International Negotiations

Event: Intergovernmental Negotiations on Post-2015 Development Agenda - First Session [viewed]

The intergovernmental negotiations on post-2015 development agenda will take place over several sessions starting in January 2015. The first session, per the 17 November 2014 proposal of the co-facilitators, would take place on 19-21 January 2015.  

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Biosafety COP/MOP 7 Report Released [viewed]

CBD17 November 2014: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has released the final report of the seventh session of the Conference of the Parties serving as meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (COP/MOP 7).

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CMS COP11 Adopts Record Number of Listing Proposals [viewed]

copcms9 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) approved thirty-one proposals to add species to the Convention's two appendices. In closing the meeting, Ecuador Minister of Environment, Lorena Tapia, said that COP11 participants “made borders disappear” by making firm decisions and commitments for action on migratory species' conservation.

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ITTC Announces US$8.3 Million in Funding, Deliberates ITTO Executive Director Appointment [viewed]

ITTC-508 November 2014: The 50th session of the International Tropical Timber Council (ITTC-50) came to a close with delegates authorizing US$8.3 million in financing for International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) activities such as capacity building for transboundary biodiversity conservation, and continued implementation of thematic programmes focused on trade and market transparency, forest governance and reducing deforestation. The Council also undertook lengthy discussions on the appointment of the next ITTO Executive Director.

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Illegal Killing, Trapping and Trade in Birds in Focus at CMS COP11 [viewed]

cms-cop106 November 2014: At the eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS COP11), in Quito, Ecuador, countries are taking steps to combat the illegal killing, trapping and trade of birds. Parties are also considering including the Great Bustard in Appendix I of the Convention and are expected to agree on a Global Action Plan for the Saker Falcon.

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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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