Economics, Trade & Investment

UNCTAD Commission on Science and Technology for Development Addresses Information Technology [viewed]

27 May 2011: The 14th session of the Commission on Science and Technology for Development of the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) convened from 23-27 May 2011, in Geneva, Switzerland. The session included two ministerial roundtables on: review of progress made in the implementation of the outcomes of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), during which participants discussed a report on experience in implementing WSIS outcomes to date and prospects for the future; and on harnessing science and technology to address development challenges.

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EU/AU Commissions Discuss Climate, Biodiversity and UNCSD [viewed]

1 June 2011: The fifth College-to-College meeting of the European Commission and the African Union (AU) Commission was held on 31 May-1 June 2011, in Brussels, Belgium, to develop shared policy agendas. During the meeting, participants discussed ways to enhance cooperation both on short-term challenges and on the long-term structural changes, such as green growth, climate change and biodiversity.

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"Making it Happen" Describes Launch of UNCSD, Provides Update on Nagoya Protocol [viewed]

31 May 2011: The latest issue of "Rio+20: Making It Happen," the newsletter from the Secretariat of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), highlights the official launch of the Conference in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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World Environment Day Celebrations Focus on Forests [viewed]

5 June 2011: Millions of people celebrated World Environment Day (WED) around the theme, "Forests: Nature at Your Service," which highlights the ecosystem services provided by the world's forests. People across the world took part in WED activities, from litter clean-ups around Mount Everest to mini-marathons in India, the host country for 2011. 

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FAO Workshop on Seed Policy in West Africa Urges Support for Food Security Crops [viewed]

13 May 2011: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the Africa Rice Center held a Regional Workshop on Seed Policy in West Africa, during which participating agricultural experts called for development of "food security crops" (rice, millet, sorghum, cowpeas and maize).

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GEF Establishes Nagoya Protocol Implementation Fund [viewed]

June 2011: Following the decisions of the 40th meeting of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council, the GEF will operate a new fund to help developing countries to ratify and implement the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization (ABS) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).

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World Bank Reports on Experience with Afforestation and Reforestation Projects in the CDM [viewed]

3 June 2011: The Biocarbon Fund, managed by the World Bank, has published a report on lessons learned from the funding of afforestation and reforestation (A/R) projects under the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM).

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UNGA Working Group Recommends Starting Process on Legal Regime on Marine Biodiversity [viewed]

3 June 2011: A Working Group under the aegis of the UN General Assembly has produced consensus recommendations to start a new process on the legal regime on marine biodiversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction. 

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AU Establishes Task Force on Integrated Maritime Strategy [viewed]

3 June 2011: The African Union (AU) has formed a cross-department task force to develop Africa's Integrated Maritime (AIM) Strategy, which will articulate an "overarching multilayered African-driven long term vision" to address Africa's maritime challenges and opportunities.

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IDDRI Holds Workshop on Implications of Nagoya Protocol and Sustainability [viewed]

3 February 2011: The Institute of Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI), in collaboration with the Agence Française de Développement, has organized a seminar to consider the implications of the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization (ABS) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), and its potential contributions to the sustainable development agenda.

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