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GLISPA Releases Spotlight on “Securing the Island Future We Want” [viewed]

GLIPSA11 July 2012: The latest issue of Global Island Partnership's (GLISPA) "Event Spotlight" features an event that was convened on 20 June 2012, on the sidelines of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), titled “Securing the island future we want: Enabling steps to achieving a green blue economy at regional scale.”

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OCT Seminar Finds Biodiversity, Solar and Wind Energy Key to Reducing Import Dependence [viewed]

10 July 2012: A seminar at the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium, addressed the role of education, research and development in green growth in the Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs). Participants identified biodiversity and solar and wind energy potential as key to reducing import dependence, while noting “insularity” as a challenge.

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Event: World Food Day [viewed]

World Food Day 2012 will focus on "Agricultural Cooperatives - Key to Feeding the World" at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO). The World Food Day organizers have also released an informational brief on agricultural cooperatives.  

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Event: Climate Change and Our Coasts: Exploring Possibilities, Finding Solutions [viewed]

The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States' (OECS) Reduce Risk to Human and Natural Assets Resulting from Climate Change (RRACC) project will host a seminar aimed primarily at government officials that will discuss: current issues and the state of coastal resources in the OECS; integrated coastal area and watershed management; impacts of climate change on the subregion's economy; and policy, legal and institutional arrangements for coastal areas management in the OECS.  

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Event: UNCCD 2nd Scientific Conference and CST S-3 [viewed]

The UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) 2nd Scientific Conference will take place during the 3rd special session of the Committee for Science and Technology (CST S-3). The meetings were originally scheduled to take place from 4-7 February 2013, in Fortaleza, Brazil, but have been rescheduled for 9-12 April, in Bonn, Germany, right before the Committee for the Review of the Implementation of the Convention (CRIC), which will meet from 15-19 April in Bonn. Regional consultations are expected to convene between the two meetings. The scientific conference will be the main part of the CST session and will consider the theme "Economic assessment of desertification, sustainable land management and resilience of arid, semi-arid and dry sub-humid areas," with a focus on two sub-topics: economic and social impacts of desertification, land degradation and drought (DLDD); and costs and benefits of policies and practices addressing DLDD. Based on the February 2011 decision of the CST Bureau, the Global Risk Forum GRF Davos is the lead institution to organize the UNCCD 2nd Scientific Conference, under the guidance of the CST Bureau. The expected outputs include: White Papers on the "Economic and social impacts of desertification, land degradation and drought" and "Costs and benefits of policies and practices addressing desertification, land degradation and drought;" a State of the Art Report on Economic assessment of desertification, sustainable land management and resilience of arid, semi-arid and dry sub-humid areas; a Short Abstract Booklet and Extended Abstract CD of all oral and poster presentations; a Policy Booklet for Decision Makers for COP 11; 2013 Science Recommendation for CST 11; a Special issue of a peer reviewed journal; and Scientific papers in additional peer reviewed journals. These recommendations will be submitted to the CST and Conference of the Parties for their consideration.  

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UNDP Vietnam Highlights Green Growth Strategy [viewed]

UNDP11 July 2012: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) country office in Viet Nam and the country's Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI) hosted a review workshop on the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) in Hanoi, on 11 July 2012, highlighting the Ministry's prioritization of human resource training, state management reform, and institutions for sustainable growth.

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CBD Launches COP/MOP 6 Website [viewed]

19 July 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has launched a website for the sixth Meeting of the Parties of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (COP/MOP 6).

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WTO Seminar Calls for Enhanced Collaboration to Protect Biodiversity from Invasive Species [viewed]

13 July 2012: A World Trade Organization (WTO) seminar has recommended a series of actions to control invasive alien species (IAS) more effectively, including improved coordination among relevant international organizations, and among national ministries and agencies, in implementing the WTO Agreement on Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures (SPS).

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CTI PFAN Launches Initiative to Mobilize Private Sector Adaptation Finance [viewed]

13 July 2012: The Private Financing Advisory Network (PFAN) of the Climate Technology Initiative (CTI) held an Africa Workshop for Adaptation Financing, which launched one of the first multilateral initiatives to engage private sector and commercial financing in adaptation activities.

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MERCOSUR Leaders Discuss Sustainable Development Post-Rio+20 [viewed]

29 June 2012: The Presidents of the Southern Cone Common Market (MERCOSUR) Member States have issued a declaration addressing sustainable development, climate change, global mercury negotiations and mining. The leaders were meeting during a semi-annual summit, held on 29 June 2012, in Mendoza, Argentina. Immediately thereafter, a summit with the Associate States of Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru adopted two additional declarations.

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