Announcement / Statement

New UNCCD Drylands Ambassador to Promote SLM in SDGs [viewed]

UNCCD logo16 January 2014: The Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has announced that Tarja Halonen, former President of Finland, has been designated a UNCCD Drylands Ambassador.

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CGIAR Integrates TK and Rights of Indigenous Peoples and Communities into Research [viewed]

CGIAR15 January 2015: The Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) has highlighted its efforts to link traditional knowledge (TK) of farmers to laboratory and experimental field based research, as well as steps members of the Group are taking to secure the TK rights of indigenous peoples and local communities.

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Italy Supports Bioversity International Research on Conservation of Crop Diversity [viewed]

Bioversity International14 January 2014: The Government of Italy has made a pledge of support to Bioversity International to boost its research on the conservation of biodiversity in agricultural systems, including wild relatives of crops.

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UNEP, CITES and Others Applaud China's Destruction of Ivory Stockpiles [viewed]

Destruction of Ivory Stockpiles6 January 2014: China, during a public ceremony held in Dongguan, destroyed 6.15 tonnes of seized elephant ivory accumulated through enforcement actions, indicating its commitment to address elephant poaching and illegal ivory trade. The UN Environment Programme, (UNEP), the Convention in International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS), the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and TRAFFIC have lauded the event, the first of its kind in China.

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UNGA Adopts Resolution Establishing International Year of Soils and World Soil Day [viewed]

gsp-unga20 December 2013: On 2 December 2013, the UN General Assembly (UNGA) adopted Resolution A/C.2/68/L.52, which establishes 5 December as World Soil Day and names 2015 as the International Year of Soils.

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UN General Assembly Designates 3 March as World Wildlife Day [viewed]

40th anniversary of CITES23 December 2013: The UN General Assembly has adopted Resolution A/C.2/68/L.48, which designates 3 March, the day of the adoption of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), as World Wildlife Day, to celebrate and raise awareness of wild fauna and flora worldwide. 

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SPREP Highlights Marine Mammal Conservation Efforts [viewed]

SPREP23 December 2013: The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) has announced plans to boost marine mammal conservation initiatives in 2014, with particular focus on supporting implementation of the SPREP Marine Species Action Plans 2013-2017.  

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UN Secretary-General Appoints DRR and Water Special Envoy [viewed]

United Nations19 December 2013: Han Seung-soo, Republic of Korea, has been appointed to the position of UN Secretary-General Special Envoy for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Water, with the aim to engage private sector and civil society support for water-related DRR work being undertaken by the UN.

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ITPGR Secretariat Circulates Update on Benefit-sharing Projects [viewed]

ITPGRDecember 2013: The Secretariat of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) has published an update on the projects sponsored by the second round of the Treaty's Benefit-sharing Fund, currently in implementation in 31 countries across Asia, Africa, the Near East, and Central and South America.

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CGIAR Funding Doubles to $1 Billion [viewed]

CGIAR17 December 2013: The Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) has announced a doubling of its funding of $500 million in 2008 to $1 billion in 2013. CGIAR officials say that the commitment could help lift 150 million people in Asia out of poverty through higher rice yields, provide 12 million households in Africa with sustainable irrigation, and prevent 1.7 million hectares of deforestation.

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