International Negotiations

Event: Eleventh Session of the Open Working Group on SDGs [viewed]

At the close of the Sixth Session of the UN General Assembly's (UNGA) Open Working Group (OWG 6) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Co-Chairs outlined options for the next phase of the process. The dates of a further set of formal OWG meetings were finalized at the conclusion of OWG 7. They will take place on: 3-5 March (OWG 9), 31 March - 4 April (OWG 10), 5-9 May (OWG 11), 16-20 June (OWG 12) and 14-18 July 2014 (OWG 13).  

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Event: Tenth Session of the Open Working Group on SDGs [viewed]

At the close of the Sixth Session of the UN General Assembly's (UNGA) Open Working Group (OWG 6) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Co-Chairs outlined options for the next phase of the process. The dates of a further set of formal OWG meetings were finalized at the conclusion of OWG 7. They will take place on: 3-5 March (OWG 9), 31 March - 4 April (OWG 10), 5-9 May (OWG 11), 16-20 June (OWG 12) and 14-18 July 2014 (OWG 13).  

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Event: Ninth Session of the Open Working Group on SDGs [viewed]

At the close of the Sixth Session of the UN General Assembly's (UNGA) Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Co-Chairs outlined initial thoughts on the next steps in the process, including a further set of formal OWG meetings following OWG 8 in February. The dates were revised at the conclusion of OWG 7. The next round of meetings will take place on: 3-5 March (OWG 9), 31 March - 4 April (OWG 10), 5-9 May (OWG 11), 16-20 June (OWG 12) and 14-18 July 2014 (OWG 13).  

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IPBES-2 Adopts the Antalya Consensus, Appoints First Executive Secretary [viewed]

ipbes214 December 2013: The second session of the Plenary of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES-2) concluded with the adoption of the Antalya Consensus, a set of decisions detailing the Platform's work programme, operating procedures and relationship with the UN. The Plenary also announced the appointment of Anne Larigauderie as the first IPBES Executive Secretary.

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Barcelona Convention Parties Adopt Declaration on Marine Environment [viewed]

unep-map11 December 2013: Mediterranean and EU Ministers and Heads of State committed to protect coastal and marine species and habitats at the 18th Ordinary Meeting of the Contracting Parties to the Barcelona Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment and the Coastal Region of the Mediterranean and its Protocols (CoP 18). CoP 18, which took place from 3-6 December 2103, in Istanbul, Turkey, resulted in the Istanbul Declaration, which includes 17 decisions.

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CMS StC41 Discusses Future and Implementation of Priority Activities [viewed]

CMS3 December 2013: The 41st Meeting of the Standing Committee of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS StC41) discussed the increased competition for funding with other multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs) and the need for synergies, policy coherence and greater efficiency. During the Meeting, the Secretariat highlighted progress in the development of an international action plan for the conservation of the argali sheep as well as the Central Asian Initiative to conserve migratory mammals. 

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Event: CMS COP 11 [viewed]

Ecuador will host the eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 11) to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) in November 2014, marking the first time that a CMS COP is held in Latin America. The decision was taken during the 41st Meeting of the Standing Committee, on 28 November 2013, in Bonn, Germany. The 42nd Meeting of the Standing Committee will take place 2-3 November and regional coordination meetings 3 November. Another Standing Committee meeting will be held 9 November upon closure of the COP.  

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INC-Forests Forwards Unfinished Convention Text to Ministerial Conference [viewed]

inc4-forests11 November 2013: The Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee for a Legally Binding Agreement on Forests in Europe (INC-Forests) was unable to finalize the text of a convention on forests during its final session.

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GEF Council Approves US$259.84 Million Work Program [viewed]

45th-meeting-of-the-GEF-Council7 November 2013: The 45th meeting of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council considered, inter alia: the progress report on the pilot accreditation of GEF Project Agencies; the mid-term evaluation of the System for Transparent Allocation of Resources (STAR); the mid-term evaluation of the National Portfolio Formulation Exercise (NPFE); an update on the GEF-6 replenishment; a review of GEF Agencies on their application of environmental and social safeguards and gender mainstreaming; and an update on the development of the GEF 2020 strategy. The GEF Council also approved a Work Program amounting to US$259.84 million.

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UNDESA, UNDP Brief Presents Options for Forests and the SDGs [viewed]

UNDESA and UNDP1 November 2013: The Technical Support Team (TST) co-chaired by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) has released an issues brief on forests, which highlights proposals on the integration of forests into the sustainable development goals (SDGs).

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