Open-Ended Intergovernmental Ad Hoc Expert Group on the International Arrangement on Forests Holds First Meeting

Apr 10, 2014 No Comments by

The Open-Ended Intergovernmental Ad Hoc Expert Group on the International Arrangement on Forests (AHEG) held its first meeting in Nairobi, Kenya, from February 24th to February 28th. The group is expected to review the performance and effectiveness of the international arrangement on forests (IAF), and to propose recommendations to the United Nations Forum on Forests [...]

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon Opens Inaugural Meeting of UN Scientific Advisory Board

Jan 31, 2014 No Comments by

The United Nations Scientific Advisory Board held its inaugural meeting on January 30th, 2014. Opening remarks were given by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, who hailed the importance of the new body in shaping political action on issues of sustainable development, the reduction of inequality, and the eradication of poverty. “We need scientific approaches that overcome [...]

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Global Environment Alert Services: Aral Sea

Jan 28, 2014 No Comments by

In the January edition of the Global Environment Alert Services (GEAS), UNEP covers the overwhelming desiccation of the Aral Sea. Though it may not be the most well-known large body of water, the Aral Sea was once the 4th largest lake in the world (note: lake in this instance is defined as inland body of water, [...]

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The “Arctic Sunrise” Case, NGOs, and International Tribunals

Jan 10, 2014 No Comments by

Participation of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) is still a contentious issue in global environmental governance. On the one hand, non-state actors have been increasingly involved in discussions, implementation, monitoring, and decision-making processes that affect international environmental law and policy. On the other, the governmental nature of many organizations, including international tribunals, limits the access to and [...]

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Clean Development Mechanism Funding Dries Up

Nov 14, 2013 No Comments by

Since November 11th, the city of Warsaw has hosted the most recent Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP19). COP19 is set to conclude on November 22, 2013, but before it ends the delegates have much to discuss concerning the future of concerted global efforts to slow climate change. [...]

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UMass Boston Seeks Program Manager for IGERT

Oct 30, 2013 No Comments by

The University of Massachusetts Boston is seeking a Program Manager for the incoming IGERT Program. The IGERT is formally known as the Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship. It is a grant program administered and financed by the National Science Foundation of the United States (NSF). The NSF designed the program at the behest of [...]

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