Announcement / Statement

CBD Launches Online Forum on Public Participation Concerning LMOs [viewed]

CBD25 March 2014: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has launched the web-portal for the upcoming Online Forum on Public Participation Concerning Living Modified Organisms (LMOs) under the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, and is inviting parties to nominate participants and exchange case studies, best practices and lessons learned.

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WMO Engages Youth on World Meteorological Day [viewed]

WMO23 March 2014: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) celebrated World Meteorological Day on 23 March, under the theme 'Weather and Climate: Engaging Youth.' During an official ceremony held to mark the Day in Geneva, Switzerland, WMO Secretary-General Michel Jarraud called on youth to use their "innovative spirit, fresh insights, and courage" to tackle climate change.

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UNESCO Creates LAC Regional Centre for Groundwater Management [viewed]

UNESCO20 March 2014: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has created a Regional Centre for Groundwater Management for Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) in Montevideo, Uruguay.

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International Day of Forests Commemorated Worldwide [viewed]

International Day of Forests21 March 2014: In celebration of the second International Day of Forests, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon noted the important benefits of forests: habitat provision for 80 percent of all terrestrial biodiversity; support of an estimated 1.6 billion people; adaptation and mitigation to climate change; and the maintenance of a timber and wood industry that accounts for almost 1 percent of global gross domestic product (GDP).

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International Day for Biological Diversity 2014 Logo Released [viewed]

international-day-biological-201413 March 2014: The Secretariat of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) announced the release of the logo for the 2014 International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB), which will focus on the theme 'Island Biodiversity.' 

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International Declaration Adopted to Protect Sargasso Sea Biodiversity [viewed]

iucn-sargassoseaalliance12 March 2014: The Azores, Bermuda, Monaco, the UK and the US have signed the Hamilton Declaration on Collaboration for the Conservation of the Sargasso Sea. The Declaration will provide a platform for the creation of a Sargasso Sea Commission, the aim of which will be to minimize the adverse effects of shipping and fishing in the area. 

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Nominations for MIDORI Prize Now Open [viewed]

midori7 March 2014: The Secretariat of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has announced that nominations for the MIDORI Prize for Biodiversity 2014 are now open. Established in 2012, the MIDORI Prize is an international prize honoring individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity. 

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UNCCD Updating Roster of Experts [viewed]

UNCCD logoMarch 2014: The Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has requested that National Focal Points confirm the names of the independent experts who should remain on the Roster of Experts, as well as nominate new experts by 31 March 2014.

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South Sudan Becomes 194th Party to CBD [viewed]

CBD7 March 2014: The Secretariat of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has announced that South Sudan deposited its instrument of accession to the Convention on 17 February 2014. South Sudan is now the 194th party to the CBD. The CBD will enter into force for South Sudan on 18 May 2014. 

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On International Women's Day, UN Entities Emphasize Equality for All [viewed]

international-women-day-20148 March 2014: The world celebrated International Women's Day in 2014 under the theme, 'Equality for women is progress for all.' To mark the occasion, several organizations and individuals underscored the role of women's empowerment in sustainable development, including UN General Assembly (UNGA) President John Ashe, who also emphasized women's roles in eradicating poverty.

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