Multilateral Environmental Agreement Body

CMS Raptors MoU Concludes First Meeting of Signatories [viewed]

11 December 2012: The First Meeting of Signatories (MoS1) to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) Memorandum of Understanding concerning the Conservation of Migratory Birds of Prey in Africa and Eurasia (Raptors MoU) took place from 9-11 December 2012, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. It was attended by more than 90 participants, including representatives from 22 Signatories and the EU.

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UNGA Highlights UNCLOS as Tool for Conservation, Sustainability [viewed]

10 December 2012: The UN General Assembly (UNGA) held a session to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the launch of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). Addressing the meeting, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon noted the Convention's contribution to international peace and security, as well as to the equitable and efficient use of ocean resources.

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FAO Launches New FAOSTAT Website [viewed]

FAODecember 2012: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released a new interface for FAOSTAT, providing a new easy platform for food and agriculture statistics. FAOSTAT includes raw data, analyses and tools to compare data across a series of thematic areas. The data cover 245 countries and 35 regions from 1961 to the present. 

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CMS Workshop Discusses International Action Plan for Conservation of Argali Sheep [viewed]

6 December 2012: A workshop in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, addressed the development of an international action plan for the conservation of argali sheep. Representatives from Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Nepal, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan discussed the role of trophy hunting and sustainable use in the conservation of this species, which is also an important prey of the snow leopard.

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Ramsar STRP Newsletter Highlights Ecosystem Monitoring, Stakeholder Engagement [viewed]

6 December 2012: The Scientific and Technical Review Panel (STRP) of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat (Ramsar Convention) has released the November 2012 issue of its Newsletter.

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Portugal Designates Lake and River as New Ramsar Sites [viewed]

5 December 2012: The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat (Ramsar Convention) has reported that the Government of Portugal has designated two new Wetlands of International Importance, bringing that country's total to 30 Ramsar Sites.

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CITES Publishes Provisional Assessment of Proposals to Amend Appendices I and II [viewed]

CITES5 December 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) has published a provisional assessment of proposals to amend Appendices I and II. 

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High-Level Event on Climate and Food Security Stresses Vulnerability of Dryland Populations [viewed]

5 December 2012: A side event held during the 18th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 18) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) brought together ministers and leaders from within the UN system to discuss actions to be taken under the climate-water-food security nexus in the drylands.

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UNFCCC Releases Fourth Edition of CDM Methodology Booklet [viewed]

UNFCCC4 December 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released online a new edition of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Methodology Booklet. This fourth edition of the Booklet contains information updated as of the 69th meeting of the CDM Executive Board (EB), which took place in November 2012.

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Ramsar Evaluates Risk to Wetlands from Climate Change-Induced Sea-Level Rise [viewed]

3 December 2012: The Scientific and Technical Review Panel (STRP) of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat (Ramsar Convention) has released a Briefing Note, titled "Evaluating the risk to Ramsar Sites from climate change induced sea level rise," together with its web map service and data sets. These resources present a preliminary assessment of coastal Ramsar Sites that are at risk of inundation as a consequence of sea level rise.

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