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    Preventing cancer: science at the service of health

    Seventh UNESCO-Paris Match Scientific Forum
    9 November 2010

    Studies have shown that we can avoid 40% of cancers by reducing risk factors and by early detection. Risk factors are influenced by genetics and certain types of lifestyle which can contribute to a higher risk of developing a cancer. The 7th UNESCO-Paris Match Forum aims to demonstrate the scientific basis for making wise health choices to avoid developing a cancer and once cured, having a relapse. More

     

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    UNESCO and the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Conference of the Parties (COP 10), Nagoya, Japan 18 to 29 October 2010

    At its 10th meeting of the COP 10 in Nagoya, Japan, the CBD COP 10 is due to adopt a revised and updated Strategic Plan including new biodiversity target(s) for the post-2010 period as well as the International Regime on Access and Benefit Sharing. More 

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    Publication of the UNESCO Report ‘Engineering: Issues, Challenges and Opportunities for Development’

    This is the first ever international report on engineering from UNESCO and it is intended to: identify issues and challenges facing engineering; promote better public understanding of engineering and its role in society; and highlight ways of making engineering and engineering education more attractive to young people, especially women. More

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    13 de Octubre: Día Internacional para la Reducción de los Desastres Naturales

    Los riesgos que entrañan los peligros naturales son inexorables. Los catastróficos terremotos de Chile y Haití, las inundaciones generalizadas en Pakistán y los incendios forestales ocurridos en diversos países han provocado calamidades de vastas proporciones y han sido para el mundo un recordatorio de nuestra vulnerabilidad a los desastres naturales. Las capas más pobres de la población son las que más padecen sus efectos. Más 

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    Understanding Sea-Level Rise

    Coastal zones have changed profoundly during the 20th century with increasing populations, economies and urbanization. With coastal development continuing at a rapid pace, society is becoming increasingly vulnerable to sea-level rise and variability as Hurricane Katrina demonstrated in New Orleans in 2005. More 

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    New Geoparks: geological heritage for sustainable development

    The Global Geoparks Network Bureau assembled on 3 October 2010 in the framework of the 9th European Geoparks Conference in Levos, Greece. Eleven new Geoparks were admitted to the Global Network of National Geoparks which now has 77 members in 24 countries. More 

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    Workshop on metrics and methodologies of estimation of extreme climate events

    The Workshop focus is on phenomenology and methodological aspects of the quantitative estimation of different climate extremes under observed and future climate conditions using observational and model data. More 

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    Spotlight on Geoparks: geological heritage for sustainable development

    The Global Geoparks Network Bureau will assemble on 3 October 2010 in the framework of the 9th European Geoparks Conference in Levos, Greece. It is expected that several new Geoparks with be admitted to the Global Network of National Geoparks. More 

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    UN Summit focuses on Small Island Developing States and Biodiversity

    The UN General Assembly will review progress and make recommendations on the implementation of the Mauritius Strategy (Mauritius+5) for the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and will discuss the global biodiversity crisis as a contribution to the 2010 International Year of Biodiversity. More 

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    Science: driver of economic development

    Finding new solutions to sustainable growth through the ‘green economy’ will be the challenge of the 21st century through investment and building capacity in S&T and engineering. UNESCO’s programmes in science policy, engineering and university-industry partnerships encourage investment in science education and scientific research to ultimately translate into employment and prosperity. Discover more about UNESCO’s programmes in these fields. More 

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    UNESCO Science Action Plan to Assist in Pakistan’s Flood Disaster

    A multidisciplinary team of six senior science experts from UNESCO and associated centres of excellence met leading scientific figures and heads of institutions in Islamabad resulting in an integrated, nationally owned, scientific plan to enhance short- and long-term capacity to manage floods and related geohazards. More 

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    23 August: Mapping the oceans to save the seas

    Marine ecosystems provide us with a minimum of US$20.9 trillion in goods and services every year. Yet, we treat the sea like a sewer, a dump and an inexhaustible supply of fish. The ecological responses tell it all: a loss of over 90% of top predators, collapsing fisheries and a shift from vertebrate-rich waters to seas dominated by jellyfish, with an increasing number of dead zones.

