Africa

UNGA Elects Sam Kutesa of Uganda as 69th UNGA President [viewed]

UNGA11 June 2014: The UN General Assembly elected Sam Kahamba Kutesa of Uganda as President of its 69th session. Remarking on his election, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and current UNGA President John Ashe underscored the 69th session as a critical time for the UN in elaborating the post-2015 development agenda.

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Global Protections Proposed for 32 Species, including Lions, Sharks and Polar Bears [viewed]

mosaic_pr_species11 June 2014: The Secretariat of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) announced that a total of 32 species have been proposed for listing into Appendix I, which requires strict protection and Appendix II, which requires coordinated management by the countries in which the species migrate. Two types of Hammerhead shark, the Silky shark, three species of Thresher sharks (Appendix II); the Asiatic lion (Appendix I) and African lions (Appendix II); and the polar bear (Appendix II) are among the species proposed for listing. 

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FAO and Norway Will Launch Vessel to Study Marine Ecosystems, Climate Change [viewed]

fao-norway9 June 2014: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) announced that it will partner with Norway to build a state-of-the-art research vessel as part of its efforts to support sustainable fisheries management.

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Equator Prize Winners Announced [viewed]

equatorinitiative9 June 2014: The UN-led Equator Initiative has announced the recipients of its Equator Prize, which recognizes “local sustainable development solutions for people, nature and resilient communities.” Winners from around the world are using community-based, grassroots action to tackle climate change, environment and poverty.

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WorldFish and Partners Release Publication on Sustainable Aquaculture Scenarios [viewed]

wri-worldfish-worldbank5 June 2014: Farmed fish and shellfish production will need to increase by 133% between 2010 and 2050 to meet projected fish demand globally, according to a study by the World Resources Institute (WRI), WorldFish, the World Bank and Kasetsart University. The study findings are presented in a report, titled ‘Improving Productivity and Environmental Performance of Aquaculture,' which the organizations launched in a webinar on the occasion of World Environment Day.

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Event: CMS COP 11 Regional Preparatory and Negotiation Workshop for Africa [viewed]

This is a preparatory meeting for National Focal Points in advance of the eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 11) to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS).  

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ICP-15 Discusses Role of Seafood in Global Food Security [viewed]

Oceans and Law of the Sea30 May 2014: The 15th meeting of the UN Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea (Consultative Process or ICP-15) brought together representatives of 80 governments, 15 intergovernmental organizations, non-governmental organizations and academic institutions to examine the role of seafood in global food security.

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Ecosystems, Economy and Society Conference Highlights Large-Scale Restoration as Path to Sustainable Development [viewed]

ecosystems-economy-society29 May 2014: The first day of the international conference on 'Ecosystems, Economy and Society: How Large-Scale Restoration Can Stimulate Sustainable Development' opened with a high-level overview of major challenges and pathways to sustainable development. In opening remarks, Antoine Frérot, CEO, Veolia, pointed to the need to change business-as-usual practices, commenting that "impoverishing nature impoverishes humanity."

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GEF Council Considers 2020 Strategy, GEF-6 [viewed]

gefcouncilmeeting27 May 2014: The 46th meeting of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council convened immediately prior to the 5th meeting of the GEF Assembly. The Council considered, inter alia, the long term strategy for the GEF, co-financing policy, the GEF-5 Work Program, and the Work program and budget of the GEF Independent Evaluation office. Agenda items specific to the sixth replenishment period of the GEF Trust Fund (GEF-6) included a proposal for the System of Transparent Allocation of Resources (STAR) for GEF-6, implementation arrangements for the GEF Small Grants Programme, and a summary of the negotiations of the Sixth Replenishment of the GEF Trust Fund.

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GRASP Supports Gorilla's Return to the Congo [viewed]

GRASP26 May 2014: The Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP) announced that an endangered female Grauer's gorilla, confiscated from poachers as an infant in Rwanda three years ago, was returned home to the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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