Africa

AEWA Celebrates 20th Anniversary, Action Against Elephant Poaching Increased [viewed]

cites-aewa-cmsJune 2015: This month, the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) marked its 20th anniversary. On this occasion, AEWA Executive Secretary Jacques Trouvilliez emphasized that through AEWA, the international community has built an effective tool to work together to conserve migratory waterbirds along their flyways.

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Southern, Eastern European Countries Seek Ways to Adopt Climate-friendly Technologies [viewed]

fao-iea-ebrd17 June 2015: A workshop for post-Soviet and southern and eastern Mediterranean countries convened to discuss policies and investment conditions conducive to the development and transfer of energy efficiency, renewable energy and other low-carbon technologies. The workshop was organized by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the International Energy Agency (IEA) in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), and hosted by the Turkish Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources.

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World Desertification Day Highlights SLM-Food Security Links [viewed]

wdcd201517 June 2015: Various Heads of UN institutions and other international organizations published messages to mark the 2015 World Day to Combat Desertification (WDCD) on 17 June, which was commemorated under the slogan, ‘No such thing as a free lunch: Invest in healthy soils.'

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CBD Launches National Clearing-house Mechanism Award [viewed]

CBD15 June 2015: A notification by the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Secretariat lays out the modalities and procedures for granting an award to parties that have made the most significant progress in establishing or further developing their national clearing-house mechanisms (CHM) between meetings of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the CBD.

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ITTO Workshop Highlights Good Practices in Fighting Illegal Trade [viewed]

Itto12 June 2015: The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO), the Government of Japan, and the 'Committee for Wood Utilization Caravan to Bridge Forest and City of Japan,' convened a workshop on illegal trade in tropical timber in order to address challenges, identify opportunities, and review existing approaches and frameworks.

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FAO Biennial Conference Focuses on Nutrition [viewed]

FAO13 June 2015: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) Conference ended its 39th session with an agreement to prioritize raising nutrition levels and addressing climate change, in addition to its work on eradicating hunger.

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UNESCO Designates 20 New Biosphere Reserves [viewed]

mab-unesco9 June 2015: The International Co-ordinating Council of the Man and the Biosphere Programme (MAB) of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has designated 20 new sites to the World Network of Biosphere Reserves, bringing the total number to 651 sites in 120 countries, including 15 transboundary reserves. The list includes Inlay Lake, the first biosphere reserve in Myanmar.

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Event: 51st Meeting of the GEF Council [viewed]

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council meets twice a year to approve new projects with global environmental benefits in the GEF's focal areas of biodiversity, climate change mitigation, chemicals and waste, international waters, land degradation, and sustainable forest management; and in the GEF's integrated approach programs on sustainable cities, taking deforestation out of commodity chains, and sustainability and resilience for food security in Sub-Saharan Africa. The Council also provides guidance to the GEF Secretariat and Agencies. The 25-27 October GEF Council meeting will be preceded on 24 October by a consultation with civil society organizations (CSOs) at the same location. On 27 October the Council will convene as the 21st meeting of the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF) and Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF) also at the same location.  

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DESA Launches Advance Version of GSDR 2015 [viewed]

Global Sustainable Development Report 2015 Edition Advance Unedited Version8 June 2015: The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) released an advance unedited version of the 2015 edition of the Global Sustainable Development Report (GSDR). The 2015 GSDR considers how prepared the scientific community is to inform the integrated and multi-dimensional problem solving and policy making that will be needed for implementing the post-2015 development agenda. It includes contributions from more than 500 scientists and experts from over 20 UN agencies.

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World Environment Day 2015 Focuses on SCP [viewed]

WED 20155 June 2015: Celebrations and events took place around the globe on the occasion of World Environment Day (WED), which focused on the theme, ‘Seven Billion Dreams. One Planet. Consume with Care.' The theme encouraged consumers to rethink their lifestyles and decrease impacts on natural resources by making one change towards more responsible resource consumption and conscious consumer decision-making.

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