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    Celebrating the indigenous knowledge of the Mayangna people

    Book launched on local indigenous knowledge of the fish and turtles of the BOSAWAS Biosphere Reserve. The book “Conocimientos del Pueblo Mayangna sobre la Convivencia del Hombre y la Naturaleza” was successfully launched in July 2010 in Managua, Nicaragua. Available in Mayangna and Spanish, the 400-page book in two volumes captures the knowledge, know-how and worldview of the Mayangna people. More 

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    UNESCO Science to Assist in Pakistan’s Flood Disaster

    Over the course of July and early August 2010, Pakistan experienced the worst monsoon-related floods in living memory. Heavy rainfall, flash floods and riverine floods have devastated large parts of Pakistan since the arrival of seasonal monsoon rains on 22 July. More

     

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    First karez restored in Irak

    Water has returned to the village of Shekh Mamudian in northern Iraq, three years after it stopped flowing. In January, UNESCO completed the refurbishment of a traditional aqueduct (karez, or qanat) supplying 900 people with water. Funded by the European Union to the tune of US$1.6 million, the UNESCO project has also been designed to provide onsite training for Iraqi karez practitioners, who will go on to refurbish up to 20 additional karez in the coming year within the project.

    ::  A World of Science, Vol.8, N°2 (p. 13)
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    Young women from the Aral Sea Basin weaving carpets with natural dyes for export

    Can a blue dye save the Aral Sea?

    Indigo, or the blue dye extracted from the leaves of Indigofera tinctoria, is one of the oldest natural dyes in the world. Today, the dye is produced through chemical processes, but producing it naturally could be among solutions to rehabilitating the Aral Sea.

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    UNESCO-led biodiversity travelling exhibition shows how "Biodiversity is Life. Biodiversity is our life."

    The exhibition aims to convey how biodiversity is vital for human well-being, what is causing its loss and how the international community is working to conserve it. Download the exhibition, read more about the content of the exhibition in the UNESCO science newsletter A World of Science, and discover how and where it is being circulated. More 

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    Global Biodiversity Outlook highlights biodiversity loss

    The report recently released by the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) explains that the 2010 Biodiversity Target which aims to achieve a significant drop in the rate of biodiversity loss is far from being attained. More

     

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    19th session of the IHP Intergovernmental Council

    The Intergovernmental Council of the International Hydrological Programme (IHP) of UNESCO held its 19th session from 5 to 9 July 2010 at UNESCO Headquarters, Paris. The IHP Council has overall governing responsibility for planning, defining priorities and supervising the execution of the IHP. More 

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    10th Kovacs colloquium, 2-3 July 2010

    This is the tenth International Hydrological Programme/ International Association of Hydrological Sciences biennial colloquium, named after the brilliant Hungarian hydrologist. It involves many high-level international hydrology experts and happens just before the 19th IHP Intergovernmental Council. More

     

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    Gretchen Kalonji new Assistant Director-General in charge of the Natural Sciences Sector

    The Natural Sciences Sector welcomes its new Assistant Director-General, Professor Gretchen Kalonji on 1 July 2010. Ms Kalonji, from the USA, is the first woman to hold this position in UNESCO. More 

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    H2Ooooh! and the Pet Pals

    H2Ooooh! Water Project

    H2Ooooh! Water is an animated television series, developed by Gruppo Alcuni in collaboration with the UNESCO Venice Office and RAI Fiction, which involved young students from all over Italy to create stories related to water: its use, its exploitation, its limited availability, and the sharing of conservation tips. More 

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    The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission - 50th Anniversary

    On 8 June 2010 UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) celebrates its 50th anniversary in UNESCO Paris.   

