Announcement / Statement

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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Draft Strategic Plan for Migratory Species Released for Comments [viewed]

CMS26 April 2013: The first draft of the Strategic Plan for Migratory Species 2015-2023, prepared by the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) Intersessional Strategic Plan Working Group, has been released for comments, which are requested by 30 September 2013.

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WWAP Announces Theme for WWDR in 2015 [viewed]

WWAP29 April 2013: The World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP), hosted by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), has announced that the theme for the sixth World Water Development Report (WWDR 6) is “Water and Sustainable Development.” WWDR 6 will be launched in 2015, coinciding with the expected conclusion of the post-2015 development agenda process.

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UAE Designates Wetland in Abu Dhabi as Fourth Ramsar Site [viewed]

UAE Flag29 April 2013: The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar Convention) has reported that the Government of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has designated Al Wathba Wetland Reserve as its fourth Wetland of International Importance. It is also the first Ramsar Site designated in the emirate of Abu Dhabi.

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UNCCD Executive Secretary Stresses Need for Goal on Land Degradation Neutral World [viewed]

Luc Gnacadja25 April 2013: In his keynote speech to the sixth Global Assembly of Members of the International Land Coalition (ILC), the Executive Secretary of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), Luc Gnacadja, stressed that, "If we really want inclusive, sustainable and resilient territories, we must endeavor to build a land-degradation neutral world."

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New Ramsar Secretary General Appointed [viewed]

christopher_briggs25 April 2013: The Standing Committee of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar Convention) has announced that Christopher Briggs has been appointed to, and has accepted, the position of Secretary General. He will succeed Tiéga Anada, who has served the Convention in that position for the past six years.

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Serbia Accedes to UNECE-WHO Protocol on Water and Health [viewed]

serbian-flag24 April 2013: Serbia has acceded to the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)-World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe (WHO/Europe) Protocol on Water and Health to the UNECE Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes (UNECE Water Convention).

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