Governance

July 2014 Water Finance Update [viewed]

World Bank-AfDB-ADB-IDB-EBRD-GEFJuly 2014: The World Bank, the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the African Development Bank (AfDB), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) undertook a variety of activities during July. Projects were approved across Africa, Latin America, Asia and Europe, addressing issues such as transboundary water management, water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services, hydropower and climate resilience.

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IGC 28 Reviews Cross-Cutting Elements, Forwards Texts to WIPO General Assembly [viewed]

Wipo18 July 2014: At its 28th session, the Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore (IGC) of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) reviewed cross-cutting elements of the negotiating texts on genetic resources, traditional knowledge and traditional cultural expressions, and decided to forward the three negotiating draft texts as developed during IGC 26 and 27 to the WIPO General Assembly, to be held in September 2014.

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Event: UN Summit for Adoption of Post-2015 Development Agenda [viewed]

The UN Summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda was mandated by the UN General Assembly on 25 September 2013 (Resolution 68/6). In consultations on organizational modalities for the Summit, Member States are considering holding the summit on 28-30 September 2015, per a revised draft resolution circulated by UNGA President Sam Kutesa on 30 October 2014.  

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OWG Concludes Work, Submits SDG Proposal to UNGA [viewed]

OWG19 July 2014: The UN General Assembly's Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) has concluded its work, adopting by acclamation a report containing 17 proposed SDGs and 169 targets. The proposal will be submitted to the UN General Assembly for consideration and action at its 68th session.

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UNEP Releases 2014 Year Book on Emerging Environmental Issues [viewed]

UNEPJuly 2014: UNEP has made available an e-book edition of its year book, titled ‘UNEP Year Book 2014: Emerging Issues in Our Global Environment,' which illustrates, across ten chapters, the emergence of current environmental challenges and explores innovative solutions to address them.

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Event: The Challenges of a Living List: Making Progress on a Green Goods Agreement [viewed]

Negotiations on a green goods agreement, announced earlier this year in Davos, Switzerland by 14 World Trade Organization (WTO) Members, will aim to create an initial and “living list” of green goods to be revised as technology evolves. This half-day event organized by the Geneva offices of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) and the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) will bring together practitioners, experts and administrators from a variety of agreements that have faced the challenges of a “living list,” to discuss their experiences and lessons learned for consideration by the WTO. Speakers will include John Scanlon, Secretary‐General, Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), Aaron Cosbey, Associate and Senior Advisor, IISD, and Ambassador Jonathan Fried, Permanent Representative of Canada to the WTO, among others. The event takes place on the eve of the WTO Public Forum.  

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Global Oceans Commission Report Proposes 8 Actions [viewed]

global-ocean-commision23 June 2014: The Global Oceans Commission has released a report, titled ‘From Decline to Recovery: A Rescue Package for the Global Ocean,' which makes eight proposals for actions to restore and protect natural capital and services. The report highlights “the fundamental mismatch” between the value of the high seas to humanity and the current governance of the high seas, stressing the need for a global blueprint for action to move towards recovery and regeneration.

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CITES SC65 Takes Action on Asian Big Cats, Elephants, Rhinoceros and Cheetahs [viewed]

wwf.delegation11 July 2014: Participants at the sixty-fifth meeting of the Standing Committee (SC65) of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) focused discussions on elephants, rhinoceros, Asian big cats, illegal trade in cheetahs, great apes, pangolins, ebony and rosewoods. Other topics addressed at the meeting included livelihoods, cooperation with other organizations, and species trade and conservation.

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ABS Protocol Reaches 48 Ratifications [viewed]

CBD11 July 2014: Niger, Burundi, the Gambia, Madagascar, Mozambique, Sudan and Peru ratified the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization (ABS) in July 2014, bringing the total number of ratifications to 48.

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Event: Second Meeting of the UN Environment Assembly [viewed]

The UN Environment Assembly (UNEA) will convene for the second time in 2016. The UNEA of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) represents the highest level of governance of international environmental affairs in the UN system. The Rio+20 conference agreed in June 2012 to strengthen and upgrade UNEP through measures including universal membership of its Governing Council and ensuring the active participation of all relevant stakeholders. In March 2013, the 67th session of the UN General Assembly changed the designation of the Governing Council of UNEP to become UNEA, reflecting the intention to elevate its status.  

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