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    The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission - IOC

    Established in 1960, the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO promotes international cooperation and coordinates programmes in marine research, services, observation systems, hazard mitigation and capacity development in order to learn more and better manage the nature and resources of the ocean and coastal areas. More 

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    5 June: World Environment Day 2010

    The theme of WED 2010 is “Many Species. One Planet. One Future.” It echoes the urgent call to conserve the diversity of life on our planet. A world without biodiversity is a very bleak prospect. The variety of life on our planet – known as ‘biodiversity’ – gives us our food, clothes, fuel, medicine and much, much more. More 

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    13 nuevas Reservas de Biosfera en la Red Mundial de Reservas de Biosfera

    El Consejo Internacional de Coordinación del Programa sobre el Hombre y la Biosfera (MAB) de la UNESCO ha añadido a la Red Mundial de Reservas de Biosfera (WNBR) 13 nuevos sitios de 15 países. La Red totaliza ahora 564 reservas situadas en 109 países. Más

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    UNESCO y el Programa sobre el Hombre y la Biosfera (MAB)

    Nuevas reservas de biosfera serán designadas en la 22ª reunión del Consejo Internacional de Coordinación del Programa sobre el Hombre y la Biosfera (MAB), del 31 de mayo al 4 de junio en la sede de la Organización (Sala XII). El Consejo designará también a los ganadores de varias becas del Programa MAB. Más

     

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    Un Sistema de Información Geográfica 4D para apoyar la conservación del sitio arqueológico y reserva de la biosfera de Calakmul, México

    En el marco de un convenio de colaboración con la UNESCO y con el objetivo de ayudar a las autoridades mexicanas del Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia (INAH) y de la Comisión Nacional de Áreas Naturales Protegidas (CONANP) en la conservación de este lugar, la Oficina federal belga de política científica (BELSPO) financió el proyecto “Sistema de Información Geográfica 4D de Calakmul”. Más 

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    Biodiversity, Development and Poverty Alleviation

    22 May: The International Day for Biological Diversity.

    This year, the IDB is part of the International Year of Biodiversity!

    Recognizing the Role of Biodiversity for Human Well-being. More

     

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    Natural Sciences in Africa

    UNESCO celebrates Africa Week from 25 to 29 May. With gender equality, Africa is one of the two overriding priorities of the Organization. UNESCO actively works to assist African countries to develop effective national science policies and build capacity in the water, ocean, ecological and basic sciences. Discover some of the programmes that the Natural Sciences Sector has developed in Africa. More

     

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    Sustainable Development and Biodiversity Cities

    UNESCO at the UN Pavilion - Shangai World Expo 2010

    Within the broader paradigm of sustainability and quality of life, the Natural Sciences Sector of UNESCO proposes to articulate how in urban areas, scientific knowledge of terrestrial and marine ecosystems, including of land, freshwater and oceans is essential to better cities and better lives, to reducing poverty and to mitigating the effects of climate change. More

     

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    Third Human Variome Project Meeting

    Alleviate needless human suffering for many millions of the world’s people by collecting, organising and sharing data on genetic variation. More 

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    World Press Freedom Day 2010

    UNESCO’s celebration of World Press Freedom Day 2010 will highlight the importance of freedom of information as an integral part of freedom of expression and its contribution to democratic governance. More

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    Congo: on the road to reforming its science and technology system

    UNESCO has just published a brochure summarizing an ongoing project to reposition the national science system in Congo. More

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    Volcanoes and the UNESCO Natural Disaster Reduction Programme

    UNESCO has promoted a study on an International Mobile Early-Warning System for Volcanic Eruptions (IMEWS), on the basic premise that an improved international system of rapid response and mutual assistance is needed to better cope with volcanic crises. More

     

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    22 April. You Matter. It works.

    International Mother Earth Day. This year, Earth Day is a call to action - a global referendum on climate change. More 

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    TOGA Wind Buoy Deployed

    Helping Meteorologists and Oceanographers worldwide

    The Data Buoy Cooperation Panel is an international programme coordinating the use of autonomous data buoys to observe atmospheric and oceanographic conditions, over ocean areas where few other measurements are taken. More 

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    Participation Programme and Science Policy Activities

    UNESCO’s programme in science policy provides assistance and policy advice to Member States to better integrate science and technology in their development agendas and to strengthen their science, technology and innovation (STI) systems through the formulation and implementation of action plans, policies and strategies. More 

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    Participation Programme and the Water Sciences

    The Participation Programme in Kazakstan investigates global change impacts on glacier, snow and water resources. More 

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    Participation Programme and Man and the Biosphere Programme (MAB)

