UN Intergovernmental Body

Event: Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States [viewed]

The Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) is scheduled to convene from 1-4 September 2014, in Samoa. This UN conference will include a high-level segment to build upon the Barbados Programme of Action (BPOA) and the Mauritius Strategy for Implementation (MSI), and will identify new challenges for the sustainable development of SIDS. According to UN General Assembly resolution A/67/L.66, "The General Assembly, recalling its resolution 67/207 of 21 December 2012, in which it welcomed the offer of the Government of the Independent State of Samoa to host the third International Conference on Small Island Developing States in 2014, decides that the third International Conference on Small Island Developing States shall be held from 1 to 4 September 2014 in Apia, to be preceded by activities related to the Conference from 28 to 30 August 2014, also in Apia". In addition, a Partnerships Forum will take place on 30-31 August.  

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UNGA Resolution on Oceans and Law of the Sea Recalls Rio+20 Outcome [viewed]

11 December 2012: The UN General Assembly (UNGA) has adopted a resolution on oceans and the law of the sea (A/67/L.21) by a recorded vote of 125 in favor to one against (Turkey), with four abstentions (Colombia, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador and Venezuela).

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UNGA Highlights UNCLOS as Tool for Conservation, Sustainability [viewed]

10 December 2012: The UN General Assembly (UNGA) held a session to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the launch of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). Addressing the meeting, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon noted the Convention's contribution to international peace and security, as well as to the equitable and efficient use of ocean resources.

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UNGA Second Committee Approves Resolution on Caribbean Sea [viewed]

28 November 2012: The UN General Assembly's (UNGA) Second Committee (Economic and Financial) has approved draft resolution A/C.2/67/L.41 on “Towards the sustainable development of the Caribbean Sea for present and future generations.” The resolution falls under the agenda item on follow-up to and implementation to the Mauritius Strategy for the Further Implementation (MSI) of the Programme of Action for the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States (SIDS).

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Second Committee Approves Resolutions on UNCCD, International Day of Forests [viewed]

30 November 2012: The Second Committee (Economic and Financial) of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) approved draft resolutions on “Implementation of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification in Those Countries Experiencing Serious Drought and/or Desertification, Particularly in Africa” ( A/C.2/67/L.49)  and on the “International Day of Forests” (A/C.2/67/L.46).

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Secretary-General's Report and Briefing Provide Update on Oceans Compact [viewed]

12 November 2012: The UN Secretary-General's Oceans Compact was the subject of a briefing held on 12 November 2012, in New York, US. The briefing was hosted by Achim Steiner, Chair of the High-level Committee on Programmes (HLCP) and Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), and Patricia O'Brien, Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs.

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Event: 20th Session of the Commission on Sustainable Development [viewed]

UN Member States decided in March 2013 to organize the 20th and final session of the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD 20) back-to-back with an inaugural meeting of the High Level Political Forum (HLPF).  

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UN Rapporteur on Right to Food Calls for End to "Ocean Grabbing" [viewed]

30 October 2012: The UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, Olivier de Schutter, has released a report for presentation to the UN General Assembly (UNGA), calling for Member States to strengthen rules on access to their waters and for greater consideration of local small-scale fisheries. The report, titled "Fisheries and the Right to Food," highlights the challenges facing global fisheries, and presents a series of recommendations to improve the situation.

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UNGA Debates Agricultural Development, Food Security [viewed]

5 November 2012: In meetings of the UN General Assembly's (UNGA) Second Committee, Member States called for increased efforts to address agriculture and food security in the international development agenda, stressing that climate change exacerbates food security concerns.

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UNGA President Provides Summary of Dialogue on Harmony with Nature [viewed]

15 June 2012: The President of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, has released the report of its second high-level interactive dialogue on Harmony with Nature, held in New York, US, on 18 April 2012. This dialogue focused on scientific findings on the impacts of human activities on the functioning of the Earth System.

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