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UNIDO Publication Spotlights SIDS' Sustainable Development [viewed]

UNIDODecember 2014: As a follow up to the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS), the UN Industrial Development Organization's (UNIDO) ‘Making It' publication examines the potential of SIDS to pursue sustainable economic development by steadily increasing economic productivity.

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FAO and CPW Explore Wild Meat Markets and Consumption [viewed]

FAO1 December 2014: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) released a second fact sheet from the Collaborative Partnership on Sustainable Wildlife Management (CPW) focusing on wild meat. The fact sheet outlines the importance of wild meat for food and nutrition security while noting that many issues remain with regard to its harvesting, safe handling and marketing.

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International Ocean Research Conference Urges Scientific Cooperation for Ocean Protection [viewed]

UNESCO IOC21 November 2014: The Second International Ocean Research Conference has concluded with over 600 scientists from 70 countries calling for improved ocean protection and recommending an inclusive concept of ocean research to address challenges such as over-exploitation of marine resources and biodiversity loss, ocean acidification, and harmful algae blooms.

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UNEP Live Tracker Provides Information to Track Progress on GEGs, SDGs [viewed]

UNEPNovember 2014: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released the Global Environment Goals (GEG) Live Tracker website to provide information on progress towards achieving internationally-agreed environmental goals and objectives and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The website aims to better inform decision-makers and the public on progress towards the goals and information available for monitoring them.

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FAO Initiative Supports Identification of Sharks and Rays [viewed]

FAO28 November 2014: An initiative led by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) is supporting fishers, observers and inspectors in the identification of sharks and rays. The 'Sharks and Rays Initiative' also seeks to: raise awareness for the protection of island biodiversity; enable compliance with new international measures; and address global pressures on shark and ray conservation.

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IMO Provides Update on BWM Convention at Shiptech Conference [viewed]

IMO18 November 2014: The International Maritime Organization (IMO) shared strategies for implementing its International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships Ballast Water and Sediments (BWM Convention) with flag and port authorities, ship operators, engineering firms and other stakeholders at the Seventh Annual Middle-East Shiptech Conference. The conference explored how the Middle East region can best apply technology to maximize energy efficiency, fuel economy and shipping safety.

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UNEP-WCMC Updates Ocean Data Viewer [viewed]

Unep-Wcmc25 November 2014: The UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) has launched an updated version of its Ocean Data Viewer. The updated version facilitates comparison among the website's 22 global datasets on coastal and marine biodiversity, and features additional information and downloadable links.

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IMO Regional Workshop Increases Understanding of London Protocol on Marine Dumping [viewed]

IMO19 November 2013: Environmental and maritime authorities from nine countries discussed the implications of ratifying, implementing and enforcing the Protocol to the Convention on the Prevention of Marine Pollution by Dumping of Wastes and Other Matter (the London Convention) at a three-day regional workshop in Nairobi, Kenya.

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CBD Holds Final Consultations on State of Knowledge on Biodiversity and Human Health [viewed]

WHO CBDNovember 2014: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has conducted the final consultation for the publication, ‘Connecting Global Priorities: Biodiversity and Human Health: A State of Knowledge Review.' The consultation took place at the International Union for Conservation of Nature's (IUCN) World Parks Congress, which convened in Sydney, Australia, from 12-19 November 2014. The publication will be the culmination of a joint CBD and World Health Organization (WHO) work program on biodiversity and human health.

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Event: World Soil Day 2015 [viewed]

The FAO Conference, in June 2013, unanimously endorsed World Soil Day and requested official adoption at the 68th UN General Assembly. In December 2013, the 68th UN General Assembly declared the 5th of December as World Soil Day. World Soil Day 2015 will focus on the theme 'Soils, a solid ground for life'.  

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