    The regional support project “Strengthening the ERAIFT capacities as a Regional Centre of Excellence for the Sub-Saharan Africa” constitutes a good example of “success stories” in the field of UNESCO’s Training, Research and Capacity Building focused on Africa. More 

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    Participation Programme and Small Islands Developing States (SIDS)

    The Participation Programme provided direct assistance to initiatives undertaken by SIDS Member States and Associate Members, in line with priorities determined by the countries themselves and the Approved Programme and Budget for the Organization. More 

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    Participation Programme and Renewable Energies

    Renewable Energy for Development and Climate Change Mitigation

    The global nature of energy challenges makes it all the more important to make use of local renewable energy resources and adopt appropriate management tools. More

     

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    The Natural Sciences Sector Responding to Local Needs

    Through its Participation Programme, UNESCO provides direct assistance to initiatives undertaken by Member States, in line with the priorities that they themselves determine, in the Organization’s fields of competence. More 

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    1000 Cities, 1000 Lives

    World Health Day 2010 will focus on urbanization and health. With the campaign "1000 cities - 1000 lives", events will be organized worldwide calling on cities to open up streets for health activities. Stories of urban health champions will be gathered to illustrate what people are doing to improve health in their cities. More 

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    Marine Information Management: helping to understand and protect the marine environment

    On our blue planet, the dominant feature is ocean. It contains 97 percent of the Earth’s water and releases vapor into the atmosphere that returns as rain, sleet, and snow, ever replenishing the planet with freshwater. More 

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    Beams collided at 7 TeV in the LHC at 13:06 CEST on 30th March, marking the start of the LHC research programme

    “It’s a great day to be a particle physicist,” said CERN's Director General Rolf Heuer. “A lot of people have waited a long time for this moment, but their patience and dedication is starting to pay dividends.” More 

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    First attempt at 7 TeV collisions in CERN’s LHC scheduled for 30 March

    Since the re-start in November 2009 of the world’s largest and most powerful particle accelerator, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) of CERN, the machine is set to attempt proton beam collisions at 7 tera-electron-volts (TeV) (3.5 TeV per beam) on 30 March. As of 23 March 2010, proton beams are routinely circulating at 3.5 TeV in the LHC. More

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    Mensajes para jóvenes: El futuro pertenece a los jóvenes...

    … y sois vosotros los que os veréis más afectados por las decisiones que se tomen ahora sobre el cambio climático, los alimentos, la energía, la degradación del medio ambiente, la estabilidad económica y el desafío continuo que supone la pobreza en el mundo. Este tipo de decisiones influirán en vuestra forma y en vuestra calidad de vida, e incluso podrían determinar cuánto tiempo vais a vivir. Por eso es muy importante que mostréis vuestro interés en estos temas ahora, ya sea de forma individual o colectiva, y os aseguréis de que se escuchen vuestros puntos de vista. Más

    Fuente: 3er Informe de las Naciones Unidas sobre el desarrollo de los recursos hídricos en el mundo

     

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    22 de Marzo - Día Mundial del Agua : Agua limpia para un Mundo Sano

    La ONU-Agua está dedicando el Día Mundial del Agua 2010 al tema de la calidad del agua, reflejando así su importancia junto con el factor de la cantidad del preciado recurso en la gestión de los recursos hídricos. Las actividades que se celebrarán durante el Día Mundial del Agua en 2010, estarán dirigidas a transmitir mensajes sobre la calidad del agua, los ecosistemas y el bienestar humano. Más 

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    International Year of Biodiversity Travelling Exhibition

    UNESCO, in collaboration with the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and Centre Sciences, Orléans have joined efforts to create a travelling exhibition to convey the key IYB messages on biodiversity. More

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    Chilean tsunami crosses entire Pacific Ocean

    A series of severe earthquakes hit Central Chile on Saturday, 27 Feb. The major one off Concepcion at 06:34 UTC had a magnitude of 8.8. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center PTWC in Hawaii, USA issued a regional warning at 06:46. The first sea level measurements at Valparaiso with 1.3 m and Talcahuano with 2.3 m confirmed a tsunami had been generated. More

     

