International Negotiations

CBD SBSTTA 17 Identifies Key Scientific and Technical Needs for Implementation of the Strategic Plan [viewed]

CBD21 October 2013: Convened from 14-18 October 2013, in Montreal, Canada, the seventeenth meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA 17) of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) featured a new format aiming to enhance its scientific and technical focus. SBSTTA 17 focused on the scientific and technical needs related to the implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and its Aichi targets, and its contribution to the intersessional process of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES).

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Event: UN Environmental Assembly of UNEP [viewed]

The next meeting of the UN Environmental Assembly of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), which has replaced the UNEP Governing Council, is scheduled for June 2014.  

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Event: INC-Forests4 Informal Consultations [viewed]

Heads of delegations of all INC-Forests Parties are invited to attend informal consultations prior to the opening the final Fourth Session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee for a Legally Binding Agreement on Forests in Europe (INC-Forests4).  

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CBD Working Group on Article 8(j) Adopts Draft Action Plan on Customary Sustainable Use [viewed]

CBD14 October 2013: Held from 7-11 October 2013, in Montreal, Canada, the Working Group on Article 8(j) (traditional knowledge) and related provisions of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) forwarded a number of recommendations to the Conference of the Parties (COP).

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WIPO Assembly Renews IGC Mandate [viewed]

Wipo3 October 2013: The General Assembly of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), held from 23 September to 2 October 2013, in Geneva, Switzerland, renewed the mandate of the Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore (IGC) for the 2014-2015 biennium, and agreed on a schedule of sessions and a work programme for 2014.

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ITPGR Governing Body Focuses on Enhancing Implementation [viewed]

ITPGR28 September 2013: The Fifth Session of the Governing Body of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) has adopted a series of resolutions that aim at enhancing implementation, including through the establishment of an Ad hoc Working Group on enhanced implementation of the Treaty's Multilateral System for Access and Benefit-sharing (MLS).

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UNCCD COP 11 Establishes Science-Policy Interface, Intersessional Group on Follow-up to Rio+20 [viewed]

unccd11-closing-meeting27 September 2013: Delegates at the Eleventh Session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD COP 11) concluded their two-week meeting with the adoption of 41 decisions.

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Inter-regional Preparatory Meeting for SIDS 2014 Concludes in New York [viewed]

ipm-sids16 September 2013: The Inter-regional Preparatory Meeting for the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) concluded in New York, US, on 16 September 2013.

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UNCCD COP 11 Opens in Namibia [viewed]

unccd-cop1116 September 2013: The eleventh session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD COP 11) opened on 16 September 2013, with parties offering opening statements during an afternoon plenary. The COP is meeting in Windhoek, Namibia, and will conclude on 27 September 2013.

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Event: Basel COP 12, Rotterdam COP 7 and Stockholm COP 7 [viewed]

The 12th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the Basel Convention, seventh meeting of the COP to the Rotterdam Convention, and seventh meeting of the COP to the Stockholm Convention are expected to convene back-to-back in May 2015.  

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