Marine & Coastal

WAVES Developing Guidelines for Coastal and Marine Ecosystem Accounting [viewed]

waves23 April 2014: The Wealth Accounting and the Valuation of Ecosystem Services (WAVES) Policy and Technical Experts Committee (PTEC) is developing a guidance document to help countries value coastal ecosystems. ‘Guidelines for Coastal and Marine Ecosystem Accounting: Incorporating the Protective Service Values of Coral Reef and Mangroves in National Wealth Accounts,' a PTEC Project Brief, outlines the scope and process of developing such a guidance document.

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April 2014 Water Finance Update [viewed]

worldbank-idb-afdb-ebrd-gefApril 2014: Throughout April 2014, the World Bank, Global Environment Facility (GEF), Asian Development Bank (ADB), Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), African Development Bank (AfDB) and European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) approved finance for and highlighted results of projects across Africa, Latin America, Asia and Europe, as well as in small island developing states (SIDS) to: improve water supply and sanitation; build urban and rural water infrastructure; reduce water-related disaster risk and increase climate resilience; improve agricultural water efficiency; construct hydro-power facilities; protect aquatic biodiversity; and promote transboundary water cooperation.

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UN Celebrates International Mother Earth Day 2014 [viewed]

international-mother-earth-day22 April 2014: The UN commemorated International Mother Earth Day 2014 with statements and events around the world. Mother Earth Day 2014 focused on green cities, with the aim of raising awareness on how collective action can transform cities and forge a sustainable future.

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OWG Co-Chairs Issue Working Document with 16 Focus Areas, 140 Targets [viewed]

owg17 April 2014: The Co-chairs of the Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have issued a revised working document in preparation for the OWG's 11th session. The new document represents the latest revision to the set of "focus areas" under consideration in the OWG. It includes 16 focus areas and 140 targets.

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UNRIC Newsletter Addresses Plastics Waste [viewed]

UNRICApril 2014: The April 2014 newsletter from the UN Regional Information Centre for Western Europe (UNRIC) focuses on plastic waste, including articles on the EU's recent agreement to ban certain plastic bags by 2020, and a proposal by the UN Association of Finland that the Government of Finland initiates a global UN treaty on plastic debris in the oceans.

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GESMAP Updates Ballast Water Methodology [viewed]

15 April 2014: The Joint Group of Experts on the Scientific Aspects of Marine Environmental Protection (GESMAP) Ballast Water Working Group has updated its Methodology for conducting its work and gathering information. The 66th session of the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) endorsed the revised Methodology (BWM.2/Circ.13.Rev.1) and agreed it should be applied to all submissions for Basic Approval of Ballast Water Management (BWM) systems.

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Event: Ninth Ad Hoc Open-ended Informal Working Group to Study Issues Relating to the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Marine BBNJ [viewed]

This meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Informal Working Group to study issues relating to the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity beyond areas of national jurisdiction (BBNJ) is the third of three meetings (April 2014, June 2014 and January 2015) that the UN General Assembly (UNGA) requested be convened. The meetings aim to make recommendations to the UNGA on the scope, parameters and feasibility of an international instrument under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). These three meetings are expected to result in a summary of discussions that will be submitted to the President of the UNGA, and are anticipated to contribute to a decision to be taken at the 69th Session of the UNGA on the development of a new international instrument under UNCLOS.  

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Event: Eighth Ad Hoc Open-ended Informal Working Group to Study Issues Relating to the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Marine BBNJ [viewed]

This meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Informal Working Group to study issues relating to the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity beyond areas of national jurisdiction (BBNJ) is the second of three meetings (April 2014, June 2014 and January 2015) that the UN General Assembly (UNGA) requested be convened. The meetings aim to make recommendations to the UNGA on the scope, parameters and feasibility of an international instrument under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). These three meetings are expected to result in a summary of discussions that will be submitted to the President of the UNGA, and are anticipated to contribute to a decision to be taken at the 69th Session of the UNGA on the development of a new international instrument under UNCLOS.  

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Event: Fourth Meeting of the Pacific Biosphere Reserve Network [viewed]

The Fourth Meeting of the Pacific Biosphere Reserve Network (PacMAB) will bring together managers and researchers to discuss the role of biosphere reserves in sustainable development in the Pacific. The meeting aims to assess progress and identify challenges in implementing the Madrid Action Plan in Pacific biosphere reserves. Participants will also: assess the role of biosphere reserves in contributing to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs); discuss actions for the post-2015 development agenda, such as a roadmap for contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); identify follow up actions, including possible ways to increase the number of reserves in the Pacific; share success stories for managing natural resources while fostering economic development; and consider how to improve cooperation and governance of the biosphere reserves and the network. The PacMAB includes the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), Kiribati, Palau, Papua New Guinea (PNG), Samoa and Tonga.  

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Thirty Donor Countries Pledge US$4.43 Billion for GEF-6 [viewed]

GEF16 April 2014: The negotiations on the sixth replenishment of the Global Environment Facility Trust Fund (GEF-6) concluded with pledges totaling US$4.43 billion over four years.

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