Economics, Trade & Investment

Yeosu Declaration Calls for Cooperation for Living Ocean and Coast [viewed]

12 August 2012: The Yeosu Expo has concluded with the signing of the Yeosu Declaration on the Living Ocean and Coast. The Declaration aims to enhance awareness of dangers faced by the sea, and promote the necessity of international cooperation for turning these challenges into hopes for the future. The Declaration Forum also served as an opportunity to identify practical applications of the Declaration.

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Ramsar STRP Newsletter Features COP 11 [viewed]

9 August 2012: The latest edition of the Newsletter of the Scientific and Technical Review Panel (STRP) of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat (Ramsar Convention) focuses on the 11th Meeting of the Conference of Contracting Parties (COP 11), which took place from 6-13 July 2012, in Bucharest, Romania, under the theme “Wetlands: Home and Destination.” 

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UN Global Compact, IUCN Provide Framework for Corporate Action on BES [viewed]

August 2012: In a new report, the UN Global Compact and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) propose a framework for companies to explore the issue of biodiversity and ecosystem services (BES) as it relates to their activities and corporate sustainability. The report seeks to contribute to the integration of BES in the private sector by engaging the top management of companies in the development, implementation and disclosure of BES policies and practices. 

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Event: Joint Meeting on the Economics of Land Degradation and Adoption of Sustainable Land Practices [viewed]

The Economics of Land Degradation (ELD) secretariat, on behalf of the partner organizations, is coordinating a Joint Meeting on the Economics of Land Degradation and Adoption of Sustainable Land Practices, which will take place on 1-2 October 2012, in Brussels, Belgium. The two-day meeting will bring together invited academics, political decision makers and actors from the private sector to provide for inter-sectoral discussions in the course of the ELD initiative. Discussions will focus on the valuation of land and land-based ecosystem services in supporting decision-making in the process of economical, environmental and social sustainable development. The meeting is jointly organized by the ELD Secretariat and the United Nations University (UNU-INWEH) and will be funded by the German Ministry for Development and Economic Cooperation, the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and the European Commission. The latter will also be hosting the meeting.  

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UN Global Compact Releases August Bulletin [viewed]

August 2012: The August 2012 issue of the UN Global Compact Bulletin highlights that as part of a joint project between the Global Compact and the UN-backed Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), the first environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) briefing was held to help investors engage with company management. 

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High-level Panel on Resources for Strategic Plan Conducts Online Consultation [viewed]

CBD2 August 2012: The High-level Panel on Global Assessment of Resources for Implementing the Strategic Plan (HLP-GAR), established under the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and sponsored by the UK and India, held an online consultation on 2 August 2012. The consultation aims to start the Panel's work in a transparent manner, and provide CBD Parties with the opportunity to exchange views on the subject.

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Naoko Ishii Takes Office as GEF CEO and Chairperson [viewed]

1 August 2012: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) welcomed Naoko Ishii as its new CEO and Chairperson, announcing that she had taken office on 1 August 2012. The GEF Council unanimously selected Ishii to succeed Monique Barbut, who completed her second term as CEO in July 2012.

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International Sava River Basin Commission Holds Ecotourism Workshop [viewed]

31 July 2012: The International Sava River Basin Commission (ISRBC) held an international workshop on the development of ecotourism in the context of cross-border cooperation. The Commission was set up in 2004 among the Governments of Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia, to cooperate for the sustainable use of the Sava River's resources and improved living conditions for populations in the Basin.

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CITES SC 62 Closes with Agreement on Ivory Trade Reporting [viewed]

27 July 2012: The 62nd meeting of the Standing Committee (SC 62) of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) convened from 23-27 July 2012, in Geneva, Switzerland. The Committee addressed, inter alia: financial matters; CITES' relationship with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP); and species trade and conservation, with discussions focusing on elephants, rhinos, and tigers. 

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Event: GEF Expanded Constituency Workshop for Central Asia [viewed]

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) will hold an Expanded Constituency Workshop (ECW) for Central Asia, including Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and the Russian Federation as part of the GEF Country Support Programme. The workshop will bring together representatives from civil society, the GEF Secretariat, and GEF Agencies, as well as focal points from the biodiversity, desertification, climate change, and chemical conventions to explain and discuss GEF support for environment-related activities.  

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