Governance

ITPGR Governing Body Discusses Benefit-Sharing, Funding Strategy [viewed]

itpgrgb5-iisdrs24 September 2013: The Fifth Session of the Governing Body (GB5) of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) is convening to discuss, among others issues, the status of the implementation of the Treaty's Multilateral System for Access and Benefit-sharing (MLS); the inclusion of additional key food crops; and the implementation of the Treaty's funding strategy.

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UN-NGLS Report Discusses Four Regional Civil Society Objectives for Post-2015 Agenda [viewed]

UNDP NGLS22 September 2013: The UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS) published a report titled ‘Advancing Regional Recommendations on the Post-2015 Development Agenda,' which synthesizes four months of consultations with 120 regional civil society networks on the post-2015 agenda. The report concludes that obstacles to achieving sustainable development are political, not technical, and recognizes post-2015 discussions as an opportunity to mobilize leadership and support for transformational change.

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International Expert Workshop Discusses Conceptual Framework of IPBES [viewed]

IPbesSeptember 2013: The Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) has released the report of the 'Expert Workshop on the Conceptual Framework for IPBES,' which was held from 25-26 August 2013 and convened by the Multidisciplinary Expert Panel (MEP) at the request of the first IPBES Plenary and co-hosted by South Africa and the United Kingdom, with additional support from Japan.

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UNCCD COP 11 Opens in Namibia [viewed]

unccd-cop1116 September 2013: The eleventh session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD COP 11) opened on 16 September 2013, with parties offering opening statements during an afternoon plenary. The COP is meeting in Windhoek, Namibia, and will conclude on 27 September 2013.

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IUCN Releases Best Practices on Protected Areas Governance [viewed]

IUCN11 September 2013: In an effort to enhance the governance of the world's protected areas, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and partners have released a publication, titled 'Governance of Protected Areas: From understanding to action,' which presents guidelines for various types of protected area governance arrangements.

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ITPGR Secretariat Calls for Nominations for Global Crop Diversity Trust Executive Board [viewed]

ITPGR6 September 2013: In preparation for the fifth session of the Governing Body of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR), the ITPGR Secretariat has circulated a notification calling for nominations by parties of candidates for the Executive Board of the Global Crop Diversity Trust.

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UNEP, INTOSAI-WGEA Sign MOU to Track Progress in MEA Implementation [viewed]

unep-intosai9 September 2013: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has signed a Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) with the International Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions - Working Group on Environmental Auditing (INTOSAI-WGEA). The MOU aims to track progress in implementing multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs) covering climate change, biodiversity and hazardous waste.

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Event: Basel COP 12, Rotterdam COP 7 and Stockholm COP 7 [viewed]

The 12th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the Basel Convention, seventh meeting of the COP to the Rotterdam Convention, and seventh meeting of the COP to the Stockholm Convention are expected to convene back-to-back in May 2015.  

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Event: Eighth Meeting of the Open Working Group on SDGs (OWG 8) [viewed]

The eighth session of the UN General Assembly's (UNGA) Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will take place from 3-7 February 2014, in New York, US. OWG 8 is expected to discuss: Oceans and seas, forests, biodiversity (2 days); Promoting equality, including social equity, gender equality and women's empowerment (1.5 days); and Conflict prevention, post-conflict peacebuilding and the promotion of durable peace, rule of law and governance (1.5 days).  

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Event: Sixth Meeting of the Open Working Group on SDGs (OWG 6) [viewed]

The sixth session of the UN General Assembly's (UNGA) Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will take place from 9-13 December 2013, in New York, US. OWG 6 is expected to discuss: Means of implementation (science and technology, knowledge-sharing and capacity building), Global partnership for achieving sustainable development (2 days); Needs of countries in special situations, African countries, LDCs, LLDCs, and SIDS as well as specific challenges facing the middle-income countries (2 days); and Human rights, the right to development, global governance (1 day).  

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