Announcement / Statement

Brazilian Diplomat Succeeds Pascal Lamy as WTO Head [viewed]

Ambassador Roberto Carvalho de Azevêdo (Brazil)14 May 2013: Following extensive informal consultations among members of the World Trade Organization (WTO), the WTO General Council has approved the appointment of Ambassador Roberto Carvalho de Azevêdo (Brazil) as the next Director-General of the WTO. Azevêdo will take office on 1 September 2013.

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UNCCD Names New Drylands Ambassador [viewed]

fangfei-liu13 May 2013: The Executive Secretary of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), Luc Gnacadja, has named Fangfei Liu, a Chinese television presenter, a Drylands Ambassador for the Convention. 

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World Migratory Bird Day 2013 Marks the Importance of Ecological Networks [viewed]

world-migratory-bird-day12 May 2013: This year's celebrations for World Migratory Bird Day 2013, held 11-12 May, highlighted the importance of ecological networks for the survival of migratory birds, the important human networks dedicated to their conservation, the threats migratory birds face, and the need to strengthen international cooperation to conserve them.

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Central Asian Governments Consider Developing Regional Study on Economics of Land Degradation [viewed]

central_asia _to_support_regional_study4 May 2013: During a recent visit to Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan, the Executive Secretary of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification, Luc Gnacadja, and representatives from these countries discussed the need for a regional study on the economics of land degradation.

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Romania and Bulgaria Designate Transboundary Ramsar Sites [viewed]

romania-bulgaria-flag7 May 2013: The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar Convention) has reported that the Governments of Romania and Bulgaria have requested the Ramsar Secretariat to recognize three earlier-listed Ramsar Sites, part of the Lower Danube Green Corridor, as Transboundary Ramsar Sites.

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UNESCO, CITES and UNEP Draw Spotlight on the Need to Combat Illegal Wildlife Trade [viewed]

unesco-unep-cites6 May 2013: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and Goodwill Ambassador for the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), Chinese actress, Li Bingbing, have recently undertaken activities to address wildlife crime and highlight the gravity of its impacts.

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WHO Calls for Patient Empowerment on World Hygiene Day [viewed]

WHO5 May 2013: Marking World Hygiene Day, the World Health Organization (WHO) has launched a call to action to improve patient contribution to hand hygiene improvement among health workers to prevent the spread of infectious disease.

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Turkey Designates Volcano Caldera as its 14th Ramsar Site [viewed]

Turkey3 May 2013: The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar Convention) has reported that the Government of Turkey has named the caldera of the Nemrut volcano located on the western shore of Lake Van in the eastern part of the country, and one of the most important wetlands of Bitlis province, as its 14th Wetland of International Importance.

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Oman Joins Ramsar, Designates Nature Reserve [viewed]

= oman-flag2 May 2013: The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar Convention) has reported that the Government of Oman has acceded to the Convention, becoming its 167th contracting party. The wetland Qurm Nature Reserve was designated as its first Ramsar site.

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Kiribati Joins Ramsar, Designates Coastal Wetland [viewed]

kiribiti-flag1 May 2013: The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar Convention) has reported that the Government of Kiribati has acceded to the Convention, becoming its 166th contracting party. The coastal wetland No'oto-North Tarawa was designated as its first Ramsar site.

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