Announcement / Statement

Albania, Botswana and Micronesia Ratify ABS Protocol [viewed]

CBD28 February 2013: Albania, Botswana and the Federated States of Micronesia have ratified the Nagoya Protocol on access and benefit-sharing (ABS), bringing the number of ratifications to 15.

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FAO, CPF Official to Lead UN's Participation in Expo 2015 [viewed]

27 February 2013: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has announced the designation of Eduardo Rojas-Briales, Assistant Director-General for Forestry, Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), and Chair of the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF), as Commissioner-General for the UN's participation in Expo 2015.

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UNESCO Declares Haiti's First Biosphere Reserve [viewed]

UNESCO26 February 2013: The UN Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has announced that La Selle, in Haiti, has been officially declared as Haiti's first biosphere reserve.

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UNECE Discusses Water Cooperation with Tajikistan [viewed]

UNECE26 February 2013: UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Executive Secretary Sven Alkalaj and Sulton Rahimov, First Deputy Minister of Melioration and Water Resources of Tajikistan, discussed cooperation on water and environment projects and activities in Tajikistan, especially in light of the International Year of Water Cooperation.

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CEO Ishii Discusses GEF Role in Transformational Change [viewed]

27 February 2013: Naoko Ishii, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Global Environment Facility (GEF), noted the importance of a dialogue with the next generation of leaders regarding the GEF's role in transformational change during an address at the Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).

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Lebanon Joins CITES as 178th Member [viewed]

26 February 2013: The Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) has announced that Lebanon joined the Convention, becoming its 178th member.

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UNESCO IOC Reports on the Ningaloo Niño Event [viewed]

UNESCO IOC26 February 2013: The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) reported on the impacts of the La Niña phenomenon in 2010-2011, which caused a massive ocean heatwave in the Indian Ocean, more than 10,000 km off of Australia's western coast.

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CBD Secretariat Stresses Timely Submission of Fifth National Report [viewed]

CBD26 February 2013: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) issued a notification outlining relevant preparation for the submission of the fifth national report, and stressing that timely submission is necessary in order to contribute to the mid-term review of the implementation of the Strategic Plan by the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP-12) and to the development of the fourth edition of the Global Biodiversity Outlook (GBO-4).

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Africa-for-Africa Project Builds South-South Cooperation on Food Security [viewed]

FAO22 February 2013: A new trust fund aimed at strengthening food security in Africa by drawing on resources from the continent has secured a donation of $30 million from Equatorial Guinea.

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Bioversity International Appoints New Director General [viewed]

21 February 2013:  Bioversity International has announced the appointment of Ann Tutwiler as the incoming Director General.

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