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AfDB Meeting Participants Call for Maximizing Blue Economy [viewed]

AfDB20 May 2014: Participants discussed the role of building infrastructure and capacity in maximizing the blue economy during a session titled ‘Maximizing Africa's Blue Economies' at the African Development Bank's (AfDB) 2014 Annual Meeting. Participants also discussed challenges such as climate change, sustainable supply changes, over-fishing and toxic waste within the context of the blue economy.

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FAO State of the World Fisheries and Aquaculture Highlights Growing Fish Production and Consumption [viewed]

FAO19 May 2014: Fisheries and aquaculture are playing an increasing role in feeding the world and provide livelihoods for over 10% of the global population, according to the ‘State of the World Fisheries and Aquaculture 2014.' However, the report, produced by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), cautions that illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing continues to threaten marine ecosystems as well as local economies, food supplies and livelihoods.

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Event: Workshop on International Arrangement on Forests (IAF) beyond 2015 [viewed]

This workshop is being convened as a contribution to the work of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF) in order to consider options for a future International Arrangement on Forests (IAF). The country-led initiative workshop will build on the work of the first Open-ended Intergovernmental Ad Hoc Expert Group on the International Arrangement on Forests (AHEG1), which considered views from Parties on the matter as well as the report of the Independent Assessment. The results of the workshop will be submitted to the second AHEG as well as to the eleventh session of the UNFF. This link will be functional as of 15 June: http://cli2014china.forestry.gov.cn/.  

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Event: ASCOBANS 21st Advisory Committee Meeting [viewed]

The 21st meeting of the Advisory Committee of the Agreement on the Conservation of Small Cetaceans in the Baltic, North East Atlantic, Irish and North Seas (ASCOBANS) will be held in Sweden.  

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Event: Online Discussion Forum on the Implementation of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety [viewed]

Organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), this forum offers Protocol Parties, other governments and relevant organizations the opportunity to share views, experiences, and relevant information on implementing the Protocol. The forum will focus on the integration of Protocol implementation into national biodiversity strategies and action plans (NBSAPs) and national development policies, plans and programmes as well as resource mobilization for advancing implementation in line with the Protocol's Strategic Plan 2011-2020.  

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UNEP Executive Director Briefs European Ministers on UNEA, SDGs, Wildlife Crime [viewed]

UNEP14 May 2014: UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Executive Director Achim Steiner briefed European Environment Ministers on the forthcoming UN Environment Assembly (UNEA) at an informal Council Meeting in Athens, Greece. Steiner addressed: UNEA's expected role and vision; UNEP priorities for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and post-2015 development agenda; and wildlife crime. UNEA's first session will take place in June 2014, and Steiner said it is expected to agree on a common vision.

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UNODC Announces Programme to Combat Forest and Wildlife Crime [viewed]

UNODC13 May 2014: On the margins of the twenty-third session of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CCPCJ), Yuri Fedotov, UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Executive Director, hosted a special event on the theme 'Global Community United to Address Wildlife and Forest Crime.' The event featured a demonstration of a canine search for wildlife by Austrian Customs and an exhibit of seized wildlife products.

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ECLAC Proposes Compacts for Equality and Sustainable Development [viewed]

ECLAC5 May 2014: The Secretariat of the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) proposed to the biennial session of the Commission six "social compacts" on equality and development covering fiscal policy, investment, industrial policy, inclusive financing, labor reform, public services, environmental sustainability and natural resource governance. 

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Event: Workshop on Cooperation and Coordination among the Biodiversity-Related Conventions Prior to WGRI-5 [viewed]

The UN Environment Programme-World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) and the UNEP Division on Environmental Law and Conventions are hosting a workshop prior to the fifth meeting of the Convention on Biological Diversity's (CBD) Working Group on Review of Implementation (WGRI-5). Titled 'Improving coordination and cooperation in the implementation of the biodiversity-related conventions at national and regional levels,' the workshop will encourage participants to share and discuss the preliminary findings from a questionnaire on cooperation among the six biodiversity-related multilateral environment agreements (MEAs) at the national level, and to engage in a discussion and analysis of the trends highlighted by each of the five thematic sections of the questionnaire.  

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Event: Fostering Collaboration between Conservation Experts and the World's Largest Extractives Companies [viewed]

The UN Environment Programme-World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) will bring together 17 oil, gas and mining companies to develop and share global tools, information and insights on the latest trends and developments in biodiversity and ecosystem policy and initiatives. This meeting is an initiative of the Proteus Partnership, a collaboration between major extractive companies and UNEP-WCMC.  

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