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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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WAVES Newsletter Highlights Partnership Meeting, Partner Projects [viewed]

waves14 May 2014: The Wealth Accounting and the Valuation of Ecosystem Services (WAVES) program has released the May 2014 edition of its newsletter, featuring short descriptions and links to the Fourth WAVES Partnership Meeting, a global workshop on natural capital accounting (NCA) for forests, and NCA initiatives in Australia and Mozambique. The newsletter also lists upcoming events, recent publications, and news stories about NCA and WAVES partner projects.

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International Day for Biological Diversity Celebrates Island Diversity [viewed]

International Day for Biological Diversity 201422 May 2014: The International Day for Biological Diversity was celebrated globally on 22 May under the theme 'Island Diversity,' a theme that paid tribute to the designation of 2014 as the International Year of Small Island Developing States (SIDS).

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Morocco Recognizes CGIAR Consortium as an International Organization [viewed]

CGIAR22 May 2014: Morocco's Minister of Agriculture and Maritime Fisheries, M Aziz Akhannouch, signed an agreement that recognizes the CGIAR Consortium as an International Organization. Morocco, which joined the CGIAR Consortium in 2002, hosts five CGIAR Research Programs through its Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (INRA).

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WAVES Country and Annual Reports Released [viewed]

wavesMay 2014: The Wealth Accounting and the Valuation of Ecosystem Services (WAVES) Partnership has released its ‘Annual Report 2014,' which documents the Partnership's methodological and institutional progress on natural capital accounting (NCA) for integrating natural resources into development planning. WAVES has also released country reports for five of its eight core implementing countries: Botswana, Colombia, Costa Rica, Madagascar, and the Philippines.

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CBD and GLISPA Launch Island "Bright Spots", Highlight Island Leadership on Biodiversity [viewed]

IDB 201422 May 2014: On the International Day of Biological Diversity, Caleb Otto, Permanent Representative of Palau to the UN, moderated an event to highlight “bright spots” of conservation leadership in small island developing States (SIDS). The event also served as the launch of a publication from the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and Global Island Partnership (GLISPA), titled ‘Island bright spots in conservation and sustainability: investing, scaling and replicating in order to achieve the Aichi Biodiversity Targets.'

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UN Watercourses Convention to Enter into Force Following 35th Ratification [viewed]

UN Treaty Collection19 May 2014: The UN Convention on the Law of the Non-Navigational Uses of International Watercourses (UN Watercourses Convention) will enter into force in August 2014. Viet Nam became the 35th country to accede to the Convention, in accordance with Article 36 of the Convention, which states that entry into force will occur on the 90th day following the deposit for the 35th ratification, acceptance, approval or accession.

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