Outcome

IPPC Issues Recommendations on Setting Phytosanitary Standards [viewed]

IPPCAugust 2011: The International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) has published a set of recommendations developed by a focus group, aimed at improving the IPPC standard setting process.

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Andean Community Adopts Common Strategy for Integrated Water Management [viewed]

23 August 2011: The Andean Community's (CAN) chief decision making body, the Council of Foreign Ministers, adopted a legally binding Decision creating an Andean Strategy for the Integrated Management of Water Resources (known  by its Spanish acronym, GIRH). It is estimated that CAN accounts for 10 percent of the world's freshwater.

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CITES Standing Committee Takes Decisions on Elephants, Rhinos, Snakes [viewed]

22 August 2011: The 61st session of the Standing Committee of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES SC 61) considered a complex agenda and agreed to recommendations on several topics, including trade and conservation issues in great apes, elephants, tigers, rhinoceroses, sturgeons, ramin, bigleaf mahogany and other species.

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Parties to Tehran Convention Agree to Preventive Action on Oil Pollution [viewed]

15 August 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has announced that Parties to the Tehran Convention on the environmental protection of the Caspian region have agreed to new protocols on: Regional Preparedness, Response and Cooperation in Combating Oil Pollution Incidents; and environmental impact assessment.

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WIPO IGC Expected to Continue Work on Traditional Knowledge, Genetic Resources, Cultural Expressions [viewed]

28 July 2011: The Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore (IGC) of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) agreed to recommend that the WIPO General Assembly renew its mandate for the 2012-2013 biennium.

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ECOSOC Establishes Committee on Global Geospatial Information Management [viewed]

27 July 2011: The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) has agreed to establish a committee of experts on global geospatial information management to coordinate international dialogue on spatial data infrastructures and enhance cooperation in that field.

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CITES Animals Committee Makes Shark, Snake Trade Recommendations [viewed]

25 July 2011: The 25th meeting of the Animals Committee (AC 25) of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) laid the groundwork for responding to the multiple mandates received from the 15th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 15) to CITES in March 2010.

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CGRFA 13 Adopts Second Global Plan of Action on PGRFA, Takes Action on ABS for Agricultural Biodiversity, Climate Change [viewed]

22 July 2011: The 13th regular session of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) Commission on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA 13) has: adopted the Second Global Plan of Action for Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (PGRFA); established an Ad hoc Technical Working Group on Access and Benefit-sharing (ABS) for genetic resources for food and agriculture (GRFA); and developed a roadmap for climate change and GRFA.

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IWC 63 Postpones Decision on South Atlantic Sanctuary [viewed]

14 July 2011: The 63rd annual meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) was held from 11-14 July 2011, in St Helier, Island of Jersey, UK. Among other issues, the Commission examined the report of the Scientific Committee on the status of whale stocks and endorsed its recommendations.

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Proposed Reform of EU Common Fisheries Policy Unveiled [viewed]

13 July 2011: The European Commission has unveiled its proposals for reform of the EU Common Fisheries Policy (CFP), seeking to secure fish stocks and fishermen's livelihood for the future while putting an end to overfishing and depletion of fish stocks. The reform is expected to lead to a decentralized approach to science-based fisheries management by region and sea basin, and better governance standards in the EU and at the international level through sustainable fisheries agreements.

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