Economics, Trade & Investment

Event: Global Snow Leopard and Ecosystem Protection Program National Focal Points Action Planning, Leadership and Capacity Development Workshop [viewed]

The Global Snow Leopard and Ecosystem Protection Program (GSLEP) National Focal Points Action Planning, Leadership and Capacity Development Workshop will bring together representatives from the 12 range States to advance implementation of the GSLEP. The meeting is organized by Kyrgyzstan in cooperation with the World Bank Global Tiger Initiative, Snow Leopard Trust, World Wildlife Foundation (WWF), and with support from the Global Environment Facility (GEF), UN Development Programme (UNDP) and USAID, among others,  

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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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EU Forest Strategy Endorsed [viewed]

eu-forest europe19 May 2014: The Council of the Europe Union has endorsed the 2013 'A new EU Forest Strategy: For forests and the forest-based sector,' and has released its 'Conclusions adopted by the Council.' The conclusions refer to the Oslo Ministerial Declaration on European Forests 2020 and to criteria and indicators for sustainable forest management (SFM) developed by FOREST EUROPE.

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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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GEF Announces Program to Enhance Food Security and Resilience in Sub-Saharan Africa [viewed]

GEF15 May 2014: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has launched a US$120 million program meant to enhance food security in sub-Saharan Africa through scaling-up practices for improved crop and livestock productivity, and increased production system resilience.

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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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Guest Article #22: The Promises of Benefit-sharing [viewed]

It is no secret that benefit-sharing has been significantly developed under the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) as a legal tool to operationalize equity among and within States. What has largely passed under the radar, however, is that the idea of benefit-sharing is increasingly being taken up in a number of other international legal developments related to natural resources, human rights and corporate accountability.

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As Hong Kong Crushes Stockpile, CITES Says Illegal Ivory Has No Commercial Value [viewed]

CITES15 May 2014: Hong Kong SAR has begun the destruction of 28 tons of illegal ivory, the world's largest illegal ivory stockpile and more than every other country in history combined. John Scanlon, Secretary-General, Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), delivered a statement on the occasion. 

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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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