Announcement / Statement

CITES Prepares for the Implementation of Regulations on Shark and Rays [viewed]

CITES14 September 2013: Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) have exactly one year to implement the listings of oceanic whitetip shark, scalloped hammerhead shark, great hammerhead shark, smooth hammerhead shark, porbeagle shark and manta rays, which they adopted at the 16th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP16) in March 2013 in Bangkok, Thailand. The listings will enter into force on 14 September 2014.

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Next UNCCD Executive Secretary Announced [viewed]

Monique Barbut16 September 2013: The UN Spokesperson has tweeted that "#UNSG appoints Monique Barbut of France as UNCCD Executive Secretary."

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CBD Secretariat Celebrates Biosafety Protocol's 10th Anniversary [viewed]

CBD11 September 2013: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has released several videos and other materials to mark the tenth anniversary of the coming into force of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety.

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ITPGR Secretariat Calls for Nominations for Global Crop Diversity Trust Executive Board [viewed]

ITPGR6 September 2013: In preparation for the fifth session of the Governing Body of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR), the ITPGR Secretariat has circulated a notification calling for nominations by parties of candidates for the Executive Board of the Global Crop Diversity Trust.

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UN Ambassadors Launch Group of Friends of Desertification [viewed]

Friends of Desertification5 September 2013: The Permanent Representatives to the UN from Iceland and Namibia have launched a 'Group of Friends (GoF) of Desertification, Land Degradation and Drought,' which will seek to maintain the momentum generated by the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) on issues related to desertification, land degradation and drought (DLDD) in the context of the post-2015 development agenda.

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ADB Spotlights Inland Waterways for Transport [viewed]

ADB22 August 2013: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has spotlighted the potential for the use of inland waterways, such as rivers and canals for transport, as a means of decreasing road traffic, accidents and pollution while increasing cross-border trade.

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Pacific Island Ecosystem Management Launches Survey on Island Ecosystem Management [viewed]

unep-sprep20 August 2013: The Pacific Island Ecosystem Management project, a project commissioned by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), is inviting stakeholders to share island ecosystem management best practices, through completing a short survey.

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FAO and South Africa Prepare for WFC [viewed]

FAO20 August 2013: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the Government of South Africa have announced the Associate Secretary General for the fourteenth World Forestry Congress (WFC).

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Interviews with Incoming and Outgoing Director Generals Outline Future of Bioversity International [viewed]

Bioversity InternationalAugust 2013: In parallel interviews presented in an edition of International Innovations, Emile Frison, the outgoing Director General of Bioversity International, and Ann Tutwiler, incoming Director General, describe their visions for conserving agricultural biodiversity.

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Global Donor Working Group on Land Launched [viewed]

globaldonorplataform30 July 2013: Following through on a commitment made at a Donor Roundtable meeting on the sidelines of the annual World Bank Land Conference in 2013, a Global Donor Working Group on Land has been established.

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