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UNESCO Releases 2013-2014 Edition of Biosphere Reserves Map [viewed]

unesco-map6 September 2013: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has published the 2013-2014 edition of the map of the World Network of Biosphere Reserves, which shows the worldwide distribution of the 621 biosphere reserves located in 117 countries, including 12 transboundary/transcontinental sites.

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High-Level Conference Highlights Water Cooperation for Sustainable Development [viewed]

hicwc21 August 2013: The High-Level International Conference on Water Cooperation (HLICWC) took place from 20-21 August 2013, in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, in support of the objectives of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) Resolution on 'Implementation of the International Year of Water Cooperation, 2013,' (A/67/204) and to promote increased water cooperation by stakeholders at all levels.

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UN and Indigenous Peoples Call for Indigenous Perspectives in Post-2015 Development Agenda [viewed]

Unpfii29 August 2013: On International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples, indigenous leaders and UN representatives called for indigenous perspectives to be reflected in public decision making, including discussions of the post-2015 development agenda.

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CITES and UNESCO Call for Stakeholders to Strengthen Ties to Fight Poaching [viewed]

unesco-cites9 August 2013: Irina Bokova, Director-General, UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and John Scanlon, Secretary-General, Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), have released a joint statement on the impacts of recent and escalating poaching in West and Central Africa. Poaching, they write, is transforming living forests into deserted spaces and causing immeasurable damage.

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UNESCO, Japan Renew International Centre for Water Hazard and Risk Management [viewed]

UNESCO23 July 2013: The Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Educational Organization (UNESCO), Irina Bokova, and the Ambassador of Japan to UNESCO, Isao Kiso, have signed an agreement for the renewal of the International Centre for Water Hazard and Risk Management (ICHARM), at UNESCO headquarters in Paris, France.

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Event: IPBES Pan-European Stakeholder Meeting [viewed]

Organized with the German Network Forum for Biodiversity Research (NeFo, funded by the Federal Ministry for Education and Research) and other national European biodiversity platforms, the goal of this meeting is to inform the European biodiversity knowledge community on the Intergovernmental Platform for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) process; and provide direct input into the IPBES intersessional consultation, developing recommendations from a pan-European perspective, on inter alia, the draft work programme 2014-2018.  

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Event: IPBES Eastern Europe Regional Consultation Meeting [viewed]

Organized by the Centre for Ecological Research and Hungarian Academy of Science (MTA ÖK) with support from the Hungarian Ministry of Rural Development, this meeting aims to inform the Eastern European biodiversity knowledge community on the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) process; and provide direct input into the IPBES intersessional consultation by developing recommendations from an Eastern European perspective, on inter alia, the draft work programme 2014-2018.  

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Event: IPBES Africa Regional Consultation Meeting [viewed]

The purpose of this regional consultation is to bring together African member States and other stakeholders in the region to discuss the current status of the intersessional process, including the development of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) work programme, draft conceptual framework, stakeholder engagement strategy, strategic partnership document and other elements of the Platform, and to strengthen the capacity and raise awareness in the region in the context of the IPBES framework.  

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IPBES Releases First Bureau and MEP Meeting Report [viewed]

IPBES14 July 2013: The Secretariat of the Intergovernmental Platform for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) has released the report of the 1st Bureau and Multidisciplinary Expert Panel (MEP) Meetings, which took place in Bergen, Norway, from 2-6 June 2013.

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UNESCO MAB Session Adds 12 Sites to the World Network of Biosphere Reserves [viewed]

mab-unesco30 May 2013: The 25th Session of the International Co-ordinating Council (ICC) of the Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme has added 12 sites to the World Network of Biosphere Reserves. Biosphere Reserves are sites chosen by the MAB Programme to experiment with different approaches to the management of terrestrial, marine and coastal resources, and freshwater. They also serve as in situ laboratories for sustainable development.

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