Governance

Event: IPBES Eastern Europe Regional Consultation Meeting [viewed]

Organized by the Centre for Ecological Research and Hungarian Academy of Science (MTA ÖK) with support from the Hungarian Ministry of Rural Development, this meeting aims to inform the Eastern European biodiversity knowledge community on the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) process; and provide direct input into the IPBES intersessional consultation by developing recommendations from an Eastern European perspective, on inter alia, the draft work programme 2014-2018.  

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Report of the First Global Meeting of Wildlife Enforcement Networks Released [viewed]

Global Meeting of Wildlife Enforcement NetworksJuly 2013: The International Consortium on Combating Wildlife Crime (ICCWC) has released the report of the first global meeting of the Wildlife Enforcement Networks (WEN), which convened on the margins of the 16th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES CoP16) in March 2013 in Bangkok, Thailand.

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Workshop Addresses Integration of MEAs into NBSAPs [viewed]

MEAs into NBSAPs2 July 2013: A workshop on improving the capacity of Francophone African National Focal Points in identifying indicators and integrating the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) objectives into National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs) brought together National Focal Points for the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), CMS and CITES from eight Francophone African countries (Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cote d'Ivoire, Niger, Senegal and Togo), supported by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).

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UNFF10 Report Calls for Recognition of the Value of Forests [viewed]

Unff1 July 2013: The UN Forum on Forests (UNFF) has released the report of its tenth session held on 4 February 2011, and from 8-19 April 2013. The report includes two resolutions for the attention of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC): the first on progress in the implementation of the non-legally binding agreement on all types of forests; and the second on emerging issues, the means of implementation and the UNFF trust fund.

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44th GEF Council Meeting Approves US$369.82 Million Work Program [viewed]

gef4420 June 2013: The 44th Meeting of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council adopted a Work Program amounting to US$369.82 million, comprising 48 projects on biodiversity, climate change, international waters, land degradation, persistent organic pollutants (POPs), as well as multi-focal area projects.

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CITES CoP16 Decisions and Resolutions Enter into Force [viewed]

CITES14 June 2013: The Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) has announced that the new listings of species and the 165 Decisions and 36 Resolutions adopted or revised at the 16th meeting of the CITES Conference of the Parties (CoP16), which convened in Bangkok in March 2013, entered into force on 12 June 2013.

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UN Poverty-Environment Initiative Deepens Efforts on Gender, Equality and Stakeholder Partnerships [viewed]

UNDP UNEP12 June 2013: The UN Poverty-Environment Initiative (PEI) launched its 2013-2017 programme, announcing that its new phase will consolidate current programme achievements, further integrate gender and equality concerns, and strengthen stakeholder partnerships for the long-term mainstreaming of poverty-environment issues.

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INC-Forests4 Suspended [viewed]

Chair Jan Heino (center) during one of the plenary sessions (photo courtesy of the INC-Forests Secretariat)14 June 2013: The Fourth Session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee for a Legally-Binding Agreement on Forests in Europe (INC-Forests4) made substantial progress in revising the draft negotiating text of a forest convention, but decided to suspend work until autumn because it had run out of time to conclude a few key issues in the text, reach consensus on institutional issues and prepare the interim arrangements for the convention.

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Event: 13th Session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (PFII 13) [viewed]

The Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues will hold its 13th session in May 2014. The PFII was established by the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) in July 2000 to advise the UN system on indigenous people's issues. The PFII session will address the theme of "Principles of good governance consistent with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: articles 3 to 6 and 46 (3)."  

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SDSN Proposes 10 Sustainable Development Goals [viewed]

unsdsn6 June 2013: The UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) has issued its report to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. 'The Action Agenda for Sustainable Development' argues that a sustainable development path must be based on four related normative concepts: the right to development for every country; human rights and social inclusion; convergence of living standards across countries; and shared responsibilities and opportunities.

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