Governance

IPBES Publishes Short Note on its Operating Principles [viewed]

ipbes10 December 2014: The Secretariat of the Intergovernmental Panel on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) has prepared a "short note" on how it ensures credibility, relevance, legitimacy and transparency through its rules of procedure and the processes approved by its Plenary.

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African Delegates Adopt Recommendations for Ecosystem-based Adaptation [viewed]

Unep Logo8 December 2014: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) convened almost 300 policymakers, ecosystems experts and civil society representatives for a workshop on 'Enhancing the Horn of Africa Adaptive and Responsive Capacity to Climate Change Impacts.' Participants shared their experiences and challenges faced in scaling ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA) practices, with a view to finding replicable successes, targeted ecological actions and other avenues for addressing climate change disaster impacts in Africa.

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CTI-CFF Regional Secretariat Established; Executive Director Appointed [viewed]

Coral Triangle Initiative12 November 2014: The Agreement on the Establishment of the Regional Secretariat of the Coral Triangle Initiative on Coral Reefs, Fisheries, and Food Security (CTI-CFF) entered into force on 30 November 2014, as agreed by the CTI-CFF's six member countries at the 10th CTI-CFF Senior Officials meeting. Widi Agoes Pratikto, Indonesia, has been appointed the permanent Regional Secretariat's Executive Director.

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Republic of Korea Outlines Actions to Address IUU Fishing in NPOA [viewed]

korea-flagAugust 2014: The Republic of Korea's Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries has submitted the third review of its National Plan of Action (NPOA) to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO).

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UN Secretary-General's Synthesis Report Proposes 6 Elements for Post-2015 Agenda [viewed]

syntesis-proposal4 December 2014: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has released an advance version of his synthesis report on the post-2015 development agenda, titled ‘The Road to Dignity by 2030: Ending Poverty, Transforming All Lives and Protecting the Planet.' In the report, Ban proposes an integrated set of six essential elements: dignity; people; prosperity; planet; justice; and partnership.

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FAO and CPW Explore Wild Meat Markets and Consumption [viewed]

FAO1 December 2014: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) released a second fact sheet from the Collaborative Partnership on Sustainable Wildlife Management (CPW) focusing on wild meat. The fact sheet outlines the importance of wild meat for food and nutrition security while noting that many issues remain with regard to its harvesting, safe handling and marketing.

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UNEP Live Tracker Provides Information to Track Progress on GEGs, SDGs [viewed]

UNEPNovember 2014: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released the Global Environment Goals (GEG) Live Tracker website to provide information on progress towards achieving internationally-agreed environmental goals and objectives and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The website aims to better inform decision-makers and the public on progress towards the goals and information available for monitoring them.

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INTERPOL Meetings Developing a United Message on Environmental Crime [viewed]

interpol27 November 2014: A series of INTERPOL Environmental Crime Working Group meetings have focused on developing a joint international strategy to address a broad range of wildlife, forest and pollution-related crime.

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PFII Report Says Many UN Indigenous Initiatives Remain “Institutionally Marginalized” [viewed]

Unpfii12 November 2014: A UN report on the application of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) highlights the need for greater participation by indigenous individuals and communities in UN projects and programmes relating to indigenous issues, and notes that many such initiatives, while valuable, remain “institutionally marginalized.” The report from the Secretariat of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (PFII), titled 'Partnering with Indigenous Peoples: Experiences and Practices,' identifies examples of good practice from within the UN system during the lead-up to the 2014 World Conference on Indigenous Peoples (WCIP).

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GSDR 2015 Draft Outline Released [viewed]

DESANovember 2014: A draft of the outline for the 2015 Global Sustainable Development Report (GSDR) is now available on the Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform. The draft outline lists eight chapters, including a description of the aims of each chapter and key questions to be addressed.

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