UN General Assembly Designates 3 March as World Wildlife Day [viewed]

40th anniversary of CITES23 December 2013: The UN General Assembly has adopted Resolution A/C.2/68/L.48, which designates 3 March, the day of the adoption of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), as World Wildlife Day, to celebrate and raise awareness of wild fauna and flora worldwide. 

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SPREP Highlights Marine Mammal Conservation Efforts [viewed]

SPREP23 December 2013: The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) has announced plans to boost marine mammal conservation initiatives in 2014, with particular focus on supporting implementation of the SPREP Marine Species Action Plans 2013-2017.  

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Burkina Faso Joins FCPF [viewed]

World Bank AFDB20 December 2013: The Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) has announced the admittance of Burkina Faso as a REDD+ funding eligible country. The announcement was accompanied by US$3.8 million in funding to develop and begin implementation of a national REDD+ strategy.

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International Mountain Day Highlights Role of Family Farmers [viewed]

Mountain Partnership19 December 2013: To celebrate International Mountain Day on 11 December 2013, UN organizations hosted an open event in New York City, US, and released a new publication focusing on mountain farming systems.

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UN Secretary-General Appoints DRR and Water Special Envoy [viewed]

United Nations19 December 2013: Han Seung-soo, Republic of Korea, has been appointed to the position of UN Secretary-General Special Envoy for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Water, with the aim to engage private sector and civil society support for water-related DRR work being undertaken by the UN.

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WSP Assesses Water Quality Interventions in Indonesia [viewed]

WSP19 December 2013: The World Bank Water and Sanitation Program (WSP), in cooperation with the Asian Development Bank (ASB), has published an economic assessment of interventions to improve water quality in Indonesia, titled 'Downstream Impacts of Water Pollution in the Upper Citarum River, West Java, Indonesia.'

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Global Mechanism Launches SLM Project for Ten African Countries [viewed]

UNCCD GLOBAL MECHANISM (GM)18 December 2013: During a partnership forum for the Great Green Wall for the Sahara and the Sahel Initiative (GGWSSI), the Global Mechanism (GM) of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) launched the Front Local Environnemental pour une Union VertE (Local Environmental Coalition for a Green Union) (FLEUVE) program.

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Drin Basin Conference Engages Stakeholders on Transboundary Management [viewed]

unece-gwp17 December 2013: The 2nd Drin Basin Multi-Stakeholders Conference provided stakeholders from throughout the Drin Basin an opportunity to consult on the implementation of the Memorandum of Understanding for the Management of the Drin Basin (Drin MoU), signed on 25 November 2011, by Albania, Greece, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Kosovo and Montenegro.

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UNCCD and GEF Secretariats Discuss Support for National Action Programs, Reporting and Review [viewed]

gef-unccd13 December 2013: The Secretariats of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and Global Environment Facility (GEF) met for a joint-retreat to discuss collaborative strategies to support Party obligations under the Convention, following discussions at the eleventh session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 11) to the UNCCD, held in Windhoek, Namibia from 16-27 September 2013.

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First AfDB Rural Water and Sanitation Initiative Coordination Committee Meeting Highlights Best Practices [viewed]

AfDB13 December 2013: The first meeting of the Rural Water and Sanitation Initiative (RWSSI) Coordination Committee (RCC) of the African Development Bank (AfDB) focused on improving national and regional level coordination, supplementing African Minister's Council on Water (AMCOW) leadership, and exchanging regional experiences.

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