Announcement / Statement

FAO Initiates Preparation of Second Report on World's Animal Genetic Resources [viewed]

FAOOctober 2013: Initiating preparations for the second report on the 'State of the World's Animal Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture,' scheduled for publication in 2015, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has circulated an electronic questionnaire to be used by countries in drafting their country reports.

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Brazil Ratifies ITTA, 2006 [viewed]

Itto21 October 2013: The International Tropical Timber Organization has announced Brazil's ratification of the International Tropical Timber Agreement, 2006 (ITTA, 2006) on 18 October 2013.

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Environmental Management Group Appoints Director [viewed]

emgOctober 2013: The Environmental Management Group (EMG) has announced the appointment of Elliott Harris as Director of the EMG Secretariat. Harris, a national of the Bahamas, is based in the New York office.

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Members of Scientific Advisory Board Appointed [viewed]

UNESCO18 October 2013: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has reported on the appointment of the 26 members of the UN Secretary-General's Scientific Advisory Board. The Board will seek to influence and shape action by the international community to advance sustainable development and eradicate poverty. The first session of the Board will take place at the beginning of 2014.

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Poverty Eradication Day Focuses on Discrimination [viewed]

United Nations17 October 2013: The UN marked the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty on 17 October 2013, under the theme 'Working together towards a world without discrimination: Building on the experience and knowledge of people in extreme poverty.'

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World Food Day Focuses on Sustainable Food Systems [viewed]

word-food-day-201316 October 2013: Organizations and communities globally celebrated World Food Day on 16 October 2013, under the theme 'Sustainable Food Systems for Food Security and Nutrition.' World Food Day is celebrated in 150 countries and is held on the anniversary of the founding of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) in 1945.

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First Draft of CMS Argali Action Plan Open for Comments [viewed]

CMS10 October 2013: The Secretariat of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) has announced that the first draft of the International Action Plan for the Conservation of the Argali Sheep is open for comments. 

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Great Apes Summit Seeks Coordinated Response to Protect Great Apes [viewed]

GRASPOctober 2013: The inaugural Great Apes Summit has issued a statement, which underscores the dangers posed to great apes by the rapid expansion of palm oil plantations and outlines six action points to protect priority forests and their associated great apes.

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Expert Workshop Discusses Means to Achieve Aichi Targets [viewed]

cbd-sbstta14 October 2013: The Expert Workshop on Enhancing Biodiversity Data and Observing Systems in Support of the Implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 discussed ways in which the collection of, access to, and the use of biodiversity data and observations can be enhanced to support evidence-based decision making and planning with a view to achieving the Aichi Biodiversity Targets and corresponding national targets.

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Global Soil Partnership Places Call for Experts [viewed]

globalsoilpartnership14 October 2013: The Global Soil Partnership (GSP) Secretariat has placed a call for experts to join working groups developing Plans of Action for the GSP Pillars.

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