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Latest News - 1 October 2014
UNGA General Debate 2014 Addresses Oceans, Wildlife, Protected Areas
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30_September 2014: During the UN General Assembly (UNGA) General Debate, many speakers highlighted their priorities for the post-2015 development agenda and discussed global challenges, including international security, terrorism and Ebola. At the same time, several countries stressed the importance of environmental sustainability and shared their visions and achievements on biodiversity, including oceans, wildlife, forests and protected areas (PAs). continued...
EU Adopts Invasive Alien Species Regulation
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29_September 2014: The European Union (EU) adopted legislation to address invasive alien species (IAS), in line with its EU 2020 biodiversity targets and its commitments under the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). The Regulation enables the EU to develop and implement a system to prevent the introduction and spread of IAS, with a focus on the species that cause the most damage. continued...
CBD Secretariat Releases Fact Sheet on Biosafety Protocol Strategic Plan
Read More: CBD Secretariat Releases Fact Sheet on Biosafety Protocol Strategic Plan
28_September 2014: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has released a Fact Sheet summarizing the vision, mission and strategic objectives of the Strategic Plan 2011-2020 for the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety. continued...
ITTO Reports on Partnerships with the EU and CBD
Read More: ITTO Reports on Partnerships with the EU and CBD
26_September 2014: The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) has released two new brochures highlighting partnership projects. The first brochure introduces the Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) programme, which will be implemented with the EU, while the second brochure focuses on progress in the joint initiative with the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) on the protection of tropical forest biodiversity. continued...
Blue Carbon Initiative Helps Assess Coastal Ecosystems Carbon Stocks
Read More: Blue Carbon Initiative Helps Assess Coastal Ecosystems Carbon Stocks
September_2014: The Blue Carbon Initiative, co-led by Conservation International (CI), the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the Intergovernmental Oceanic Commission (IOC) of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), has produced a manual, titled ‘Coastal Blue Carbon: Methods for assessing carbon stocks and emissions factors in mangroves, tidal salt marshes, and seagrass meadows.' continued...
UNEP Calls for Action on Mangroves
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29_September 2014: On the occasion of the 16th Global Meeting of the Regional Seas Conventions and Action Plans, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has issued a report, titled 'The Importance of Mangroves to People: A Call to Action.' The report details the economic and environmental importance of mangroves, as well as tools and policy measures available for protecting them. continued...
UNGA General Debate 2014 Continues Focus on MDGs, Post-2015 Agenda, SIDS
Read More: UNGA General Debate 2014 Continues Focus on MDGs, Post-2015 Agenda, SIDS
29_September 2014: As the 69th UN General Assembly's (UNGA) General Debate entered its second week, speakers continued to reflect on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and outline their priorities for the post-2015 development agenda, including gender equality and women's empowerment, peace and security, and oceans. Small island developing States (SIDS) and landlocked developing countries (LLDCs) highlighted particular challenges and vulnerabilities, with some also addressing the challenge of graduation from least developed country (LDC) status. continued...
Urgency of Healthy Oceans Stressed by Experts, Officials
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26_September 2014: At a high-level special event on ‘Healthy Oceans and Seas: Paving the Way Towards a Sustainable Development Goal,' participants addressed specific ways to conserve and promote the sustainable use of oceans, seas and marine resources, in relation to the proposed SDG 14. Climate change was also a strong theme of the discussion. continued...
Oceans Events Support Ocean Management, Stress Enforcement
Read More: Oceans Events Support Ocean Management, Stress Enforcement
25_September 2014: Participants underscored the importance of improved management and sustainable development of oceans and fisheries at the ‘Our Ocean: Next Steps on Sustainable Fishing and Marine Protected Areas (MPAs)' event. Participants also recognized the importance of ocean resources for the development, livelihoods and food security of small island developing States (SIDS). continued...
UNEP, FAO Partner on Ecosystems and Food Security
Read More: UNEP, FAO Partner on Ecosystems and Food Security
26_September 2014: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to work together towards improving food security through the restoration and sustainable management of ecosystems. The MoU describes a Strategic Partnership Plan and formalizes cooperation between the agencies on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and in the broader context of the post-2015 development agenda. continued...
Biodiversity Policy & Practice Calendar: Current & Upcoming Events
69th Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 69) New York City, US 16 Sep - 1 Oct
16th Global Meeting of the Regional Seas Conventions and Action Plans Athens, Attiki, Greece 29 Sep - 1 Oct
ASCOBANS 21st Advisory Committee Meeting Gothenburg, Vastra Gotaland, Sweden 29 Sep - 1 Oct
Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety COP-MOP 7 Pyeongchang, Gangwon (Kangwon-do), Republic of Korea 29 Sep - 3 Oct
Sustainable Ocean Initiative Global Partnership Meeting Seoul, Seoul-T'Ukpyolsi, Republic of Korea 3 Oct - 4 Oct
XXIV IUFRO World Congress - Sustaining Forests, Sustaining People Salt Lake City, UT, US 5 Oct - 10 Oct
CBD COP 12 Pyeongchang, Gangwon (Kangwon-do), Republic of Korea 6 Oct - 17 Oct
IPBES Side Event at CBD COP 12 Pyeongchang, Gangwon (Kangwon-do), Republic of Korea 8 Oct
14th Congo Basin Forests Partnership (CBFP) Anchor Workshop Brazzaville, Congo 8 Oct - 9 Oct
Access and Benefit-Sharing (ABS) in Latin America and the Caribbean Pyeongchang, Gangwon (Kangwon-do), Republic of Korea 10 Oct
2014 Annual Meetings of World Bank and IMF Washington D.C., US 10 Oct - 12 Oct
CBD Capacity-Building Workshop on the ABS Clearing-House Pyeongchang, Gangwon (Kangwon-do), Republic of Korea 12 Oct
Cities Biodiversity Summit Pyeongchang, Gangwon (Kangwon-do), Republic of Korea 12 Oct - 14 Oct
67th Session of the IMO's Marine Environment Protection Committee London, England, UK 13 Oct - 17 Oct
Nagoya Protocol on ABS COP/MOP-1 Pyeongchang, Gangwon (Kangwon-do), Republic of Korea 13 Oct - 17 Oct
 
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