Marine & Coastal

Event: 67th Session of the IMO's Marine Environment Protection Committee [viewed]

The Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) will meet for its 67th session in London, UK, from 13-17 October 2014.  

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Event: 66th Session of the IMO's Marine Environment Protection Committee [viewed]

The Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) will meet for its 66th session in London, UK, from 31 March to 4 April 2014. Among other items, the MEPC will consider: further technical and operational measures for enhancing energy efficiency of international shipping; reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from ships; consideration and adoption of amendments to mandatory instruments; interpretations of, and amendments to, MARPOL and related instruments; and identification and protection of Special Areas and Particularly Sensitive Sea Areas.  

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UNESCO Outlines SIDS 2006-2013 Activities [viewed]

UNESCO13 February 2014: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has released a 40-page booklet, titled 'Islands of the Future – Building resilience in a changing world,' which outlines UNESCO's activities in small island developing States (SIDS), covering the period from 2006-2013.

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FAO Outlines Good Practices and Challenges in Aquaculture Governance [viewed]

FAO11 February 2014: The Fisheries and Aquaculture Department of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released a technical paper, titled 'Policy and governance in aquaculture: lessons learned and way forward,' which summarizes some of the issues facing general aquaculture governance, current best practices and potential challenges for the future.

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OWG Completes Stocktaking Phase [viewed]

OWG Completes Stocktaking Phase7 February 2014: During the eighth and final stocktaking meeting of the UN General Assembly Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), delegates focused on: oceans and seas, forests, and biodiversity; promoting equality, including social equity, gender equality and women's empowerment; and conflict prevention, post-conflict peacebuilding and the promotion of durable peace, rule of law and governance. 

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Pacific SIDS Recommend Oceans SDG [viewed]

palau-president-20144 February 2014: Participants discussed how to achieve healthy oceans and seas, including through a "stand-alone" Sustainable Development Goal (SDG), at an event on 4 February 2014, in New York, US. ‘Healthy Oceans and Seas: A Way Forward' highlighted the role of healthy oceans and seas in the survival of people and the planet and discussed the role of technology in preventing and mitigating impacts from natural phenomena.

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NGOs Release Post-2015 Reports [viewed]

owgFebruary 2014: Numerous NGOs and civil-society groups have published reports to serve as inputs to the inter-governmental discussions on the post-2015 development agenda, and the eighth session of the UN General Assembly's (UNGA) Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The publications include goal proposals, emphasis on specific issues, and ideas for the design of the agenda.

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Republic of Korea and FAO Collaborate on Sustainable Fisheries [viewed]

FAO31 January 2014: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the Government of the Republic of Korea have signed a memorandum of understanding to develop capacity in fisheries and aquaculture and to promote compliance with the FAO Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries.

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Event: Global Island Partnership (GLISPA) Outreach Session [viewed]

This session will provide an opportunity for interested persons to learn and engage in opportunities for island conservation and sustainable livelihoods with regard to the International Day of Island Biodiversity (22 May 2014), International Year of Small Island Developing States (2014), 3rd International Conference for Small Island Developing States (UNSIDS 2014), and the Convention on Biological Diversity Conference of the Parties (CBD COP 12). RSVP is necessary for entry.  

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UN-NGLS Releases Policy Briefs on Gender Equality, Oceans and Seas [viewed]

NGLS3 February 2013: Based on consultations with civil society, the UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS) has produced two papers to inform the eighth session of the UN General Assembly's (UNGA) Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The issue briefs highlight recommendations from civil society members on oceans and seas, and gender equality and women's human rights, topics for discussion at OWG 8.

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