Intergovernmental Process

Informal Ministerial Roundtable on Climate Change Calls for Building on Durban [viewed]

EU8 May 2012: An Informal Ministerial Roundtable on Climate Change brought together representatives from 30 countries, including from least developed countries (LDCs) and the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS), to build on the achievements of the Durban Climate Change Conference. The meeting, which was hosted by the EU, also provided an opportunity for Ministers to discuss the upcoming UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).

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PROFOR Brief Focuses on Benefit Sharing Arrangements for Forest-Dependent Communities [viewed]

April 2012: The multi-donor Program on Forests Partnership (PROFOR) has published a brief on benefits sharing arrangements in initiatives for REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, and conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stocks). The brief focuses on how to identify beneficiaries when rights are unclear and how to transfer benefits.

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Micronesia Challenge Newsletter Highlights Island Conservation Retreat, Endorsement of Palau's Water Policy [viewed]

1 May 2012: The May 2012 issue of the "Micronesia Challenge Newsletter," published by the Micronesia Challenge Secretariat, features articles on: the outcomes of the 15th Micronesian Island Conservation (MIC) Retreat; and the endorsement of Palau's first National Water Policy by its President, Johnson Toribiong.

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Rio+20 "Friends of Water" Urge Establishment of Global Goal on Water [viewed]

26 April 2012: A high-level delegation, known as the Rio+20 Friends of Water group, called for the establishment of a global goal on water as an outcome of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) during a side event held on the margins of the second round of informal informal consultations on the zero draft of the outcome document.

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Event: International Polar Year (IPY) 2012 Conference [viewed]

The International Polar Year (IPY) 2012 Conference draws international attention to the polar regions, global change, and related environmental, social and economic issues. Organized around the theme "From Knowledge to Action," the event brings together over 2,000 Arctic and Antarctic researchers, policy- and decision-makers, and a broad range of interested parties from academia, industry, NGO, education and circumpolar communities including indigenous peoples. The conference seeks to build on the momentum of IPY 2007-2008, which increased understanding of how indigenous knowledge could be combined with instrumented data in monitoring the changes in polar ice, snow and vegetation cover, marine and terrestrial animal migrations, and behavioral patterns of polar animals, birds, fish and cetacean species.  

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Second Session of Plenary Establishes IPBES, Selects Bonn as Location [viewed]

24 April 2012: The second session of a plenary meeting on the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) ended with the adoption of a resolution establishing the IPBES, following seven years of discussion. It also selected Bonn, Germany, as the physical location of the Platform's Secretariat. Other modalities and institutional arrangements also were considered.

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FOREST EUROPE, UNECE/FAO Launch Survey on the State of Forests Report [viewed]

19 April 2012: FOREST EUROPE (The Ministerial Conference on the Protection of Forests in Europe) and the UN Economic Council for Europe/UN Food and Agriculture Organization (UNECE/FAO) are inviting the users of, and contributors to, the State of Europe's Forests 2011 Report (SoEF 2011) to complete a brief on-line survey about their experiences. 

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Second Stakeholder Forum on IPBES Discusses Stakeholders Participation [viewed]

15 April 2012: Approximately 50 participants discussed stakeholders' engagement in the future Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) during the second Stakeholder Day, which was convened by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and UN Development Programme (UNDP).

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International Conference on Wetland Forests Focuses on the Green Economy [viewed]

23 March 2012: The International Conference on Wetland Forests, which was co-hosted by Wetlands International and the Ministry of Industry and Primary Resources of Brunei Darussalam through the Forestry Department, considered the theme "forests biodiversity – towards green economy." The event aimed to promote sustainable management of Brunei's peat forests and mangrove forests.

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Micronesia Challenge Newsletter Highlights Chief Executives Summit Outcomes [viewed]

April 2012: The April 2012 issue of the "Micronesia Challenge Newsletter," published by the Micronesia Challenge Secretariat, features articles on the outcomes of the 17th Micronesian Chief Executives Summit (MCES) and the launch of the One Micronesian Campaign.   

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