International Negotiations

Guest Article #27: An Untapped Potential: Wildlife NGOs and the CMS Family [viewed]

Since Germany enlisted the legal experts at the International Union for Conservation of Nature's (IUCN) Environmental Law Centre[1] to produce a text that could be the basis for the negotiation of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS), wildlife Non-Government Organizations (NGOs) have been part of the fabric and culture of CMS.

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CCAMLR Adopts Measures on Toothfish, Vessel Monitoring, Defers MPA Proposals [viewed]

ccamlrOctober 2014: Member countries of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) agreed on measures to conserve marine living resources in Antarctica at the 33rd annual meeting of the Commission, but did not reach consensus on two proposals on marine protected areas (MPAs). Agreements focused on, inter alia: catch limits for CCAMLR-managed fisheries; the toothfish; and the southwest Atlantic krill fisheries.

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CMS COP11 Opens with High-Level Segment [viewed]

CMS3 November 2014: The eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP11) to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) opened in Quito, Ecuador, with a High-Level Ministerial Panel on 'Uniting the Rights of Nature and the Green Economy: Finding Solutions to Protecting International Wildlife.'

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Event: Expert Group Meeting on an Optional Protocol to UNDRIP [viewed]

This group will discuss a study of the possibility of an optional protocol to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), focusing on land, territories and resource rights, as well as the right to self-determination, self-government and autonomy. The results of the meeting will be reported to the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (PFII) at its fourteenth session in May 2015.  

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IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee Approves Polar Code Provisions [viewed]

IMO20 October 2014: The 67th session of the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) has approved provisions of the draft International Code for Ships Operating in Polar Waters (Polar Code), and adopted draft amendments to the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL). The meeting also adopted resolutions supporting the International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships' Ballast Water and Sediments, 2004 (BWM Convention), and considered a greenhouse gas (GHGs) emissions study, energy efficiency in ships, and issues relating to fuel consumption and quality.

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Guest Article #25: CMS COP11 Quito, Ecuador: The Most Important Agenda for Global Wildlife Protection in Recent Memory [viewed]

The upcoming eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS COP11) has shaped up to have one of the most important agendas is recent memory. COP11 will not only address proposals for a record number of shark and ray species, and iconic species such as the African Lion and Polar Bear, for which Parties are seeking urgent protection, but also key proposals to strengthen the Convention and empower it to protect migratory animals across the globe more effectively.

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National Reports to Ramsar COP12 Posted Online [viewed]

RamsarOctober 2014: Parties to the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands have posted their National Reports on implementation, ahead of the 12th meeting of the Conference of the Contracting Parties (COP12) in 2015.

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CBD COP 12 Commits to Funding Increase, Highlights Biodiversity's Contribution to Sustainable Development Agenda [viewed]

cop1217 October 2014: Held from 6-17 October 2014, in Pyeongchang, the Republic of Korea, the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 12) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) adopted a series of decisions, including the 'Pyeongchang roadmap for the enhanced implementation of the Strategic Plan and achievement of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets,' addressing resource mobilization, capacity building, scientific and technical cooperation, linking biodiversity and poverty eradication, and monitoring implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020.

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Nagoya Protocol COP/MOP 1 Celebrates Entry into Force, Establishes Compliance Committee [viewed]

cop12-biodiv17 October 2014: Held from 13-17 October 2014 in Pyeongchang, the Republic of Korea, during the second week of the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the first meeting of the COP serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization (NP COP/MOP 1) marked the entry into force of the Nagoya Protocol on 12 October 2014, and adopted a series of decisions to facilitate its effective implementation, including on the Access and Benefit-sharing (ABS) Clearing-house and on compliance.

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CBD COP 12 HLS Adopts Gangwon Declaration [viewed]

cop1216 October 2014: The High-level Segment (HLS) of the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP 12) adopted the 'Gangwon Declaration on Biodiversity for Sustainable Development.' The Declaration reaffirms commitments to fully implement the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and to achieve the Aichi Biodiversity Targets, and celebrates the 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) to the CBD.

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