Economics, Trade & Investment

Event: WIPO IGC 24 [viewed]

Following renewal of its mandate by the General Assembly of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), the 24th session of the Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore (IGC) will continue negotiations on an international instrument/instruments, focusing on traditional knowledge and particularly the subject matter of protection, beneficiaries, scope of protection, and limitation and exceptions.  

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Event: Eighth Session of the Commission on Phytosanitary Measures [viewed]

The Eighth Session of the Commission on Phytosanitary Measures (CPM), the governing body of the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC), will address, among other issues: progress towards the establishment of a robust international standard setting and implementation programme; sustainable IPPC implementation; improved phytosanitary capacity of IPPC members; the IPPC implementation and review and support system; and effective dispute settlement systems.  

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Event: GEF Familiarization Seminar on GEF-5 Activities [viewed]

The Global Environmental Facility (GEF) Familiarization Seminar will review strategies, programs, policies and procedures of the Fifth GEF Replenishment (GEF-5) through interactive sessions drawing from a diversity of participant perspectives. The seminar is targeted for new GEF Agency personnel, new operational focal points and selected convention focal points.

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GEF Showcases the Relevance of MPAs for Long-term Sustainable Development [viewed]

GEFDecember 2012: The December 2012 edition of "the greenline," the newsletter of the Global Environmental Facility (GEF), notes the successes of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) as an efficient tool to achieve the Aichi target 11 on the conservation of coastal and marine areas.

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CITES Issues Statement on Recent Trade of Elephants [viewed]

CITES11 January 2013: The Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) has issued a public statement to explain the application of CITES to African elephants, in light of a recent trade of elephants from Zimbabwe to a zoo in China.

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OECD's Mexico EPR Highlights Green, Low-Carbon Growth [viewed]

OECDJanuary 2013: The Organization of Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has published the third review of Mexico's environmental performance, including on progress toward a green, low-carbon economy. The Environmental Performance Review (EPR) presents 29 recommendations for achieving the "right mix of policies" to meet Mexico's environmental policy objectives.

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Event: Taking Stock of CITES-listed Tree Species [viewed]

The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) is convening this workshop to discuss the results and lessons learned from the first phase of the ITTO-CITES programme and provide recommendations for the implementation of its second phase. The purpose of the programme is to ensure that International Trade in CITES-Listed tropical timber species is consistent with their sustainable management and conservation, as well as to enhance the implementation of CITES listings of tropical tree species. Main themes for discussion at the workshop include an overview of the ITTO-CITES programme in Africa, Asia and Latin America with case studies presented from Bolivia, Brazil, Cameroon, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Indonesia, Madagascar, Malaysia and Peru. Also on the agenda is timber tracking technologies and the identification of possible regional activities for the second phase.  

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UN Security Council Calls for Investigating Involvement of LRA in Elephant Poaching [viewed]

UN logo24 December 2012: In a presidential statement issued on 19 December, the UN Security Council “strongly condemned the ongoing attacks and atrocities carried out by the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA)” in Central Africa, and called “on the United Nations and AU to jointly investigate the LRA's logistical networks and possible sources of illicit financing, including alleged involvement in elephant poaching and related illicit smuggling.”

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EC to Fund INTERPOL's Efforts against Wildlife Crime [viewed]

21 December 2012: The European Commission (EC) has announced that it will contribute €1.73 million to INTERPOL in support of its Project Combat Wildlife Crime, which operates under the International Consortium on Combating Wildlife Crime (ICCWC) and includes the Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, the World Bank and the World Customs Organisation. In addition, the EC will be providing €2 million to the MIKE programme, which monitors elephant poaching across Africa.

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UNECE Releases First Review of Turkmenistan's Environmental Performance [viewed]

UNECE21 December 2012: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) has released the first Environmental Performance Review (EPR) of Turkmenistan, which highlights several environmental issues as particular challenges, including: salinization of irrigated lands; water management; desertification; and biodiversity loss.

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