Biodiversity for Development

Event: WAVES Fourth Partnership Meeting [viewed]

The fourth partnership meeting of the Wealth Accounting and the Valuation of Ecosystem Services (WAVES) program will bring together WAVES countries and partners to share successes and challenges, with a focus on water and ecosystem accounts. It will feature presentations from UN and private sector partners and panel discussions on how natural capital accounts (NCA) support wider development goals. WAVES is a global partnership that aims to promote sustainable development by ensuring that natural resources are mainstreamed in national economic accounts and development planning. The partnership includes UN agencies, governments, international institutes, NGOs and academics. The core implementing countries are Botswana, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Indonesia, Madagascar, the Philippines and Rwanda. WAVES was launched at the 2010 Convention on Biological Diversity meeting in Nagoya, Japan.  

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Event: Cities Biodiversity Summit [viewed]

The Cities Biodiversity Summit will be co-hosted by the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Secretariat, ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability, and Gangwon Province, the Republic of Korea. It will take place during the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 12) to the CBD, bringing together scientists, NGOs and biodiversity experts from around the world. The Summit will take stock of previous Summits and forge actions for implementing a Plan of Action.  

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Event: 2nd World Summit of Legislators [viewed]

The 2nd World Summit of Legislators is expected to be the world's largest conference of parliamentarians, with over 500 participants representing legislative assemblies from all over the world in attendance. Parliamentarians at the three-day summit, which will take place at the Mexican Congress, are expected to agree to and ratify a resolution on climate, natural capital and forest legislation. This meeting follows the first World Summit of Legislators, which convened from 15-17 June 2012, in the Tiradentes Palace, the original seat of the Brazilian Congress. Since this first meeting, the Global Legislators Organisation (GLOBE) has established the GLOBE Climate Legislation Initiative (GCLI), the GLOBE Natural Capital Initiative (GNCI) and the GLOBE Forest Legislation Initiative (GFLI), all of which will report to the 2nd Summit, as well as provide national legislation examples put forward by GLOBE legislators. The GLOBE Natural Capital Initiative (GNCI) seeks to raise awareness on the benefits of ecosystem valuation and wealth accounting, in order to establish a political support-base for the introduction and long-term uptake of the natural capital approach. Twitter: #WSL2014.  

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UN Launches International Year of SIDS [viewed]

iy24 February 2014: At the global launch of the International Year of Small Island Developing States (SIDS), to be celebrated throughout 2014, Ronald Jumeau, Ambassador of Climate Change and SIDS, Seychelles, who served as Master of Ceremonies, noted that the occasion marks the first time the UN has dedicated an International Year to a particular category of countries.

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OWG Co-Chairs Compile 19 'Focus Areas' [viewed]

owg21 February 2014: The Co-Chairs of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have assembled a list of 19 'Focus Areas' for consideration by Member States as they seek to identify SDGs and accompanying targets. In a letter accompanying the Focus Areas, released on 21 February 2014, Macharia Kamau (Kenya) and Csaba Kőrösi (Hungary) write that further action in these areas is necessary to build "prosperous, peaceful and resilient societies that also protect the planet."

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Event: Ecosystems, Economy and Society: How Large-scale Restoration Can Stimulate Sustainable Development [viewed]

This workshop is jointly organized by the Veolia Environment Institute, the Agence Française de Développement (AFD), the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the US National Research Council (NRC) Water Science and Technology Board. The UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) is an associate partner. The workshop will provide an international platform for scientists, practitioners, NGOs, business leaders and policymakers to discuss remarkable case studies, best practices and share better insights on the potential of large-scale ecosystem restoration for the improvement of people's livelihoods, job creation and socio-economic development, together with the recovery of ecosystems functionalities, continuity and biodiversity. The workshop will also consider the actions needed to achieve the Aichi Biodiversity Target on restoration, the European Union Biodiversity Strategy and REDD+ goals.  

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Delhi Sustainable Development Summit Discusses Energy, Water and Food Security [viewed]

dsds20148 February 2014: Participants highlighted growing demand for energy, water and food, and recommended actions at the 14th Delhi Sustainable Development Summit (DSDS).

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TEEB Launches Study on Ecosystems, Agriculture and Food [viewed]

Teeb7 February 2014: The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) has launched a study to review the economics of ecological-agricultural-food systems.

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COMIFAC/FAO Support Regional Wildlife Strategy for Central Africa [viewed]

FAO - COMIFACFebruary 2014: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the Commission des Forets d'Afrique Centrale (COMIFAC) convened a workshop to develop a Central African wildlife management strategy. 

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OWG Completes Stocktaking Phase [viewed]

OWG Completes Stocktaking Phase7 February 2014: During the eighth and final stocktaking meeting of the UN General Assembly Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), delegates focused on: oceans and seas, forests, and biodiversity; promoting equality, including social equity, gender equality and women's empowerment; and conflict prevention, post-conflict peacebuilding and the promotion of durable peace, rule of law and governance. 

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