Multilateral Environmental Agreement Body

Event: CBD Latin America Capacity-building Workshop on the Nagoya Protocol on ABS [viewed]

This regional workshop aims to assist participants in building capacity towards the implementation of the Nagoya Protocol on access and benefit-sharing (ABS), in particular the provisions concerning traditional knowledge associated with genetic resources.  

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UNFF Special Event Marks International Day of Forests [viewed]

Unff21 March 2014: In commemoration of the second International Day of Forests, the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF) of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) organized a special event under the theme, ‘Celebrating Forests for Sustainable Development,' which included a panel discussion on ‘Women as agents of change for forests and sustainable development.'

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International Day of Forests Commemorated Worldwide [viewed]

International Day of Forests21 March 2014: In celebration of the second International Day of Forests, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon noted the important benefits of forests: habitat provision for 80 percent of all terrestrial biodiversity; support of an estimated 1.6 billion people; adaptation and mitigation to climate change; and the maintenance of a timber and wood industry that accounts for almost 1 percent of global gross domestic product (GDP).

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ITPGR Launches Third Call for Proposals Under Benefit-sharing Fund [viewed]

ITPGR7 March 2014: The International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) has launched its third call for project proposals under its Benefit-sharing Fund. The focus of the call is to provide financial resources for targeted projects that support farmers' activities for climate change adaptation, as well as the co-development and transfer of technologies.

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Event: CBD Capacity-building Workshop on the Nagoya Protocol on ABS for Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia [viewed]

This workshop aims to promote awareness of the core provisions of the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization (ABS), and strengthen the capacity of participating countries to undertake the necessary steps to ratify/accede to the Protocol and prepare for its effective implementation, with a view to contributing to the achievement of Aichi Biodiversity Target 16 on the Protocol. It will include a one-day training session on the pilot phase of the ABS Clearing-House.  

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CMS, ASCOBANS Event Focuses on Marine Debris and Migratory Whales and Dolphins [viewed]

cms-ascobans18 March 2014: The Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) and the Agreement on the Conservation of Small Cetaceans of the Baltic, North East Atlantic, Irish and North Seas (ASCOBANS) sponsored, with support from Defra, UK, WhaleFest 2014, to celebrate whales and dolphins. The main theme of the event focused on the issue of marine debris. 

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AHEG Discusses Future of IAF, UNFF [viewed]

Unff13 March 2014: The UN Forum on Forests (UNFF) has released the advance version of the report of the first meeting of the Open-ended Intergovernmental Ad Hoc Expert Group on the International Arrangement on Forests (AHEG 1). AHEG 1 took place on 24-28 February 2014, in Nairobi, Kenya.

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International Day for Biological Diversity 2014 Logo Released [viewed]

international-day-biological-201413 March 2014: The Secretariat of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) announced the release of the logo for the 2014 International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB), which will focus on the theme 'Island Biodiversity.' 

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Event: UNFF Special Events for the International Day of Forests 2014 [viewed]

The UN Forum on Forests (UNFF) Secretariat in the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) is organizing a series of activities at UN Headquarters in New York, US to celebrate the International Day of Forests 2014. The celebrations will feature a week-long series of film-screenings, a two-week exhibit of award-winning photographs and children's art and a special half-day event on 21 March, which will include a panel discussion on 'Women as agents of change for forests and sustainable development'. The special event will also screen award-winning short films that celebrate forests for people. The event will conclude with a general discussion. The Forest Film Festival screenings will run from 17-20 March 2014 and the MY FOREST, OUR FUTURE Art and Photo Exhibit will run from 17-28 March 2014.  

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International Declaration Adopted to Protect Sargasso Sea Biodiversity [viewed]

iucn-sargassoseaalliance12 March 2014: The Azores, Bermuda, Monaco, the UK and the US have signed the Hamilton Declaration on Collaboration for the Conservation of the Sargasso Sea. The Declaration will provide a platform for the creation of a Sargasso Sea Commission, the aim of which will be to minimize the adverse effects of shipping and fishing in the area. 

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