Biodiversity for Development

Elysée Summit on Africa Adopts Declaration on Peace and Security, Climate Change [viewed]

sommet-afrique-elysee7 December 2013: The Elysée Summit for Peace and Security in Africa concluded with the adoption of a Declaration that includes sections on peace and security, economic partnership and development, and climate change.

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Event: International Mountain Day 2013 [viewed]

International Mountain Day (IMD) is meant raise awareness about the importance of mountains, to highlight the opportunities and constraints in mountain development and to build partnerships that will bring positive change to the world's mountains and highlands. The theme for the event in 2013 is 'Mountains - Key to a Sustainable Future'. The celebration will focus on mountains' contribution towards sustainable economic growth and draw attention to their generally sustainable and low-emission production models. Organizers will also use the occasion to address the post-2015 development agenda and recall the need to include mountains in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  

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IUCN Asia Parks Congress Highlights the Role of Protected Areas for Human Well-Being [viewed]

IUCN19 November 2013: The first Asia Parks Congress concluded with a call for greater collaboration to ensure the contribution of protected areas to human well-being in the region. The next International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Parks Congress in 2014, under the theme 'Parks, People, Planet – Inspiring Solutions,' will build on the Asia Parks Congress. to highlight the role that protected areas play in conserving nature while also delivering ecosystem services and contributing to the goals of economic and community well-being in the post-2015 development agenda. 

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OWG 8 Issue Briefs Released [viewed]

UNGANovember 2013: The UN Technical Support Team (TST) has issued six briefs in preparation for the eighth session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). OWG 8 will convene from 3-7 February 2014, in New York, US.

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Global Landscapes Forum Submits Outcome Statement to UNFCCC COP 19 [viewed]

Global-Landscapes-Forum17 November 2013: At the conclusion of the Global Landscapes Forum (GLF), which took place in parallel to the Warsaw Climate Change Conference, GLF participants forwarded an outcome statement to UN Framework Convention on Climate Change negotiators for their consideration.

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Event: International Conference on Valuation and Accounting of Natural Capital for Green Economy [viewed]

The Ecosystem Services Economics (ESE) Unit of the Division of Environmental Policy Implementation (DEPI) of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has initiated the work under the programme on “Valuation and Accounting of Natural Capital for Green Economy (VANTAGE)”, and is organizing this meeting. Specific objectives of the conference include: demonstrate the rationale and evidence-base of valuation and accounting of natural capital in the context of the Green Economy, highlighting merits of valuation and accounting towards achieving the Green Economy; build consensus among policy-makers on the need for valuation and accounting of natural capital, especially in the African region; discuss and develop an overall plan to implement valuation and accounting of natural capital in selected countries; promote sharing of information and lessons learned from various ongoing initiatives in the field of valuation and accounting of natural capital; and contribute to capacity development among high-level government officials in the field of valuation and accounting of natural capital towards achieving the Green Economy.  

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IPBES-2 Working Documents Include Fast Track Thematic Assessments [viewed]

ipbesNovember 2013: The interim Secretariat of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) has released pre-sessional working documents in advance of the second meeting of the Plenary (IPBES-2). The documents are inclusive of, inter alia, a series of fast track scoping exercises, a draft work programme, communication strategy and stakeholder engagement strategy, draft procedures for Platform deliverables and guidance on strategic partnerships.

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Event: Nutrition and Sustainability: A practical approach to integrating climate change, biodiversity and ecosystems, nutrition and health agendas [viewed]

Bioversity International is co-organizing a seminar to explore practical approaches and solutions to nutrition and sustainability in Rome, Italy, together with the UN Standing Committee on Nutrition, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), and the Governments of Malawi and Flanders. The seminar, 'Nutrition and Sustainability: A practical approach to integrating climate change, biodiversity and ecosystems, nutrition and health agendas,' will be held at FAO headquarters. The seminar will bring together some 300 scientists, policymakers, experts, students and practitioners to develop responses to countries' requests about "why?" and "how?" to link nutrition and sustainability, and to discuss the tradeoffs. Virtual participation is also welcome by contacting the UN Standing Committee on Nutrition Secretariat.  

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Conference on Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Identifies Actions to Address Wildlife Crime [viewed]

interpol-unep6 November 2013: Participants at the First International Conference on Environmental Compliance and Enforcement highlighted the need for capacity building, improved intelligence capabilities and increased development of operational tools and toolkits as key action points to address the increasing threats posed by environmental crime, such as illegal trade in wildlife, timber and CFCs, and illegal shipments of waste.

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UNGA Second Committee Discusses Sustainable Development [viewed]

UNGA Image5 November 2013: The Second Committee (Economic and Financial) of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) debated issues under its agenda item on sustainable development, including climate change, disaster risk reduction (DRR), biological diversity, desertification, small island developing States (SIDS), and the role of a post-2015 development agenda.

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