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CMS Invites Contributions to Central Asia Large Mammals Initiative [viewed]

CMS3 February 2014: The Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) has invited parties and interested stakeholders to contribute to an initiative targeting the conservation of large mammals in the wider central Asian region.  

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CITES Reveals World Wildlife Day Logo [viewed]

cites-worldlife-day3 February 2014:  The Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) has revealed the logo designed to commemorate the first World Wildlife Day, to be held 3 March 2014.  

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UNECE/FAO Workshop Ties Forests to the SDGs [viewed]

FAO UNECE3 February 2014: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) has released the outcomes of the workshop ‘Forests in Sustainable Development Goals,' highlighting the important role of forests in poverty eradication and the green economy.

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UN-NGLS Releases Policy Briefs on Gender Equality, Oceans and Seas [viewed]

NGLS3 February 2013: Based on consultations with civil society, the UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS) has produced two papers to inform the eighth session of the UN General Assembly's (UNGA) Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The issue briefs highlight recommendations from civil society members on oceans and seas, and gender equality and women's human rights, topics for discussion at OWG 8.

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People's Voices Brief Released for OWG 8 [viewed]

UNDG31 January 2014: The UN Development Group (UNDG) has issued a 'People's Voices Issue Brief' conveying views on topics for the eighth session of the UN General Assembly's (UNGA) Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including: oceans and seas; forests and biodiversity; promoting equality, including social equity, gender equality and women's empowerment; conflict prevention, post-conflict peace-building and promotion of durable peace; and rule of law and governance.

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Report of Joint Aarhus/CBD Roundtable Available Online [viewed]

cbd-aarhus18 December 2013: The 'Roundtable on Access to Information, Public Participation and Access to Justice Regarding Living Modified Organisms/Genetically Modified Organisms,' which was organized jointly by the UN Economic Commission for Europe Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters (Aarhus Convention) and the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), identified key challenges, needs and good practices with regard to accession and implementation of these two treaties.

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World Wetlands Day Focuses on Agriculture [viewed]

World Wetlands Day2 February 2014: The 2014 edition of World Wetlands Day, celebrated each year on 2 February, focused on the theme 'Wetlands and Agriculture,' within the framework of the UN International Year of Family Farming. The slogan for the Day was 'Wetlands and Agriculture: Partners for Growth,' placing a focus on the need for the wetland, agricultural and water sectors to work together for the best shared outcomes.

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ABS Protocol Reaches 29 Ratifications [viewed]

CBD31 January 2014: Benin, Burkina Faso and Myanmar have ratified the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization (ABS), bringing the total number of ratifications to 29.

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UN Scientific Advisory Board Holds Inaugural Meeting [viewed]

scientific-advisory-board31 January 2014: The first meeting of the Scientific Advisory Board launched by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon set out a calendar for its work, and discussed means to tighten the linkage between the science and policy, as well as to define priority scientific issues for sustainable development. 

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New Ramsar Secretary General Outlines Vision for the Future of Wetlands [viewed]

briggs24 January 2014: The Ramsar Convention's new Secretary General, Christopher Briggs, outlined his vision for the future of wetlands during a webinar that brought together 24 participants from nine countries, including Scientific and Technical Review Panel (STRP) National Focal Points, STRP members, representatives of observer organizations and wetland experts.

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