UN General Assembly [viewed]

The 66th regular session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) will convene at UN Headquarters on 13 September 2011, at 3 p.m. The provisional agenda of the 66th session (document A/66/150) and annotated preliminary list of items (document A/66/100) are available on the UNGA's website. The draft program of work of the plenary for the 66th session (document (A/65/902) is available here: http://www.un.org/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=A/65/902.  

read more »

Event: International Quiet Ocean Experiment Open Science Meeting [viewed]

The purpose of this open meeting, which is organized by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), is to bring together scientists interested in the effects of sound on marine organisms, including both acousticians and marine biologists, to develop a science plan for a decade-long, large-scale international research project. The goal of the International Quiet Ocean Experiment (IQOE) is to undertake activities that will promote the description of ocean soundscapes, study how these soundscapes affect marine organisms, and estimate how the soundscapes and their effects may evolve in the future, as human use of the ocean changes.  

read more »

Ramsar Secretariat Reports on Nordic-Baltic Wetlands Initiative Seminar [viewed]

17 August 2011: The Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention) has provided a report of the Nordic-Baltic Wetlands Initiative Expert Seminar, which was held as part of the Nordic-Baltic Wetlands Initiative (NorBalWet), a Ramsar regional initiative established in 2005 and operating in the framework of the Convention.

read more »

ICRISAT Meeting Focuses on Building Climate-Resilient Rainfed Agriculture [viewed]

16 August 2011: The International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), with JSW-Time India Earth Care Initiatives 2011, organized a Roundtable on Climate Change and Rainfed Farming Systems that focused on providing sustainable and science-based solutions and pro-poor approaches to climate change adaptation.

read more »

GEF Funds Environmental Fiscal Reform in Moldova [viewed]

8 August 2011: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has endorsed a project, to be implemented by the UN Development Programme (UNDP), to reform and develop fiscal instruments to improve targets under the three Rio Conventions in the Republic of Moldova.

read more »

Event: 2014 World Conference on Indigenous Peoples [viewed]

Per A/RES/66/296 the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples 2014 will be held as a high-level plenary meeting of the 69th UN General Assembly, and supported by the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (PFII). The aims of the Conference are to share perspectives and best practices on the realization of indigenous peoples' rights, including to pursue the objectives of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP).  

read more »

Event: Signing Ceremony for Nagoya Protocol on ABS [viewed]

A signing ceremony for the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization (ABS) will take place on the margins of the 66th session of the UN General Assembly.  

read more »