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Latest News - 27 January 2015
CGRFA Finalizes State of the World's Animal Genetic Resources Report; Agrees on Guidelines on ABS and Genetic Diversity for Climate Adaptation
Read More: CGRFA Finalizes State of the World's Animal Genetic Resources Report; Agrees on Guidelines on ABS and Genetic Diversity for Climate Adaptation
26_January 2015: The fifteenth session of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN's (FAO) Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA 15) addressed a series of sectoral and cross-sectoral issues, including: animal, forest and plant genetic resources; access and benefit-sharing (ABS) for genetic resources for food and agriculture (GRFA); biodiversity and nutrition; and climate change and GRFA. The session was held from 19-23 January 2015, in Rome, Italy. continued...
BBNJ Working Group Concludes Mandate, Agrees on Nature of Future Instrument
Read More: BBNJ Working Group Concludes Mandate, Agrees on Nature of Future Instrument
23_January 2015: Delegates at the ninth 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) reached consensus on the legally binding nature of a future agreement on the conservation and sustainable use of BBNJ under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). continued...
Negotiations Consider Four Elements of Post-2015 Agenda
Read More: Negotiations Consider Four Elements of Post-2015 Agenda
21_January 2015: At the first sessions of intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda, UN Member States and other participants addressed the four elements expected to comprise the new agenda: a declaration; a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and targets, along with eventual indicators; their means of implementation (MOI) and a new Global Partnership for Development; and follow-up and review of implementation. The “stocktaking session” was the first of eight scheduled sessions to prepare the outcome that will be adopted at the UN Summit on the Post-2015 Development Agenda in September 2015. continued...
UNEP Manual Provides Guidance on Valuing SIDS' Ecosystem Services
Read More: UNEP Manual Provides Guidance on Valuing SIDS' Ecosystem Services
26_January 2015: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) launched a manual on calculating the value of ecosystems in small island developing States (SIDS), with the aim of supporting a transition to a green economy. The manual underscores the importance of accounting for the contribution of ecosystem services to human well-being in order to quantify and value these benefits. continued...
Tonga Joins ITPGR
Read More: Tonga Joins ITPGR
21_January 2015: Tonga deposited the instrument of accession to the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) on 16 December 2014, and will become a Party on 16 March 2015, bringing the number of ITPGR Parties to 134. continued...
Biodiversity Policy & Practice Calendar: Current & Upcoming Events
Global Conference on Inland Fisheries, Freshwater, Fish and the Future Rome, Lazio, Italy 26 Jan - 28 Jan
48th Meeting of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands Standing Committee Gland, Vaud, Switzerland 26 Jan - 30 Jan
CBD Webinar: Conservation When Nothing Stands Still: Dryland Cases virtual 27 Jan
Expert Group Meeting on an Optional Protocol to UNDRIP New York City, US 27 Jan - 29 Jan
First Drafting Session on Outcome Document of Third Conference on FfD New York City, US 27 Jan - 29 Jan
Fourth GMS Environment Ministers Meeting Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar 27 Jan - 29 Jan
Les Assises du Vivant 2015: Biodiversity and Climate Change in Interaction Paris, Ile-De-France, France 9 Feb - 10 Feb
Asia Regional Capacity-building Workshop on Mainstreaming Biosafety into National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans and Resource Mobilization Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia 9 Feb - 13 Feb
Intergovernmental Negotiations on Post-2015 Development Agenda - Second Session New York City, US 17 Feb - 20 Feb
Workshop on Linking Global and Regional Levels in the Management of Marine ABNJ Rome, Lazio, Italy 17 Feb - 20 Feb
Sustainable Ocean Initiative Capacity-Building Workshop for South America Lima, Peru 23 Feb - 27 Feb
International Meeting of the Ecosystem-Based Adaptation Community of Practice Lima, Peru 26 Feb - 27 Feb
Beyond Enforcement: Communities, Governance, Incentives and Sustainable Use in Combating Illegal Wildlife Trade Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa 26 Feb - 28 Feb
Africa Environment Day/Wangari Maathai Day worldwide 3 Mar
Second Meeting of the ITPGR Technical Committee on Sustainable Use of PGRFA Rome, Lazio, Italy 3 Mar - 4 Mar
 
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