Publication

OWG 8 Issue Briefs Released [viewed]

UNGANovember 2013: The UN Technical Support Team (TST) has issued six briefs in preparation for the eighth session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). OWG 8 will convene from 3-7 February 2014, in New York, US.

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Ocean Acidification Report Highlights Climate Change Link and Need for Greater Observation and Coordination [viewed]

UNESCO IOC18 November 2013: During a side-event to Warsaw Climate Change Conference, the UN Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) launched a publication titled 'Ocean Acidification: Summary for Policymakers,' the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) presented its Ocean Acidification Coordination Centre, and recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) findings on ocean acidification were discussed.

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Bioversity International Publishes Report of Capacity-Building Project on ITPGR Implementation [viewed]

Bioversity International18 November 2013: Bioversity International has published the report of the mid-term review workshop on a project, titled 'Strengthening national capacities to implement the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture' (ITPGR), which brings together partners from Bhutan, Burkina Faso, Costa Rica, Côte d'Ivoire, Guatemala, Nepal, Rwanda and Uganda as well as other international organizations.

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ITTO Update Notes the Value of Tropical Timber Industry [viewed]

Itto13 November 2013: The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) has released the third edition of the twenty-second volume of its Tropical Forest update, focusing on sustainable tropical forest industries.

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Voluntary Guidelines on Tenure Governance Newsletter Focuses on Fisheries [viewed]

FAONovember 2013: Inviting participation in an e-consultation on the Governance of Tenure Technical Guide on Fisheries, the November 2013 Newsletter of the Voluntary Guidelines on Tenure Governance Initiative provides an update on the status of fisheries governance.

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IPBES-2 Working Documents Include Fast Track Thematic Assessments [viewed]

ipbesNovember 2013: The interim Secretariat of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) has released pre-sessional working documents in advance of the second meeting of the Plenary (IPBES-2). The documents are inclusive of, inter alia, a series of fast track scoping exercises, a draft work programme, communication strategy and stakeholder engagement strategy, draft procedures for Platform deliverables and guidance on strategic partnerships.

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UNDESA, UNDP Brief Presents Options for Forests and the SDGs [viewed]

UNDESA and UNDP1 November 2013: The Technical Support Team (TST) co-chaired by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) has released an issues brief on forests, which highlights proposals on the integration of forests into the sustainable development goals (SDGs).

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CITES and UNCTAD Discuss Mechanisms to Ensure Sustainable Trade in Python Skins [viewed]

CITES-UNCTAD logos4 November 2013: A meeting to discuss a traceability system that will ensure a sustainable and legal supply of South-East Asian python skins took place in Geneva, Switzerland on 17-18 October 2013.

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FAO Recommends Actions for Implementing the Non-legally Binding Instrument on Forests [viewed]

FAO1 November 2013: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), with support from the Governments of Germany and Japan, has published a report, titled ‘Implementing the Non-legally Binding Instrument on All Types of Forests.'

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CGRFA Secretariat Prepares for Report on Biodiversity for Food and Agriculture [viewed]

FAOOctober 2013: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has invited countries to nominate a national focal point for coordinating the preparation of their country report as a contribution to the preparation of the report on the State of the World's Biodiversity for Food and Agriculture, as well as to report on the conditions under which specific genetic resources for food and agriculture are exchanged and utilized in all subsectors.

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