Asia

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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UNEP Supports China's Next Five-Year Plan; Partners with Xinhua News Agency [viewed]

unep_china10 June 2015: A High-level Expert Panel of Chinese Government Officials and representatives of the UN Environmental Programme (UNEP) adopted recommendations with regard to incorporating environmental and sustainable development objectives in China's upcoming Five-Year Plan 2016-2020.

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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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G7 Schloss Elmau Declaration Affirms Copenhagen Accord on US$100 Billion for Climate [viewed]

G7 Germany8 June 2015: G7 leaders issued a wide-ranging outcome document, the Schloss Elmau Declaration, at the close of their two-day meeting in Germany, in which they affirmed the 2009 Copenhagen Accord agreement to raise US$100 billion in annual climate financing from public and private sources, committed to make the Green Climate Fund fully operational in 2015, and promised action on the post-2015 sustainable development goals (SDGs), resource efficiency, marine litter and renewable energy.

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ASEAN Social Forestry Experts Meet [viewed]

ASEAN ASFN4 June 2015: The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Social Forestry Network (ASFN) met from 1-5 June 2015 for its 6th Conference and 9th Annual Meeting. The conference focused on the role of social forestry in supporting community livelihoods and environmental conservation.

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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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GEF Council Approves Largest Proposed Work Program in History of GEF Financing [viewed]

Participants at the 48th meeting of the GEF Council 4 June 2015: The 48th meeting of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council adopted the largest proposed Work Program in the history of GEF financing, involving a total of US$709 million of GEF Trust Fund resources, plus an indicative amount of US$4.81 billion in co-financing. The Work Program encompasses Integrated Approach Pilots (IAPs) on sustainable cities, food security in sub-Saharan Africa, and taking deforestation out of commodity supply chains, as well as other projects and programs.

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FAO and IKEA Partner in Viet Nam [viewed]

FAO and IKEA Partner in Viet Nam3 June 2015: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) announced a partnership with IKEA to support forest certification in Viet Nam. The partnership aims to identify and evaluate options for and barriers to sustainable forest management (SFM) certification while empowering forest-dependent communities.

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