Economics, Trade & Investment

Event: European Forest Week 2013 [viewed]

This week will be celebrated under the theme 'The role of forests and forest products in a Green Economy' and will focus on the contribution of forests to the green economy. The main celebrations will be centred on Metsä 2013, the joint session of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Committee on Forests and the Forest Industry and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) European Forestry Commission. Additional events will be held throughout Europe.  

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CITES Publishes Provisional Assessment of Proposals to Amend Appendices I and II [viewed]

CITES5 December 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) has published a provisional assessment of proposals to amend Appendices I and II. 

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CCCCC, CARIBSAVE Launch Caribbean Fish Sanctuary Project [viewed]

12 November 2012: The Caribbean Fish Sanctuary Partnership Initiative ("C-FISH"), a four-year (2012-2016) project on the management of 15 community-based "no take" zones or marine reserves in five Caribbean countries, was launched on 9 November 2012, in Bluefields, Jamaica.

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Event: Fourteenth Global Major Groups and Stakeholders Forum (GMGSF-14) [viewed]

This meeting is being organized by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) in conjunction with its twenty-seventh session of the Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum (GC27/GMEF) to be held from 18-22 February 2013 in Nairobi, Kenya. The objective of the Forum is to facilitate preparations of major groups and stakeholders towards the GC27/GMEF, which will hold ministerial-level consultations on emerging policy issues under the following themes: Implementing Rio+20: A strengthened environmental pillar of sustainable development; and Implementing a green economy as an important tool for achieving sustainable development.  

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Event: WIPO IGC 23 [viewed]

Following renewal of its mandate by the General Assembly of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), the 23rd 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 genetic resources.  

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Registration Deadline to IPBES-1 Extended [viewed]

26 November 2012: The Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) Interim Secretariat announced that the deadline for receiving registration forms and requests for governments and accreditation for major groups and stakeholders has been extended.

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FAO Report Highlights Links between Mitigation and Adaptation, and Forests and Trees [viewed]

FAO29 November 2012: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released a report highlighting its contribution to climate change adaptation and mitigation in forests.

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IPBES and Intersessional Process Provides Updates on Preparations for First Session [viewed]

21 November 2012: The Interim Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) Secretariat has announced that the deadline for receiving registration forms and requests for governments and accreditation for major groups and stakeholders has been extended until 30 November 2012.

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FAO Issues Brief Connects Forest and Agricultural Producer Organizations [viewed]

FAONovember 2012: As part of the 2012 International Year of Cooperatives, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has produced an issues brief on opportunities for forest user producer groups and cooperatives. By connecting the two groups, it notes, forest producers can gain negotiating power without having to create new institutions and governance rules.

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CITES Releases New Documents for CoP 16 [viewed]

CITES19 November 2012: New documents for consideration at the 16th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP 16) of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) have been made available on CITES' website. The documents pertain to: the revised Strategic Vision; the decision-making mechanism for a process of trade in ivory; and saiga antelope.

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