Meeting

Event: 'My World, My SIDS': Consultation of Young People of the Small Island States of the Caribbean [viewed]

So that young people's voices may be part of this process, the UN Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF), with support from other UN agencies and regional organizations in small island developing States (SIDS), are supporting a process for young people to share their issues, envision the future they want, and participate in developing the outcomes of the 2014 International Conference on SIDS. Two-hundred young islanders, aged from 12 to 30 years old, will be given the opportunity to take part in three workshops of six days each. The events will take place between June and July 2013 in Fiji, Jamaica and Seychelles. Several youth representatives elected by these young people will have the opportunity to represent the voices of SIDS youth during various regional and inter-regional preparatory meetings in the coming months. The Third SIDS Conference, which will be held in 2014, will take place twenty years after the UN Member States gathered for the first time in Barbados in order to identify new challenges and specific needs of SIDS.  

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Event: 21st Meeting of the Adaptation Fund Board [viewed]

The Board of the Adaptation Fund will meet from 3-4 July 2013, in Bonn, Germany. Issues to be considered include the report of the 12th meeting of the Project and Programme Review Committee; the report of the 12th meeting of the Ethics and Finance Committee; objectives and further steps of the Fund; environmental and social safeguards; and financial issues. The Adaptation Fund has been established by the parties to the Kyoto Protocol to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change to finance concrete adaptation projects and programmes in developing countries that are parties to the Kyoto Protocol and are particularly vulnerable to the adverse effects of climate change.  

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Event: GEF Expanded Constituency Workshop (ECW) the Dominican Republic [viewed]

This meeting seeks to promote exercises on national capacity development (NCSA), results-based management, monitoring and evaluation, as well as synergies in project design related to the biodiversity, climate, chemicals and desertification conventions. Participants will also hear updates on the GEF2020 Strategy and on the GEF-6 replenishment process. The targeted audience is GEF focal points, focal points from the main conventions, representatives from civil society and representatives from the GEF Secretariat and the GEF Agencies.  

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Event: ITPGR Latin America and the Caribbean Coordination Workshop [viewed]

Organized by the Secretariat of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR), this workshop will provide a forum for an exchange of views and information on the intersessional process leading to the fifth session of the ITPGR Governing Body, to be held from 24-28 September 2013, in Muscat, Oman.  

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UN Calls on Governments to Recognize Migrants' Social and Economic Contributions [viewed]

jan-eliasson20 June 2013: Opening the Fourth International Forum on Migration and Peace, UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson urged receiving countries to recognize the significant social and economic contributions made by migrants. He called for measures to address discrimination against migrants and promote understanding of migration as “a critical catalyst for development in a globalized world.”

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UNESCO MAB Session Adds 12 Sites to the World Network of Biosphere Reserves [viewed]

mab-unesco30 May 2013: The 25th Session of the International Co-ordinating Council (ICC) of the Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme has added 12 sites to the World Network of Biosphere Reserves. Biosphere Reserves are sites chosen by the MAB Programme to experiment with different approaches to the management of terrestrial, marine and coastal resources, and freshwater. They also serve as in situ laboratories for sustainable development.

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Event: Expert Workshop on the Conceptual Framework for IPBES [viewed]

An international expert workshop on the conceptual framework for the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) will be convened by the IPBES Multidisciplinary Expert Panel (MEP) and co-hosted by the Governments of South Africa and the UK, with additional support from the Government of Japan. The goal of the workshop is to share among the experts and the stakeholders work to-date on and to provide inputs to the development of a draft conceptual framework for the Platform. The outcome of this workshop will form the basis of a recommendation by the MEP of a conceptual framework for adoption by the Plenary at its second session scheduled to take place in Antalya, Turkey, from 9-16 December 2013.  

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Event: Latin America and Caribbean Regional Meeting on SAICM [viewed]

This meeting will be attended by Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) national focal points and representatives of the SAICM Secretariat.  

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Event: Ministerial Conference on Water for Food Crops and Food Security to Address Climate Change and Drought through the ITPGR [viewed]

The 'Ministerial Conference on uses of Water for agricultural purposes, Food Crops and Food Security to Address Climate Change and Drought through the International Treaty' is organized by the Sultanate of Oman and will be held immediately prior to the opening of the fifth session of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) Governing Body.  

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Event: Scaling-Up Strategies to Secure Community Land and Resource Rights [viewed]

This international conference will bring together the wide diversity of stakeholders — governments, local communities, Indigenous Peoples' organizations, private investors, food and resource companies, and conservation organizations — that have a direct, common, and urgent interest in clarifying and securing the ownership of lands and resources. Together, these leaders will share experiences on leading strategies to recognize and secure local land rights, including mapping and other technical interventions, legal and policy reforms, international standards and accountability, and innovative financial mechanisms to support real action and progress. The conference will aim to increase the profile and prioritization of community land rights as a global concern, catalyze new ideas and alliances, and secure commitments to take these strategies forward in coming months and years.  

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