Governance

UNEP Releases 2014 Year Book on Emerging Environmental Issues [viewed]

UNEPJuly 2014: UNEP has made available an e-book edition of its year book, titled ‘UNEP Year Book 2014: Emerging Issues in Our Global Environment,' which illustrates, across ten chapters, the emergence of current environmental challenges and explores innovative solutions to address them.

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Event: The Challenges of a Living List: Making Progress on a Green Goods Agreement [viewed]

Negotiations on a green goods agreement, announced earlier this year in Davos, Switzerland by 14 World Trade Organization (WTO) Members, will aim to create an initial and “living list” of green goods to be revised as technology evolves. This half-day event organized by the Geneva offices of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) and the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) will bring together practitioners, experts and administrators from a variety of agreements that have faced the challenges of a “living list,” to discuss their experiences and lessons learned for consideration by the WTO. Speakers will include John Scanlon, Secretary‐General, Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), Aaron Cosbey, Associate and Senior Advisor, IISD, and Ambassador Jonathan Fried, Permanent Representative of Canada to the WTO, among others. The event takes place on the eve of the WTO Public Forum.  

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Global Oceans Commission Report Proposes 8 Actions [viewed]

global-ocean-commision23 June 2014: The Global Oceans Commission has released a report, titled ‘From Decline to Recovery: A Rescue Package for the Global Ocean,' which makes eight proposals for actions to restore and protect natural capital and services. The report highlights “the fundamental mismatch” between the value of the high seas to humanity and the current governance of the high seas, stressing the need for a global blueprint for action to move towards recovery and regeneration.

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CITES SC65 Takes Action on Asian Big Cats, Elephants, Rhinoceros and Cheetahs [viewed]

wwf.delegation11 July 2014: Participants at the sixty-fifth meeting of the Standing Committee (SC65) of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) focused discussions on elephants, rhinoceros, Asian big cats, illegal trade in cheetahs, great apes, pangolins, ebony and rosewoods. Other topics addressed at the meeting included livelihoods, cooperation with other organizations, and species trade and conservation.

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ABS Protocol Reaches 48 Ratifications [viewed]

CBD11 July 2014: Niger, Burundi, the Gambia, Madagascar, Mozambique, Sudan and Peru ratified the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization (ABS) in July 2014, bringing the total number of ratifications to 48.

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Event: Second Meeting of the UN Environment Assembly [viewed]

The UN Environment Assembly (UNEA) will convene for the second time in 2016. The UNEA of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) represents the highest level of governance of international environmental affairs in the UN system. The Rio+20 conference agreed in June 2012 to strengthen and upgrade UNEP through measures including universal membership of its Governing Council and ensuring the active participation of all relevant stakeholders. In March 2013, the 67th session of the UN General Assembly changed the designation of the Governing Council of UNEP to become UNEA, reflecting the intention to elevate its status.  

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ICCWC Strategic Mission, MIKES Launched as CITES SC65 Opens [viewed]

cites-iccwc7 July 2014: At a side event organized during the sixty-fifth meeting of the Standing Committee of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES SC65), the International Consortium on Combating Wildlife Crime (ICCWC) launched its Strategic Mission 2014-2016. The Mission sets forth the agenda to fight wildlife and forest crime, providing the first strategic framework for the consortium's activities and future directions since its establishment in late 2010.

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Aarhus Convention, PRTR Protocol Parties Discuss Access to Information and Implementation [viewed]

UNECE4 July 2014: The fifth session of the Meeting of the Parties (MOP 5) to the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters (Aarhus Convention), the second Meeting of the Parties to the Protocol (MOPP 2) on Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers (PRTRs), and their joint high-level segment convened in Maastricht, the Netherlands, from 30 June-4 July 2014.

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Turkey Joins WAVES Partnership [viewed]

waves26 June 2014: Turkey has become the 70th participating country partner of the Wealth Accounting and the Valuation of Ecosystem Services (WAVES) Partnership, while two of the Partnership's eight core implementing countries, Guatemala and Indonesia, have advanced natural capital accounting (NCA) in consultation with the initiative.

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Chair's Issue Paper Circulated in Preparation for WIPO IGC-28 [viewed]

WIPOJune 2014: In preparation for the 28th session of the Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore (IGC) of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), IGC Chair Amb. Wayne McCook (Jamaica) has developed an Issues Paper, reflecting his view on possible cross-cutting issues that could be considered during the session.

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