Regional Workshop for Central and Eastern Europe and Western Asia on the Clearing-House Mechanism 4-8 April 2016 – Belgrade, Serbia
In paragraph 2(a) of decision X/15 on the clearing-house mechanism (CHM), the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has encouraged Parties to continue to take the necessary steps to establish, strengthen, and ensure the sustainability of, national clearing-house mechanisms (CHM Goal 2). More recently, in paragraph 15 of decision XII/2 B, the Conference of the Parties has strongly encouraged Parties to accelerate the establishment and development of their national clearing-house mechanisms where they have not done so, and in paragraph 16 of the same decision, it has also encouraged Parties and partners to provide support to developing country Parties that are developing their national clearing-house mechanisms. Pursuant to these decisions and thanks to the generous financial support of the Government of Japan, the Secretariat, in collaboration with the Government of Serbia, is organizing a regional workshop for Central and Eastern Europe and Western Asia on the clearing-house mechanism to be held from 4 to 8 April 2016 in Belgrade, Serbia. This workshop is intended for developing countries, but other countries in the region are invited to attend provided that they cover their own costs. The working language of the workshop will be English. The objective of the workshop is to build capacity and provide guidance on how to establish and sustain effective national clearing-house mechanisms, in line with decision X/15 and in support of the National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs). The provisional agenda and other relevant documents will be available online in due course at www.cbd.int/doc/?meeting=chmws-2016-02. All workshop documents will be made available at the following webpage: https://www.cbd.int/doc/?meeting=BRCWS-2016-0i.
Launching a logo design contest for the creation of the IDB 2016 official logo.
the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) is pleased to inform you of its accounts on the most popular social media platforms: - Facebook: The United Nations Decade on Biodiversity - Twitter: @CBDNews - Instagram: @UNBiodiversity These tools present innovative ways to promote the work of the Convention, to engage with different stakeholders and partners, and are in line with Aichi Biodiversity Target 1 “By 2020, at the latest, people are aware of the values of biodiversity and the steps they can take to conserve and use it sustainably”. They thus help in raising awareness with a view to meeting this target. Within this context, I invite Parties and other governments to join our social media platforms and encourage them to share their own platforms with the Secretariat, in order to facilitate coordination. In an effort to involve our online community and raise awareness on the importance of biodiversity in sustaining the livelihoods of communities, which reflects this year’s theme of the International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB), we are launching a logo design contest for the creation of the IDB 2016 official logo. I therefore invite you to share the contest announcement within your networks, with a view to help us reach as many creative designers as possible. You can find the contest announcement at https://www.cbd.int/idb/2016/.
SRI Executive has been retained by the Ramsar Convention Secretariat to assist with their search for an exceptional candidate to fill the position of Secretary General.
NV/037/16 The Permanent Mission of Uruguay to the United Nations Office and other International Organizations in Geneva presents its compliments to the Permanent Missions members of the Ramsar Convention of Wetlands, and has the honour to refer to the process of nomination of a Secretary General of the above mentioned Convention. Taking into account that Uruguay has the presidency of the Standing Committee of the Ramsar Convention of Wetlands for the period 2015-2018, the Permanent Mission of Uruguay is pleased to circulate a publication of The Economist referring to this nomination.
A Global Agreement on Climate Change was adopted in Paris
The global Agreement on the mitigation of climate change was adopted in Paris at the 21-st session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. The Agreement envisages holding the increase of the average global temperature to well below 2 °C. The ambition is to limit this increase to 1.5 °C.