Governance

Event: IPBES Third Full MEP and Bureau Meeting [viewed]

The third full Multidisciplinary Expert Panel (MEP) and Bureau meeting of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) will be held with support from Germany. The objective of this meeting is to implement Decisions IPBES-2/1 to IPBES-2/9, as requested by the IPBES Plenary at its second session.  

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World Ocean Summit Focuses on Governance and Sustainability [viewed]

world-ocean-summit26 February 2014: The second World Ocean Summit, hosted by The Economist in partnership with National Geographic, brought together over 250 leaders from business, government, academia, international institutions, and NGOs to address growing concerns about the unsustainable impact of humans on the world's oceans.

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Event: 2nd World Summit of Legislators [viewed]

The 2nd World Summit of Legislators is expected to be the world's largest conference of parliamentarians, with over 500 participants representing legislative assemblies from all over the world in attendance. Parliamentarians at the three-day summit, which will take place at the Mexican Congress, are expected to agree to and ratify a resolution on climate, natural capital and forest legislation. This meeting follows the first World Summit of Legislators, which convened from 15-17 June 2012, in the Tiradentes Palace, the original seat of the Brazilian Congress. Since this first meeting, the Global Legislators Organisation (GLOBE) has established the GLOBE Climate Legislation Initiative (GCLI), the GLOBE Natural Capital Initiative (GNCI) and the GLOBE Forest Legislation Initiative (GFLI), all of which will report to the 2nd Summit, as well as provide national legislation examples put forward by GLOBE legislators. The GLOBE Natural Capital Initiative (GNCI) seeks to raise awareness on the benefits of ecosystem valuation and wealth accounting, in order to establish a political support-base for the introduction and long-term uptake of the natural capital approach. Twitter: #WSL2014.  

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Guest Article #20: Making ABS Systems Work at the National Level [viewed]

The Third Meeting of the Open-ended Ad Hoc Intergovernmental Committee for the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization (ICNP 3) is scheduled to be held in Pyeongchang, the Republic of Korea, the 24-28 February 2014. The meeting comes at a crucial time; when momentum for a speedy entry into force of the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization (ABS) has picked up, with close to thirty countries ratifying/acceding to the Protocol.

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OWG Co-Chairs Compile 19 'Focus Areas' [viewed]

owg21 February 2014: The Co-Chairs of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have assembled a list of 19 'Focus Areas' for consideration by Member States as they seek to identify SDGs and accompanying targets. In a letter accompanying the Focus Areas, released on 21 February 2014, Macharia Kamau (Kenya) and Csaba Kőrösi (Hungary) write that further action in these areas is necessary to build "prosperous, peaceful and resilient societies that also protect the planet."

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Nine States Join CMS Sharks MoU [viewed]

CMS17 February 2014: The Secretariat of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) has announced that nine States in the Arab region signed the Memorandum of Understanding on the Conservation of Migratory Sharks (Sharks MoU) concluded under CMS.

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Event: London Conference on the Illegal Wildlife Trade 2014 [viewed]

This conference on illegal wildlife trade, hosted by the United Kingdom (UK), will bring together global leaders to help eradicate illegal wildlife trade and better protect the world's most iconic species from the threat of extinction. The goal of the conference is to agree a high level political commitment to take urgent action to tackle illegal wildlife trade. The conference will focus on elephants, rhinos and tigers.  

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FAO Outlines Good Practices and Challenges in Aquaculture Governance [viewed]

FAO11 February 2014: The Fisheries and Aquaculture Department of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released a technical paper, titled 'Policy and governance in aquaculture: lessons learned and way forward,' which summarizes some of the issues facing general aquaculture governance, current best practices and potential challenges for the future.

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OWG Completes Stocktaking Phase [viewed]

OWG Completes Stocktaking Phase7 February 2014: During the eighth and final stocktaking meeting of the UN General Assembly Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), delegates focused on: oceans and seas, forests, and biodiversity; promoting equality, including social equity, gender equality and women's empowerment; and conflict prevention, post-conflict peacebuilding and the promotion of durable peace, rule of law and governance. 

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NGOs Release Post-2015 Reports [viewed]

owgFebruary 2014: Numerous NGOs and civil-society groups have published reports to serve as inputs to the inter-governmental discussions on the post-2015 development agenda, and the eighth session of the UN General Assembly's (UNGA) Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The publications include goal proposals, emphasis on specific issues, and ideas for the design of the agenda.

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