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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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ICCWC Portal Supports Fight against Wildlife Crime [viewed]

ICCWC12 May 2014: The International Consortium on Combating Wildlife Crime (ICCWC) has launched a web portal to support capacity-building through improved access to information. The portal provides information on the ICCWC tools available to national enforcement agencies and regional enforcement networks for addressing poaching and illicit trade in wildlife and forest products. 

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CITES Scientific Committees Discuss Sustainability of Wildlife Trade [viewed]

CITES9 May 2014: At their annual meetings, the Animals and Plants Committees of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) met back to back to discuss the conservation and sustainable use of a number of species, including sharks, rays, pythons, rare plants and tropical timber species. The Committees drew attention to the impacts of illegal trade on cheetahs, making recommendations for further consideration of this case, as well as a number of other legally traded species, at subsequent CITES meetings.

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WMBD Marks the Launch of Project Destination Flyways [viewed]

world-migratory-day11 May 2014: On this year's World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD), 10-11 May 2014, the UN highlighted the role of sustainable tourism in conserving migratory birds along their flyways. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed support for raising awareness about the threats to migratory birds from habitat destruction, over-exploitation, pollution and climate change. 

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IPBES Interim MEP Report Calls for Improved Member Selection [viewed]

ipbes9 May 2014: The Plenary of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), through Decision IPBES-2/2 (para 3), requested that the interim Multidisciplinary Expert Panel (MEP) prepare a report by June 2014, reflecting on “the lessons learned with regards to its functioning and how to improve it.” The report, now published, highlights nine lessons learned.

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CBD Secretariat Reports on CBD Administration from July to December 2013 [viewed]

CBDMay 2014: The 61st edition of the 'Biannual Report on the Administration of the Convention on Biological Diversity' (CBD), covering the period from July to December 2013, has been made available online.

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