Economics, Trade & Investment

Event: FAO Technical Consultation on Low Levels of Genetically Modified (GM) Crops in International Food and Feed Trade [viewed]

This consultation will facilitate international dialogue among Members of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) on low levels of genetically modified (GM) crops in international food and feed trade. It aims to raise awareness and improve understanding of the issue and its causes, as well as potential impacts on international trade and food security. Participants will consider several technical studies and surveys prepared by FAO and a series of presentations by technical experts and practitioners.  

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International Declaration Adopted to Protect Sargasso Sea Biodiversity [viewed]

iucn-sargassoseaalliance12 March 2014: The Azores, Bermuda, Monaco, the UK and the US have signed the Hamilton Declaration on Collaboration for the Conservation of the Sargasso Sea. The Declaration will provide a platform for the creation of a Sargasso Sea Commission, the aim of which will be to minimize the adverse effects of shipping and fishing in the area. 

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Event: Collaborative Partnership on Sustainable Wildlife Management Meeting [viewed]

The Collaborative Partnership on Sustainable Wildlife Management (CPW) will meet on the sidelines of the 61st International Council for Game and Wildlife Conservation (CIC) General Assembly. CPW was established in March 2013, to help generate better understanding of critical wildlife management issues and their linkages to human-wildlife-conflict, food security, sustainable livelihoods and good governance.  

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Event: Fourth Meeting of the Sixth Replenishment of the GEF [viewed]

The fourth meeting of the Sixth Replenishment of the Global Environment Facility (GEF-6) is scheduled to take place in April 2014. Representatives from donor countries, non-donor recipient countries, civil society, GEF agencies, the Trustee, the Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel (STAP), and the Evaluation Office are set to attend.  

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UNWTO, UNODC and African Ministers Join to Fight Illegal Wildlife Trade [viewed]

unodv-unwto10 March 2014: On the occasion of the Internationale Tourismus-Börse (ITB) in Berlin, Germany, the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), and African Tourism Ministers from Ghana, Guinea, Mauritius, Seychelles, South Africa, Tanzania, and Zimbabwe committed, in response to the growth in illegal wildlife trade, to join hands in finding a means to stop it.

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UN Agencies Launch Tourism Focused Campaign Against Illegal Wildlife Trade [viewed]

unodc-unesco-wto5 March 2014: Three UN agencies have joined hands in the fight against illegal trade by launching a new campaign to raise awareness among travelers and the tourism industry on making ethical choices and reducing demand for illegal products. The campaign was presented at the International Tourism Bourse (ITB) in Berlin, Germany.

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Event: 11th Conference of the Parties to the Abidjan Convention [viewed]

The 11th Conference of Contracting Parties to the Abidjan Convention (COP 11) is being convened under the theme ‘Promoting Blue Growth in Africa: Toward Sustainable Management of Marine Resources,' and will provide an opportunity for African coastal countries to lay the foundation for regional oceans governance in Africa. COP 11 will review activity during the period 2012-2013, and the 2014-2015 budget, and discuss how parties can take up “Blue Growth” as a way of sustainably managing marine and coastal resources. A seminar on blue growth with international marine experts will take place on the first day of the conference. This conference will be divided into two segments: the experts segment (17-19 March); and the ministerial segment (20-21 March). Decisions likely to be taken at the conference relate to: headquarter location for the Regional Emergency Coordination Centre for Marine Pollution; adoption of the revised text of the Abidjan Convention; and conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction. COP 11 will be preceded on 16 March by the first meeting of the Abidjan Convention's Ad Hoc Committee on Science and Technology, a body established by COP 9 to provide scientific, technical and technological advice relating to implementation of the Convention. The Conference is being organized in cooperation with the South African Department of Environmental Affairs. The Abidjan Convention covers 22 coastal countries in West, Central and Southern Africa. COPs are held every two years.  

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Event: IPBES Third Full MEP and Bureau Meeting [viewed]

The third full Multidisciplinary Expert Panel (MEP) and Bureau meeting of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) will be held with support from Germany. The objective of this meeting is to implement Decisions IPBES-2/1 to IPBES-2/9, as requested by the IPBES Plenary at its second session.  

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ITPGR Launches Work on Measures to Enhance Benefit-sharing [viewed]

ITPGR26 February 2014: The Secretariat of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) is inviting parties to submit relevant information for studies on enhancing the function of the Multilateral System of Access and Benefit-sharing (MLS).

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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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