Cooperation & Partnerships

UNDESA, UNDP Brief Presents Options for Forests and the SDGs [viewed]

UNDESA and UNDP1 November 2013: The Technical Support Team (TST) co-chaired by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) has released an issues brief on forests, which highlights proposals on the integration of forests into the sustainable development goals (SDGs).

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Austria Provides US$2.2 Million through CBD LifeWeb Initiative [viewed]

LifeWeb31 October 2013: The Government of Austria has approved funding of US$2.2 million through the LifeWeb Initiative to help implement the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) through projects in Bangladesh, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia and the Lao People's Democratic Republic.

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CITES and UNCTAD Discuss Mechanisms to Ensure Sustainable Trade in Python Skins [viewed]

CITES-UNCTAD logos4 November 2013: A meeting to discuss a traceability system that will ensure a sustainable and legal supply of South-East Asian python skins took place in Geneva, Switzerland on 17-18 October 2013.

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CITES Rhino Task Force Discusses Strategies to Address Illegal Trade [viewed]

ICCWC31 October 2013: A meeting hosted by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) Rhinoceros Enforcement Task Force and partners in the International Consortium on Combating Wildlife Crime (ICCWC) discussed ways to stop the illegal trade in rhinoceros horn, with a focus on the crime-trade chain.

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Japan Ratifies ITPGR [viewed]

ITPGR28 October 2013: Japan has acceded to the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR), bringing the total number of Parties to 130.

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FAO, EBRD Launch Sustainable Forestry Investment Roadmap for the Russian Federation [viewed]

fao-ebrd23 October 2013: The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) have announced an Investment Roadmap for the sustainable use of forest resources in the Russian Federation.

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CMS Convenes CSAB Meeting to Discuss Science Conservation Linkages [viewed]

CMS25 October 2013: The Secretariat of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species (CMS) has concluded a series of meetings that discussed collaboration among related conventions and addressed the linkages between science and migratory species conservation. 

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Brazzaville Declaration to Address Illegal Timber Trade [viewed]

FAO23 October 2013: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has announced the adoption of the Brazzaville Declaration to combat illegal timber trade in the Congo Basin. The Declaration was agreed to by government representatives, civil society and timber industry representatives at the Forum International sur le Développement Durable de la Filière Bois dans le bassin du Congo.

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CBD Secretariat Circulates Guidance on Incorporating Biodiversity-Related Conventions into Revised NBSAPs [viewed]

CBD18 October 2013: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has issued a notification containing a compilation of pertinent resolutions and associated tools developed under the biodiversity-related conventions, to be used by CBD parties in the process of revising and updating their national biodiversity strategies and action plans (NBSAPs).

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Expert Workshop Focuses on Enhancing Biodiversity Data and Observing Systems [viewed]

CBD12 October 2013: Held prior to 17th meeting of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA), in Montreal, Canada, the expert workshop on enhancing biodiversity data and observing systems in support of the implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 addressed ways in which the collection of, access to and the use of biodiversity data and observations can be enhanced to support evidence-based decision making and planning, with a view to achieving the Aichi biodiversity targets and corresponding national targets.

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