Announcement / Statement

CBD Secretariat Launches Testing of Guidance for LMO Risk Assessment [viewed]

CBD19 June 2013: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) is inviting Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety to test the draft guidance on risk assessment of living modified organisms (LMOs) as part of a process to improve the guidance before the Conference of the Parties serving as the seventh Meeting of the Parties to the Protocol (COP-MOP 7).

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Draft CBD Study on Article 8(j) Work Programme Tasks and the ABS Protocol Available for Peer Review [viewed]

CBD12 June 2013: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has circulated for peer review a draft study on how tasks 7 (guidelines to ensure equitable benefit-sharing, prior informed consent and identification of obligations of countries of origin and user countries), 10 (standards and guidelines for the reporting and prevention of unlawful appropriation of traditional knowledge and related genetic resources) and 12 (guidelines to assist governments in implementing Article 8(j)(traditional knowledge)) of the revised programme of work on Article 8(j) and related provisions of the Convention could best contribute to work under the Convention and the Nagoya Protocol on access and benefit-sharing (ABS).

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UNESCO MAB Session Adds 12 Sites to the World Network of Biosphere Reserves [viewed]

mab-unesco30 May 2013: The 25th Session of the International Co-ordinating Council (ICC) of the Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme has added 12 sites to the World Network of Biosphere Reserves. Biosphere Reserves are sites chosen by the MAB Programme to experiment with different approaches to the management of terrestrial, marine and coastal resources, and freshwater. They also serve as in situ laboratories for sustainable development.

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Preparations Underway for UNCCD COP 11 [viewed]

unccd-cop1119 June 2013: Preparations for the eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 11) to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) have been announced, including an application for side events and a pre-registration form.

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FAO, IAEA and Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics Offer E-learning Course on Viral Pathogens [viewed]

fao-iaea14 June, 2013: The Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics (SIB) announced that it is developing a publicly accessible e-learning bioinformatics course on animal viral pathogens to support training for animal health diagnostics laboratories in developing countries.

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Next UNGA President to Prioritize Post-2015 Development Agenda, Sustainable Development [viewed]

UNGA14 June 2013: The UN General Assembly (UNGA) has elected by acclaimation John W. Ashe (Antigua and Barbuda) as President of the sixty-eighth session of the General Assembly. 

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CITES CoP16 Decisions and Resolutions Enter into Force [viewed]

CITES14 June 2013: The Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) has announced that the new listings of species and the 165 Decisions and 36 Resolutions adopted or revised at the 16th meeting of the CITES Conference of the Parties (CoP16), which convened in Bangkok in March 2013, entered into force on 12 June 2013.

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Bioversity International Calls for Fellows on Forest Genetic Resources [viewed]

Bioversity International17 June 2013: Bioversity International has issued a call for the 2013 Abdou-Salam Ouédraogo fellowship, which supports research on understanding the status of and threats to genetic resources of priority forest tree species, and methods for conservation and sustainable management of genetic resources of important tree species.

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Bioversity International, IUCN and IFAD Stress Agricultural Biodiversity for Global Health [viewed]

ifad-iucn14 June 2013: The heads of Biodiversity International, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) have published an editorial article describing the functions of agricultural biodiversity for human and ecosystem health, as well as threats to this natural resource base.

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UN Secretary-General Appoints Prince Talal of Jordan as UNSGAB Chair [viewed]

unsgab10 June 2013: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed His Royal Highness Prince El Hassan Bin Talal of Jordan as Chair of the UN-Secretary-General's Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation (UNSGAB).

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