UN Programme, Agency or Fund

Event: FAO Technical Consultation on Low Levels of Genetically Modified (GM) Crops in International Food and Feed Trade [viewed]

This consultation will facilitate international dialogue among Members of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) on low levels of genetically modified (GM) crops in international food and feed trade. It aims to raise awareness and improve understanding of the issue and its causes, as well as potential impacts on international trade and food security. Participants will consider several technical studies and surveys prepared by FAO and a series of presentations by technical experts and practitioners.  

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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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Event: Collaborative Partnership on Sustainable Wildlife Management Meeting [viewed]

The Collaborative Partnership on Sustainable Wildlife Management (CPW) will meet on the sidelines of the 61st International Council for Game and Wildlife Conservation (CIC) General Assembly. CPW was established in March 2013, to help generate better understanding of critical wildlife management issues and their linkages to human-wildlife-conflict, food security, sustainable livelihoods and good governance.  

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UNWTO, UNODC and African Ministers Join to Fight Illegal Wildlife Trade [viewed]

unodv-unwto10 March 2014: On the occasion of the Internationale Tourismus-Börse (ITB) in Berlin, Germany, the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), and African Tourism Ministers from Ghana, Guinea, Mauritius, Seychelles, South Africa, Tanzania, and Zimbabwe committed, in response to the growth in illegal wildlife trade, to join hands in finding a means to stop it.

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CMS Releases Second Draft of Strategic Plan 2015-2023 [viewed]

CMSMarch 2014: The Secretariat of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) has released the second draft of the Strategic Plan for Migratory Species 2015-2023. Prepared by the CMS Parties' Inter-sessional Strategic Plan Working Group, it has now been released for comments, which are due by 30 June 2014. 

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Achim Steiner to Head UNEP until June 2016 [viewed]

Achim Steiner7 March 2014: The UN General Assembly (UNGA) has re-elected Achim Steiner to an additional two-year term as Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), following a nomination by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on 25 February 2014 (A/68/770). 

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Kyrgyzstan Joins CMS as 120th Member State [viewed]

CMS7 March 2014: The Secretariat of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) announced that Kyrgyzstan has deposited the instrument of accession to the Convention. The accession will be effective 1 May 2014. 

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Event: World Environment Day 2014 [viewed]

The UN General Assembly declared 2014 as the International Year of Small Island Developing States (SIDS). World Environment Day (WED) 2014 will be celebrated under the theme of SIDS, with the goal of raising awareness of their unique development challenges and successes regarding a range of environmental problems, including climate change, waste management, unsustainable consumption, degradation of natural resources, and extreme natural disasters. UNEP is also soliciting votes for the 2014 WED slogan through 5 March 2014. The winning slogan will be used to call on the global WED community to take action for islands.  

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Event: Open-Ended Meeting of the CPR to UNEA [viewed]

The Open-Ended Meeting of the Committee of Permanent Representatives (CPR) to the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA) will consider policy matters and prepare draft decisions for the consideration of the UNEA when it meets in June 2014. The meeting will discuss, inter alia: new mechanisms to promote transparency and civil society engagement; critical gaps and recommendations on the science-policy interface;and recommendations to the Secretary-General on enhancing UNEP's role in key UN coordination bodies. The CPR will also discuss implementation of past UNEP Governing Council decisions, including a policy on access to information; international water quality guidelines for ecosystems; and outcomes of a consultative process on enhancing coordination within the chemicals and wastes cluster. The CPR is the subsidiary inter-session body of UNEP's governing body.  

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UN Agencies Launch Tourism Focused Campaign Against Illegal Wildlife Trade [viewed]

unodc-unesco-wto5 March 2014: Three UN agencies have joined hands in the fight against illegal trade by launching a new campaign to raise awareness among travelers and the tourism industry on making ethical choices and reducing demand for illegal products. The campaign was presented at the International Tourism Bourse (ITB) in Berlin, Germany.

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