Multilateral Environmental Agreement Body

CBD Releases Working Group Report on LMO Risk Assessment [viewed]

CBDJuly 2014: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has released the report of the Ad hoc Technical Expert Group (AHTEG) on Risk Assessment and Risk Management under the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety. Among other recommendations, the group recommends that the seventh Meeting of the Conference of the Parties serving as Meeting of the Parties to the Protocol (COP-MOP 7) endorse the Guidance on Risk Assessment of Living Modified Organisms (LMOs).

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UNCTAD and CITES Partner to Enhance Tracking of Traded Species [viewed]

CITES-UNCTAD logos17 July 2014: The Secretariats of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to collaborate on a set of tools that will help customs authorities regulate the import and export of CITES-listed species.

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Event: The Challenges of a Living List: Making Progress on a Green Goods Agreement [viewed]

Negotiations on a green goods agreement, announced earlier this year in Davos, Switzerland by 14 World Trade Organization (WTO) Members, will aim to create an initial and “living list” of green goods to be revised as technology evolves. This half-day event organized by the Geneva offices of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) and the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) will bring together practitioners, experts and administrators from a variety of agreements that have faced the challenges of a “living list,” to discuss their experiences and lessons learned for consideration by the WTO. Speakers will include John Scanlon, Secretary‐General, Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), Aaron Cosbey, Associate and Senior Advisor, IISD, and Ambassador Jonathan Fried, Permanent Representative of Canada to the WTO, among others. The event takes place on the eve of the WTO Public Forum.  

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ABS Protocol Receives 50 Ratifications, Enters into Force on 12 October 2014 [viewed]

CBD14 July 2014: Following the most recent ratifications by Switzerland and Uruguay, the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization (ABS) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has gathered the required number of ratifications to enter into force.

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ITPGR Secretariat Circulates Capacity-Building Material on Farmers' Rights in Spanish [viewed]

ITPGRJuly 2014: The Secretariat of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) has circulated a new set of capacity-building materials on farmers' rights, designed to support small-holder farmer leaders and decision-makers. The six booklets are published in Spanish.

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Global Oceans Commission Report Proposes 8 Actions [viewed]

global-ocean-commision23 June 2014: The Global Oceans Commission has released a report, titled ‘From Decline to Recovery: A Rescue Package for the Global Ocean,' which makes eight proposals for actions to restore and protect natural capital and services. The report highlights “the fundamental mismatch” between the value of the high seas to humanity and the current governance of the high seas, stressing the need for a global blueprint for action to move towards recovery and regeneration.

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CITES SC65 Takes Action on Asian Big Cats, Elephants, Rhinoceros and Cheetahs [viewed]

wwf.delegation11 July 2014: Participants at the sixty-fifth meeting of the Standing Committee (SC65) of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) focused discussions on elephants, rhinoceros, Asian big cats, illegal trade in cheetahs, great apes, pangolins, ebony and rosewoods. Other topics addressed at the meeting included livelihoods, cooperation with other organizations, and species trade and conservation.

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ABS Protocol Reaches 48 Ratifications [viewed]

CBD11 July 2014: Niger, Burundi, the Gambia, Madagascar, Mozambique, Sudan and Peru ratified the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization (ABS) in July 2014, bringing the total number of ratifications to 48.

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ITPGR Celebrates 10 Years of Entry Into Force [viewed]

ITPGR3 July 2014: On 3 July 2014, in Geneva, Switzerland, the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) celebrated its 10th birthday since its entry into force on 29 June 2004. The event aimed to highlight the Treaty's role in ensuring global food security, farmers' rights, sustainable agriculture, and fair and equitable benefit-sharing arising from the use of plant genetic resources.

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ICCWC Strategic Mission, MIKES Launched as CITES SC65 Opens [viewed]

cites-iccwc7 July 2014: At a side event organized during the sixty-fifth meeting of the Standing Committee of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES SC65), the International Consortium on Combating Wildlife Crime (ICCWC) launched its Strategic Mission 2014-2016. The Mission sets forth the agenda to fight wildlife and forest crime, providing the first strategic framework for the consortium's activities and future directions since its establishment in late 2010.

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