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International Mother Earth Day Celebrated around the World [viewed]

ban_ki_moon_concert22 April 2015: In celebration of Earth Day, multilateral institutions and organizations worldwide held public concerts and forums, revealed a 'forest pavilion,' and released special newsletters and statements, among many other commemorative activities. The UN kicked off its Earth Day events with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaking at the Global Citizen Earth Day Concert on 18 April in Washington DC, US, where he told the crowd, "Take your passion and compassion and build a better, sustainable world."

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WNICBR Discusses Climate Change and Sustainable Development [viewed]

UNESCO13 April 2015: At its fifth meeting, held in Attard, Malta, from 24-26 March 2015, the World Network of Island and Coastal Biosphere Reserves (WNICBR) focused on ‘The Impact of Climate Change and Sustainable Development on Island and Coastal Biosphere Reserves.'

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Event: World Education Forum [viewed]

The World Education Forum (WEF) 2015 will take place under the theme, ‘Equitable and inclusive quality education and lifelong learning for all by 2030'. WEF aims to: assess achievements and shortfalls in the implementation of the education-related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the Education for All (EFA) goals during the period 2000-2015; agree on a joint position for the education goals and targets in the post-2015 development agenda; and agree on a comprehensive Framework for Action to guide and support the implementation of the future education agenda. It will address five key themes: right to education; equity; inclusion; quality education; and lifelong learning. The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is convening the Forum in collaboration with the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF), UN Women and the World Bank.  

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GEF, UNESCO Promote Sustainable Fishing Gear and Reduce Plastic Waste [viewed]

sgp-unesco23 February 2015: A project to help fishermen eliminate ghost nets and transition to sustainable fishing gear conducted by the Fishermen's Association of Rio Cacheu (APC) in Guinea Bissau, with support from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Small Grants Programme, has contributed to the reduction of the use of illegal fishing nets in the National Mangrove Park of Cacheu River (PNTC). Also, the campaign ‘No plastic: A small gesture in our hands,' launched in the Island of Príncipe Biosphere Reserve, São Tomé and Príncipe, in February 2014, has helped reduce plastic waste and promote access to drinking water.

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Event: 12th Meeting of the REDBIOS Network [viewed]

The 12th meeting of East Atlantic Biosphere Reserve Network (REDBIOS) will take place under the auspices of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the Government of the Azores. It will consider knowledge transfer, exchange of experiences, and new opportunities for cooperation between REDBIOS biosphere reserves, paying particular attention to the potential contribution of European cooperation programmes, such as the Transnational Cooperation Programme Madeira-Azores-Canary Islands (PCT-MAC), to the REDBIOS network and its projects. Participants will also examine new and planned applications for biosphere reserves, particularly from Cape Verde and the Azores. The meeting will be attended by representatives from the World Network of Island and Coastal Biosphere Reserves (WNICBR) to discuss future relations with other regional and thematic networks on biosphere reserves.  

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Biodiversity, Forests and Oceans Showcased at SIDS International Conference [viewed]

sids4sep4 September 2014: Oceans, fisheries, the blue economy and forests featured in a number of events held and publications launched on the occasion of the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS).

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SIDS Conference Generates Partnerships to Conserve and Manage Pacific Ocean Resources [viewed]

Samoa Partnerships Commitment4 September 2014: The Third International Conference on Small Island developing States (SIDS) generated financial commitments of US$1.9 billion across nearly 300 partnerships, many of which focus on oceans and biodiversity. At parallel and side events held before and during the Conference, SIDS and their development partners showcased commitments to the sustainable development of oceans, and announced further commitments and goals.

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SIDS Conference Continues Partnership Announcements, Discussing Energy, Oceans and Biodiversity [viewed]

sidsd4sep3 September 2014: The Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) continued plenary discussions, which featured statements and announcements of commitments and partnerships. Two multi-stakeholder partnership dialogues took place on: sustainable energy; and oceans, seas and biodiversity. Numerous side events took place through the day and into the evening, including several focused on renewable energy.

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Extinct Snail Re-discovered at UNESCO Site in Seychelles [viewed]

sif29 August 2014: The Aldabra banded snail (Rhachistia aldabrae), declared extinct in 2007, has been re-discovered at the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage Site of Aldabra Atoll, Seychelles.

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UNESCO Report Illustrates Environmental Change in Caribbean SIDS [viewed]

unesco.gentuniversity1 September 2014: Small island developing States (SIDS) are experiencing among the earliest and most severe climate change impacts, according to a report published by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the University of Ghent, Belgium. The report combines a series of 21 case studies from the Caribbean with satellite images to document environmental change in coastlines, corals, estuaries, forests and mangroves.

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