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Event: UN Summit for Adoption of Post-2015 Development Agenda[viewed]

The UN Summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda was mandated by the UN General Assembly on 25 September 2013 (Resolution 68/6).

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Uganda Accedes to the Gorilla Agreement [viewed]

The Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) Secretariat has announced that Uganda has deposited its instrument of accession to the Gorilla Agreement.

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Member States Adopt Draft Outcome of SIDS Conference [viewed]

UN Member States adopted the Draft Outcome of the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS), titled 'Accelerated Modalities of Action [S.A.M.O.A.] Pathway,' concluding the work of the Preparatory Committee. The resumed PrepCom took place until 11 July 2014.

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Event: Second Natural Capital Summit of the Natural Capital Initiative[viewed]

The Natural Capital Initiative's (NCI) Second Natural Capital Summit will bring together 250 leaders from academia, policy, business, and civil society to discuss the role of natural capital accounting in planning and decision-making.

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OWG Concludes Work, Submits SDG Proposal to UNGA[viewed]

The UN General Assembly's Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) has concluded its work, adopting by acclamation a report containing 17 proposed SDGs and their 169 targets. The proposal will be submitted to the UN General Assembly for consideration and action at its 68th session.

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World Bank, GEF Highlight their Contributions to Fighting Illegal Wildlife Trade[viewed]

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the World Bank report that illegal wildlife trade has taken a major toll on the world's threatened species. Globally, illegal wildlife trade is estimated to be a multi-billion per year industry and the fourth largest illegal trade after drugs, humans, and weapons. The difference, highlighted by the finance institutions, is that global illegal wildlife trade involves a finite and rapidly diminishing amount of resources.

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Arctic Council's TFOPP Progresses on Oil Pollution Prevention Action Plan[viewed]

The third meeting of the Arctic Council's Task Force on Arctic Marine Oil Pollution Prevention (TFOPP) continued developing an ‘Arctic Council Action Plan for Oil Pollution Prevention' and related cooperative arrangements. The TFOPP, which convened in Ottawa, Canada on 12-13 June, was co-chaired by the Russian Federation and Norway, and is expected to present the outcomes of its work and any recommendations for further action at the Arctic Council Ministerial meeting in 2015.

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CBD Releases Working Group Report on LMO Risk Assessment [viewed]

The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has released the report of the Ad hoc Technical Expert Group (AHTEG) on Risk Assessment and Risk Management under the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety. Among other recommendations, the group recommends that the seventh Meeting of the Conference of the Parties serving as Meeting of the Parties to the Protocol (COP-MOP 7) endorse the Guidance on Risk Assessment of Living Modified Organisms (LMOs).

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CIFOR Focuses on Tropical Dry Forests [viewed]

The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), following an assessment of the state of research on tropical dry forests, has published ‘Tropical Dry Forests: Under threat and under-researched,' which notes that dry forests account for about half of all tropical and sub-tropical forests, yet, receive proportionally much less attention from both a research and policy standpoint.

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Indigenous Mountain Communities Discuss Climate Change, Food Security[viewed]

Indigenous mountain communities from ten countries formed an International Network of Mountain Indigenous Peoples at a workshop in Bhutan. The workshop, which discussed how to respond to climate change impacts on their food and farming systems, resulted in The Bhutan Declaration on Climate Change and Mountain Indigenous Peoples.

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