Governance

Guest Article #29: Making Access and Benefit-sharing Work for Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture [viewed]

The ‘Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization' to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has been hailed as a giant step towards the implementation of the third objective of the CBD: the fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising out of the utilization of genetic resources, including by appropriate access to them. Implementing this third objective will contribute, it is hoped, to the conservation of biological diversity and the sustainable use of its components, the other two objectives of the CBD.

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Policy Update #5: A New International Instrument Enters into Force: The First Meeting of the Parties to the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit-sharing [viewed]

The Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization (ABS) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) entered into force on 12 October 2014, with 54 ratifications at the time.[1] In accordance with the provisions of its Article 26(6), the first meeting of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties (COP/MOP 1) to the Nagoya Protocol was held from 13-17 October 2014, during the second week of the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 12) to the CBD.

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IPBES-3 Opens with Discussions on Work Programme [viewed]

ipbes12 January 2015: The third session of the Plenary of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES-3) opened on 12 January 2015, in Bonn, Germany. Delegates heard opening statements from dignitaries, regional groups and multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs) and discussed: organizational matters; membership of the Platform; credentials; and reports from the IPBES Executive Secretary Anne Larigauderie and Multidisciplinary Expert Panel (MEP) members on implementing the work programme 2014–2018.

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FAO, GOF Announce 14 Regional ABNJ Leaders [viewed]

fao-gof-gefJanuary 2015: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the Global Ocean Forum (GOF) have announced the selection of 14 leaders for the first Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (ABNJ) Regional Leaders Program. The program aims to strengthen the capacity of leaders from small island developing States (SIDS) and developing countries to more effectively participate in global and regional ABNJ processes and to address issues in marine ABNJ.

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ICLEI-CBC Releases Report on Biodiversity Summit 2014 [viewed]

iclei-cbc6 January 2015: Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI) - Cities Biodiversity Center (CBC) released the report of the 2014 Cities and Subnational Governments Biodiversity Summit. The Summit was held in Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea, in parallel to the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP 12).

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Event: Global Conference on a Transformative Agenda for Official Statistics [viewed]

This conference, jointly organized by the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) and the Statistical Office of the European Communities (EUROSTAT), seeks to respond to the increased demand for detailed and timely data to monitor progress on the post-2015 development agenda goals and targets. The conference will discuss, inter alia: the innovations in data collection, dissemination, access and analytics; means of implementation; and a framework on a transformative strategy for the global statistical system in support of the post-2015 development agenda. The event is organized as a High-Level Forum of official statisticians with the purpose to seek a broad consensus on the strategic agenda for statistics to be considered during the 46th Session of the Statistical Commission in March 2015.  

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ABNJ Tuna Project to Provide Guidance on Addressing IUU Fishing [viewed]

FAO29 December 2014: Implementing port State measures is critical for ensuring the sustainability of the world's tuna resources, according to the Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (ABNJ) Tuna Project. The project is preparing a publication that highlights the role of port State measures in addressing illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing in both national jurisdictions and the high seas.

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Gaborone Declaration for Sustainability in Africa Names Conservation International as Secretariat [viewed]

ci-botswana12 December 2014: Conservation International (CI) has assumed the role of the Secretariat of the Gaborone Declaration for Sustainability in Africa (GDSA). As Secretariat, CI is tasked with helping the GDSA's ten African signatory countries to build on the initiative's existing successes and further efforts to value nature in national social and economic decision-making.

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Initial Outputs of UNEP Project on Synergies among Biodiversity-Related Conventions Available for Review [viewed]

UNEP15 December 2014: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has circulated, at the request of the Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), an invitation to review and comment on one of the initial outputs of a project implemented by UNEP on 'Improving the effectiveness of and cooperation among biodiversity-related conventions and exploring opportunities for further synergies.'

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WCPFC Adopts Conservation and Management Measures on Tuna, Sharks [viewed]

wcpfc10 December 2014: The 11th regular session of the Western Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) agreed on a number of Conservation and Management Measures (CMMs), including actions to: modify measures for bigeye, yellowfin and skipjack tuna; mitigate impacts of fishing on sharks; and establish a harvesting strategy for key fisheries and stocks in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean.

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