International Negotiations

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 COP will be preceded by a High Level Ministerial meeting on 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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Event: Open Ended Intergovernmental Ad Hoc Expert Group of the UNFF on the IAF [viewed]

The Ad Hoc Expert Group (AHEG) was established at the tenth meeting of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF 10) with a mandate to review the performance and effectiveness of the International Arrangement on Forests (IAF) and to develop recommendations on a strategic direction for the IAF for the period beyond 2015. The AHEG will consider stakeholder input and the results of an IAF assessment in order to provide recommendations to the eleventh session of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF 11) on the function and institutional arrangements of the IAF for the period beyond 2015.  

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Event: 15th Regular Session of the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture [viewed]

The 15th Regular Session of the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA 15) is expected to convene in 2015. The Commission provides the only permanent forum for governments to discuss and negotiate matters specifically relevant to biological diversity for food and agriculture. The Commission aims to reach international consensus on policies for the sustainable use and conservation of genetic resources for food and agriculture and the fair and equitable sharing of benefits derived from their use.  

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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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