National Action

Event: Mainstreaming Sector Policies into Integrated National Sustainable Development Planning: Enhancing Sustainable Tourism, Urbanization, Resource Efficiency, Biodiversity and Environmental Protection [viewed]

The UN Symposium on 'Mainstreaming Sector Policies into Integrated National Sustainable Development Planning: Enhancing Sustainable Tourism, Urbanization, Resource Efficiency, Biodiversity and Environmental Protection' will: address options, ways and means to promote sustainable tourism that is economically viable (for public and private investors), socially and economically beneficial (for employees and small-scale entrepreneurs), and environmentally benign (minimal environmental impacts, enhanced resource efficiency and biodiversity conservation); advocate and promote integrated policy decision-making related to sustainable urbanization and tourism at all levels, including the various concerned government departments and agencies and public, private and community stakeholders; propose recommendations of good practice (for project developers, planer, and financiers), in terms of integration of the three dimensions of sustainable development; exchange information, review and analyze trends in global and regional tourism demand, analyze demand projections and compare alternative approaches to marketing strategies; identify potential areas or projects for international cooperation and partnerships; and to document best practice examples for publication on the Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform hosted by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA). The event will be co-hosted by the Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization of Iran (ICHTO) and the Tehran Office of UN Development Programme (UNDP). It will be co-organized by DESA, in cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Department of Environment of the Islamic Republic of Iran.  

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UNEP, IUCN, GEF Supporting Establishment of MPAs in Lebanon [viewed]

unep-gef-iucn8 October 2014: Lebanon's Ministry of Environment (MoE), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the International Union for Conservation of Nature's Regional Office for West Asia (IUCN ROWA) are collaborating on the 'Marine and Coastal Biodiversity' project, which aims to establish two marine protected areas (MPAs) in Lebanon. The Global Environment Facility (GEF) is financing the project.

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GEF to Address Biodiversity, Livelihoods, Climate Resilience in Belize [viewed]

GEF30 September 2014: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Board of Directors has approved a five-year project to sustainably manage Belize's natural resources and promote alternative livelihoods for local communities. The project will also strengthen institutional capacity to enhance climate resilience, including increasing ecosystem resilience to climate change impacts.

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Participants Address Wildlife Trafficking on Margins of UNGA General Debate [viewed]

german-gabon26 September 2014: Heads of States and Government and Ministers from countries affected by poaching and wildlife trafficking, as well as UN agency representatives and other stakeholders, discussed how to combat wildlife trafficking and curb poaching at a luncheon on ‘Poaching and Illicit Wildlife Trafficking: Towards Joint Action by the International Community.' Germany and Gabon hosted the event on the margins of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) General Debate 2014, with the aim of taking stock of progress on addressing the issues and raising awareness on illegal wildlife and poaching.

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UNGA General Debate 2014 Addresses Oceans, Wildlife, Protected Areas [viewed]

unga6930 September 2014: During the UN General Assembly (UNGA) General Debate, many speakers highlighted their priorities for the post-2015 development agenda and discussed global challenges, including international security, terrorism and Ebola. At the same time, several countries stressed the importance of environmental sustainability and shared their visions and achievements on biodiversity, including oceans, wildlife, forests and protected areas (PAs).

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EU Adopts Invasive Alien Species Regulation [viewed]

European Union 29 September 2014: The European Union (EU) adopted legislation to address invasive alien species (IAS), in line with its EU 2020 biodiversity targets and its commitments under the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). The Regulation enables the EU to develop and implement a system to prevent the introduction and spread of IAS, with a focus on the species that cause the most damage.

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Urgency of Healthy Oceans Stressed by Experts, Officials [viewed]

italy-palau-monaco26 September 2014: At a high-level special event on ‘Healthy Oceans and Seas: Paving the Way Towards a Sustainable Development Goal,' participants addressed specific ways to conserve and promote the sustainable use of oceans, seas and marine resources, in relation to the proposed SDG 14. Climate change was also a strong theme of the discussion.

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69th General Debate Addresses Post-2015, Countries in Special Situations [viewed]

unga6926 September 2014: Speaking at the 69th UN General Assembly's (UNGA) General Debate, on its third day, Heads of State and Government continued highlighting their priorities for the post-2015 development agenda, including on countries in special situations. Speakers also discussed global challenges such as security, terrorism, UN reform, climate change and sustainable energy.

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ITTO Annual Report 2013 Welcomes New Members [viewed]

Itto26 September 2014: The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) released its Annual Report for 2013 highlighting the addition of three new members, Brazil, Colombia and Costa Rica, to the International Tropical Timber Agreement (ITTA), 2006.

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International Workshop Declares Importance of Yellow Sea to Migratory Birds [viewed]

CMS23 September 2014: The Secretariat of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) attended a conference in China to discuss key conservation sites for migratory birds in the Yellow Sea. The workshop agreed on a declaration requesting stronger recognition of the important ecosystem services provided by the intertidal zone of the Yellow Sea. This includes biodiversity, disaster risk reduction, and climate change mitigation and adaptation.

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