UN Programme, Agency or Fund

Event: Second International Ocean Research Conference (IORC) [viewed]

The Second International Ocean Research Conference (IORC) will bring together the global scientific community to plan for the coming decade of international collaboration in marine science and technology. IORC will also focus on improving ocean governance. The event includes 16 thematic sessions that will focus on: building scientific knowledge; applying knowledge for societal benefit: achieving ecosystem management and sustainability; and improving governance and building capacity. The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization\'s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) (UNESCO-IOC) and The Oceanographic Society are organizing the conference.  

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MEA Knowledge Management Initiative Discusses Information Portal on MEAs [viewed]

InforMEA9 June 2014: Four UN entities, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and other key partners met for the fifth annual meeting of the Steering Committee of the Multilateral Environmental Agreements Knowledge Management Initiative (MEA IKM). The initiative, a knowledge management project within the UN system, seeks to develop harmonized information systems to facilitate the successful implementation of 18 MEAs.

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UNEP and Haiti Partner to Preserve Rare, Primary Forest [viewed]

UNEP7 June 2014: On the occasion of World Environment Day, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Government of Haiti announced a project to strengthen the protection of forests within Macaya National Park. The park encompasses some of the last primary forest remaining in Haiti and contains the highest number of endemic amphibian species in the world.

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Global Protections Proposed for 32 Species, including Lions, Sharks and Polar Bears [viewed]

mosaic_pr_species11 June 2014: The Secretariat of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) announced that a total of 32 species have been proposed for listing into Appendix I, which requires strict protection and Appendix II, which requires coordinated management by the countries in which the species migrate. Two types of Hammerhead shark, the Silky shark, three species of Thresher sharks (Appendix II); the Asiatic lion (Appendix I) and African lions (Appendix II); and the polar bear (Appendix II) are among the species proposed for listing. 

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COFI Takes Action on IUU Fishing by Endorsing Flag State Performance Guidelines [viewed]

FAO11 June 2014: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) Committee on Fisheries (COFI) endorsed the FAO Voluntary Guidelines for Flag State Performance at its 31st session. The Guidelines aim to prevent, deter and eliminate illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing and to ensure the long-term conservation and sustainable use of living marine resources and marine ecosystems.

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UNEP-WCMC Brief Highlights Role of Biodiversity in Addressing Climate Change [viewed]

Unep-Wcmc10 June 2014: The UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) has released a policy brief connecting the dots between protecting biodiversity and acting on climate change. The brief, 'Addressing Climate Change: Why Biodiversity Matters,' discusses the potential negative effects of climate change mitigation programmes on biodiversity. It concludes biodiversity conservation can support climate change mitigation and adaptation goals if all potential impacts are weighed carefully in the policymaking process.

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CBD Releases Guidance on Integrating Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services in Standards [viewed]

unep-wcmc-cbdJune 2014: The latest edition of the Convention on Biological Diversity's (CBD) Technical Series provides guidance to standard setting bodies for strengthening biodiversity safeguards in voluntary standard and certification schemes.

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Event: First Session of the CGRFA Team of Technical and Legal Experts on ABS (TTLE ABS-1) [viewed]

The Team of Technical and Legal Experts on Access and Benefit-sharing (ABS) of the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA) is expected to participate in designated portions of the Intergovernmental Technical Working Group meetings dedicated to addressing ABS issues, to help inform and shape discussions and outputs.  

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FAO and Norway Will Launch Vessel to Study Marine Ecosystems, Climate Change [viewed]

fao-norway9 June 2014: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) announced that it will partner with Norway to build a state-of-the-art research vessel as part of its efforts to support sustainable fisheries management.

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Equator Prize Winners Announced [viewed]

equatorinitiative9 June 2014: The UN-led Equator Initiative has announced the recipients of its Equator Prize, which recognizes “local sustainable development solutions for people, nature and resilient communities.” Winners from around the world are using community-based, grassroots action to tackle climate change, environment and poverty.

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