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UNEP Announces Director for the New Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN)

Feb 10, 2014 No Comments by

In January 2014, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) announced the appointment of Jukka Uosukainen as the Director of the Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN). The Centre’s main objective is to support the Technology Mechanism of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and in improving resilience to [...]

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The Montreal Protocol: Solid contributions in the fight against climate change

Dec 17, 2013 No Comments by

Recent analysis has called attention to the positive effects of the Montreal Protocol in the fight against global warming. The treaty’s formal purpose is to save the ozone layer from destruction due to CFCs in the atmosphere. It was successfully negotiated and adopted in the 1980s by the vast majority of nations. It is considered [...]

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Oxfam America Publishes Report on the Effects of the Sugar Industry on Land Grabbing

Oct 10, 2013 No Comments by

Oxfam America has recently published a background paper on land grabbing and the sugar supply chains from the world’s food and beverage industries. Sugar cane is one of the commodities – together with soy and palm oil – most responsible for driving the competition over land in developing countries. While global sugar production occupies an [...]

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COP11 for the UNCCD Concludes With a Stronger Commitment for Preventing Land Degradation

Oct 02, 2013 No Comments by

September 27th marked the conclusion of the eleventh session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD COP11) convened in Windhoek, Namibia. Approximately 3,000 representatives from governments, UN agencies, international organizations and NGOs participated in the meeting, which included a session of the Committee on Science and Technology,  the [...]

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Chinese Athlete Joins Effort for Elephants’ Protection

Oct 01, 2013 No Comments by

The efforts for the protection of elephants have won a new ally. Yao Ming, the 7-foot-6-inch NBA veteran began a campaign against ivory trade and elephant poaching in support of the activities of WildAid, an NGO dedicated to the protection of wildlife from illegal trade. As part of his efforts, the basketball player recently visited [...]

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UN Secretary-General appoints new Executive Secretary for UNCCD (*)

Sep 23, 2013 No Comments by

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Monique Barbut as the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) for a three year-term, taking effect as of 1 October 2013. Barbut has been committed to issues of Desertification, Land Degradation and Drought through her previous work as Chief Executive Officer of the [...]

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