Announcement / Statement

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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Guest Article #26: Let's Quit This Most Dangerous Game with Drought [viewed]

On a recent visit to Niger, I met a woman in Batodi village with some very bold claims. Fifteen years ago, she and her fellow women would travel a day's journey to fetch water. Today, they fetch it from a local well, having turned the situation around by rehabilitating their badly degraded land using traditional practices. In that period, the water level has “jumped up” by 14 meters. Moreover, the village had withstood the severe food and water challenges others in many parts of Niger suffered during recent droughts.

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World Day to Combat Desertification Focuses Attention on Drought and Water Scarcity [viewed]

World Day to Combat Desertification 201117 June 2013: Events to mark the 2013 edition of the annual World Day to Combat Desertification are focusing attention on the theme 'Don't let our future dry up.' The selection of the topics of drought and water scarcity seeks to take into account that 2013 is also the International Year of Water Cooperation. 

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UNCCD Announces Winners of Land for Life Award [viewed]

land_for_life17 June 2013: The UN Convention to Combat Desertification has recognized organizations from India, Mexico and Australia with the 2013 Land for Life Award. 

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International Land Coalition Invites Comments on Indigenous Peoples' Rights to Lands and Resources [viewed]

ILC16 June 2013: The International Land Coalition (ILC) is opening consultations on a new document, titled 'Indigenous peoples' rights to lands, territories and resources.'

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Comoros, Mongolia and Syria Ratify ABS Protocol [viewed]

CBD6 June 2013: The Comoros, Mongolia and the Syrian Arab Republic have ratified the Nagoya Protocol on access and benefit-sharing (ABS), bringing the number of ratifications to 18.

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UNFF11 Bureau Announced [viewed]

Unff11 June 2013: The UN Forum on Forests (UNFF) has announced the members of the bureau for its eleventh meeting (UNFF11) to be held in 2015 under the theme ‘Forests: progress, challenges and the way forward for the international arrangement on forests.'

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UNCCD Announces Semi-Finalists for Land for Life Award, Invites Photo Submissions [viewed]

UNCCD logo10 June 2013: The Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has announced the semi-finalists for the 2013 Land for Life Award. The three winners will be announced on 17 June, World Day to Combat Desertification. In addition, the Secretariat has invited submissions for its third photography contest.

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World Environment Day Celebrations Focus on Reducing “Foodprints” [viewed]

unep-world-environment-day5 June 2013: Commemorated annually on 5 June since 1972, this year's World Environment Day (WED) was celebrated around the theme, 'Think.Eat.Save - Reduce Your Foodprint,' and highlighted the importance of achieving a sustainable food future through a reduction in food waste. This year's celebrations were hosted by Mongolia, with thousands of activities taking place worldwide.

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