Economics, Trade & Investment

WIPO IGC Addresses Traditional Cultural Expressions [viewed]

July 2012: The Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore (IGC) of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) continued negotiations on the latest draft text of an international legal instrument on the protection of traditional cultural expressions. The IGC met from 9-13 July 2012, in Geneva, Switzerland.

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Event: Informal Dialogue on the CBD Strategy for Resource Mobilization [viewed]

In preparation for the eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 11) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), this dialogue aims to explore and contribute to understanding the various aspects of documents prepared for COP 11 consideration of relevance to resource mobilization and financial issues, to seek to clarify potential ways to scale up the mobilization of financial resources for biodiversity, and to discuss approaches and elements of target-setting that can be practically considered by COP 11.  

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ITTO Annual Report Highlights UN International Year of Forests, 25th Anniversary [viewed]

August 2012: The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) has released its Annual Report for 2011, outlining the organization's activities during what was declared the UN International Year of Forests, which was also the 25th anniversary of the establishment of ITTO.

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Event: GEF Expanded Constituency Workshop for Asia [viewed]

The ECWs bring together GEF focal points, focal points from the main conventions (biodiversity, desertification, climate change and persistent organic pollutants), representatives from civil society and representatives from the GEF Secretariat and the GEF Agencies, to discuss priority issues and share lessons and experiences from the development and implementation of GEF projects and their integration within national policy frameworks. Countries eligible to participate in this Expanded Constituency Workshop for Asia are: Cambodia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Sri Lanka and China.  

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Event: GEF Expanded Constituency Workshop for East Africa [viewed]

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Expanded Constituency Workshop (ECW) for East Africa will bring together GEF focal points, focal points from the main Conventions (Biodiversity, Desertification, Climate Change and persistent organic pollutants), representatives from civil society and representatives from the GEF Secretariat and the GEF Agencies to discuss priority issues and share lessons and experiences from the development and implementation of GEF projects and their integration within national policy frameworks. Countries eligible for this ECW are: Comoros, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Rwanda, Seychelles, Somalia, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda.  

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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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