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Latest News - 23 April 2014
UN Celebrates International Mother Earth Day 2014
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22_April_2014: The UN commemorated International Mother Earth Day 2014 with statements and events around the world. Mother Earth Day 2014 focused on green cities, with the aim of raising awareness on how collective action can transform cities and forge a sustainable future. continued...
UNEP Highlights Potential for Green and Decent Jobs
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April_2014: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released a fourth publication in its series of Post-2015 Notes. 'Green and Decent Jobs for Poverty Eradication' outlines potential growth areas for jobs that deliver decent working conditions as well as environmental benefits, citing International Labour Organization (ILO) estimates that 600 million new jobs need to be created over the next ten years. continued...
OWG Co-Chairs Issue Working Document with 16 Focus Areas, 140 Targets
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17_April_2014: The Co-chairs of the Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have issued a revised working document in preparation for the OWG's 11th session. 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. continued...
CITES, UNEP and UNEP-WCMC Unveil Improvements to Trade Database
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17_April_2014: 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. continued...
Carbon Fund Approves REDD+ Proposals from DRC, Ghana, Mexico and Nepal
Read More: Carbon Fund Approves REDD+ Proposals from DRC, Ghana, Mexico and Nepal
17_April_2014: 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. continued...
FAO Promotes Genetic Diversity in Agriculture through National Adaptation Plans
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16_April_2014: 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. continued...
UNRIC Newsletter Addresses Plastics Waste
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April_2014: 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. continued...
Thirty Donor Countries Pledge US$4.43 Billion for GEF-6
Read More: Thirty Donor Countries Pledge US$4.43 Billion for GEF-6
16_April_2014: The negotiations on the sixth replenishment of the Global Environment Facility Trust Fund (GEF-6) concluded with pledges totaling US$4.43 billion over four years. continued...
CMS Releases Draft Assessment of MOUs for Comment
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16_April_2014: The Secretariat of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) has invited parties to comment on the 'Assessment of the CMS Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) and their Viability,' as called for by CMS Resolution 10.9, Annex 1, activity 5.3.  continued...
Biodiversity Policy & Practice Calendar: Current & Upcoming Events
Intersessional Meeting for 3rd International Conference on SIDS New York City, US 21 Apr - 25 Apr
Global Oceans Action Summit for Food Security and Blue Growth The Hague, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands 22 Apr - 25 Apr
Fourth Meeting of the Pacific Biosphere Reserve Network Nadi, Western, Fiji 23 Apr - 25 Apr
Collaborative Partnership on Sustainable Wildlife Management Meeting Milan, Lombardia, Italy 24 Apr - 27 Apr
CBD Workshop for Southeast Asia on Ecosystem Conservation and Restoration Jambi, Indonesia 28 Apr - 2 May
CBD Workshop for the Caribbean on Ecosystem Conservation and Restoration Belize City, Belize 28 Apr - 2 May
27th Meeting of the CITES AC, 21st Meeting of the CITES PC and Joint AC/PC Session Veracruz, Mexico 28 Apr - 8 May
CBD Online Forum on Public Participation Concerning Living Modified Organisms virtual 28 Apr - 9 May
Workshop on Green Economy and Social Aspects of Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) Santander, Cantabria, Spain 29 Apr - 30 Apr
CBD Regional Workshop for African Countries on the Clearing-House Mechanism Buea, Cameroon 5 May - 9 May
Eleventh Session of the Open Working Group on SDGs New York City, US 5 May - 9 May
CBD Workshop for Asia and the Pacific on Resource Mobilization Bangkok (Krung Thep), Thailand 6 May - 8 May
World Migratory Bird Day 2014 TBA 10 May - 11 May
CBD Workshop for Eastern and Southern Africa on Ecosystem Conservation and Restoration Livingstone, Southern, Zambia 12 May - 16 May
13th Session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (PFII 13) New York City, US 12 May - 23 May
 
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