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OWG Co-Chairs Issue Working Document with 16 Focus Areas, 140 Targets[viewed]

The Co-chairs of the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have issued a revised working document in preparation for the 11th session (OWG 11). The new document represents the latest revision to the set of "focus areas" under consideration in the OWG. It includes 16 focus areas and 140 targets.

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CITES, UNEP and UNEP-WCMC Unveil Improvements to Trade Database[viewed]

Using open-source technology, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the UNEP-World Conservation Monitoring Centre (WCMC) have overhauled the CITES Trade Database. The Database contains approximately 14 million records on international trade in CITES-listed species.

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Carbon Fund Approves REDD+ Proposals from DRC, Ghana, Mexico and Nepal[viewed]

The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Ghana, Mexico and Nepal will each receive $50-$70 million to demonstrate how Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) can work on the ground. Participants from 11 public and private funds adopted resolutions to support these countries' Emission Reduction Program Idea Notes (ER-PINs) at the Ninth Meeting of the Carbon Fund (CF9) of the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF).

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FAO Promotes Genetic Diversity in Agriculture through National Adaptation Plans[viewed]

Building on its climate change programme of work, the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has begun to draft guidelines for the integration of genetic diversity into national climate change adaptation planning.

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UNRIC Newsletter Addresses Plastics Waste[viewed]

The April 2014 newsletter from the UN Regional Information Centre for Western Europe (UNRIC) focuses on plastic waste, including articles on the EU's recent agreement to ban certain plastic bags by 2020, and a proposal by the UN Association of Finland that the Government of Finland initiates a global UN treaty on plastic debris in the oceans.

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Event: CBD Workshop for Eastern and Southern Africa on Ecosystem Conservation and Restoration[viewed]

Organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), this capacity-building workshop for Southern and Eastern Africa will focus on ecosystem conservation and restoration to support achievement of the Aichi biodiversity targets.

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Event: Ninth Ad Hoc Open-ended Informal Working Group to Study Issues Relating to the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Marine BBNJ[viewed]

This meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Informal Working Group to study issues relating to the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity beyond areas of national jurisdiction (BBNJ) is the third of three meetings (April 2014, June 2014 and January 2015) that the UN General Assembly (UNGA) requested be convened.

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Event: 65th Meeting of the CITES Standing Committee [viewed]

The 65th meeting of the Standing Committee of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES SC65) will be held in Geneva, Switzerland.

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Event: Eighth Ad Hoc Open-ended Informal Working Group to Study Issues Relating to the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Marine BBNJ[viewed]

This meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Informal Working Group to study issues relating to the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity beyond areas of national jurisdiction (BBNJ) is the second of three meetings (April 2014, June 2014 and January 2015) that the UN General Assembly (UNGA) requested be convened.

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Event: CBD Workshop for Asia and the Pacific on Resource Mobilization[viewed]

This workshop is one of a series of regional workshops to support parties in the establishment of robust baselines and reporting frameworks, and the preparation of national financial plans for biodiversity.

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