Governance

UNFCCC Convenes Informal Session, In-session Workshop on REDD+ [viewed]

5 September 2012: The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) held an informal additional session of the Ad hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA), on 30 August 2012, in Bangkok, Thailand. The session included a discussion of policy approaches and positive incentives on issues relating to REDD+.

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Bonn Negotiations Make Progress Toward Legally Binding Agreement on Forests [viewed]

9 September 2012: The Second Session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee for a Legally Binding Agreement on Forests in Europe (INC-Forests 2) concluded a first reading and much of a second reading on the text of a draft multilateral legally binding agreement (LBA) on forests. 

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IPBES Releases List of Members [viewed]

3 September 2012: The Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) has announced the list of members as of 1 September 2012. 

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"Species" Features IUCN SSC and Specialist Groups' Reports [viewed]

September 2012: The special Quadrennium 2008-2012 issue of Species, a magazine of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Species Survival Commission (SSC), features the SSC Quadrennium report, along with Specialist Group and other groups and task forces reports.

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43rd Pacific Islands Forum Develops Leaders Communique [viewed]

PIFS30 August 2012: The 43rd Pacific Islands Forum convened in Rarotonga, the Cook Islands, from 28-30 August 2012, under the theme of “Large Oceans Island States – the Pacific Challenge.” Issues discussed at the meeting included the outcomes of the recent UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), the Oceanscape initiative, climate change, and radioactive contaminants in the Marshall Islands. The 43rd PIF Communique includes the key commitments of Pacific Leaders.

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World Water Week 2012 Opens with Focus on Water and Food Security [viewed]

26 August 2012: World Water Week 2012 is underway in Stockholm, Sweden, with a focus on the theme "Water and Food Security." The programme aims to engage participants on challenges posed by increased competition for water resources, driven in part by population growth and climate change, and its effects on agriculture and food security. World Water Week is organized annually by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI).

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Event: CMS Standing Committee Meeting [viewed]

This will be the 40th Meeting of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) Standing Committee (StC). The StC provides policy and administrative guidance between regular meetings of the COP, particularly on general policy as well as on operational and financial issues. It was created by Resolution 1.1 of the First Meeting of the Conference of the Parties. The StC consists of representatives of the Parties, in particular from each CMS region, the Depositary and a delegate representing the country that plans to host the next meeting of the COP. The StC meets at least annually.  

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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: CMS Working Group on the Strategic Plan (2015-2023) Meeting [viewed]

At the 10th meeting of the Convention for the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) Conference of the Parties (COP 10), it was decided in Resolution 10.5 to establish a Working Group to draft a new Strategic Plan for the period 2015-2023. This work will be conducted inter-sessionally, with its first in-person meeting taking place on 5-6 November 2012, back-to-back with the 40th meeting of the CMS Standing Committee. A final draft strategy will be presented to CMS COP 11 in late 2014.  

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UN Indigenous Peoples Partnership Posts 5-year Program Framework [viewed]

2 August 2012: The UN Indigenous Peoples Partnership (UNIPP) has made available its five-year program framework, titled “United Nations Indigenous Peoples Partnership: Strategic Framework 2011-2015," which outlines UNIPP's thematic areas of focus for the realization of indigenous peoples' rights. It has also published a brochure describing the genesis, governance and guiding principles of UNIPP and its Multi-Partner Trust Fund.

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