Capacity Building & Education

ESCAP Emphasizes Governance and Water Management for Sustainable Water Resources [viewed]

5 July 2011: In a statement to the fourth Singapore International Water Week, Noeleen Heyzer, Executive Secretary, Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), emphasized that sound governance is crucial for the sustainable management of water resources that are threatened by pollution, natural disasters and climate change.

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European Regional Workshop Builds Capacity for NBSAPs [viewed]

4 July 2011: A recent regional workshop on updating National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs) gathered biodiversity experts and officials from 14 European countries.

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Forest Policies from Six Countries Shortlisted for Future Policy Award [viewed]

5 July 2011: Policies from Bhutan, The Gambia, Nepal, Rwanda, Switzerland and the US have been shortlisted for the Future Policy Award, which aims to celebrate policies that contribute best to the conservation and sustainable development of forests for the benefit of current and future generations.

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Cuba Hosts Launch of UN Decade on Biodiversity in the Caribbean and Celebration for UN Decade for Deserts [viewed]

6 July 2011: Cuba has hosted the launch of the UN Decade on Biodiversity 2011-2020 in the Caribbean countries. The event took place on the occasion of the Eighth International Convention on Environment and Development, and coincided with the celebration of the UN Decade for Deserts and the Fight against Desertification in the region.

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Ramsar Releases Fourth Edition of Handbooks on Wise Use of Wetlands [viewed]

6 July 2011: The Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention) has released the fourth edition of the Ramsar Handbooks for the wise use of wetlands, in PDF format. The 20 handbooks, together with the Ramsar Strategic Plan 2009-2015, embody all of the current guidelines and advice officially adopted by the Conference of the Contracting Parties (COP) on a range of wetland-related matters, including wetland policy and management, inventory and monitoring, river basin management, Ramsar Site designation, and international cooperation.

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Report of IPBES Capacity Building Meeting Available [viewed]

8 July 2011: The report summarizing the discussions held during the International Expert Meeting on the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) and Capacity Building is now available.

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UN MDG Report Highlights Progress Despite the Financial, Food and Energy Crises [viewed]

7 July 2011: The UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Report 2011 finds that, despite setbacks from recent economic, food and energy crises, major progress towards the MDGs has been achieved. However, it indicates that progress has been unequal and the most vulnerable are left behind, noting disparities based on sex, age, disability and ethnicity, and between urban and rural areas.

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UN-Water Calls for Nominations for Best Practices Award [viewed]

7 July 2011: The UN Office to Support the International Decade for Action “Water for Life” 2005-2015, which implements the UN-Water Decade Programme on Advocacy and Communication (UNW-DPAC), and the UN World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP) are inviting nominations for the second edition of the "Water for Life" UN-Water Best Practices Award.

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UNCCD Newsletter Focuses on Genetic Resources [viewed]

July 2011: The latest issue of UNCCD News reports on global efforts to preserve genetic resources, foster crop diversity, and Africa's Nerica rice, among other topics.

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UN, Nippon Foundation to Train Ocean Officials and Professionals [viewed]

10 July 2011: The UN and Nippon Foundation of Japan have announced a fellowship programme enabling ocean-focused government officials and mid-level professionals from developing countries to receive advanced education and training in ocean affairs and the law of the sea, so they can assist their governments in formulating comprehensive ocean policy and implementing the legal regime set out in the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) and related instruments.

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