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First IPBES Plenary Meeting Elects Chair, Addresses Organizational Issues [viewed]

29 January 2013: Held from 21-26 January 2013, in Bonn, Germany, the first session of the Plenary of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES-1) addressed a series of organizational, procedural and budgetary issues, including the election of its Chair, Bureau and Muldisciplinary Expert Panel.

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IPPC Releases Report of Capacity Building Development Committee [viewed]

IPPCJanuary 2013: The International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) has released the report of the first meeting of the IPPC Capacity Development Committee (CDC) and an updated version of the IPPC National Phytosanitary Capacity Development Strategy.

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UNGA Recognizes Importance of CMS Sharks MOU in Oceans Resolution [viewed]

14 January 2013:  The UN General Assembly (UNGA) has recognized the importance of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) Memorandum of Understanding for the conservation of migratory sharks in its resolution on “Oceans and the Law of the Sea.”

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UNGA Adopts Resolution on Agriculture and Rural Development [viewed]

21 December 2012: The UN General Assembly (UNGA) has adopted a resolution on agriculture development and food security, which was forwarded for consideration by its Second Committee (Economic and Financial) at the conclusion of the 2012 session in December.

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UNGA Adopts Resolution on Implementing UNCCD [viewed]

21 December 2012: The UN General Assembly (UNGA) has adopted a resolution on the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), forwarded for consideration by its Second Committee (Economic and Financial) at the conclusion of its session in December.

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Global Soil Partnership Terms of Reference Approved by the FAO [viewed]

8 January 2013: Following a multi-year process to develop and approve a Terms of Reference (TOR), the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Governing Council approved the TOR of the Global Soil Partnership (GSP).

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UNGA Adopts Ecotourism Resolution [viewed]

21 December 2012: The UN General Assembly has adopted a resolution on “Promotion of ecotourism for poverty eradication and environment protection." By the text (A/67/441), adopted on 21 December 2012, the Assembly calls for optimizing ecotourism's benefits particularly in African countries, the least developed countries (LDCs) and small island developing States (SIDS).

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UNGA Second Committee Approves Resolution on CBD Implementation [viewed]

11 December 2012: The Second Committee (Economic and Financial) of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) has approved draft resolution A/C.2/67/L.58 on the “Implementation of the Convention of Biological Diversity and its contribution to sustainable development.” 

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UNGA Second Committee Approves Resolution on Ecotourism [viewed]

30 November 2012: The Second Committee (Economic and Financial) of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) has approved draft resolution A/C.2/67/L.30/Rev.1 on the “Promotion of ecotourism for poverty eradication and environment protection.” The draft, approved on 30 November 2012, in New York, US, stresses that ecotourism is a “cross-cutting activity” that can contribute to ending poverty and environmental protection.

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Indigenous Peoples of Asia Call to Strengthen Participation Mechanisms by 2014 Conference [viewed]

November 2012: A meeting of indigenous peoples in Bangkok, Thailand in preparation for the UN World Conference on Indigenous Peoples (WCIP) in 2014 called on governments, the UN and regional bodies to strengthen mechanisms for indigenous peoples' participation. The meeting was organized by the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP), and convened from 8-9 November 2012.

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