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    10 March: From Commitment to Action: UNESCO’s contribution to IYB

    Biodiversity conservation, on which every aspect of human well-being and the achievement of the international development goals depends, can only be tackled by taking into account the multidisciplinary dimension of the challenge it represents. More 

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    Five exceptional women scientists from around the world received the 2010 L'Oréal-UNESCO Awards in the Life Sciences

    L'Oréal and UNESCO are acting to promote women scientists who are devoting their lives, with strength and passion, to finding solutions to tomorrow's challenges. More 

     

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    The 12th Annual L’ORÉAL-UNESCO Awards For Women in Science Honours

    In 12 years, the programme has recognised 62 Laureates, 150 International Fellows, 700 National Fellows. It is today a benchmark of international scientific excellence, and an invaluable source of motivation, support, and inspiration for women in the scientific field. More  

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    Ocean observing system for climate

    The sea surface temperatures set by the dynamics of the tropical oceans interact strongly with the tropical atmosphere, affecting winds and patterns of convection and precipitation, coupling back with the ocean dynamics. Atmospheric teleconnections can also affect conditions over many parts of the globe. More 

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    Geoscience in the service of society

    A global knowledge of the Earth sciences is increasingly needed, notably in the study of climate change, which is the biggest threat humankind has ever faced. Climate has changed dramatically throughout the Earth’s history, a certainty which is well known to those who study the geosciences. More 

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    UNESCO identifies post-disaster priorities for science in Haiti

    In the wake of the earthquake which struck Haiti on 12 January, UNESCO began making contact with the large scientific community that makes up the Organization’s scientific programmes. More

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    Mayangna knowledge of the co-existence of People and Nature: Fish and Turtles

    This publication, which has benefited from the support of the Norwegian Embassy in Nicaragua, is the outcome of many years of work with the Mayangna peoples of the Bosawas Biosphere Reserve. It documents in great detail their indigenous knowledge of the aquatic environment, in particular of fish and turtles. More 

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    Biodiversity targets will not be met in 2010

    On 21 January, participants in the launch of the International Year of Biodiversity at UNESCO headquarters in Paris learned that no country in the world will meet the goal of reducing the rate of biodiversity loss by 2010, the target set in 2002 at the World Summit on Sustainable Development. More

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    El Reto Global de la Biodiversidad

    La biodiversidad, variedad de formas que adquiere la vida, es la base, unas veces visible otras inapreciable, de la existencia humana. Grandes segmentos de la creciente población urbana desconocen hasta qué punto su bienestar material, social y cultural se sustenta sobre ésta. Más 

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    Cinco años después del tsunami en el Océano Índico

    Antes del tsunami de diciembre de 2004, no existía ningún sistema en el Océano Índico para advertir a las poblaciones costeras de un peligro inminente. Ahora, cinco años más tarde y después de intensos esfuerzos de veintiocho gobiernos de todo el Océano Índico y una gran campaña internacional coordinada por la Comisión Oceanográfica Intergubernamental de la UNESCO un multi-sistema de alarma está firmemente instalado. Más 

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    La Diversidad Biológica es Vida. La Diversidad Biológica es Nuestra Vida

    El Año Internacional de la Diversidad Biológica, declarado por las Naciones Unidas, marca la celebración de la Meta Biodiversidad 2010 con la que se pretende reducir significativamente el ritmo de perdida de biodiversidad para dicha fecha. La UNESCO a través de las ciencias, tanto naturales como sociales y humanas, la cultura y su diversidad, la educación y la comunicación, contribuye de manera multidisciplinar a la lucha contra las causas que se encuentran al origen de la erosión y de la perdida de biodiversidad, consecuencia de un desarrollo no sostenible. Más 

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    Felices fiestas!

    El secretariado del Sector de Ciencias exactas y naturales de la UNESCO les desea unas felices fiestas y un excelente año 2010.

    2010 será el Año Internacional de la Diversidad Biológica, una ocasión para descubrir el papel vital que tiene la biodiversidad para el bienestar humano y en el mantenimiento de la vida en La Tierra.

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    Sitio web de l’UNESCO : Año Internacional de la Diversidad Biológica

     

     

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